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Black Mountain and Lake George Trail

MODERATE 59 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.


10 days ago

hiking

Awesome hike! First couple miles were fairly simple, but that last 1+ mile to the summit were a bit rough. View was well worth it. I just did out and back and chose not to do the loop.


20 days ago


24 days ago

hiking

Not sure 6.6 miles for loop mileage is accurate. Might be more. Left from parking lot at 11, stopped at the top for 20-30 minutes, got side-tracked a couple times while coming down the loop above the small ponds and lost another 15 minutes or so, got back around 4. So, 5 hours on the hike. Saw some frogs in the puddles, dragonflies at the summit, some biting flies, a few mosquitos and a couple harmless honey bees. No other animals. After a couple days of rain there were some muddy spots on the way down, especially by the ponds, but not too bad. View from the summit was very nice, but open rocky places to view from were smaller and only a couple compared to Buck Mountain, which had a lot. About 10 minutes coming down from the summit there's a little path off to the right where you can see a flat rock or two, and if you walk out there around 50 feet or so there's another really nice view. We enjoyed the hike and slept well last night. If the loop way down from the summit were a little shorter, less muddy, less buggy, and a little more scenic, that would have made the trek even more enjoyable. Overall a good day.


28 days ago


1 month ago

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


1 month 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.


1 month ago

hiking

Nice


2 months ago

Awesome views!


2 months 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.


2 months 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.


2 months 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


2 months 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.


2 months ago


2 months ago

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


2 months 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.


2 months 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. ;)


2 months 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.


3 months ago

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


3 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.


3 months ago

hiking

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