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.

Stewart Mountain Hiking Trail

An quick and easy hike to views of Loon Lake in Chestertown.

Rush Pond

Rush Pond Trail

This byway is a link between the Gurney Lane Recreation Area, neighborhoods within the Aviation Road corridor and the Queensbury School campus trail system. There are three hand-constructed bridges along the trail, the largest offering scenic views of the wetlands and stream life. 2.6 miles of crushed stone/double-track trails feature a matrix of unmarked singletrack trails to explore. Be sure to bring your pupper along on a leash.

Cook Mountain lakeview

Cook Mountain

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

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.

Pole Hill Pond

The entrance to the Pole Hill Pond Preserve is on the west side of Route 9N. Look for the prominent sign.

Clendon Brook Preserve

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

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.

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!

Berry Pond Preserve

Berry Pond Preserve

This 1,436 acre preserve is located in the towns of Lake George, Warrensburg and Lake Luzerne. Well-marked trails range from easy to moderately challenging, and offer views of Lake George's Narrows section and the lower Adirondack Mountains. The preserve is great for those interested in wildlife. It is home to both an active beaver community and a great blue heron rookery. No dogs allowed.

Thirteenth Lake

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.

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!

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.