Nestled on the outskirts of Lake Placid, New York, the Brewster Peninsula Trails offer a compact but challenging biking experience. While the loop measures a mere 2 miles, don't be fooled by its length. It comes with its own set of peculiarities that can either make it a delightful or frustrating ride, depending on what one is looking for.
From Lake Placid, head toward Saranac Lake on Route 86. Just as you start climbing the hill past the large hotels, take a right onto the small driveway marked by the sign for the Brewster Peninsula Trails (near the Howard Johnson). Follow this less-than-half-mile road until it turns to gravel, and then park in the designated area.
The Brewster Peninsula Trails offer a split experience. The right side of the trail is a fairly standard ride, but the Lakeshore Trail can turn into an obstacle course filled with roots. This might deter some riders, but if one is looking for a technical challenge, this trail provides just that. Plus, the stunning views of the lake are hard to beat.Though it may not offer a long or adrenaline-pumping ride, the Brewster Peninsula Trails serve as a sort of litmus test for your technical abilities. And let's face it, not many loops allow you to test your skills while also serving up great vistas. So if you're in or around Lake Placid, give it a spin; it might just become your new after-work loop.