Saturday, September 21, 2019

Featured Trails: Whiteface-Lake Placid Hiker Shuttle Stops

Lake Placid Hikers Shuttle Stops Map Courtesy Adirondack AtlasThe free Whiteface-Lake Placid hiker shuttle has two departing locations in Lake Placid, the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort (Shuttle stop 1) and Mirror Lake Park, across from the High Peaks Resort (Shuttle stop 2).

The shuttle runs every Friday through Sunday from September 13 – October 6, and for the four-day Columbus Day Weekend. Shuttles are scheduled approximately every 60 minutes. The last shuttle leaves Lake Placid from Mirror Lake Park at 2:47 pm.

The shuttle will stop at the following locations:

Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort
Mirror Lake Pocket Park (across from High Peaks Resort)
Whiteface Landing trailhead
Copperas Pond trailhead
Bear Den Mountain trailhead
Whiteface Mountain Ski Lodge

Hikes:

Whiteface Landing Trailhead: Whiteface Landing: A mellow, 2.5-mile trail to the shore of Lake Placid lake, where you can see McKenzie Mountain, Moose Mountain, and Moose Island.

Copperas Pond Trailhead: Copperas and Owen ponds: Two scenic ponds, one (mostly) easy trail. A steep 450-foot ascent from Route 86 followed by an easy downhill that ends at Copperas Pond, which has a lean-to, two tent sites, a jump-off rock, and nice views of Whiteface Mountain. Continue for another 0.7 miles to Owen Pond and enjoy views of 3,616-foot Stewart Mountain and 3,892-foot Kilburn Mountain.

Bear Den Mountain Trailhead: Flume Trail System: This trail system for hiking and biking has a variety of options along its 10 miles of trails. Stay along the West Branch of the Ausable River for an easier hike or venture to Flume Knob or Bear Den Mountain for something more challenging.

Bear Den Mountain: The route up Bear Den ascends 1.6 miles and 1,160 feet from the trailhead near the parking area for Kid Campus at Whiteface Mountain Ski Area. The 2,400-foot summit of Bear Den has spectacular views of Whiteface and Wilmington Notch.

Whiteface Mountain Ski Lodge: West Branch Nature Trail: This easy 1.9-mile trail begins at the bottom of the Mixing Bowl lift and proceeds along the West Branch of the Ausable River. It makes a loop by returning via the beautiful Stag Brook Trail.

Stag Brook Falls Trail: Starting behind the Base Lodge, this half-mile trail follows Stag Brook to a 25-foot waterfall.

Service dogs are the only animals allowed on the shuttle.

Download shuttle schedule here.

Featured hikes are recommended by DEC.

Map of Whiteface-Lake Placid Shuttle stops courtesy Adirondack Atlas.

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