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Whiteface Mountain Professional Review and Guide
"This is a long forest walk past a large pond and along a substantial brook, and then a scenic climb on slab and rock to a historic observatory and interpretive center.The hike up Whiteface Mountain from the Lake Placid side is a long one. Two thirds of the distance is a fairly at fl approach, followed by a steep ascent up the southern side of the mountain. It’s a full-da y commitment, but it rewards with varied scenery and terrain along the way and arguably one of the best views of any mountain in the Adirondacks. The route passes a short spur to the shore of Lake Placid at Whiteface Landing. Some people take a motorboat the length of the lake to the landing and begin hiking from there, which saves a substantial 5 miles of walking. You’ll also pass the Whiteface lean-to, which is a nice camping option if the mileage seems too long for a day hike."
--Lisa Densmore Ballard, Hiking the Adirondacks: A Guide to the Area's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides).
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