LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Professional trail work at Cobble Hill in Lake Placid resumed April 15, 2024, and is expected to continue for three weeks while Tahawus Trails focuses on making major improvements to the steepest section of trail, including the rock slab. The work will entail moving large boulders.

The trail will be temporarily closed weekdays from Monday, April 15, through Friday, May 10, to give the trail crew the space and time they need to work safely and efficiently. The trail will be open on weekends during this time. Current information will be posted on AllTrails, a mobile trail app.

This work follows construction of a 250-foot boardwalk, two bridge installations, trail reroutes, and other improvements completed in 2023 to make the Cobble Hill trail safer and more enjoyable for hikers of a wide range of ages, experience and ability.

“It has been amazing to see professional trail builders apply their expertise to improve the Cobble Hill trail, especially knowing how much the community treasures this little mountain behind the school. We thank hikers for adhering to the temporary closure,” said Northwood School Associate Head of School for External Affairs Thomas Broderick. Northwood owns the land crossed by the trail.

This community-led initiative is a partnership between Northwood School, the Town of North Elba, the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, Paul Smith’s College, the Lake Placid 9’er hiking challenge, the Barkeater Trails Alliance, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Land Trust and private landowners. The project is funded by grants from North Elba LEAF, New York State Conservation Partnership Program, and gifts from community members.

Photo by Olivia Dwyer/Adirondack Land Trust

Note: this post was updated on May 1, 2024, to change the anticipated final date of trail work from May 3 to May 10.