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5 Fun Family Hikes in Lake Placid NY

Atop the Summit of Cascade Mountain

Hiking in Lake Placid is a great summer activity that the whole family can enjoy! The Adirondack Mountains are full of hiking trails for all levels of hiking enthusiasts, from the avid hikers to those just in search of some great views. These fun family hikes in Lake Placid NY boast stunning views of the Adirondacks and will satisfy your wilderness needs. Here are 5 family friendly hikes that we recommend:

Cascade Mountain

Cascade Mountain is just a 10 – 15 minute drive from Courtyard by Marriott Lake Placid and offers stunning 360 degree views, making it a popular hike for visitors to Lake Placid. It is a great hike for families with children, as the hike is 4.8 miles round trip and can be completed in 4 – 6 hours, with it being a 2 – 3 hour trip to the summit. The trail is fairly moderate with just a few short steeper pitches but the summit can be windy so be sure to pack appropriate wind gear.

Cascade Mountain is also great because of its proximity to Porter Mountain, another family friendly High Peak hike. Many hikers choose to scale these two peaks together, which can be done relatively easily as a day trip.

Mt. Jo

Mt. Jo is another popular hike for the whole family to enjoy. With the whole trail only 2.6 miles round trip, a family with children can easily hike the entire trail in under 3 hours. Mt. Jo boasts some amazing views of the High Peaks and does not require much effort, making it a popular hike during the summer and fall.  It is just a short 20 – 25 minute drive from Courtyard Marriott Lake Placid hotel and combined with its interesting trail loop and great views, is sure to please hikers of all ages.

Baker Mountain

Baker Mountain, also known as Mount Baker, is one of the most popular family hikes in the Lake Placid Region. It is just a 1.8 mile hike that is perfect for hikers of all ages and skill levels and will take roughly 2 – 3 hours. Located in the Village of Saranac Lake, Mount Baker is less than a 20 minute drive from Courtyard Marriott Lake Placid and boasts some amazing views of the Saranac Lake Village, the High Peaks Region and the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area.

Mt. Van Hoevenberg

Also home to the Olympic bobsled and luge run, Mt. Van Hoevenberg is a scenic hike that is just under a 15 minute drive from Courtyard Marriott Lake Placid. The whole trail is roughly 4.5 miles round trip and even though it offers one of the best views in the area, it is not typically very busy. A family with children can expect to reach the summit in roughly 1.5 – 2 hours. When approaching the summit, be sure to keep in mind that the first view you come to is not the summit. The true summit is just beyond and offers the best view.

Brewster Peninsula Trails

If you and your family are just interested in a fun, short summer afternoon outing, head over to the Brewster Peninsula Trails located right on the shores of Lake Placid. This is a popular year round destination for cross-country skiers, snowshoers, mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners, fishers and families. The Brewster Peninsula Trails are just a short 10 minute drive from the Courtyard Marriott Lake Placid, making it the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon with your family.

Hiking in Lake Placid NY

Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, Courtyard Marriott Lake Placid offers great resort amenities and is in the perfect destination for your next family vacation. Browse our accommodations and give us a call at 518-523-2900 to book your stay or book your stay online!

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