Black Mountain and Lake George Trail

MODERATE 55 reviews
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Black Mountain and Lake George Trail is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Clemons, NY that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.6 miles 1279 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Relatively easy hike with only a few challenging spots - rewarded with great views and a fire tower. Follow the trail to a road through the woods. Follow this road half a mile to a trail junction just before a private residence. Follow the small red DEC trail markers as the trail skirts right around the home and heads off into the woods. Make sure to follow the small red markers as snowmobile trails are also in the area. You will see a trail heading off to the left towards Lapland Pond. Ignore this and continue on towards the summit. At 2,646 feet you are at the summit of Black Mountain where you will find a fire observers cabin and a firetower. If you wander around the summit a bit you will find excellent views up through the Narrows of northern Lake George. Continue on and take the trail that leads down off the southern edge of the summit towards Black Mountain Point. This will then intersect with another base trail where you will head west (left) towards Lapland Pond Junction. At the Lapland Ponds junction head north (left), follow the blue markers and this will bring you back to the original trail you came in on and after about 2.2 miles you should reach your car.


2 days ago

Great hike, bugs weren't too bad. Muddy in spots on the loop trail by the lakes. Great summit view of Lake George!


15 days ago

Nice hike yet the mileage is off. The signs show about 6.5 miles to complete the whole circle. To get to the summit was 3.15 miles versus 2.5 that was listed on the sign. I went around the circle to get back and it was another 5.7 miles- over 9 miles total! Not complaining, the view and the hike was all worth it. If you decide to do it though know that it will take more than the online site says.


15 days ago

hiking

Nice


1 month ago

Awesome views!


1 month ago

hiking

Great hike. Beautiful views from the summit. Should have taken the loop back down and by the ponds. Instead we took the fork towards Laplan Pond about a mile from the parking lot and enjoyed wild flowers, marshy vegetation and saw, what we believe were moose prints. If we had done the loop we probably wouldn't have heard what we think was a rattle snake and seen what we're certain was an angry quail protecting her nest.


1 month ago

hiking

Great hike. Think we heard a rattle snake. And spooked a mama quail who scared the living daylights out of us because it rushed me! Took Lapland Pond spur which was lovely. Had we known the loop back down would bring us past the ponds we would have taken that trail instead. Beautiful views from the summit.


1 month ago

hiking

What a fantastic hike! Don't let the first part fool you...it definitely gets more difficult during the second half of the hike. Well worth the effort! The view was amazing at the summit. The only problem I had was losing my Fitbit on the way back down the mountain


1 month ago

hiking

Very easy in the beginning. Moderate for the end, but beautiful views make it more than worth it. Noisy windmill is the only drawback. The say we went it was very windy.


1 month ago


1 month ago

Hiked it early one day before work. easy enough, a few steep, rocky inclines. Gorgeous views and definitely worth the climb!


1 month ago

hiking

I would personally rate this trail Easy. It is a very gradual incline the whole way up with only a couple more inclined portions, which allow it to be hiked swiftly. There are really no views until you get to the clearing at the summit, but that view of Lake George and surrounding mountains is incredible. Very worth it. I would recommend it especially for kids and dogs.


1 month ago

hiking

Great, easy to moderate trail. Starts out with a nice walk through the woods on a gravel-enhanced road and after a mile or so starts getting steeper. The last 30 minutes are moderately difficult and steeper. Took us just under an hour and a half to go up. That included salamander viewing stops and winded comrade breaks.
We went when it was raining and it was still doable, but waterproof hiking boots were important for the puddling. Summit windmill was really going and you could hear it for the last 15 minutes of the trail. Fire tower at the top. One down for the challenge!
Overall a great hike. No views if you go when it's raining. ;)


1 month ago

Amazing loop hike with beautiful views! Pay attention however, for it is very easy to end up on a wrong trail, at least on the way back.


1 month ago

Great hike. Pretty easy. Good for families. Views were excellent


2 months ago

Amazing views from the top!! Went to Lapland pond before hitting the summit and dogs had a blast swimming! Went on a Monday midday and tons of cars in the lot but only saw maybe 6 people hiking. Most likely would avoid the weekend because although views are great there isn't a ton of room for a lot of hikers to enjoy it.


2 months ago

hiking

This hike was so much fun! I had our daughter on my back and she was having a blast.


2 months ago

hiking

Black mountain has an amazing view. The trail is well marked and is an easy hike. Completed the loop and it's a little more than 7 miles. The mountain, the fire tower, wind turbine, the narrows of lake George and the ponds offer a lot of diverse views and keep you interested along the way.


2 months ago

OMG this hike was awesome! The views were spectacular of the lake and the ponds. Saw tones of wildlife including a beaver dam, garter snake, and a porcupine! Overall win!!


2 months ago


3 months ago

My wife and I decided to hike the summit trail rather than the entire loop since it was our first time at Black Mountain. We experienced all weather conditions-- sun, rain, hail, snow, fog, wind and sunshine again during the few hours of the hike. Conditions were extremely wet, so we were glad we wore our waterproof bogs. The trail in spots was literally like traversing a rocky stream with huge patches of ice still present. The views from the summit highlight the northernmost half of Lake George towards Ticonderoga. Recommend you first sign in at the trailhead, which we overlooked from doing. It both keeps a record that you were there that day and also can assist Park Rangers in the event you need assistance. Looking forward to hiking the trail again to complete the entire loop!