Last month when my sister came up from NJ for her birthday weekend in Lake Placid, she wanted to do an easy hike with great views. I suggested Mount VanHoevenberg! It was only about 4 miles RT and boasted great views of the high peaks. The trailhead is located on South Meadows Rd, which is a dirt road off of Loj Road in Lake Placid. There were cars lined up along Loj Road (busy day in the high peaks, I guess), but there weren’t many on South Meadows. We parked, met up with my parents who were joining us for the hike, and set off!
The trail starts out easy. It curves around a pond and then starts to climb. It wasn’t ever too steep.
It took us about 2 hours to get to the summit. It was a cloudy day, but there were still some great views! It must be incredible on a clear day. If I were hiking my usual hiking speed, I probably could have summited in an hour.
Overall, it was a fantastic hike! I would highly recommend it to anyone just starting out, or if you are looking for an easy, quick hike in the High Peaks/Lake Placid area with some fantastic views.
Mount Van Hoevenberg
Distance: 4.5 mi RT
Total time: 3 hrs, 43 minutes (including stops)