Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Winter Recreation

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. You may even see crossbills high in the trees along the trails.

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. 

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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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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Stag Brook Falls is an excellent couple hours of hiking along an attractive brook with numerous waterfalls and cascades. Picnic benches, nature signs, and swimming are available along the way. This hike is an excellent snowshoe...
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Wilmington, New York
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Hiking 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 is essentially part of the Whiteface...
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Wilmington, 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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Hiking 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...
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Wilmington, New York
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Hiking 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...
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Wilmington, New York
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Hiking Trailhead From the four-way intersection in Wilmington, follow Route 86 toward Jay. In Jay, take a right onto Route 9N and head toward Keene. Continue for a bit over 6.5 miles and turn left on Styles Brook Road. Follow that...
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Jay, 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 steep 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....
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Jay, New York
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Hiking 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. This...
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Wilmington, 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...
Location:
Westville, New York
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Hiking The Flume Trail System is comprised of approximately 10.5 miles of trails open to mountain biking, hiking, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing in the town of Wilmington, N.Y. Enjoy vistas across wetlands, and interesting...
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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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On the shore of the pond sits the Taylor Pond State Campground which is an excellent location to access this trail as well. Along this ski tour you have a good possibility to see winter wildlife so keep a keen eye and ear. This is a...
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Wilmington, New York
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Hiking It's a 2.5 mile hike one way to Whiteface Landing. The trail starts at the left side of the trailhead parking area and soon climbs moderately away from the pond and the private camps on the pond before descending to the...
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Lake Placid, 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 also found on Nature Conservancy Land for all to enjoy. You will appreciate a nice hike through a bog...
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Wilmington, New York
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Hiking The trails at Beaver Brook are of a wide array of difficulties and terrain. One trail in particular is excellent for hiking and that is the Good Luck Trail. This trail ascends to a ridge where excellent views can be enjoyed....
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Wilmington, New York
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From the gate you will start climbing immediately. The climb is never too steep but continuous. It was built for cars to travel easily, leaving the total grade rather moderate. In the early season there can be bare spots and windblown...
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Wilmington, 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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Hiking 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...
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Wilmington, 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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