Mt. Van Hoevenberg

Mt. Van Hoevenberg | Pure Adirondacks

Most commonly known as the venue where the bobsled track and cross-country ski trails are located, Mt Van Hoevenberg is also a relatively short but moderately easy and fun hike. It is not one of the most popular climbs in the area, which makes it a nice summer hike if you’re not looking to stray far from Lake Placid or Keene but are hoping to escape the crowds. Despite how infrequently it is hiked, Mt Van Hoevenberg is a relatively easy hike and boasts a beautiful and unique view of the surrounding area and nearby High Peaks. The peak is also part of the Lake Placid 9er Hiking Challenge if that's anything you're inspired to do.

Trail Stats:

Distance 4.4 miles round-trip
Elevation 2,940 feet
Ascent 740 feet

The hike up Mt. Van Hoevenberg starts out gradually at first, and continues on for about a mile before it comes to a clearing where you will see a marshy area created by a large beaver dam. Take some time soaking up this beautiful and ecologically diverse area. Follow the trail to the left around the swamp. The next quarter to half mile of the trail will be somewhat muddy and still in the lowlands, but soon will gradually emerge out of the marsh and into a nicely rolling trail up to the peak’s ridge. Continue following the ridge – there will be a brief stop with a nice view, but continue on to the summit for the best views on the hike.

Directions to Trailhead:

The hiking trail up Mt. Van Hoevenberg does not begin near the venues. Instead, the trailhead can be reached by a trail beginning off of Adirondack Loj Road. You'll be looking for the South Meadows Trailhead. From the intersection of Route 86 and Route 73 in Lake Placid, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue for 4-miles to the Adirondack Loj Road on the right. Follow here for another 4 miles to Meadow Lane on the left. Follow here for 0.25 miles to the trailhead on the left.


Keep it PURE

Remember to Leave No Trace! Buy a physical map, read it, plan, and prepare. Think about the NYS Rangers and medical personnel that exhaust themselves for a rescue that could have been avoided. Pack out your trash. Use a bear canister when primitive camping and cook away from where you’re sleeping. Do the rock walk to help reduce the impact on fragile alpine vegetation. Camp at designated campsites and never camp on or near summits.

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