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.

Crane

Crane Mountain Hiking Trail

Two trails from NYS DEC-maintained trailhead provide easy access to moderate hikes to 3,254ft craggy, open summit, pass pristine pond, spectacular views. Over 200 technical rock climbing routes ranging from 25 - 560 feet.

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.

The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle

Note: The Pinnacle is closed to hikers until further notice. Take a look at the Warren County Recreation Mapper to find other hiking options.

Clendon Brook Preserve

Easy .5 mile nature trail for walking maintained by the Queensbury Land Conservancy. Fishing. NO vehicles, camping or campfires are permitted.

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.

Thirteenth Lake

Get in touch with nature at Thirteenth Lake! Thirteenth lake in North River is a backwoods experience minus the hike. An accessible gravel path leads from the parking lot to a canoe launch, where you'll have a chance at landing brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, and landlocked salmon.

Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob

Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob

Note: The Schumann Preserve is closed to hikers until further notice. Take a look at the Warren County Recreation Mapper to find other hiking options. This easy-moderate hike located ten minutes outside of Lake George Village is ideal for families with small children.

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.

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.

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.

Hudson River Nature Trail

Picnic. Easy trail along the river.