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.

Gurney Lane

Gurney Lane Recreation Area

A four-season recreation park in Queensbury.

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.

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.

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.

Lake George Recreation Park

Lake George Recreation Park

Get outside and have some fun at the Lake George Recreation Park! There's a ton to do at the Lake George Recreation Park! Enjoy baseball, softball, and soccer fields by reservation. There are also basketball courts and a dog park available for use.

Thomas Mountain

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.

Stewart Mountain Hiking Trail

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

View from Black Mtn summit

Black Mountain Range

This New York State DEC-maintained trail overlooks Lake George from the east side. The highest mountain on the shores of Lake George has a summit elevation of 2646 feet. Easy climbing most of the way with an occasional rocky pitch. Choose an up and back trail or loop trail to Black Mountain Pond and Lapland Pond before heading back to the trail head. Another option is access from the lake with a DEC day-use permit so you can dock your boat and hike up. Several lean-tos on various trails.

Dynamite Hill Recreation Area

Dynamite Hill Recreation Area

Ski, hike, cycle, and more at Dynamite Hill Recreation Area! There is so much to do at Dynamite Hill! Get outside in the summer on 133 acres of marked hiking, single-track cycling, and the seasonal picnic pavilion. In the winter, Dynamite Hill offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, sledding, downhill tubing, and ice skating. There's even night skiing, a tow rope, and a warming hut!

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.

Godwin Preserve

Godwin Preserve

Get off the beaten path at the Godwin Preserve! The Godwin Preserve, a Lake George Land Conservancy trail in Bolton Landing, offers an easy, short hike to a lookout. The lookout offers stunning views of High Noppit, Amy's Park below, and other mountains in the distance.

Thomas Mountain

Lake George 12ster

Founded in 2016, the Lake George 12ster provides a formidable taste of what the Adirondacks have to offer. Traverse 12 peaks, nearly 40 miles of trails, and up to 9,000 feet of elevation gain. Become a 12ster at your own pace, or tackle them all in a 24-Hour Ultra. Winter and Ultra Winter categories available for those that love to embrace the cold.