Brewster Peninsula

(Not one of the 46 high peaks)


Map courtesy of the ADK


October, 2006

My friend Andy and I hiked the Brewster Peninsula trails in Lake Placid one gorgeous fall day with our wives and newborn boys, and my faithful hiking partner dog, Molly. These trails are a bit tricky to find, but they’re great for families with smaller kids and/or dogs. They’re pretty flat, and most aren’t that difficult. The one trail nearest the shore of Lake Placid could be considered difficult, due to roots, rocks and uneven ground. The best place to hike to in my opinion would be the dam and bridge shown on the map, which allows you great views of Lake Placid. Along that shoreline, you can also get a great view of majestic Whiteface mountain.

I don’t have any mileage numbers, elevation numbers or of those kind of gory details from the hike we did that day. The truth is, it is impossible to remember the exact trails we decided to hike that day. I was quite distracted with my son Alex on my chest, and walking my dog Molly as well. But just know that this area was a worthwhile quick and easy hike, conveniently located near the village of Lake Placid.

Some descriptions of each of the trail names.

Alex and I walk across the bridge.

Jen holds Alex at one of the trailhead signs.

The end.


The sign showing the trailhead

A glimpse of Lake Placid (the actual lake, that is), from the Lakeshore trail.

Molly loved playing fetch in the lake.

A view of the Whiteface Club and shoreline to our left.

The damn dam.

My friend Andy walking on water, (actually at the edge of the dam), with Whiteface directly behind him.

From this angle, you can see Whiteface and Buck Island.

Molly with my wife Jen, and Andy with his son Collin on his back. This is the bridge at the dam, (which is to the left in this photo).

Family picture on the end of a dock.

Karen with Collin, Jen, Molly, myself and Alex on the bridge.

Zoomed in a bit further...

One of the many trail signs on the property.

The summit of mighty Whiteface zoomed way in. You can clearly see the Castle at the left end of the rocky extension coming down from the summit, as well as the 2 buildings on the summit, itself.

A red maple leaf for our Canadian friends!