Hike...to the Garden parking area or the new Rooster Comb trail from our back door and follow hundreds of miles of marked wilderness trails. It's only 9 miles to Mt. Marcy, the highest point in New York, but don't count in doing it in one day from Trail's End. There are shorter routes from nearby points. You may want to try some of the others of the 46 High Peaks, such as Whiteface Mountain, Algonquin, Cascade or Porter, which are near here. Many lovely hikes are within a few miles: Giant, Big Slide, Gothics, Dix, Noonmark Mountain, the Lower Ausable Lake, Beaver Meadow Falls, the Lake Road on the grounds of the famous Ausable Club. Just ask your inn
keepers, and we'll be glad to recommend one that coincides with your abilities and desires for the day. Especially if you haven't hiked here before, we offer several guidebooks you might enjoy. You might also, if you're interested in hiking the 46 High Peaks, take a good look at Adirondack Journey's excellent website. Remember to be good stewards of nature---follow the backcountry rules.
Summer Activities...Hiking in the world-famous High Peaks of the Adirondacks, canoeing, fishing the Ausable River (for information on fly fishing and other outdoor activities, you may want to visit the Mountaineer's website, www.mountaineer.com) , whitewater rafting, bicycling, horseback riding, golf, tennis, swimming in the Ausable and Boquet Rivers, bird watching, rock climbing, and more are nearby. Now, the North American Ironman Triathlon is held in Lake Placid every summer! Athletes who compete in the U.S. Ironman Championship get the thrill of finishing the event on the Olympic Speedskating Oval where Eric Heiden won five gold medals in 1980. Other sporting teams and competitions continue to relocate to the region. The Lake Placid Horse Shows are held for two weeks in June and July. Lacrosse tournaments, marathons and other national and international events are held each year. An activity gaining in popularity is geocaching, using a GPS to find hidden treasures and see relatively undiscovered places.
For those who are interested in architecture or architectural history, this region abounds in lovely buildings in beautiful natural settings. Some, such as White Pine Camp (Calvin Coolidge's Summer White House) are available for tours. You might plan a visit to John Brown's Farm or the Great Camp Santanoni Preserve. Great Camp Sagamore makes a fascinating day trip, especially combined with (if you have the energy) the Adirondack Museum. Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) has an informative site you might enjoy. Some tours are by prior arrangement only.
Ski...miles of trails through woods and fields or travel twenty minutes to ski groomed Olympic trails Mt. Van Hoevenberg Ski Center at Lake Placid. Downhill skiers can enjoy Whiteface Mountain's longest vertical drop in the East, located only twenty minutes away. Check out trail conditions and equipment rental rates at whiteface.com. You can call us directly to see if there are any downhill ski specials or packages available during your stay.
This site (adirondacklinks.com) contains links to many area attractions, businesses and visitor's bureaus.
Winter Activities...Cross-country or downhill ski on the Olympic sites (just 15 minutes away!). Ice skate, take an unforgettable bobsled ride (at what is now known as the Verizon Sports Complex), snowshoe, ice climb, snowmobile, back country ski, tour Lake Placid, or visit the 1980 Winter Olympic Sites. You can take a toboggan run on Mirror Lake, or even go out on the frozen lake in a dog sled. See world-class athletes compete in hockey games, ski jumping, figure skating, bobsled, ski races, biathlon and other winter activities. Geocaching is possible and exciting, even in winter. (to search for caches, use our ZIP code of 12943.)
Rooms with shared hall bath, $85 to $95 per night
Rooms with private bath, $110 to $145 per night
Two-room suites with private bath, $135 per night
Algonquin Cottage, on the grounds of the main inn, $195 per night
Cascade Cottage, 5 miles north in Keene, NY, $195 per night
Blueberry Cottage, 5 miles north in Keene, NY, $195 per night
Weekly rates are available for all cottages, 2 night minimum required for Blueberry & Cascade Cottage
If you are searching for rooms and cottages with special amenities, we have
4 Rooms with sleeping porch
6 Rooms with fireplace
6 Rooms with whirlpool tub
3 separate 2 bedroom cottages
Downstairs showers available for freshening up before the ride home. Guest kitchenette with fridge, microwave, coffee maker, 2 outdoor propane grills available for guest use.
Gift baskets, massage, gift certificates, birthday cakes, private dinners, weddings, family reunions are all available by prior arrangement.
Policies & Restrictions
This is a non-smoking property
Rates & Availability
$85-195 per night
From New York City and other points South - Join the New York Thruway. At Albany, exit the New York Thruway at Exit 24, pay your toll and take I-87 North (no tolls!) towards Montreal. Exit at Exit 30 (milepost 104) and turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp and follow signs toward Lake Placid and Keene Valley. 11 miles from the exit, enter Keene Valley and slow to 35 mph. Look for the big Trail's End Inn sign on the left, just after Trailhead parking for the Rooster Comb Trail. Turn left into the driveway and continue 1/3 mile back to the inn.
From Montreal and other points North - Take I-87, south to exit 30. Turn right at the off-ramp, and follow signs toward Lake Placid and Keene Valley. 11 miles from the exit, enter Keene Valley and slow to 35 mph. Look for the big Trail's End Inn sign on the left, just after Trailhead parking for the Rooster Comb Trail. Turn left into the driveway and continue 1/3 mile back to the inn.
From Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and points West (Ohio or Chicago, for instance) - Take the New York Thruway east to Exit 33. Take Route 365 east toward Rome and Holland Patent and Hinckley. 365 ends at Rte 8. Turn left onto Route 8 east toward Speculator, then Wevertown and Riparius. Cross the Hudson River at a one lane bridge; about 2 miles past the river, take US Route 9 north towards Pottersville and Interstate 87 north. Join I-87 north at Exit 26, continue north to Exit 30. Take Exit 30, turn left at bottom of ramp and follow signs to Lake Placid and Keene Valley. 11 miles from the exit, enter Keene Valley and slow to 35 mph. Look for the big Trail's End Inn sign on the left, just after Trailhead parking for the Rooster Comb Trail. Turn left into the driveway and continue 1/3 mile back to the inn.
Alternate (for bad weather): Stay on the New York Thruway to Albany. Exit the New York Thruway at Exit 24, pay your toll and take I-87 North (no tolls!) towards Montreal. Exit at Exit 30 (milepost 104) and turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp and follow signs toward Lake Placid and Keene Valley. 11 miles from the exit, enter Keene Valley and slow to 35 mph. Look for the big Trail's End Inn sign on the left, just after Trailhead parking for the Rooster Comb Trail. Turn left into the driveway and continue 1/3 mile back to the inn.
- Telephone - Free Local Calls
Trails End... our comments
Mar 17, 2010 08:15 pm
We have stayed there for one week for each of ten years and have found the owners to be appreciative, eager to please, and friendly. This is THE area of the Adirondacks high peaks for hiking, and should not be confused with children's entertainment such as rides, fast food restaurants (there aren't any), and similar entertainment. To seek such activities, Lake George might be more to your liking. Trails End is off the main road by about a third of a mile, and avoids the road noises that similar ... more
- Special Offer