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Adirondack Lifestyle ™: Sep 7, 2008

Sunday, September 07, 2008

The "Other Side" of Mount Van Hoevenberg

Outdoor enthusiasts knowledgeable about the Adirondacks are usually familiar with Mount Van Hoevenberg (MVH), the 1980 Winter Olympic nordic and sliding sports venue. Obviously, these beautifully maintained ski trails and the refrigerated bobsled/luge track had to be built into the side of a real Adirondack mountain, located on the outskirts of Lake Placid, since skiing, bobsled and luge rely heavily on gravity and elevation change. A not-so-secret fact is on the other side of Mount Van Hoevenberg; the undeveloped side, is a New York State hiking trail that takes you to the top of the real mountain and some great views of Mt. Marcy and the Village of Lake Placid. It is one of my favorite close to home hikes since it has a very high ROI factor. That is, for a little bit of effort; 90 minutes or so and only 4.4 miles, you get incredible views and lots of negative ions, which as we know, make you feel good. Here are some recent photos documenting the 'other side of MVH.'