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.

Kipp Mountain

Kipp Mountain Hiking Trail

A 1.92 mile out-and-back trail in Chestertown.

Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center

Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center

72 acres of Adirondack fun in Bolton Landing! Up Yonda Farm is an educational museum that specializes in teaching kids about the Adirondacks. The museum features wildlife exhibits of native mammals and birds such as bears, bobcats, fishers, and porcupines. Hands on children's exhibits feature archaeology digs and touch tables.

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

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.

Lake George Watershed Birding

Wetlands can be explored by boat or trail. At Bolton Landing and Rogers Rock, look for Waterfowl, Peregrine Falcons, American Bittern and Swans. To the south, explore the wetlands of Lake George at Dunham, Harris and Warner Bays.

Foliage on Palmer Pond

Palmer Pond Hiking Trails

Moderate marked hiking trails with great Adirondack vistas.

Sullivan Preserve

Sullivan Preserve

Hike in Queensbury at the Sullivan Preserve! The Sullivan Preserve is a 2.5 mile, 70-acre property that was donated to the Queensbury Land Conservancy in 2018. It is a web of mostly simple trails, with a few sustained hills.

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.

Gurney Lane Recreation Area

A four-season recreation park in Queensbury.

Northwoods Gondola Skyrides

Northwoods Gondola Skyrides

Discover the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains on the Northwoods Gondola Skyride! Scenic sky rides are a great way to spend a half hour at Gore Mountain -- or the entire day! Gondola rides at Gore Mountain are a unique way to see views of the High Peaks and southern Adirondacks. Enjoy hiking and picnicking when you reach the summit! Don't miss the chance to take an amazing photo of the distant mountains.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Conserving, improving and protecting New York's natural resources and environment. Site includes information on outdoor recreation, lands and waters, licenses and permits and much more.

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.