With its dense cluster of mountains and an ecosystem almost identical to Vermont, the Adirondack’s High Peaks region may actually be a better place to peep leaves than that fabled foliage grounds. The colors are just as vibrant, and the variety of altitudes and aspects afforded by the steep hillsides provide an amazing array of trees in change. Forget our gushing. See for yourself with a trail run in the former Winter Olympic Village. The Henry’s Woods trail system—4.5 miles of interlocking loops—is mostly under the canopy, for total immersion in the colors. Climb the steep Rocky Knob loop for High Peaks views. Need more? Run just a half mile of pavement to hit John Brown Farm’s four-miles of forested trail.
WHEN TO GO: Peak foliage is usually in early October.
ROUTE: The trailhead is on Bear Cub Lane near the Olympic Training Center.
GOLD MEDAL GRUB: Grab a table on the patio of Liquids and Solids in Lake Placid if temps allow. The menu rotates according to the availability of local ingredients, including the artisanal butcher next door, but the charcuterie plate in some incarnation is always a good bet. They are even better known for their creative cocktails, which also rotate according to whim and fresh herb availability, but hopefully the Straight Booze lingers on the list—Knob Creek, Sorel, vermouth, cherry vanilla bitters, and lemon.