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Biking around Lake Placid

Biking around Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID – In our previous blog, we established hiking as, unquestionably, the most popular recreational activity for those visiting Lake Placid. But thanks to a cadre of groups, shops, municipalities and tourism entities, biking around Lake Placid and vicinity has definitely made noticeable inroads in recent years.

The reasons are the same: natural terrain (for mountain biking), scenery, easy access and rides for all levels of ability and interest. It’s also helped that nearby Wilmington has jumped in with both forks, establishing a bike festival weekend each June.

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Lake Placid family hikes

Lake Placid family hikes

LAKE PLACID – The three most popular activities in Lake Placid are hiking, hiking and hiking. OK now that we’re clear about that, there are various forms of this exhilarating exercise within a reasonable distance from our community. Just a few of them are: Lake Placid family hikes, world class athlete hikes, hiking with Fido and more.

Let’s begin with Lake Placid family hikes. These are meant to be relatively gentle, not lasting all day and will enable mom, dad and the kids to still have enough energy to walk to Main Street for an evening ice cream cone.


This is the low-hanging fruit of Lake Placid family hikes. From the Mirror Lake Inn, for instance, you can easily hike to this hike. The Inn and Cobble Mountain are in the village limits. Residents are known to scoot up Cobble on their lunch hours.

The distance is just over 1.5 miles round trip, hence the walk to the trail head (around the backside of Mirror Lake) isn’t a bad option if you seek a little extra, but it is certainly drivable. Once there, you have a choice between steeper and easier routes. The trip to the summit offers exceptional views of the High Peaks region.

For your GPS, the trail head is near Northwood School in Lake Placid.


Lake Placid family hikes

The view of Heart Lake from Mount Jo

Another choice for Lake Placid family hikes is Mount Jo, located in the Town of North Elba wherein lies Lake Placid. ADK.org says, “Mt. Jo is a great beginner hike for kids and adults with wonderful views from the summit.” It’s just 2.5 miles with a vertical ascent of 700 feet.

From Lake Placid, drive out of town on Route 73 beyond the ski jumps. Near the top of a long climb, the Adirondack Loj Road is on your right. Take it and drive the five miles to the parking lot. There is a $10 fee to leave your vehicle. The High Peaks Information Center will greet you upon arrival and give you even more info on Lake Placid family hikes.


Lake Placid family hikes

Henry’s Woods is quickly accessed by car.

And then we suggest Henry’s Woods, accessed via Old Military Road and Bear Cub Lane in Lake Placid, close to the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

I’ve spent numerous hikes in Henry’s Woods with my lab and have met many family hikers. It’s 100 acres that continues to expand. There are five distinct trails, ranging from short to steep to flat. It could be a mile in length; it could be two miles. You decide.

This is the beauty of Lake Placid family hikes. They can be as strenuous or as mild as your mood chooses. And rest assured, that when your mood swings again, in these parts, there will be a hike to match it.
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March is hockey month in Lake Placid

Hockey month in Lake Placid
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — March is hockey month in Lake Placid as conference and national champions will be crowned and Olympic legends return to the same arena where Americans were asked if they believe in miracles.

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Who will do the celebrating this weekend when the NCAA Div. III championships are contested in Lake Placid?

The excitement began March 16-17, when the ECAC Hockey Men’s Championship tournament saw Princeton catch fire in the late season, upsetting Cornell and Clarkson in Lake Placid on their way to the Whitelaw Cup and the automatic NCAA bid.

Hockey month in Lake Placid continues this week, March 23-24, when the NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey National Championship returns to the Olympic Center for a record seventh time. The semifinal games, on March 23, begin at 3 and 6:30 PM with Salve Regina meeting Wisconsin-Stevens Point, followed by St. Norbert and Colby College.

The championship contest, the following night, gets underway at 7 PM.

Ticket and event information can be found by visiting http://www.whiteface.com/activities-events/events.

The dish on the Frozen Four:

Wisconsin-Steven Point (21-5-3), five-time national champions, advanced into the final round of four when they topped Adrian College, 5-2, on March 17.

The Salve Regina Seahawks punched their ticket to Lake Placid after skating past Nichols College, 4-3.  

St. Norbert (25-4-1) is looking forward to their record 12th Frozen Four appearance. The Green Knights, who have played in four Frozen Fours in Lake Placid, topped Augsburg, 5-2, in their national quarterfinals, Saturday, and ran their active winning streak to 10 consecutive games.

Meanwhile, Colby’s Justin Grillo scored with just 1.6-seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Mules past SUNY Geneseo, 2-1, in their NCAA quarterfinal match-up, Saturday.  Colby comes to Lake Placid riding a nine game unbeaten string, at 7-0-2.

The hockey madness wraps up when 56 “campers” join several players from the famed 1980 U.S. Olympic gold medal winning hockey team during the fourth annual Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp. The March 25-28 camp brings together hockey enthusiasts and America’s most beloved hockey team, in the same arena where the U.S. squad upset the favored Soviet Union, 4-3, in what is known worldwide as the “Miracle on Ice.”

The camp is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect with the greatest sports moment of all time in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that is Lake Placid.

For more information about the fourth annual Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp, click HERE.

Text courtesy of ORDA / Photo courtesy of ECAC