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Distance:
2.9 Miles / 4.7 km
Type:
Out-and-Back
Difficulty:
Moderate
Time to Hike:
1 hour, ~27 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
Adirondack Park
Town:
Lake Placid, New York
Directions:
44.292636, -73.950779
Added:
January 28, 2024
Updated:
February 12, 2024
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601 '

Total Change
727 '

Ascent
727 '

Descent

The Cobble Hill Trail at Adirondack Park in Lake Placid, New York is a moderate 2.9-mile out-and-back hike that features views from the summit of Cobble Hill.

Hike
This hike begins at the less-popular Eastern trailhead for Cobble Hill, located along NY-86 Northeast of the town of Lake Placid. While lacking prominent signage for Cobble Hill, this lesser-known trailhead serves as the official route within the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. Begin by traversing northwest into the evergreen-filled forest, then veer sharply westward, following the trail parallel to NY-86. Along the way, expect intermittent creek crossings as Cobble Hill sends its waters down the trail, which can be especially challenging during winter when the path sees fewer adventurers. Note that during our hike here in late January 2024, we were the only people on this section of the trail for what seemed like the entire winter so far.

Left-Hand Turn - Mile 0.8
At mile 0.8, hikers will reach a trail junction that leads to the summit of Cobble Hill. Take a left-hand turn here to hop onto the very-popular "main" way to hike Cobble Hill. If hiking during the winter, the trail will transition from having to break trail in the snow to likely a very icy beaten-down trail.

Ascend the main trail, encountering minor rock obstacles that pose little challenge. Delight in the transition from hardwood to evergreen surroundings, enhanced by snow-covered boughs and glimpses of exposed bedrock. As you near Cobble Hill's summit, a junction below offers an alternative, albeit steeper, ascent route.

Cobble Hill Summit - Mile 1.4
Around mile 1.4, hikers will finally reach the summit of Cobble Hill. During this hike we simply went to the highest point on the mountain which was an exposed area of bedrock that sat higher than the surrounding ground; however, most maps place the "summit" a bit Northeast of here. Just below the summit, within the exposed area, are views you'll want to checkout. While our winter hike here didn't afford sweeping vistas, clear days unveil panoramic views of Lake Placid and the High Peaks Wilderness.

After exploring the summit of Cobble Hill, this hike follows the exact but opposite hike back to parking. During the winter, hikers should be mindful of the large patches of ice and the steeper sections of trail as you descend Cobble Hill. Make sure you take the proper right-hand turn to head back to the eastern parking lot to complete the hike.

Parking
Hikers will find a small parking lot at the coordinates provided, located along NY-86. The lot is large enough to fit a half dozen vehicles or so.

Pets
Dogs are allowed if leashed and must be cleaned up after.

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  1. Parking

    44.292636, -73.950779
  2. Main Trailhead

    44.292677, -73.950685
  3. Right-hand turn (hiking in)

    44.293981, -73.951797
    Right-hand turn (hiking in)
  4. Left-Hand turn (hiking in)

    44.29715, -73.959489
    Left-Hand turn (hiking in)
  5. Cobble Hill summit

    44.293006, -73.962822
    Cobble Hill summit
  6. View from Cobble Hill

    44.292778, -73.962622
    View from Cobble Hill
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Seasons

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Blaze Color

Red

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2.9 miles / 4.7 km
Trail added
January 28, 2024
Hiked on
January 28, 2024
Updated on
February 12, 2024
2.9 miles / 4.7 km
January 28, 2024
Despite the lack of views from the top, this was a very fun winter hike. Some small rock obstacles and very small steep sections but nothing was difficult. Upper parts of Cobble Hill were really pretty with ice and snow on the evergreens
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