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.

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.

Caroline Fish Memorial Trail

Caroline Fish Memorial Trail

Explore the Caroline Fish Memorial Trail with a hike or by bike! The Caroline Fish Memorial Trail offers 2.6 miles of off-road trail for biking and hiking. This multi-use trail offers a variety of terrain for varying skill levels of mountain biking, with an elevation gain and drop of 120'.

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.

Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob

Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob

Find stunning views of southern Lake George at the Schumann Preserve! This easy-moderate hike located ten minutes outside of Lake George Village is ideal for families with small children. The orange trail brings hikers to a wooden gazebo with beautiful views of southern Lake George below. The blue trail continues from the gazebo for about a mile, ending at a seasonal waterfall.

Meadowbrook Preserve

Meadowbrook Preserve

Take a walk at the Meadowbrook Preserve! This 44-acre preserve provides a wonderful 1.75-mile trail system beginning in a meadow, looping through wooded trails, and heading back into the meadow. Along the trail, twelve educational signs share habitat information for preserve visitors. Additional signage is placed on trees throughout the preserve, noting different species that can be found in the forest.

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.

Pole Hill Pond

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!