A hike doesn’t have to be a challenge. Lake Placid is home to many fantastic hiking trails, ranging in difficulty, so there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for an easy but rewarding hike in the Adirondacks, the team at Whiteface Lodge has you covered. We’re highlighting our favorite easy Adirondack hikes near Lake Placid that will fulfill your sense of adventure.
4 Easy Adirondack Hikes
Hiking is for everyone! Whether you’re new to hiking, have small children, or just don’t want to over-exert yourself, there are plenty of easy Adirondack hikes that you can enjoy.
Don’t let the name scare you off; hiking Mt. Jo isn’t a strenuous task. Mt. Jo is home to two hiking trails, the short trail, which is 1.1 miles long, and the long trail, which is 1.3 miles long. There is some uphill hiking, but the short trail features a much steeper climb than the long trail, so keep that in mind. The two paths conjoin right before the summit, where you can enjoy fantastic views. Don’t forget to pack a camera; this is a great photo location.
Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails
Located on the shores of Lake Placid, Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails is home to four unique hiking trails. The trails total three miles in length, and while the Ridge Trail features rolling hills, they are all relatively easy. The Corridor and Boundary trails are the two easiest, but Lake Shore Trail is the highlight, as it is a great way to experience the beauty of Lake Placid up close and personal.
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
Combine history and hiking at John Brown Farm State Historic Site. This historic site is home to many flat and easy hiking trails that are well-suited for beginners. Along the way, you’ll pass abolitionist John Brown’s home and farm and learn about his pursuit of freedom for enslaved people at his home and farm.
Cascade Mountain is considered the most accessible mountain to hike of the 46 peaks of the Adirondacks. Still, you must ascend about 2,000 feet to reach the summit. This is definitely the most challenging hike on our list. There are brief moments of steep climbing, but most of the ascent is moderate. On your way to the summit, you’ll encounter a beautiful waterfall, which is an excellent place to stop for a break. Take your time and pack plenty of food and water; this is a 2.4-mile one-way hike.
Relax After Your Adirondack Hike
After enjoying one of the best Adirondack hikes near Lake Placid, relax in luxurious accommodations from Whiteface Lodge. We offer upscale yet cozy suites, fabulous dining options, and an amazing spa for some well-deserved pampering. Please make a reservation online or call 518-523-0505 for more information.