French Mountain

MODERATE 20 reviews

French Mountain is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake George, NY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.7 miles 885 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

This is a nice easy hike off of the Warren County bike trail that offers a great view at the top. The blue blaze trail rises gently at first, then continues at a steeper grade as it turns northward towards the cliffs where you can see north towards the Southern basin of Lake George and south towards Queensbury. Just before this area you will see posted signs that indicate you are close to private property - please respect the signs and stay on the non-posted area.

5 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Nice views up top. Sketchy access. I parked at The Col. Williams Historical Monument on Rt. 9 a half mile north or Rt. 149. Then follow the path down to the old road, then old railriad bed, then down to paved bick path. Turn lefy (north) and walk up past a small rocky bluff just right of the path. A yellow arrow spray painted on the aphalt then marks the trailhead. Follow blue blazes from there.

backpacking
1 month ago

I would judge this as between easy and moderate. Views are decent, but there are much better views of the lake from other easy hikes like the Schumann Preserve or Cat and Thomas mountains.

2 months ago

great trail but it's more hard lol but when u get to the top stay to left and follow cliffs out ! follow blue markers all the way up. trail head has yellow arrow pointing to where it starts !

2 months ago

Great trail!! Poorly marked trail head though. Rated as easy on this app but NOT easy!! When you get to the peak follow the rocks and you get a great view of the lake! Enjoy!!

2 months ago

not maintained the trail is overrun in areas by downed trees

3 months ago

We saw the great escape on French mountain

hiking
3 months ago

Not an easy trail head to find if you are only looking for blue painted rocks. The trail head is marked with a yellow arrow right in the bike path pointing towards the blue painted rocks. Located between the picnic area and the rock ledge with the graffiti. If heading south it is just past the picnic area, just keep looking down as you walk to see the yellow arrow on the left side of the pathway. Not sure why DEC doesn't mark this as a trail but even AllTrails could have described it better. Anyhow, it took me longer to find the trail head than it did to get to the top but it's a nice climb. View includes the souther tip of Lake George and you can see West Mountain in the other direction. I agree about the noise but I use a headset for music so it didn't phase me much. Trail is very well marked once you are on it so that was nice after the frustration of finding it. Overall descent hike and might do again in the Fall. At least I have an idea where to find the trail head now.

5 months ago

5 months ago

Steep and quick. Good views from top. The trailhead is a pain to find but it is off the bike trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Trail was maintained and marked well but the views weren't great at the top. The trailhead is only marked with blue paint, easy to miss of you don't know what to look for.

8 months ago

This is a short hike, but a little steep 1/2 way up. Trails are clearly marked and the view at the top is nice! A good workout for the casual hiker. Great for my dogs!

hiking
1 year ago

Decent hike. Not a well maintained trail and no real views until you reach the top of the trail. Doesn't actually reach French Mountain's summit but does get close and has 180° views facing west. Due south you can see West Mountain and beyond. Due North, southern basin of Lake George and I-87 winding into the Adirondacks.

hiking
1 year ago

It was difficult to find the trail head. We parked at Lyn Aire Motel by the Warren County Bikeway and walked South for about 1 mile on the Bikeway. Shortly after the picnic area, you will find the trailhead with a blue marking in the left. Stay alert! Easy to miss! Nice shady steady climb to a open view at the top. About a 1hr hike from the motel to the top. Lost its 5th star to its proximity to the highway traffic noise you hear throughout the hike.
We took our two dogs, and it was a nice quick hike for some exercise.

hiking
1 year ago

I was impressed with how well marked the trail is! Nice, short hike...but a good workout.

1 year ago

snowshoeing
1 year ago

We went snowshoeing on this trail and it was quite an experience! There was about 2 feet of virgin snow that we needed to break through by ourselves. Only do that if you are ready for a serious workout. The view was pretty decent on a day with good visibility.

hiking
1 year ago

Hard to find. I'm on vacation from South Carolina and trying to get exercise after the holidays. This was the perfect hike for that. I might have lost the trail and just went up what might have been a snowmobile trail for the county. Either way, made it to the top. It was ice and snow the whole way, but, I was the only one out on a peaceful, beautiful , cold day.

hiking
2 years ago

Accessed the trail from the bike path going north off 149. Walking in about a half mile, just past a rock face with painted flags you'll see the blue trail markers. Nice trail, steady uphill climb. A lot of road noise, you won't feel lost in the wilderness. A great workout. View at the top is alright; you get a great view of the roadway below and various mountains around you. Hiked this on 4th of July weekend and only saw 1 family who peaked after me. Takes about an hour one way.

hiking
2 years ago

This was a perfect short hike for a September afternoon. The hike through the woods was very moderate with only a little steepness at the end for such a great view into Lake George. Took us about 3 hours total including 30 minutes at the summit for lunch.