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Saturday, February 14, 2015

XC Ski - Henry's Woods - Lake Placid - 2/14/15

Recently I did a trip report on the Peninsula Trails in Lake Placid; a relatively unknown gem to folks outside the Lake Placid area.  Here is another one:  Henry's Woods.  This is a trail network that is privately owned, but open to the public free of charge.  It has been open to the public since 2008. There are plans for further expansion, but even the existing trail network is sufficient for most people.

Located on Bear Cub Lane, just off of Old Military Road, the network is a delight.  Once you turn on Bear Cub Lane, there is a parking loop about a 100 yards down on the right.

The trail system was well planned and was obviously designed with skiers in mind.  The green loop trail provides a nice 2 mile loop with a long gentle climb followed by a similar long gentle descent. The yellow plateau trail is a narrower woods trail, but is relatively level and is easily negotiated.

Information Kiosk

Trail System Map
A well drawn trail map
The blue switchback trail has a few turns that need to be negotiated and the red Rocky Knob trail provides a challenge for intermediate to advanced skiers.

The trail network is open to well behaved dogs and Rev got to visit with a dozen or so dogs today. 

Very dog friendly!

Color coded trail markers
Ski conditions have been great for the last couple weeks and today was no exception.  The snow has stayed powdery due to the extreme cold that the northeast has endured during the last couple weeks.

The Loop Trail

One of the views from the Plateau Trail

Rev on the Plateau Trail

There is a viewpoint with a great view of the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumps! 

The "Bridge to No-where on the Loop Trail"

We were very impressed with this trail network and we hope they do expand as they've discussed. The current 212 acre trail network may be expanded to over 600 acres in the future.  Let's hope their good work continues.  We certainly appreciate the thoughtfulness and hard work that went into the current system.  Thank you Uihlein Foundation!

Thank you Uihlein Foundation!

XC Ski Stats:
Ski Distance:  4 miles
Ski Time:  2 hours
Total Vertical Gain:  ~600' 

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