Photo by Connie Prickett

About Cobble Hill

Cobble Hill, a small mountain with a big view, overlooks downtown Lake Placid. For decades, a 0.8-mile trail across private land has allowed hikers access to this 2,343-foot peak. In the past five years, as more people embrace the benefits of outdoor recreation and visitors seek activities within walking distance of their accommodations, Cobble Hill’s annual visitors have increased to an estimated 10,000 per year. Many are new to hiking, drawn to Cobble Hill due to the short climb and its proximity to a village center that make this destination more approachable than remote High Peaks.

The Adirondack Land Trust is working with community partners to enhance trail safety, improve hiker experience, and protect natural resources.

Special mud season alert

If your feet are sinking into mud on the trail, please turn around and plan to come back another day when conditions have improved. Trails are more vulnerable to damage during mud season than any other time of year. Show your love for this trail by giving it a spring break free of hikers. THANK YOU!

Frequently Asked Questions

If your feet are sinking into mud on the trail, please turn around and plan to return when the conditions have improved.

Cobble Hill’s hiking trail is being improved. As of December 2023, the new trailhead at the corner of Mirror Lake Drive and Northwood School’s driveway is open for public use. Tahawus Trails completed a 250-foot boardwalk and created the new trailhead to re-route the trail away from the school campus. Other professional trail improvements were completed in 2023 by Wilderness Property Management.

Trail work around the stone slab on the upper mountain was completed in spring 2024. Natural trail surfacing from the boardwalk to the bridge is anticipated to happen in August 2024.

The new trailhead is located at the corner of Mirror Lake Drive and Northwood School’s driveway where there is a crosswalk. As of December 2023, all other access points are closed. 

There is no trailhead parking lot, but the trail is close to Lake Placid’s downtown, so hikers are encouraged to walk through this vibrant community and make it part of the experience. Find a designated public parking space around Mirror Lake or in a downtown lot and walk from there.

Northwood School, Town of North Elba, the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center, Lake Placid 9’er hiking challenge, Barkeater Trails Alliance, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and private landowners.

We are the backbone of a collaborative effort: Together the partners above are working to improve access and safety to create a durable, lasting trail where people can connect with nature and conserved lands.

The Cobble Hill hiking trail is primarily on private lands. The Adirondack Land Trust oversees a conservation agreement on these lands that ensures the forest here will always remain a forest.

This project is moving forward thanks to grant funding from the North Elba Local Advancement and Enhancement Fund (LEAF) and the New York State Conservation Partnership Program, along with private support.