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Enjoying the Outdoors in Lake Placid, NY

We just spent two days in Lake Placid and found out there is much for a dog-toting family to enjoy. So much so that we want to share some ideas that will please the outdoorsy types as well as the tenderfoot in the bunch.

Sniffing Around

The village of Lake Placid (pop. about 2600) is probably best known as the site of the US “Miracle on Ice” win over the Russian national ice hockey team in the 1980 Olympics. In fact, Lake Placid also hosted the 1932 Winter Olympic Games. Lake Placid’s location and terrain in the Adirondack Mountains lends itself to all sorts of outdoor activities, including skiing, skating, bicycling, running, fishing, and hiking. Many people use Lake Placid as a base camp to climb the 46 surrounding “High Peaks.” The village also hosts the gamut of accommodation, dining, and shopping options to keep everyone happy.

What We Did

On our first day, we strolled (tenderfoot group) around Mirror Lake in the middle of Lake Placid. A wide, pavered walkway, complete with many doggie bag and trash can stations, covers the 2.8 mile loop. The east side of the lake is residential and, in some instances, almost palatial. But no matter what the size of the house, the view is stunning if you own a lakefront property. On the west side of the lake is the business/shopping district. We noted many boutique style shops and very few chain store locations. Several store owners confirmed that many shops allow dogs to come inside, though you need to ask. Amy and I really like this kind of day. We’re a hand-holding couple (even when walking Ty and Buster) that loves to stroll, snack, and window shop.

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On the second day, we hiked (outdoorsy group) a few trails around Heart Lake. The trail heads all start at the end of Adirondack Loj Road, which is just off Route 73, south of Lake Placid. Dogs must be on leash at all times. The pictures you see below were taken on the Van Hoevernberg Trail to Marci Dam. This was about a 4.5 mile round trip on a fairly easy trail. Nonetheless, our trek took about three hours to complete. Amy and I also really like this kind of day. It’s liberating to feel far removed from civilization and only hear the sounds of nature (and Ty’s panting). Trail hiking is great exercise for the boys, thoroughly tires them out, and makes that evening’s blog post writing so much easier.

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Next Time

Whiteface Mountain (elev. 4,872 feet) in nearby Wilmington is ranked as one of the top ski resorts in the Northeast. I wanted to re-live the experience of a chairlift ride up the mountain that I had as a kid on a 1960s summer vacation with my parents. Unfortunately, the ride – which now ascends the mountain in an enclosed gondola – doesn’t open until June 25. (Likewise, the drive up the back side of Whiteface on Veterans Memorial Highway was closed until May 21.) Though the gondola ride is not pet friendly, I was really looking to sneak in some quiet time with Amy. So … next time.


I am writing this post on May 19. Buster showed up on our doorstep exactly two years ago, and we celebrate his birthday on this day. Happy Birthday, Buster! You are one loved pooch!

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  • You bet – that’s what we’re here for!

  • Thanks so very much!!! :)

  • Hi Jill! Yes, there are definitely ticks in this area, including deer ticks that carry Lyme disease. It’s not a reason to avoid the area, but be sure to take precautions for you and your pet. To protect yourselves you can avoid high grass and other places ticks like to hang out, check thoroughly for ticks after every walk, and consider a tick repellant. I hope you have a great trip – waggin’ trails!

  • Hi! Can you tell me if they are known to have ticks in this area? Thanks so much!

  • Looks like another beautiful place. Love the greenery, reminds me of Victoria.

    By the end of the year you should have enough pictures of the boys to publish the Buster & Ty picture book!

    Happy Belated to Buster. I have yet to seem him look the camera square in the eye. LOL

  • michelechollow says:

    I love Lake Placid, and as you noted, it's not just for skiing. We went in the summer and enjoyed boating on the lake. And yes, you should take the gondola up Whiteface Mountain. The views are stunning.

    • Just talked to my mom. She confirmed that when we went up the mountain it was in an open chairlift. AND that I rode by myself while my mom and dad rode in the chair behind me. Now you ride up in an enclosed gondola. My, how times and liability exposure has changed!

  • Love the Bud shot :)

    Happy Birthday Buster!

  • Looks like Buster spent his day “working” with the pack on. I'd love to put one of those on jersey when I go hiking, but I think she go and get a court injunction.

    • We're trying every tool to train Buster. The backpack represents the GSDs-are-working-dogs-and-need-a-job school of thought. Not sure it's working, but it hurts like hell when he accidentally rams a water bottle into your leg!

  • Maggie says:

    Happy birthday, Buster! Sounds like he got to spend his birthday having lots of fun!

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