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.
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
Definitely a rewarding hike! Beautiful views.
Fantastic view of lake george. Easy to moderate trail no hard part at all
One of the most rewarding hikes I've done! Took about 4 hours (considering we took long break at top for pics and site seeing).
great hike with beautiful views of Lake george
Parking was easy, down a long dead end street to get to the southern approach by the Lake. Trail is well marked with yellow discs nailed onto the trees as well as yellow paint on the rocky parts. Minimally buggy, no mosquito bites (late July), lots of shade and millions of trees. Serene. Climb up large rocks at the top, open areas with beautiful views at the summit. We found going down MUCH harder than going up. Less sweat but hard on the joints, especially knees. Lots of rocks and roots. Slipped a couple times. We saw people heading up dressed in sandals on their feet and we just looked at each other and shook our heads. Please wear good hiking shoes. Around 6.6 miles round trip, and my phone recorded about 22,000 steps, a little more going down than going up. We were dead tired afterward but had a great day and slept well. Would recommend this hike. Take your time and look around. Be well.
A well-trafficked trail - there were about a dozen other hikers at the summit on a warm weekday afternoon - but its popularity isn't surprising considering the beautiful view from the top. Occasionally steep, but well worth the effort.
Loved this hike. The trail was beautiful well marked and very peaceful. We did the whole trail at a moderate pace an hour and 20 minutes up and an hour down. The view was breathtaking. STEEP and fun