We’re Adirondackers. We’re strong, we’re courageous, and we’re risk takers. We hike, bike, ski, and live here for one thing— the thrill of adventure. In hard times it’s the outdoors that center us, teach us, and help get us to the other side of our troubles. Yet Covid-19 stole our ski season, it stole our adventure, our travels, our time together. 

When it comes to the outdoors, there is one thing we still have. We have time to walk. 

I used to think walkers were lame. Why walk when you can run? When you can ski or bike or do anything even a little more exciting? But here we are, stuck indoors during mud season, with little insight as to when we will be free and a less than ideal weather forecast. Plus, for those of us deemed nonessential, we have plenty of time. 

Let’s face it — walking is keeping us sane right now. It’s a chance to slow down and notice the things we don’t typically see. A chance to see our neighbors we miss so much from a safe distance. 

So this is my love letter to the walk. It's also a challenge to locals. While most people in Lake Placid are sticking to the classic loop around Mirror Lake - a quick stroll around the lake (ATL) - I encourage you to disperse and enjoy a walk on the wilder side. 

John Brown Farm 

I think John Brown Farm has unfairly been dubbed a dog walkers destination. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great place for fetch and tiring out a pup, but with four trails spanning about 4 miles there is plenty of space to stroll sans doggo. 

Peninsula Trails 

I can call this a local favorite right? Can I also admit that after years of walking, running, and skiing here I still get turned around? I love these trails for the adaptability they offer. Make it a quick walk or a long walk. Plus you can get some to-go food from Simply Gourmet on the way out. Double win! 

Owen, Copperas, and Winch Ponds 

A great place to walk to one or all three ponds, with the opportunity to turn it into a big loop. It’s an easy trail for all levels, but gives the feeling of a destination that other walking trails don’t necessarily offer. Plus you can day dream of summer days jumping into Copperas Pond or camping at the lean-to or primitive tent sites.

Main Street and Mid's Park

Main Street is not only a destination for picking up a meal or a good book, it's also great for fresh air and a walk. You can stroll from one end of the street to the other, or continue all the way around the lake. There's plenty of room for walkers, joggers, strollers, and dogs, too! For some relaxation, stop at Mid's Park to lounge on the sunny slope and check out the activity on the lake.

Heaven Hill

After one stop on the trails here you'll know this is called Heaven Hill! The trails here are easy and super scenic, meaning they are perfect for some quality time outdoors, whether you are solo or with your family.

Leave No Trace and FAQ’s

  • We might have more important things to worry about right now, but let’s still keep Mother Nature at the forefront of our minds. Follow the principles of Leave No Trace

  • What about running? 

    • All walks can be a run but if you’re like me and find yourself with more free time than you asked for, you’re going on multiple outings a day, so switch it up! Run some, walk some. Enjoy the slow pace we’re not used to. 

  • Why can’t we bike? 

    • If you don’t mind sandy roads then go for it! But please stay off mountain bike trails as they are not dry enough for riding. 

  • What about hiking? 

    • It’s mud season. Please stay below 2500 feet and walk through the mud, not around it. Microspikes are probably necessary. Also, think before recreating in a place you are unfamiliar with. DEC rangers are needed elsewhere right now and they don’t need the added strain of a rescue. 

  • Can we travel to walk? 

    • NO! Walk in a place that is local to you to help flatten the curve and keep yourself and others safe. Now is the perfect time to recreate locally and explore trails and adventures close to your home.

  • Still don’t understand the whole social distancing while recreating rules? Use this infographic from the DEC. 

In the end, no matter where you live, go for a walk. Get some fresh air, some fresh perspective, and those endorphins goings. Try out a new trail or route local to you. Walk with someone within your circle. Say hi to the other walkers you pass. Walk a dog. Walk until all your hours of Netflix binging guilt is gone. Walk until you can see the brighter side of this situation. Then walk some more.