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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Bartonville Mountain

Bartonville Mountain Hiking Trail

Head to Brant Lake, NY for this easy-to-moderate 1.5-mile round trip hike. The peak features a stunning view of Brant Lake below and mountains in the distance. The trailhead is located behind The Hub, Brant Lake's favorite bike shop and cafe. Parking is located next to The Hub.

North Creek Ski Bowl

North Creek Ski Bowl

A one-of-a-kind trail system for Nordic skiers.

Adirondack Mountain Club

Adirondack Mountain Club

The Adirondack Mountain Club promotes conservation and responsible recreational use of the New York State Forest Preserve, the Adirondack Forest Preserve, other parks, wildlands, and waters vital to our members and chapters. Since 1922 the organization has offered opportunities to stay and play as well as protect, discover, and explore the outdoors.

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.

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.

Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob

Round the Lake Challenge

Explore the Lake George Area and become a Round-the-Laker! The Round the Lake Challenge is an outdoor recreation challenge designed by the Lake George Land Conservancy to, "educate about the Lake George watershed’s natural, historical and cultural resources by encouraging first-hand experiences."

View from Prospect Mountain

Prospect Mountain Hiking Trail

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

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.