The First Day of Spring in the Adirondacks

Spring 2016
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”  – Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

The first day of spring in Lake Placid, New York, was exactly as Charles Dickens described, hot in the sun, but cold in the shade. We greeted the new season with a chilly but snowless walk around Mirror Lake, the centerpiece of this mountain village perched on the edge of a new identity as a snowless winter sports capital of the world.

It is a relief to bid a bitter farewell to the worst winter on record in Lake Placid for those of us who love winter snow sports. Good riddance and let’s get on with it. Here’s to warm sunny days, flowers, green grass and leaves, and a new season of outdoor fun.


  1. Brigitte

    Hi Joann,

    Been enjoying reading your blog, especially the moose stories. I’m obsessed with them!

    We are coming to Lake Placid this coming weekend, fitting in a ride on Saturday at Whiteface but hoping to also get an hike or two in. We’ve been to the area quite a few times but solely for the slopes. Can you recommend some appropriate early-spring day hikes that wont require snowshoes? We have yak-traks if needed. I’d say we are intermediate to experienced hikers and have all the gear you can imagine ha ha. I look forward to your recommendations!

    Thank you,

  2. Joann

    Hello Brigitte,

    Glad to hear you enjoy the blog.

    There are some good choices for hikes around Lake Placid that won’t require snowshoes, such as, the back side of Mt. Van Hoevenberg; accessed from the South Meadow Road off of the Adirondack Loj Road. Cascade is an option, as is Haystack. Owl’s Head is a short, easy hike. Pitchoff would be fine, but there are some steep spots that could be icy and annoying. Baxter is another option. For sure bring your yak-tracks on any hike, just in case.
    Have fun! Joann

  3. Brigitte

    Thank you very much Joann, appreciate the response and all the suggestions! Looking forward to it!

  4. Brigitte


    I can’t thank you enough for the suggestions, it really helped me focus my research. We did Cascade and now we’re hooked! It was even a crappy day: rain, snow and no view at all! All I can say now is, one down, 45 to go ha ha! Already planning our next trip in May! You are so lucky live so close.


  5. Joann


    You are most welcome.
    Terrific – nice to hear you enjoyed hiking even without the view. That bodes well for your next 45!
    Yes, I know I am lucky, but it was part of the plan.

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