Best trails in Lake George Wild Forest, New York

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Looking for a great trail in Lake George Wild Forest, New York? AllTrails has 46 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 31 moderate trails in Lake George Wild Forest ranging from 2.2 to 19.3 miles and from 344 to 2,647 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Buck Mountain Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 4 h 10 m
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 care 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.Show more
#2 - Black Mountain and Lake George Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 1 m
Relatively easy hike with only a few challenging spots - rewarded with great views and a fire tower. Follow the trail to a road through the woods. Follow this road half a mile to a trail junction just before a private residence. Follow the small red DEC trail markers as the trail skirts right around the home and heads off into the woods. Make sure to follow the small red markers as snowmobile trails are also in the area. You will see a trail heading off to the left towards Lapland Pond. Ignore this and continue on towards the summit. At 2,646 feet you are at the summit of Black Mountain where you will find a fire observers cabin and a firetower. If you wander around the summit a bit you will find excellent views up through the Narrows of northern Lake George. Continue on and take the trail that leads down off the southern edge of the summit towards Black Mountain Point. This will then intersect with another base trail where you will head west (left) towards Lapland Pond Junction. At the Lapland Ponds junction head north (left), follow the blue markers and this will bring you back to the original trail you came in on and after about 2.2 miles you should reach your car.Show more
#3 - Sleeping Beauty Mountain and Lake George Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
This trail has many switchbacks to keep the steepness moderate. Good views of Lake George and the southeastern Adirondacks. 6.4 mile loop hike from Hogs Town parking lot. 4.8 mile loop hike from the Dacy Clearing parking lot. The length of the hike to Sleeping Beauty depends on if the woods road from the trailhead parking lot to Dacy Clearing is open ( and you are willing to drive it) or not. If you can drive to Dacy Clearing the hike is a moderate 1.8 miles, each way, to the favored lookout and another 0.4 or so miles to the actual summit. The trail from Dacy Clearing to the cutoff to Sleeping Beauty is a broad tote road. The trail beyond that point is a delight with actual switch backs, walking below and around cliffs that you will be looking out from near the summit. The views are expansive and include Crane Mountain to the west and Pico and Killington to the east, as well as Lake George. The cliffs face east, south, and west, so you can enjoy your day in the sun. From here, you can choose to backtrack and make it an out-and-back hike for 4.4 total miles from Dacy Clearing (7.6 miles if from Hog Town parking area). Alternately, you can head back to a marker in an earlier section of the trail and bear left to descend another series of switchbacks before reach Bumps Pond. Continue following the trail around the pond. The trail descends again, passing several lookouts before you complete the loop. Return the same route to Dacy Clearing and finally the parking area.Show more
#4 - Cat and Thomas Mountain Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 56 m
This hike is on a nature preserve made possible by the Lake George Land Conservancy. The trail coincides with the the Thomas Mountain trail up to a clearing some 0.75 miles from the trailhead. Both mountains have far range views, especially on a clear day, and Lake George is easily seen.Show more
#5 - Shelving Rock Mountain Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 3.0 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
#6 - Prospect Mountain Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
This trail is a steep hike up an old tramway trail from Lake George Village to the top of Prospect Mountain with great views of the southern end of Lake George. The tramway was once the largest cable railroad in the world. Expect to see other hikers as this is a very popular hiking trail due to the beautiful views. Parking area is alongside the Smith Street (at the trailhead at the bottom of the mountain). This beautiful hike starts with an enclosed bridge that crosses over the Northway (I-87) and then proceeds as a typical Adirondack region trail in New York state. The beginning is fairly easy with some steeper sections starting around midway. You can also drive the toll road up the mountain for $10 and enjoy the panoramic views that way or take the shuttle bus. There are picnic areas at the summit. 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 descent 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.Show more
#7 - Cat Mountain via Red Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
The parking area is very easy to miss as the signage is not very noticeable. Off line map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that this trail is not well marked and it's easy to get lost. The trail initially heads along a carriage road around Edgecomb Pond. About a quarter-mile in, make a left and follow the red trail into the forest. Initially this trail is fairly flat and easy, but at about the one-mile mark it starts to become steeper and turns into a moderate uphill trek. At about 1.5 miles the trail becomes steeper still for the final push but the views just before the summit are beautiful and offer a taste of whats to come. The views from the summit are stunning. From the summit, you can choose to return along the same route (makes for GREAT butt-sliding in the winter). Alternatively you could turn it into a loop by following the blue trail back to the carriage road. Look out for the Geocache along the trail close to the summit.Show more
#8 - Tongue Mountain Range and Northwest Bay Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 14.8 mi • Est. 7 h 57 m
A great loop hike that brings you along the shore of Lake George then over 3 small peaks on the Tongue Mountain Range. You will park at the southern trailhead for the Tongue Range, Clay Meadows next to a quarry. From there you will follow a nice trail around the shore of the lake to Montcalm Point where you'll have great views of the Narrrows. Then you'll gradually ascend the southern end of the Tongue Range over 3 nice peaks with great views over the lake below.Show more
#9 - Buck Mountain via Shelving Rock Road
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
#10 - Bumps Pond Loop
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
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