Searching for the High Peaks around Mirror Lake

My go-to walk is to enjoy the 2.7-mile stroll around Mirror Lake. I can easily circumnavigate the lake during my child’s ballet lesson. I can even squeeze in a stop at the bookstore and a grab n’ go from one of the Main Street shops. I usually use headphones and relax, but occasionally my husband decides to join me and it seems to turn into a challenge of sorts.

I usually park my car adjacent to a playground, tennis courts and the public beach. Summer is here and I can let my family come to me for a change. The warm weather and sunshine fill the public beach with people and the shoreline buzzes with activity.

We head north around the aptly named Mirror Lake Drive keeping the water to our left. Families are out enjoying the sun, couples are walking dogs, and friends are chatting with each other. Part of the pathway is newly renovated while other sections still hold the brick-colored paving stones. Grey plaques are inset into the pathway naming each of the Adirondack 46 High Peaks with the corresponding elevation.

As an Adirondack guide, my husband is a 46er 10 times over and has some story to share as we pass each mountain’s name. Our discussions usually start with a casual statement. He mentions that having pavers of the High Peaks around the lake is such a clever idea. It is. Then let’s say, hypothetically, that he wonders if all 46 mountains are represented along the walkway. Hypothetically, mind you.

I think how silly it would be to only represent a portion of the High Peaks. Did my husband have insider knowledge? How would someone choose which mountain to exclude? Was a paver taken or broken? Of course, you can just walk around the lake without anything to prove, but apparently, I can’t. We meet plenty of people walking, jogging, and entertaining themselves along the level path. Benches along the shoreline are the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view.

The second walk around the lake isn’t as peaceful as the first because I know there are 46 pavers. Between my husband and myself, our phones hold 46 photos of 46 pavers representing 46 Adirondack High Peaks with their elevation. East Dix has even been updated to its name change of Grace Peak. No, it wasn’t a matter of being right. It was a game. Yes, games end with ice cream on Main Street.

Normally the loop takes about 45 minutes to end up back at Lake Placid’s public beach. The second time around took a bit longer because it came with documentation. There is limited street parking along the northwest shore as well as the southern section by the beach. Metered parking is available along Main Street as well the various public parking lots.

Diane Chase is the author of the “Adirondack Family Activities” guidebook series, “Adirondack Family Time: Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities.” For more family-friendly activities go to www.adirondackfamilytime.com.

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