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.

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves is an Adirondack treasure! Come see the largest marble cave entrance in the east. Explore Noisy Cave, check out the resident bats in Peter Pan's Peephole, dip under Arch Rock, and cross over the natural stone bridge itself!

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.

Foliage on Palmer Pond

Palmer Pond Hiking Trails

Moderate marked hiking trails with great Adirondack vistas.

Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve

Explore the forest at Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve! The Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve is an 83 acre preserve along the banks of the Hudson River in Queensbury. It includes a 2.6-mile system of marked trails with scenic views of the Hudson for walking, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. There is an inter-looping single track course. Anglers can fish in the Hudson River.

Schaefer Trail on Gore Mountain

Part of the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest. NYS DEC-maintained trail. Moderate-challenging 5.5 mile. Blue foot trail markers with a section in the middle utilizing blue ski trail markers.

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.

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'.

Terzian Woodlot

Terzian Woodlot is nice for families and their leashed dogs to enjoy. The easy-moderate trails, with some steep climbs, are used for birding, hiking, and snowshoeing. Some of LGLC trails connect with the Silver Bay YMCA trails.

Cook Mountain lakeview

Cook Mountain

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

East Side of Lake George Hikes

Buck Mtn, moderate difficulty on rocky trail with excellent lake views; Sleeping Beauty Mtn, easy trail to spectacular lake views; Pilot Knob Mtn, moderate trail with lake views; Lakeshore Trail, easy trail past Shelving Rock Falls to lake.

Stewart Mountain Hiking Trail

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

Pole Hill Pond

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