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.

West Mountain

West Mountain has been the perfect setting for your families’ winter outing for over 50 years. West Mountain with a vertical drop of 1,010-feet has 31 trails across over 126 acres, ranging from easy, gentle learning slopes to challenging, expert terrain. Don't plan on leaving when the sun goes down!

Cook Mountain

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

Hackensack Mountain Park

Hackensack is a small mountain located right in the heart of Warrensburg.  It has a rich history, with many of the historic buildings in the hamlet having been built with rock quarried on the mountain.  Its name is derived from an Algonquin word meaning “where two rivers come together”, and those who make the climb to the peak are rewarded with a panoramic view of not only the hamlet, but also the confluence of the Hudson and Schroon Rivers.  A series of trails loop up the peak

Hudson River Nature Trail

Picnic. Easy trail along the river.

Van Dusen Preserve

A well-marked nature preserve in Queensbury.

Ridge/Jenkinsville Park

The basketball courts, tennis court, and softball fields serve a variety of sports leagues for both adults and youth. Play apparatus and cookout grills offer fun opportunity for summer picnics. Restrooms are available on site. When the season allows enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in this 80 acre park.  

Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob

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.

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.

Stewart Mountain Hiking Trail

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

Adirondack Hooks-N-Horns

Get out of town and into the woods with Adirondack Hooks-N-Horns! Adirondack Hooks-N-Horns is a New York State licensed guide service that leads hiking, hunting, and fishing expeditions. We specialize in day and overnight hikes, fishing the lakes and remote ponds, ice fishing, and day or overnight hunts for whitetail deer and black bear. Don't forget to bring your camera!

Garnet Hill Outdoor Center

Get outside and experience the Adirondacks at Garnet Hill Outdoor Center! The Garnet Hill Outdoor Center is a four-season adventure complex offering biking and paddling in the spring, summer, and fall and world-class cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

Cat and Thomas Mountains Preserve

Cat and Thomas Mountains offer spectacular views of Lake George a mere five minutes from Bolton Landing. The Preserve is family and pet-friendly with easy to challenging trails. Your dog must be leashed at all times. The Preserve is designated Carry In / Carry Out.