Psst. Looking for an oft-overlooked Adirondack peak with epic views, varied terrain, away from the crowds? Bears Den Mountain is the answer!
This hidden gem is located directly next to the Olympic Whiteface Mountain boasting front row views to the high peak on its rocky summit. The trail is moderate yet consistent all the way up and will be sure to get your heart pumping while you switchback your way to the top.
Put your windows down and let your backpack back-sweat dry, while you drive over to Big Slide Brewery & Public House or The Lake Placid Pub & Brewery.
At Big Slide enjoy a Giant IPA or other Funk-alicious brew and a delicious farm-to-table meal. Pro Tip: Get the Braised Pork Sugo. You will not be disappointed!
At The Lake Placid Pub, order a pint of the famous Ubu Ale or Skyward IPA, and a Shultzy Burger!
Bears Den Mountain
Distance: 3.3 Miles Roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1,479 Feet
Route Type: Out and Back
Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward Wilmington. Continue for 9.2 miles to the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. Turn into the center and follow the right and the Bear Den parking lot.
The trail flows along the hillside through a rough area that can be very wet. After 0.5 miles, the Bear Den Mountain Trail goes left, as the bike trails continue straight ahead.
The Bear Den Mountain Trail from this point on is a foot trail that is generally plain, but does require some care to follow.
The trail starts off fairly easy but soon steepens and remains so to a saddle at the crest of the ridge at 1.6 miles.
Heading left you will remain in the trees a bit longer before breaking out onto an open rock ledge with amazing views with more views on a second summit. Heading right from the col you will again remain in the trees and start a climb that is much steeper with rocky outcropping and eventually a rock scramble near the summit.
The Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:00am, Sun Noon-2am
Address: 813 Mirror Lake Dr, Lake Placid, NY 12946
The Lake Placid Pub and Brewery began like many microbreweries, with a homebrew kit and a love of beer.
Not just a love of drinking beer but a real respect for the craft, the history, the art, and the industry, as well as a passion for the brewing process itself.
Today, the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery has been brewing award-winning ales and lagers for more than 22 years and has expanded rapidly due to its popularity and quality, earning the respect of the brewing community and national media attention.
Over the years almost 150 different styles of beer have been brewed and almost 350,000 pints of beer annually!
Big Slide Brewery & Public House
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-10:00pm, Sun 10am-10pm
Address: 5686 Cascade Rd, Lake Placid, NY 12946
Big Slide Brewery & Public House opened in June of 2016. We have installed a hybrid 3.5/5 barrel brew-house, right in the center of the space, which also features a concrete-topped bar, a comfortable dining room, a beautiful (dog-friendly) patio, and a semi-open kitchen.
Offering 10 house beers on tap, with a wide variety of styles from Sours and Goldens to Pale Ales, IPAs, Porters, Stouts, and Belgian beers. There are always some new and exciting beers available like a Chili Pepper Pale Ale or a Brett Biere de Garde.
Big Slide pushes the envelope of beer styles. In the middle of the bar, you will see a wall of wooden barrels which is an extensive barrel-aging program at work, where bourbon, red wine, and fresh oak barrels to age the brews.
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