There is no longer any trailhead parking for Cobble Hill trails, so Lake Placid–area hikers are encouraged to base Cobble hikes from your home or hotel, or to begin your walk from a designated parking space on Mirror Lake Drive or a municipal lot.
Northwood School had provided a small trailhead parking lot for years, but the private school has closed campus roads for security reasons. Northwood is working with an ad hoc community group to identify and build a new off-campus trailhead for Cobble Hill trails, a project seeded by the North Elba LEAF Fund.
In the meantime, temporary foot access will be provided for 2021 over private lands from a trailhead near Northwood School’s Mirror Lake Drive gate, and from a trailhead on Whitney Road, just steps from Mirror Lake Drive. There is no parking at either trailhead, so hikers should factor approximately a half-mile walk from the downtown Lake Placid area. A map to help with trip planning is available at adirondacklandtrust.org/news.
Cobble Hill’s primary hiking trails have always crossed private lands before reaching state land near the summit; some of the private land is protected from subdivision and development under agreements with the Adirondack Land Trust.
Map of temporary Cobble Hill access provided by Adirondack Land Trust GIS.