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This is a nice hike with quite a few photo worthy views. The hike is not difficult, but may be for younger children. Bad biting flys and mosquitoes all over so bring bug spray. I will do this one again!

hiking
1 day ago

My husband and I did this hike in June and enjoyed it! The trail is interesting and well maintained. In the beginning you start out by going through two tunnels under the highway, very cool! We only saw a few other people on a nice Sunday morning and there is ample parking. The only problem was the bugs - the mosquitoes nearly ate us alive. As long as I remembered to pack bug spray, I would do this hike again.

I hiked the full loop on 7/11/18. I went up Cat via the blue trail and then down Thomas via the yellow trail. Cat was really easy and only put up a struggle in the last .25 or so, I’d say. From the peak of Cat to the peak of Thomas was considerably more tough. The trail wasn’t as easy to follow and a few points right before the peak (of Thomas) had me searching around a bit for a marker. The views were definitely lovely at the peak of Cat, you could see all of the Lake George Region, and I saw quite a bit of bird activity once I was at the top. The whole loop took me about 3 hours, and it was pretty buggy coming down from Thomas.

Very good climbs and beautiful terrain. The views at the top overlooking Lake George were breathtaking.

Easy hike up cat mountain for sunrise but sad to find out the cabin on Thomas mtn is gone !! :(

Nice views at the top! Worth it! Saddle trail between Cat and Tom peaks a little rough.

11 days ago

felt pretty short but a beautiful view!

Great quick hike that’ll get your heart rate up and then reward you with a beautiful view

Great little Hike, went with 2 young kids and they did the whole thing, Great views for a short hike

Nice hike. Great views at top. Little buggy, bring bug spray

hiking
15 days ago

Great short hike if you looking just to get out there... two steep parts but it’s worth it in the end.... the view is amazing over the lake ... I look forward to going back during the winter as it looks like a great snow shoe trail ...

My wife and I did this hike on 6/26/2018.

Our personal hiking experience: wife: minimal; me - decent hiker, have done several of the Adirondack High Peaks and run about 15 miles per week, so in good shape for 55-years-old.

Route: ours was different than the map shows. We parked at the small gravel parking lot off Edgecomb Pond Road, just south of the intersection of Finkle Road. You'll pass a red barn just a few hundred yards and the lot will be on the left. Google lists it as 403 Edgecomb Pond Rd. There's a tiny "To Cat Mountain" sign nailed into a utility pole but no other signage of any kind indicating the trailhead. From there, proceed past the two large rocks onto the fire road that skirts the southern part of the pond. It's marked with red trail markers.

At around 0.9 miles, you come to a T, the blue trail. Take a left. Follow the blue markers all the way to the top, for a total distance of 2.3 miles. Be advised there's a slight detour to the left at around 1.6 miles, marked by a line of rocks and a stick. We missed this coming down but luckily our unintended trail took us right to the detour point. Remember the old rule - if you don't see markers when you expect to, retrace your steps back to the last place you DID see markers.

Views at top: Outstanding. You have almost totally unobstructed views of Lake George and surroundings to the south and east, somewhat to the north, but none to the west.

Difficulty: on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 easy, I'd rank this route about a 3 for anyone in decent shape. The first half or so is very easy but there are a few moderately steep parts from there to the top. The 4.6 total miles took us about 2 hours at a moderate pace.

Popularity: this is a favorite hike for people visiting and who live in the Lake George area since it's got great views, is close to civilization, and can be done in a couple of hours. On our Tuesday, there was a family of 4 and 3 other couples (including a mom and her 8-year old son) at the top while we were there for our 30 minute stay.

Awesome hike. It is a great trail for anyone who is looking for a gorgeous view at the top. Would hike again.

I took the yellow trail up to Thomas, then continued on the yellow trail to Cat then down the blue trail. Great views & I had the summit to myself! My favorite part was the trail between peaks, it was so much fun, I'm glad I didn't shy away from it because of the reviews that said it was difficult. The terrain was so diverse & intersting it went by in a flash. I saw salamanders, squirrels, & chipmunks. The trail was well marked & maintained.

on The Pinnacle

21 days ago

great hike, was definitely moderate for 68 and 64 year olds, but not too bad. GREAT views at the top!!!

on Kipp Mountain

hiking
22 days ago

This was a wonderful hike and the trail was well labeled. It offered a beautiful view with and informational sign to identify mountain peaks.

on Stewart Mountain

22 days ago

Beautiful view and an easy hike.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful morning hike with the family and dog. Picturesque views of Loon Lake. This was my five year old daughters first hike. She said, “You can touch the sky from up here!”

hiking
23 days ago

Nice short trail with a decent view of Loon Lake and a wooden platform to sit and rest your pack and things. Good spot for a picnic.

Climbed to Cat Mountain summit via the red trail from Edgecomb Pond, which is shorter than the blue trail but with some very steep spots. A solid moderate hike, we logged 4.3 miles round trip in about 2 hours. The view from atop Cat is one of the best of Lake George.

hiking
24 days ago

Was a great hike. Not a very long hike, the beginning was steep then it was fine after that with many switchbacks. For such a short hike to the top the view was beautiful. On a clear day the lake looked so blue and you could listen to the birds singing. My mom and I ate lunch at the top and hung out for a bit. A great hike!

hiking
28 days ago

You will not find many better view for the effort than this short hike in Bolton. The first 2/3 are a constant climb - moderately steep but nothing too excruciating. There is a bench at the summit as well as a side trail to Edgecomb Pond.

hiking
29 days ago

Hiked this yesterday with my DH and BIL. A quick hike even though I am five months pregnant to a nice view for minimal effort! A few short steep sections but nothing overly strenuous - Made it up and down in less than an hour. This is a nice wooded hike to do if you're looking for something short and sweet...also great to add to your Chester Challenge checklist! ;-)

hiking
29 days ago

Always a nice hike in the morning.

on The Pinnacle

1 month ago

This was a great hike! Some steepness but so worth it once you see the view!

an excellent hike with the difficulty varying through out it. it has a beautiful pond and some good rock walls .
took about 4 hours with frequent breaks .

hiking
1 month ago

Love this hike! This was our second time up and was just as beautiful as the first time. Very clean, good trails. Some steep parts in the beginning but then it’s not too bad after that. Great views at the top!!

Nice hike with good views of Lake George. Trail is well marked, easy to follow. Some steepnees before each summit, you earn your views, but not too bad and not too long.

Head up early and bring bug spray. Great hike with some solid views, takes ~3.5 hours.

Start with Thomas and take the red trail back from Cat!

I did the blue trail to and back from Cat. Mt. summit, bypassing the Thomas Mt. trail. I passed a couple of ponds, one with a beaver lodge, although no beavers were seen. The first 2.25 miles was an enjoyably moderate hike with the last 3/4s of a mile up the mountain working the quads! But the reward was a view of the lake and surrounding countryside that was just stunning! And not too difficulty won. It has to be one of the most spectacular views in the Adirondacks!

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