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.

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.

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.

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.

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves is an Adirondack treasure! Come see the largest marble cave entrance in the east. Explore Noisy Cave, check out the resident bats in Peter Pan's Peephole, dip under Arch Rock, and cross over the natural stone bridge itself!

Adirondack Mountain & Stream Guide Service

Adirondack Mountain & Stream Guide Service

Explore the outdoors with Adirondack Mountain & Stream Guide Service! Adirondack Mountain & Stream Guide Service is a four-season, fully-licensed guide service offering hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing throughout the Adirondacks. We have been guiding folks like you through the mountains, lakes, rivers and streams for over 25 years.

Queensbury Land Conservancy

Queensbury Land Conservancy

Take a walk in the woods on Queensbury Land Conservancy trails! The goal of the Queensbury Land Conservancy is to maintain natural treasures in the greater Queensbury-Glens Falls region. We work to conserve open space throughout the greater Queensbury area only minutes from suburban neighborhoods and shopping centers.

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

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.

Foliage on Palmer Pond

Palmer Pond Hiking Trails

Moderate marked hiking trails with great Adirondack vistas.

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.

Hudson River Nature Trail

Picnic. Easy trail along the river.

Meade Mountain

Meade Mountain and Beckman Mountain Hiking Trail

A 2.1-mile round trip trail that brings hikers to two separate summits.