Adirondack Park: Mount Van Hoevenberg

Take a walk on the wild southern side of a classic Adirondack mountain with views of Lake Placid and Mt. Marcy on this 4.4-mile out-and-back.
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Host to the bobsled and luge events of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Games, Mount Van Hoevenberg is also a popular destination for hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers. This 4.4-mile out-and-back approaches the summit via Van Hoevenberg’s south face. The first mile of the trail wanders a near-flat grade through a mixed forest (with many trees gnarled by the local beaver population). About a mile in, the grade ticks up as the trail gains approximately 800 feet en route to the summit. An overlook on the way up affords views of Mount Marcy (to the south) and the summit itself overlooks Lake Placid proper (to the northwest).

-Mapped by Marianne Perreault

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.0


Beaver Ponds

Location: 44.205006, -73.942528

©Marianne Perreault

Beaver Food

Location: 44.204651, -73.942604

©Marianne Perreault

Mt. Marcy and Algonquin Peak

Location: 44.210346, -73.93132

©Marianne Perreault

Beaver Pond Tree

Location: 44.204403, -73.942917

©Marianne Perreault

Rock Cliffs

Location: 44.212112, -73.937546

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Mt. Van Hoevenberg Summit

Location: 44.209885, -73.929497

©Marianne Perreault

Lake Placid

Location: 44.209991, -73.929077

©Marianne Perreault


Location: 44.19384, -73.950722

Head N on Mt. Van Hoevenberg Trail; blanket of pine needles softens hard-packed dirt trail


Location: 44.197571, -73.949852

Trail curves NE through dark corridor of evergreens


Location: 44.200111, -73.947083

Scattered birches and maples


Location: 44.202869, -73.944252

Continue NE


Location: 44.204639, -73.942642

Follow soggy trail around beaver pond, passing a stockpile of beaver-gnawed trees. Cross marshy area on worn, wooded planks, then pass bench-shaped boulder


Location: 44.208271, -73.940483

Cross trickling stream; hike N


Location: 44.21019, -73.941719

Trail veers NE again; gradual climb winds through open hardwoods


Location: 44.21212, -73.937897

Head E, passing giant rock boulders


Location: 44.212341, -73.935608

Trail turns spongy and is lined with ferns and other lush greens


Location: 44.210274, -73.93132

Ledge overlooks wooded countryside and Adirondack High Peaks region; look S to find Mt. Marcy (NY's highest peak). In 550 ft., trail cuts N


Location: 44.209999, -73.929337

Windy summit of Mt. Van Hoevenberg (2,940 ft.) with views of Lake Placid to the NW; retrace steps