Of all outdoor summertime activities, nothing combines exercise, relaxation, and enjoyment of nature quite like hiking. With trails for all skill levels, breathtaking views, and the peaceful quiet of the forest, going for a hike on a nice summer day is the best way to disconnect from everything and feel reinvigorated.\nWith so many options close to Montreal, it can be tough to decide where exactly you want to spend the day hiking and exploring. But one trail stands out (literally) above the rest, and that's Whiteface Mountain, located in the region of Lake Placid, New York.\nOnly two hours away from the city, Whiteface Mountain perfectly combines everything you want in a hike: challenging (but not impossible) terrain, multiple trail options, unbelievable views, and private areas at the summit. The proximity allows you to do this hike in a day, or make a weekend out of it and spend some time in Lake Placid.\nA photo posted by @brensyb on Jul 15, 2016 at 11:16am PDT\nOne of the coolest things about this hike? On a clear day, you're supposed to be able to see the skyscrapers in Montreal. Driving two hours, crossing a border, hiking a mountain, and still being able to glance back to home? Awesome.\nA photo posted by Kelley Marie ?? (@kelleymcw) on Jul 17, 2016 at 6:41pm PDT\nA photo posted by @nikkkkitabear on Jul 13, 2016 at 1:24pm PDT\nYou may recognize Whiteface Mountain as a popular ski destination, and you're right: the ski lodge is not too far from the hiking trails. But keep in mind, the ski trails are not the hiking trails - each is in a different location, so don't confuse the two.\nA photo posted by mac (@mac1326) on Jul 11, 2016 at 1:24pm PDT\nA photo posted by Chris Patton (@generalc_patton) on Jul 9, 2016 at 12:12pm PDT\nThere are three main trails up to the summit, ranging from 3-5 hours. One route will offer you glimpses at Lake Placid itself, so if you're interested in some gorgeous water views, choose that one.\nAlso, if you're just too tired, or lazy (we've all been there), you can actually drive up a large portion of the mountain, and then just walk a short path to the summit. Whatever route you choose, the flexibility in hiking Whiteface makes it great for all ages, skill levels, and time frames.\nA photo posted by Erin Walk (@erinhaleywalk) on Jul 4, 2016 at 9:57am PDT\nA photo posted by Corey Robinson (@c_rob802) on Jul 4, 2016 at 4:11am PDT\nA photo posted by a n n e m p (@annemurrayp) on Jul 3, 2016 at 7:01am PDT\nA video posted by David Bogus (@dsbogus) on Jul 14, 2016 at 9:35am PDT\nOverall, Whiteface Mountain is a truly incredible hike. Although there are options closer to Montreal, Whiteface is a High Peak - any other little trails pale in comparison. Rising over 4,800 feet above sea level, you'll feel an amazing sense of accomplishment when you finally reach the top. And hey, if you drove? No worries - at least you won't be red-faced and sweaty in the photos.\nA photo posted by Dee (@slickmodee) on Jul 11, 2016 at 5:29pm PDT\nA photo posted by Brandon Fiege (@fiegephotographs) on Jul 10, 2016 at 5:00pm PDT\nA photo posted by Hayley Hatch (@hayleyy_hatch) on Jul 7, 2016 at 11:27am PDT\nA photo posted by Melanie (@melanie_brothers) on Jul 6, 2016 at 5:45pm PDT\nClick here for more info\nAdd mtlblog on Snapchat.