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Mount Van Hoevenberg, New York - Hiking

New York, United States


Difficulty Hard
Distance 22 KM
Elevation gain 896 M




Mount Van Hoevenberg is a summit point located in the Adirondack Mountains in the Town of North Elba, Essex County, New York, 9 miles (15 km) east-southeast of the village of Lake Placid. Named for Henry Van Hoevenberg (1849–1918), it is best known for the location of the bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track, and of a network of cross-country ski trails. The Mount Van Hoevenberg sports complex was used to host the 1932 (bobsleigh) and 1980 Winter Olympics (bobsleigh, luge, cross-country skiing, and biathlon).

Mount Van Hoevenberg stands within the watershed of the West Branch of the Ausable River, which drains into Lake Champlain, thence into Canada's Richelieu River, the Saint Lawrence River, and into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The southwest slopes of Mt. Van Hoevenberg drain directly into the West Branch. The northern and southern slopes of Van Hoevenberg drain into the North and South Meadow Brooks, respectively — tributaries of the West Branch.

The mountain is part of the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA). ORDA maintains the cross-country ski and biathlon trail system originally used in the 1980 Olympics.

During the summer, the mountain is used for hiking and mountain biking.


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Mt Van Hoevenberg, North Elba, NY 12946, USA

Rating and comments

Brice Kreitzer
Brice Kreitzer
The views were fantastic but the trailhead has been re-routed due to construction. A few more trail markers at key intersections would have been helpful.
Mary Frazier
Mary Frazier
nice hike
Barb Barb
Barb Barb
Best Mountain View for the least amount of work one of my new favorites in the high peaks region.
Jamal Fiedler
Jamal Fiedler
Love mt van hoevenberg! Have come here many times
Valerie Barrett
Valerie Barrett
Nice easy hike. The beavers' lake was gorgeous. Unfortunately we were covered by clouds, but the views were still great. Easy for family hikes. We had 5 y.o. with us.

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