The Adirondack Mountains, a formidable collection of majestic peaks, are a hiker’s haven. Visitors have been admiring Lake George Area mountains since the Original Vacation began, and adventurous souls have been carving routes up those mountains for just as long. Expertly maintained trails are waiting to be explored. See you at the trailhead.

Hiking is a pillar of the Lake George Area experience

The Adirondack Mountains cannot be ignored because they envelop and color the region. They’re beautiful to look at, but many visitors to the area dream of conquering the peaks. The Lake George Area is a premier hiking destination because of the unparalleled beauty of the Adirondacks. Some hikes, such as The Pinnacle, are simple jaunts along wooded trails with a switchback or two to ease the burden of the climb. Many of the easier hiking trails are parks with secluded paths, beckoning you to relax and connect with the outdoors. Other hikes are difficult and rugged hours-long endeavors such as the Black Mountain Range, where even experienced hikers are tested. Hikers may encounter well-built ladders on a steep pitch, scrambles over open rock, or a remote lean-to at the end of the trek. Of course, there’s always a reward when you reach the end of the trail.

The Adirondack Mountains provide some of the greatest views in the country, especially during fall foliage season. On clear days, a hiker on the summit of a Lake George Area mountain can see as far as Vermont’s Green Mountains and views of Lake George are common. You can’t reach the summit of a Lake George Area vacation without exploring an Adirondack hiking trail.

Stewart Mountain Hiking Trail

An quick and easy hike to views of Loon Lake in Chestertown.

Cook Mountain lakeview

Cook Mountain

The three trails of Cook Mountain Preserve offer a variety of experiences for hikers of all ages and abilities.

Kipp Mountain

Kipp Mountain Hiking Trail

A 1.92 mile out-and-back trail in Chestertown.

Schaefer Trail on Gore Mountain

Part of the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest. NYS DEC-maintained trail. Moderate-challenging 5.5 mile. Blue foot trail markers with a section in the middle utilizing blue ski trail markers.

Caroline Fish Memorial Trail

Caroline Fish Memorial Trail

Explore the Caroline Fish Memorial Trail with a hike or by bike! The Caroline Fish Memorial Trail offers 2.6 miles of off-road trail for biking and hiking. This multi-use trail offers a variety of terrain for varying skill levels of mountain biking, with an elevation gain and drop of 120'.

Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob

Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob

Find stunning views of southern Lake George at the Schumann Preserve! This easy-moderate hike located ten minutes outside of Lake George Village is ideal for families with small children. The orange trail brings hikers to a wooden gazebo with beautiful views of southern Lake George below. The blue trail continues from the gazebo for about a mile, ending at a seasonal waterfall.

Thirteenth Lake

Thirteenth Lake

Get in touch with nature at Thirteenth Lake! Thirteenth lake in North River is a backwoods experience minus the hike. An accessible gravel path leads from the parking lot to a canoe launch, where you'll have a chance at landing brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, and landlocked salmon.

Adirondack Mountain Club

Adirondack Mountain Club

The Adirondack Mountain Club promotes conservation and responsible recreational use of the New York State Forest Preserve, the Adirondack Forest Preserve, other parks, wildlands, and waters vital to our members and chapters. Since 1922 the organization has offered opportunities to stay and play as well as protect, discover, and explore the outdoors.

Siamese Ponds Wilderness Hiking Trails

52 miles of marked hiking trails in southeastern part of Adirondack Park. Access to trails from Route 8 in Bakers Mills or 13th Lake Rd in North River. Over 36 ponds & lakes originate here. Contact DEC for hiking trail maps.

Amy's Park

Amy's Park

There are four hiking trails for passive recreation, exploration, education and two water access points. The park includes lookout areas where you can view the active beaver pond and its resident wildlife, as well as a view of Lake George. You can hike the perimeter of the Park via the yellow trail to the red trail to the north pond on the blue trail; go south from the blue trail to the orange trail to the parking lot.

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves is an Adirondack treasure! Come see the largest marble cave entrance in the east. Explore Noisy Cave, check out the resident bats in Peter Pan's Peephole, dip under Arch Rock, and cross over the natural stone bridge itself!

Foliage on Palmer Pond

Palmer Pond Hiking Trails

Moderate marked hiking trails with great Adirondack vistas.