It's a 2.5 mile hike one way to Whiteface Landing. (In winter, that distance is 3.7 miles due to seasonal road closures.) The trail starts at the left side of the register area and soon climbs moderately away from the pond and the private camps on the pond before descending to the shore of the pond at 0.4 miles from the parking area.
The trail is now flat along the shore before swinging left to a yellow gate that marks the start of state land. The road from here becomes much more gravel strewn and adds on a bit of elevation. The footing is a bit tough in spots due to the rocky terrain, but it's a rather quick hike back to Whiteface Landing.
Plan on spending 4 hours or more completing this hike.
Trailhead: From the four-way intersection in Wilmington, travel east on Route 86 toward Lake Placid. Drive for just about 10-miles to a large parking lot at a bridge over the Ausable River. From here, you can access Connery Pond and Whiteface Landing. Just up the road from the parking lot, there is a dirt road that leads back to the trailhead for Whiteface Landing. There are few spots, so parking on Route 86 might be the best option. The trailhead is less than one-mile down the dirt road. In winter you will need to park at the large lot along the road.
Elevation: 1,860 feet
Ascent: 195 feet
Whiteface Landing is an idyllic spot along the route to the summit of Whiteface Mountain. It's located at the northeast corner of Lake Placid lake and is an excellent running destination. Jump in the lake to cool off and enjoy the view! This trail is mainly dry with only a couple of small wet areas. Some areas with loose rocks need to be avoided, but all-in-all it's a perfect trail for the intermediate runner or the beginner who wants to push themselves a bit.
Swimming and Camping
Walk through forest and rolling terrain to Whiteface Landing where you can sun, swim, or camp at Whiteface Brook lean-to.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
This is a popular cross-country ski for locals and visitors. Rockier terrain makes this a more enjoyable ski or trek later in the season when there is more snow. Due to seasonal road closures in winter, the distance is Whiteface Landing is 3.7 miles. This adds just over one mile, one way, to the trip milage. None of this "extra" winter terrain is challenging and will go by quick as you glide over the snow.
Skiing over a frozen body of water is a dangerous activity and should only be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.
Trailhead: In winter, parking is limited to roadside lots on Route 86, near the bridge over the Ausable River and the intersection of Route 86 and River Road. There are large parking lots on either side of the road, which can accommodate many vehicles. There is a clearly marked ski trail that connects these parking lots to the seasonal road.