Mount Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid

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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) (not to be confused with the American football player Henry Van Hoevenberg), 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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  • We went took the trailhead by the Bobsled complex and the trail was in great shape. We went up with our 1 year old strapped on my chest and we made it up in about an hour. The trail is easy to... 
    We went took the trailhead by the Bobsled complex and the trail was in great shape. We went up with our 1 year old strapped on my chest and we made it up in about an hour. The trail is easy to...  more »
  • We only came here to hike up to the top of Mt Van Hoevenberg and didn't partake in any of the other activities. Great hike. I'd rate is relatively moderate, some steps in the beginning but levels... 
    We only came here to hike up to the top of Mt Van Hoevenberg and didn't partake in any of the other activities. Great hike. I'd rate is relatively moderate, some steps in the beginning but levels...  more »
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  • Awesome hike. Moderate, muddy, Awesome views.
  • Have been skiing there since 1979. Best place in USA.

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