From the trailhead at Connery Pond, pass by the gate and begin a rather moderate hike along an old gravel strewn woods road. This initial section back to Whiteface Landing is a rather quick hike and will be a great place to gain time.
You'll soon come to an intersection, with the lake clearly visible to the left. A short walk to the left goes to Whiteface Landing, a must-see spot on Lake Placid lake, and a faint herd path straight continues around the lake.
Turning right, the trail remains mostly flat to the lean-to 1.1 miles away. The trail then starts a very demanding climb, almost right up the fall line of the mountain. Eventually you will come to a rocky section where footing is very tough and time is needed to safely pass. The summit isn’t far ahead. The views behind you make the steep sections much less noticeable.
Trailhead: In Wilmington, from the four-way stop sign, follow Route 86 toward Lake Placid. Continue for over 9.25 miles to Connery Pond Road on the right. Drive this dirt road to its end at a cabled gate. This is the trailhead.
Elevation: 4,867 feet
Distance: 12 miles round trip