Whiteface Mountain

Lake Placid, New York 12946

Whiteface Mountain

Whiteface Mountain Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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 flat approach, followed by a steep ascent up the southern side of the mountain. It’s a full-day 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."

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Trail Information

Lake Placid
Nearby City
3,198 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
9.5 hours
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls
Nat Geo Trails Illustrated Map: Saranac, Paul Smiths: Adirondack Park
Local Contacts
Nat Geo TOPO! Map (USGS): Lake Placid
Local Maps

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Dec 2018