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Prospect Mountain Trail

MODERATE 67 reviews
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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.

2.7 miles 1469 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
2 days ago

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.

hiking
11 days ago

14 days ago

Moderate for sure. All up hill for 1.5 hours. The view is definitely worth it.

hiking
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22 days ago

Loved it the view is worth it

hiking
23 days ago

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.

hiking
24 days ago

all went well until after the halfway point where the blue trail intersection the red trail and is not very visible

26 days ago

Very tough hike. Steep most of the way up, and very rocky, but the view at the top is fantastic!

hiking
1 month ago

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!

hiking
1 month ago

If you have asthma either skip this hike or set a lot of time so that you can make frequent stops.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Overall a nice, challenging hike. Definitely not for beginners or anyone looking for something casual. We made it up the mountain in about an hour, and then back in half that time. The view is wonderful and worth the hike up, but it's kind of disappointing that while you just hiked an hour, others drove up to the top and got the same view. Some tips if you're looking to go: bring LOTS of water especially if it's a hot day, wear good shoes with good traction as you'll be hiking up/down a lot of flat sheet rock, and be careful!

1 month ago

beautiful steep hike just 2 blocks from Lake george village! well worth the 2 hours with beautiful views.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a very difficult hike but don't be discouraged. We took our dog who did great off leash. At the top there are some great views of the Lake George area.

hiking
2 months ago

That was a tough hike!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Had a good time with the family