Eagle Eyrie is a low peak at the north end of Lake Placid that offers a unique view of the Lake and the High Peaks. It can be approached on foot or by boat.
The hike starts along an old road and parallels attractive Connery Pond. The trail to Whiteface Landing is wide and well used and is the remnants of an old woods road. The Whiteface Landing Trail is a bit rocky and littered with loose stones and gravel sized rocks.
Once at Whiteface Landing you will gain a superb view out over Lake Placid. Whiteface Landing is a four-way intersection with Whiteface Mountain to the right. Continuing straight you will access the old and little-used trail around Lake Placid. This old trail is very unique but is also very wet and hard to follow in areas.
The intersection for Eagle Eyrie is an obvious and better-used path that follows an unnamed babbling brook which drains at what is un-officially known as Eagle Pond. The trail doesn’t go directly to the summit but ends shy of the true summit atop a small cliff overlooking Lake Placid. These unique views are not afforded from any other place in the park.
Trailhead Location: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward Wilmington. Continue for just under 3-miles to the Connery Pond Road (dirt) on the left. Drive to the end (0.75 miles) to the parking for Whiteface Landing.
7.8 miles RT, Elevation 2450' Ascent 790'
4-6 hours for a hike in good condition, due to distance and steepness of terrain.
By boat: Go to Echo Bay at the northwest corner of Lake Placid and land at the concrete slabs located about the middle of the north shore. A trail goes 0.1 mi. to the main trail around the lake. Go right for a few yards and cross a stream to a junction with the side trail up Eagle Eyrie. From here it is a sometimes quite steep 0.7 miles to the views.
Time: 1.5 hr. paddling, one way; 1-1.5 hours hiking one way.