Whiteface Mountain

Lake Placid, New York

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lake Placid
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 3,198 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 9.5 hours
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Nat Geo Trails Illustrated Map: Saranac, Paul Smiths: Adirondack Park
Local Maps: Nat Geo TOPO! Map (USGS): Lake Placid
Driving Directions: Directions to Whiteface Mountain

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May 2018