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.
|Distance||4.4 miles round-trip|
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. Follow driving directions as if you are driving to Adirondack Loj. Approximately 4 miles down Adirondack Loj Road, before you reach the Loj, you will come to South Meadows Road on your left. Take this dirt road about one quarter of a mile until you reach the trailhead for Mt. Van Hoevenberg on the left.
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