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.

Cook Mountain

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

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Conserving, improving and protecting New York's natural resources and environment. Site includes information on outdoor recreation, lands and waters, licenses and permits and much more.

Gurney Lane Recreation Area

A medley of easy trails meander through a snowy forest.

Northwoods Scenic Gondola Rides

Gondola rides at Gore Mountain are a unique way to see views of the High Peaks and southern Adirondacks. Enjoy hiking and picnicking when you reach the summit! Don't miss the chance to take an amazing photo of the distant mountains. Fall leaf peepers will find unparalleled views of the colors on this ride.

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.

Adirondack Great Walks and Day Hikes

Details include area maps with description, distance and difficulty rating. Also includes information of historic sites, lakes, rivers, nature trails, geological formations, views and waterfalls. Download this guide to paths less taken in the Northeast's last great wilderness.

Pole Hill Pond

The entrance to the Pole Hill Pond Preserve is on the west side of Route 9N. Look for the prominent sign.

Summer Activities at Gore Mountain

Free interpretive walks led by Gore staff and special guest speakers will depart the top of the Northwoods Gondola twice daily, featuring in

Clendon Brook Preserve

Easy .5 mile nature trail for walking maintained by the Queensbury Land Conservancy. Fishing. NO vehicles, camping or campfires are permitted.

Round the Lake Challenge

Explore the Lake George Area and become a Round-the-Laker! The Round the Lake Challenge is an outdoor recreation challenge designed by the Lake George Land Conservancy to, "educate about the Lake George watershed’s natural, historical and cultural resources by encouraging first-hand experiences."

Terzian Woodlot

Nice for families, 1.5 miles of easy-moderate trails for birding, hiking, and snowshoeing. Some trails connect with the Silver Bay YMCA trails. The Silver Bay YMCA asks that you become a member before using their trails.

Garnet Hill Outdoor Center

In the spring, summer and fall we provide access to a wide range of warm weather activities including hiking, swimming, paddling, and mountain biking. The Outdoor Center maintains an extensive network of mountain bike trails, including dedicated single-track trails, snowshoe trails and wider cross-country ski trails.