Spring is a wonderful time in the Adirondacks because visitors often have the vast forests, thousands of lakes, little shops and sought-after entertainment all to themselves. The North Woods are just waking up from the long winter, the palette is a thrilling pale green, and the sky filled with skeins of geese, flying home for the summer. And although the days are warm, Whiteface is often (as its name suggests) still white and the ski trails are open.
Adirondack Guides are available for hire and are invaluable companions on wilderness adventures. Whether fishing, hiking, paddling or bird watching, a guide can ensure you have a safe and extraordinary experience.
Lake Placid Hiking
There are thousands of miles of hiking trails throughout the pristine wilderness of the Adirondacks that range from gentle, beginner level paths to steep ascents best reserved for experienced hikers. The famed 125-mile Jackrabbit Trail passes right by the Lodge's front door. We will be happy to provide a trail map or arrange for a guided hike.
Take advantage of the Lodge's mountain bikes during your stay at the hotel. Along with biking areas, you will also discover several hiking trails are also appropriate for bike use. We are also happy to provide you with a trail map.
Emerald Springs Ranch in Saranac Lake offers trail rides throughout the year. Both English and Western mounts are available for riders of all abilities.
The granite faces of the ancient mountains have become a respected destination for avid climbers. Local guides provide instruction for ice and rock climbing trips throughout the year.
A ride down the scenic and challenging Hudson River is a truly thrilling experience. We are happy to put you in touch with the local company that has been running the rapids for years. Most rafting is available from March to June, and the guides will provide transportation, wet suites, lunch, and rapids from Class 3 to Class 5. Please contact the concierge for more details.
End another memorable day in the park by enjoying this delicious dessert at the edge of Lake Placid around our inviting campfire.
At 3,430 feet, Whiteface Mountain boasts the longest vertical drop of any Eastern ski mountain. Located approximately 30 minutes from the Lodge, Whiteface caters to skiers of all levels and was the site of all Alpine events at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Families will find gentle slopes and child-friendly equipment, while aficionados will love the difficult runs and wild terrain.