Lake Placid’s Cobble Hill trail closed for construction

As crew works on updates, trail will be closed on weekdays through May 3

The Cobble Hill Trail in Lake Placid will be temporarily closed during weekdays from April 15 to May 3 to give professional trail builders the time and space they need to work safely and efficiently on the steepest section of trail. (Provided photo — Olivia Dwyer/Adirondack Land Trust)

LAKE PLACID — Professional trail work at Cobble Hill in Lake Placid resumed on Monday 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 through Friday, May 3, 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,” said Northwood School Associate Head of School for External Affairs Thomas Broderick. Northwood owns the land crossed by the trail.

“We thank hikers for adhering to the temporary closure,” he added.

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.

To learn more, visit adirondacklandtrust.org/cobble-hill-trail-project or contact info@adirondacklandtrust.org, 518-576-2400.


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