Backpacker Magazine 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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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 8 Mar 2007 10:41:56 AM
Activity: Hiking
State: New York (NY)
Distance: 4.34 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 799 ft
Total Loss: 820 ft
Net Change: -21 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Adirondack Mountains, Adirondack Park, Lake Placid, New York
Rating:   5 rating(s) Rate it

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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CONDITIONS: Check weather at Lake Placid, NY (12946)

INFO: For more information about the region, check out Visit Adirondacks.

CONTACT: Adirondack Mountain Club, Member Services Center, 814 Goggins Road, Lake George, NY 12845; (518) 668-4447;


1866 Nys Route 73
Keene Valley, NY 12943
(518) 576-2281 ‎

Jones Outfitters Ltd  
2733 Main St # 2
Lake Placid, NY 12946-3318
(518) 523-3468

Eastern Mountain Sports‎
3066 New York 50
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 580-1505‎

Lake Placid Pub & Brewery‎
813 Main Street
Lake Placid, NY 12946
(518) 523-3813‎

‎Eres Pizza 
2439 Main St # 1
Lake Placid, NY 12946-3366
(518) 523-2997  

45 Phila Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-3211
(518) 584-4790

TO TRAILHEAD: From Albany, follow I-787 N to NY 7 W to I-87 N to NY 73 W to North Elba. Turn L onto Adirondack Loj Rd. Drive 3.8 mi., then turn L onto Meadows Ln. Go .3 mi to trailhead parking on L.

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Distance: 4.34 mi Points: 464
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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Mount Van Hoevenberg Track

Points of Interest

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, -73.931320
©Marianne Perreault

Beaver Pond Tree

Location: 44.204403, -73.942917
©Marianne Perreault

Rock Cliffs

Location: 44.212112, -73.937546
©Marianne Perreault

Mt. Van Hoevenberg Summit

Location: 44.209885, -73.929497
©Marianne Perreault

Lake Placid

Location: 44.209991, -73.929077
©Marianne Perreault


Location: 44.193840, -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: 44.210190, -73.941719
Trail veers NE again; gradual climb winds through open hardwoods


Location: 44.212120, -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, -73.931320
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


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