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.

View from Prospect Mountain

Prospect Mountain Hiking Trail

A well-marked out-and-back trail with gorgeous views of Lake George.

Chester Creek Hiking Trails

These 1.2-mile to 1.9-mile trails are mostly flat, leading up to Chester Creek and its surrounding forest and wetlands.

Adirondack Great Walks and Day Hikes

Details include area maps with description, distance and difficulty rating. It also includes information on 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.

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.

Peaked Mountain

Peaked Mountain Hiking Trail

Challenge yourself on the Peaked Mountain Hiking Trail! This 6-mile round trip hike in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness begins along the shore of Thirteenth Lake. The trail leads to Peaked Pond and two primitive campsites that can be used on a first come-first served basis. A short but steep ascent leads from Peaked Pond to the summit of Peaked Mountain, where stunning views await!

Cook Mountain lakeview

Cook Mountain

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

The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle, a 73-acre preserve, is a hiking trail five minutes outside of Bolton Landing maintained by the Lake George Land Conservancy. A local landmark highly visible from Cat Mountain and Lake George, the Pinnacle hiking trail follows an old logging road .75 mile to the summit at about 1,300-feet. The elevation change is about 480 feet.

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

Pharoah Lake Wilderness

Pharaoh Lake Wilderness

Explore the Adirondack wilderness around Pharaoh Lake! This 46,283-acre wilderness includes an abundance of lakes, ponds, streams, mountains, and hiking trails that are open to the public. The over 70 miles of hiking trails range from easy to difficult. Pharaoh Mountain, the highest mountain in the preserve, is found on the shores of Pharaoh Lake, the largest lake in the preserve. These trails are great for snowshoeing.

Tongue Mountain Range

Tongue Mountain Range Hiking Trails

System contains over 18 miles of marked foot trails. Access to trails on Rt 9N about 10 miles north of Bolton Landing. Clay Meadow trail at top of Tongue Mountain Hwy (Rt.9N). Be aware of rattlesnakes in this area. Call NYS DEC for hiking trail maps.

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!

Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob

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.