Travel Diary: Lake Placid, Adirondack, NY + Traffic Linky Party #193

8:30 AM

I'm a little late sharing this weekend trip. My friends and I went up to the Adirondacks during Memorial Day Weekend and loved it. It was nice to get away from the city and just be surrounded by nature. It's extremely quiet in the woods - you can hear everything from the birds chirping to the leaves rustling. It's quite peaceful. Since we only stayed for 3 days and 2 nights, our sightseeing was a bit limited, but we enjoyed it nonetheless. Check out a few of the highlights from the trip:

High Falls Gorge 

High Falls Gorge 

High Falls Gorge is a popular sight in Lake Placid. It's quite a serene walk through the woods - about half an hour through a secure man-made path with beautiful view of the waterfall. There is a longer hike that allows you to explore more of the forest. It's really not that tough of a hike, though there were parts that were more difficult than others. For the most part, you should be fine as long as you have a bottle of water. Really enjoyed stopping by here - highly recommend for an hour or two.

Whiteface Mountain

My friends and I are pretty big hikers, so we wanted to take advantage of being up near the mountains. We decided to hike the Whiteface Mountain trail - 4 hour hike up and 3-3.5 hour hike down. Pretty ambitious and of course would take the entire day. We were up for the challenge though! Once we found the trail, the climb became steep, and I mean STEEP.

This is the first mile to mile and a half of the trail. It's just rocks on a straight incline. Wow, my legs got a huge workout climbing up this hill. I was tired after the first half of this uphill climb and had to take a break to put my hair up and drink some water. 

The first peak we visited was Marble Mountain. Seeing this view was nice and reminded us of what the rest of the 3 hour hike was for. We did take a break to have a snack and soak in the view before continuing up.

Four hours later, we made it to the peak! Wow, the views of Lake Placid from the top of Whiteface Mountain are incredible!

After visiting the the peak, you can walk over and visit the museum, food court and bathrooms near the lighthouse. That walk was also a trek, though it wasn't as difficult as our hike. There were railings all over so it's safe for anyone to pass through.

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