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.

North Creek Ski Bowl

North Creek Ski Bowl Mountain Biking Trails

Explore professionally-designed mountain bike trails at the North Creek Ski Bowl! The professionally-designed mountain bike trail system at North Creek Ski Bowl is a combination of multi-use and dedicated mountain bike trails providing single- and double-track trails, switchbacks, and some challenging climbs.

Skiier with green skis and yellow jacket skiing corduroy at West Mountain with blue skies

West Mountain

West Mountain has been the perfect setting for your families’ winter outing for over 50 years. Enjoy West in the warmer months! IMPORTANT Safety Protocols:

East Side of Lake George Hikes

Buck Mtn, moderate difficulty on rocky trail with excellent lake views; Sleeping Beauty Mtn, easy trail to spectacular lake views; Pilot Knob Mtn, moderate trail with lake views; Lakeshore Trail, easy trail past Shelving Rock Falls to lake.

Berry Pond Preserve

Berry Pond Preserve

This 1,436 acre preserve is located in the towns of Lake George, Warrensburg and Lake Luzerne. Well-marked trails range from easy to moderately challenging, and offer views of Lake George's Narrows section and the lower Adirondack Mountains. The preserve is great for those interested in wildlife. It is home to both an active beaver community and a great blue heron rookery. No dogs allowed.

Gurney Lane Recreation Area

A four-season recreation park in Queensbury.

Catamount Mountain

Green Hill and Catamount Mountain Hiking Trails

Hike in Pottersville to stunning views of the Adirondack High Peaks! Green Hill and Catamount Mountain are two hiking and snowshoeing trails based out of Natural Stone Bridge & Caves park in Pottersville. These trails are available for hiking and snowshoeing with admission to the park.

ADK-9 Challenge

ADK-9 Challenge

Try to complete the new ADK-9 hiking challenge! This challenge consists of 9 dog friendly hikes, with gorgeous views of the Adirondack Mountains! Each trail give hikers a chance to explore less populated areas in the region as well.

The Pinnacle

Lake George Land Conservancy Preserves & Trails

Hike gorgeous trails maintained by the Lake George Land Conservancy! The Lake George Land Conservancy is a not-for-profit group that aims to protect the waters of Lake George.

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.

Hudson River Recreation Area

Hudson River Recreation Area

Features river access for swimming, picknicking, boating, tubing. Old tote roads for hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing. Bear Slide Trail just past culvert for Buttermilk Brook. Primative camping includes sites for visitors with disabilities. Maps on website.

Potash Mountain

Potash Mountain Hiking Trail

Discover gorgeous views of the Adirondacks from the summit of Potash Mountain! This 2.6-mile round trip climb brings hikers to an open summit that seems more like a meadow than the top of a mountain. The hike to the summit is short and steep with views beginning towards the top of the trail. From the top, hikers will find gorgeous views of Fourth Lake and dozens of mountains.

Foliage on Palmer Pond

Palmer Pond Hiking Trails

Moderate marked hiking trails with great Adirondack vistas.