Buck Mountain Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pilot Knob, NY that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The first mile of the hike is on a primarily wide trail with a slight grade. There is an intersection that leads to several other summits not too far in - be sure to maintain your trail markers. The descent through mile 2 becomes steeper and has rocky sections with a few easy stream crossings. The views slowly start to come during the last mile or so of the hike as the canopy recedes and the rocky scrambles begin. Some of the scrambles may require a hands on approach so car should be taken with the younger hikers. The view from the summit is well worth the hike. Tons of blueberries near the summit in early summer. Tend to go fast due to heavy foot traffic that same time of year.
great hike for a half a day. cold and windy up top be prepared
Get prepared to walk through the woods. It's mainly a steady incline to the summit. There are some steep parts but nothing too overwhelming. There are no clearings until you reach the rocky summit. There are a few different look out spots, one facing lake George to the south, one facing west and one facing lake George to the north.
Overall it's a peaceful quiet walk into what seems like the deep woods. It's not overly challenging if you keep at a steady pace.
10.5 miles RT (22,000 steps) from the Pilot Knob entrance to the Summit. Took about 6 hours, moving pretty constantly, stopping briefly to breathe, cool off, guzzle down water and a small snack. This is on the difficult side of moderate -- but well worth the time and the scramble.
I wish I'd brought hiking sticks and more water (a gallon would have been perfect!) Layers are important as it's chilly under the cover, but you are really working hard as you climb and you will get hot. You must have good, sturdy, hiking shoes because the trail is very rocky and it's easy to twist your ankle or knees without the support. There are some great, relatively easy parts and then some areas where you have to strategically weave across the rocks as they are steep -- and remember what goes up must come down. Just when you think you are there -- you aren't. You have at least another hour or so of increasingly steep climbing. But the view from the summit is something to behold and cherish. It really is quite spectacular.
Do leave early in the morning if you are doing this hike in Fall and want to take your time to enjoy it all. It gets dark by 5:33-6:00 -- and while the trail is well-marked, you will need a flashlight to see in front of you.
I would not recommend the 10 mile trip for adults with balance issues or for those with really young kids.
This mountain is no joke! If you are not a serious hiker it's not for the faint of heart!
This is a pretty steep hike, but the view is pretty amazing, bring lots of water and snacks to enjoy at the peak. Also, make sure you go all the way to the top, there's a deceiving spot that makes you think you're there, but there is further to go!
I've hiked this mountain several times. It's a beautiful trail with a steep incline. the view at the top is well worth the climb, every time.
Hiked from the Shelving rock rd trailhead (blue mark) with a 7yr and a 5yr old kids. A lightly trafficked trail on Columbus day. Mostly easy hike with some moderate inclines. Kids were having fun and the view is spectacular.
Popular hike, always crowded on summer weekends. There are two trails to the top, the Pilot Knob side is more challenging.
Entered from Pilot Knob entrance. It's 3.3 miles to the top. 2nd time ever hiking and it was quite difficult with the incline. I had to rest a couple times, but definitely worth the push to make it to the top. Beautiful view when you get up there.
Went in from the Shelving Rock side, 2.5 miles to summit from there. Starts out very nice and wide then the incline really picks up. The few streams that I crossed were very dry. Challenging but really fun. Lots of room at the summit with fantastic views of Lake George and into the High Peaks. Enjoy!
Very rocky trail. I recommend boots with ankle support. Hiking gets pretty steep at point especially towards the summit. The view is absolutely worth it and breath taking.
Absolutely gorgeous view, took me about 2 hours to get to the top and about an hour or so back down. I wouldn't recommend taking young children and you should definitely have a good, durable pair of shoes.
This way a wonderful hike. The trails were mostly wide and not too technical. It's definitely longer than reported. Awesome views from the top. Great for dogs and a ghost number of streams for them to drink out of. Just keep them leashed as we passed some pretty fierce dogs.
We took the path less traveled to reach the summit of Buck Mountain: The Inman Pond Trail (blue markers). The trail starts at the Lower Hogtown Parking area and features a set of three recently-created beaver ponds about 1.5 miles into the hike. The trail plunges beneath the surface of the uppermost pond, and after a detour between the upper- and lowermost ponds, it reemerges just past the second beaver dam. See my track description for how to avoid the bushwhacking experience we had:
A typical summer day with haze, heat and some pesky bugs. Lots of traffic on the main trail, none on the Inman Pond Trail. Our hike took about 5.5 hours for 10.5 miles.
Great views at the top, worth the work needed to climb to the top! Parking is relatively easy to find. The trail is also relatively easy to find. Set yourself a decent amount of time to climb up and down. It took myself about 4-4.5 hours to climb up and about 1.5-2 hours to get down. The climb up is long, challenging and sweaty so get ready to work. The climb down is equally hard, not so much sweaty as it is hard on the joints; it's a steep climb up/down. You'll know you're close to the summit when you come across a huge exposed slab of rock to climb, after that enjoy the view