guided hiking tours

guided hiking tours

available starting saturday, june 15 - SAVE 20% WHEN YOU PURCHASE AN OLYMPIC SITES PASSPORT

Ninety minutes of exploring the Adirondack woods will do a lot for the soul! Join one of our guides along the banks of the West Branch of the Ausable River. As you pass through cool stands of hemlocks, tracing the river's zigs and zags on the Stag Brook Falls Trail, your guide will tell you all about the plants and animals around you. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for sightings of deer, turkey, and even eagles! You'll learn about the unique history of the Adirondack Park and the story of Whiteface Mountain. Your walk, suitable for hikers of all ages, ends gloriously at a rushing waterfall, with the cool Adirondack water cascading down mossy rocks and ledges. Save 20% on this activity and many others with your Olympic Sites Passport!

General Information

  • Due to limited hike capacity reservations are recommended. You may book online (coming soon!) or call Whiteface at (518) 946-2223. 
  • Proper footwear is required and insect repellent is advised. 
  • Please plan to meet at the Whiteface ticket window 10-15 minutes prior to your hike start time.

shuttle information

Essex County will be operating a free shuttle between Lake Placid and the Whiteface Mountain Ski Area Fridays through Sundays from 7 am to 7 pm from September 13 through October 6 and four-days for Columbus Day Holiday Weekend.

Shuttle Map Shuttle Schedule

The shuttle will stop at the following locations:

  1. Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort
  2. Mirror Lake Park
  3. Whiteface Landing Trailhead
  4. Copperas Pond Trailhead
  5. Bear Den Mountain Trailhead
  6. Whiteface Mountain Ski Lodge

Trail Descriptions

Shuttle Stop 3 – Whiteface Landing Trailhead
Whiteface Landing: This 2.5-mile trail is the first portion of the Whiteface Mountain Trail. It only ascends 310 feet from the trailhead to the shore of Lake Placid, where you can view McKenzie Mountain, Moose Mountain, Moose Island, and the surrounding wilderness lands across the lake.

Shuttle Stop 4 – Copperas Pond Trailhead
Copperas & Owen Ponds: This trail in the Sentinel Range Wilderness extends 1.7 miles between two trailheads located on State Route 86. The trail ascends 450 feet for 0.5 mile to the clear waters of Copperas Pond and then continues 0.7 miles to the shores of Owen Pond. The trail provides views of the scenic wilderness ponds, their picturesque shorelines, 3,616-foot Stewart Mountain and 3,892-foot Kilburn Mountain.

Shuttle Stop 5 – Bear Den Mountain Trailhead
Flume Trail System: The trail system is comprised of approximately ten miles of trails open to hiking and mountain biking and includes hikes up Bear Den Mountain, the Flume Knob, and along the banks of the West Branch Ausable River.

Bear Den Mountain: This trail in the Whiteface Mountain Intensive Use Area ascends 1.6 miles and 1,160 feet from a trailhead near the parking area for Kid Campus of the Whiteface Mountain Ski Area to the 2,400-foot summit of Bear Den Mountain. Enjoy spectacular views of Whiteface Mountain including the ski trails and summit. The trail is part of the Flume Trail Network and is open to the public for day use free of charge. Bikes are allowed on the first 0.4 mile of the trail. The summit provides views of the West Branch Ausable River Valley, Sentinel Range, Stephenson Range and the ski trails and summit of Whiteface Mountain.

Shuttle Stop 6 – Whiteface Ski Lodge
West Branch Nature Trail: This trail begins at the bottom of the Mixing Bowl lift and proceeds along the West Branch of the Ausable River, passing through hardwood forests, and open ski trails, returning to the base lodge via the beautiful Stag Brook Trail. This trail is open to hikers at any time and is well marked with red trail markers. Loop is 1.9 miles in length. Trail climbs 335 feet in elevation.

Stag Brook Falls Trail: This trail begins behind the Base Lodge and proceeds up the Stag Brook, past a 25-foot water fall. It is a short trail (1/2 mile) that eventually leads to open ski trails. This would be a good option for those who would like to hike up the mountain to gain a scenic vista. This trail is not marked after it enters the ski trails.


***The Cloudsplitter Gondola, Adventure Zone, Mountain Biking, Zip Line and Whiteface base area hikes will be closing at 11:30am on Friday, October 4th for a private event. The Whiteface Veteran's Memorial Highway will be open 8:45am, 11:30am and 2:00pm– 5:30pm for spectacular foliage views. The Cloudsplitter Gondola will re-open on Saturday and Sunday for the regularly scheduled hours of 9:30am – 5:00pm.***

Reservations are recommended. You may book online or call Whiteface at (518) 946-2223. Please plan to check in at the Whiteface ticket window 10-15 minutes prior to your Guided Hiking Tour start time. 

Guided Hiking Tours will not be available on the following dates:

  • Sunday, July 28
  • Sunday, September 8
  • Saturday, September 28 - Sunday, September 29

Groups of 20 or more should contact for special pricing information.


June 15 - 23 | Saturday & Sunday
10:30 am
June 29 - September 2 | Available Daily
10:30 am
September 6 - October 13 | Friday - Sunday (available Columbus Day)
10:30 am
Times and dates are subject to change.
Guided Hiking Tour: $16
Guided Hiking Tour + Cloudsplitter Gondola Ride: $35
6 & under: FREE
Ages: 7+
Whiteface boasts the greatest vertical drop of any resort east of the Rocky Mountains & is the undisputed Winter Sports Capital of the World!
Monday, October 14, 2019
Explore Whiteface and Stag Brook Falls on a 1.5-hour guided tour along the West Branch of the Ausable River.
10:30 am