1.1 Miles / 1.8 km
Time to Hike:
~33 minutes
Surface Type:
Adirondack Park
North Elba, New York
44.18307, -73.963799
March 05, 2022
April 27, 2022
60 '

Total Change
75 '

75 '


The Heart Lake Loop Trail at Adirondack Park near North Elba, New York is an easy 1.1-mile loop trail that encompasses Heart Lake and features views of some of the mountains within the High Peaks Wilderness like Wright Peak and Algonquin Peak. During the winter, this lake is usually frozen over, allowing hikers to snowshoe across - giving views of Mount Jo as well.

This GPS track begins at the ADK Loj and heads north along the purple blazes, passing the Mount Jo Trail, and Roger's Lookout as it meanders its way around the lake. From the start of the trail, hikers get a nice view from the Heart Lake beach of Nye Mountain and Street Mountain directly across the lake. This trail should be considered easy, but it does get a bit rocky in some areas. Eventually the trail will pass the Indian Pass Trail before circling Heart Lake to the south to reach the Old Marcy Dam Trail in the southeast corner. Last, the trail heads north to loop back to the ADK Loj where this trail ends.

Hikers will find parking at the coordinates provided at the main lots for the High Peaks Wilderness at the end of Adirondack Loj Road near North Elba, NY. The parking lots are large enough to fit many dozens of vehicles. There is a day-use and overnight parking fee for ~7/half-day, ~$15/full-day for non-members. Please check with the ADK for more information.

Dogs are allowed if leashed and their waste must be carried out by the hiker.

There are paid-for lean-to's located along Heart Lake, just off of this trail, that backpackers and campers can rent out from the ADK with reservations. Please check out the ADK website for more information.

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  1. Parking

    44.18307, -73.963799
  2. Main Trailhead

    44.182589, -73.966312
  3. Roger's Lookout along Heart Lake

    44.184078, -73.967347
    Roger's Lookout along Heart Lake
  4. View of Nye Mountain and Street Mountain from the Heart Lake beach

    44.182769, -73.966653
    View of Nye Mountain and Street Mountain from the Heart Lake beach
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1.1 miles / 1.8 km
Trail added
March 05, 2022
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February 27, 2022
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April 27, 2022
0.4 miles / 0.6 km
January 30, 2022
Snowshoed out to the middle of Heart Lake while it was totally frozen over at the end of January 2022 near sunset. Got some nice photos of Mount Jo and Nye Mountain.
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