Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Winter recreation is fitness made fun

The Whiteface Region offers plentiful backcountry skiing opportunities. For cross-country skiers, the Whiteface Region is the ideal place to blaze the trails. Cross-country skiing is a total body workout that gets your heart and lungs pumping. If you're a runner, cyclist, triathlete or just want to increase your fitness, cross-country skiing in the Whiteface Region is a great way to cross-train and stay active this winter. Not to mention it's fun, inexpensive, and fairly easy to learn. If you're not into skiing, snowshoeing is another great way to get out on the trail and enjoy our gorgeous winter scenery.

Take in the Adirondack wildlife as you ski or snowshoe past frozen-over streams and snow-topped trees. Birders will especially enjoy navigating through the pristine woodlands in the area, where hawks, eagles, owls, and smaller birds make their winter home.

Whether you want a short run or an all-day loop, there are several trails in the Whiteface Region to enjoy. Many of these trails are located just off of Route 86 between Whiteface Mountain and Wilmington. To find out more about cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, be sure to get a trail map or guidebook when you arrive. 

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK Pledge

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

Love Your ADK Pledge

 

 

These three ponds are located in the Sentinel Range Wilderness Area and offer excellent loop opportunities. There are two trails that lead into the area and either can be used to create a loop to the three ponds. Cross-country...
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Wilmington, New York
  
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This is a wonderful hike back to a seldom-visited pond. You will hike through a forest of deep green, pass babbling brooks, and walk between some very interesting rock features. Snowshoeing A great starter snowshoe on this easy-...
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Jay, New York
  
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Snowshoeing While a secondary trail does come in from the Whiteface ski area, this route is best for snowshoeing Flume Knob. From the Flume Trails trailhead start by shoeing past the kiosk. Head uphill along an old road. The top of...
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Wilmington, New York
  
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Bear Den Mountain is one of those hidden peaks that gets very little attention, but should be high on everyone’s list to check out. It’s located above the Ausable River and has really unique views of the Whiteface Mountain...
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Wilmington, New York
  
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Hiking This attractive little trail is off the main route to anywhere, but well worth the added effort to locate it. The trail is found on Nature Conservancy land for all to enjoy. You will appreciate a nice hike through a bog using...
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Wilmington, New York
  
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Hiking Cooper Kiln Pond lies in the valley between Morgan Mountain and Wilmington Peak. The pond sits nestled in the mountains with a somewhat heavily treed shoreline. There are a few rocky outcroppings opening up views out over the...
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Wilmington, New York
  
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Ever dreamed of skiing up one of the tallest mountains in New York? Well, those dreams can come true at the Whiteface Toll Road!  How to get there From the 4-way intersection in Wilmington take a left onto Route 431 (Whiteface...
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Wilmington, New York
  
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Whiteface Landing is a perfect outing for those looking for a peaceful walk, ski, or snowshoe to Lake Placid's shore!  How to get there From the four-way intersection in Wilmington, travel east on Route 86 toward Lake...
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Lake Placid, New York
  
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The views from Whiteface encompass all sides and include the Green Mountains of Vermont, the skyscrapers in Montreal on a very clear day, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire on an even clearer day. Whiteface is the fifth highest...
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Wilmington, New York
  
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Catamount Mountain in one of the more popular gems of the Whiteface Region and should not go unvisited by anyone. With its two open summits it affords spectacular views of the entire region. In season, the blueberries are nearly as...
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Wilmington, New York
  
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These trails are a multi-purpose landmark for the New York State DEC. They are open to mountain biking, hiking, trail running, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and pretty much whatever else you can do without the use of a motor...
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Wilmington, New York
  
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The Wilmington Flume Trail System has around 10.0 miles of trails in total. These trails are a multi-purpose open to mountain biking, hiking, trail running, skiing, and snowshoeing. Information and maps on each specific trail is...
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Wilmington, New York
  
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This remote spot is a favorite for anglers and naturalists. It is surrounded by over 8,000 acres of Wild Forest state land. Watch for loon and osprey, both known to nest near the pond. Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing On the...
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Au Sable Forks, New York
  
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The Adirondack Loj and Heart Lake Recreation Center offer a good year-round access point for many trails in the High Peaks Wilderness Area.  From the large parking area (be sure to pay the parking fee) you can reach...
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Lake Placid, New York
  
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On a fair day with good snow conditions, a trip up and down Whiteface via the highway can seem like a deceptively easy way to bag a 4,000 foot winter ascent. Under less than ideal conditions, however, the skiing can be...
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Wilmington, New York
  
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The 50-kilometer Jackrabbit Trail runs from Keene, through Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, to Paul Smiths. It is a trail that connects with four ski centers and several backcountry routes along the way. Trailheads: 15km of trail near...
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Lake Placid, New York
  
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Constructed in the fall of 2014, this new trail is sure to become very popular because it is 1.3 miles each way with little climbing to a spectacular view of the Ausable Valley and the surrounding mountains. This hike is...
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Wilmington, New York
  
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Esther was named after Esther McComb who, at the age of 15, made the first recorded ascent of the peak. Esther is a High Peak located off the shoulder of Whiteface Mountain, a much bigger sister peak, and makes for an excellent and...
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Wilmington, New York
  
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In 2012, the DEC opened up a new trail to the west end of the ridge, eliminating the previous herd path that was often eroded and very steep. The new trail is a bit longer but it's more gradual with much less erosion. As the...
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Jay, New York
  
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Hiking Silver Lake Mountain is a great “bang for your buck” destination. This short trail is perfect for the entire family and offers some outstanding views out over Taylor Pond, Union Falls Pond, Silver Lake, Catamount...
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Westville, New York
  
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New York Ski Educational Foundation
Providing opportunities for athletes of all ages to reach their potential in snow sports - alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping, cross country, nordic combined and biathlon - through professional guidance and...
Location:
Wilmington, New York
Phone:
(518) 946-7001
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High Falls Gorge - Snowshoe Trek
High Falls Gorge is especially spectacular in the winter months. Come for a nature walk, and gasp at the spectacular ice formations on 700 feet of frozen waterfalls. Afterward, roast marshmallows over a warm campfire and enjoy...
Location:
Wilmington, New York
Phone:
(518) 946-2278
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