It's been a busy couple of weeks. We've done next to no hiking for 10 days! On Thursday night, while in Lake Placid, we had time for a very short hike before dark. I had not climbed Cobble Hill before, so that was our choice. The hill lies adjacent to Mirror Lake and is visible from Main Street.
The hardest part of the trip is finding the trailhead. At the NE corner of Mirror Lake Drive, there is an unmarked entrance road to Northwood School. If you drive in a short ways, there is a small parking lot on the left with a trailhead sign for Cobble Hill (see maps below).
You can climb Cobble Hill via a short 0.4 direct route, or a 1.1 mile route that goes past Echo Lake and then approaches Cobble Hill from the NE. We took the steep direct route up and then the longer route down.
|Zoom view of Cobble Hill from Main Street Lake Placid|
|Looking at the start of the trail from the parking lot|
|The steep trail has signs. The longer trail has trail marker discs.|
We didn't use any traction devices, but there was still some ice and snow on the trail; especially on the north side..
|Lots of rock as you climb higher|
|A foundation of a long gone tower|
|Somebody was watching us|
|Mount Colden and the MacIntyre Range in the background|
|Zoom view of the Olympic Ski Jumps|
|The trail beside Echo Lake|
This is obviously not a long hike, but it's well worth checking out. We're betting that the locals often climb this mountain for sunrise and/or sunset.
Hike Distance: 2 miles
Hike Time: 1 hour
Total Vertical Gain: ~ 500'