Mt. VanHoevenberg is a small mountain when compared to some of it's neighbors like Marcy, Gothics, and Algonquin but what it lacs in height it makes up for in views. From the diffrent ledges near the summit you can see from Porter Mt. to Lake Placid. The hike to the top is just just over 2 miles.
Mt. VanHoevenberg's North Side is Home to the Verizon Sports Complex
and hosted events for the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Games. While the north side of the mountain does not offer a wilderness setting, one would not know it by hiking up the south side. The south side is truly wild.
From Rt. 73 turn on to ADK Loj Road. ADK Loj Road is about five miles before or after Lake Placid depending on which way you are heading.
Continue for about 4 miles down ADK Loj Road until you see the DEC sign for South Meadows, it will be on your left. The Trailhead for Mt. VanHoevenberg is 0.3 miles doewn South Meadow Road with parking areas just before and after the start of the trail
Red TapeDEC Rules and Reg's
Follow normal ADK rules
There are many camp sites along South Meadow Road
NO FIRES ANYWHERE!
Pets must be leashed on trail and at lean-to's and campsites.
Do not use soap in any water source.
Do not dispose of food in any water source.
All dishwashing and bathing must be done 150 ft from a water source.
No glass containers.
Audio device must NOT be audible outside of the immediate campsite.
Pack all trash out.
All human waste must be disposed of properly. In privies or 6-8 inches below the ground, 150 ft from a water source or trail.
You must camp with in 15 ft. (5 m) from the CAMP HERE disks
When to Climb and Current Conditions
When to Climb
Mt. Van Hoevenberg can be climbed in all seasons.
External LinksCarl Heilman's photo from Mt. VanHoevenberg