Prospect Mountain Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake George, NY that features a lake 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.
Moderate hike up old tramway trail from Lake George Village to the top of Prospect Mountain with great views of the southern end of Lake George. A beautiful hike (especially in the fall) that includes some varied terrain. The trail starts with an enclosed bridge that crosses over the Northway (I-87) and then proceeds as a typical Adirondack style trail. The beginning in fairly easy with some steeper sections starting around midway. You can also drive the road up the mountain for $10. If you plan ahead there is an alternate and very enjoyable route down the other side of Prospect that ends at the Lake George Recreational area - this dececnt includes a beautiful waterfall as well. If you choose this route you will need to leave a second car at that trailhead prior to your hike.
First third of the hike is extremely rocky and thus a bit challenging, especially on the descent. Trail is not particularly well marked, but fortunately well traveled enough to have a visible trail. Because there's an access road, it's more crowded and commercial at the summit (viewing binoculars). But the view, nonetheless, was beautiful, especially on this mid-October day.
Steep, rocky trail, always crowded in the summer when the tourist road to the top is open.
Rocky and very well traveled. You can hear road noise the whole hike. All up hill steep, view nice, but other hikes are better.
This is a fun hike with a rewarding view at the top. Definitely on the more difficult side of moderate, as it is a steep incline the whole way up. As another poster mentioned, the way down can be challenging, as there are many flat rocks that can be slippery. Round trip, the hike took me a little under two hours.
As as hiker and someone who loves the outdoors its a great hike and beautiful view at the top.
Fair warning there are alot of rocks and its steep at times. If u have bad knees I wouldn't advise it. Stay on the trail or u will get lost. They could improve on the trail markers though but overall it is a great hike. I'd give it a 7.5/10 and definitely moderate not easy.
Moderate for sure. All up hill for 1.5 hours. The view is definitely worth it.
Loved it the view is worth it
This was straight uphill and straight downhill. I felt it was on the more strenuous scale. Wear shoes that grip and have some ankle support...you go down on sheets of rock.
all went well until after the halfway point where the blue trail intersection the red trail and is not very visible
Very tough hike. Steep most of the way up, and very rocky, but the view at the top is fantastic!
It's not a bad hike if it's your first time just make sure you have good hiking boots/sneakers. There are are several steep inclines...and don't forget water!
If you have asthma either skip this hike or set a lot of time so that you can make frequent stops.
great trail with great views. only thing was too many tourists at the top so it was hard to enjoy the view. if you don't mind a lot of people enjoying the same view as you then this would be great for you.
Tough climb up. Was not prepared for the incline! Awesome views at top. Worth the climb. Kids got a bit whiney about a mile in.