Explore the most popular hiking trails in Lake George Wild Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great view. Worth the trip. Fall is spectacular

hiking
5 days ago

We showed up early and trekked through muddy trails, rock-hopping and both passing hikers and pulling over to allow others to pass us by.

The rock scramble towards the end of the hike is sketchy. Both the false summit and the actual summit are beautiful views. The wind was whipping at the summit but the sun made our summit beer manageable.

On the way down we passed probably 100 hikers. I'm glad we went up somewhat early.

Muddy but worth it! Glad I was wearing boots. Drove to Dacy trailhead to avoid hiking the road...so now I have another reason to get my Jeep. Take it slow and you'll be fine, though.

This was my first actual summit. Ever. I was absolutely ready to turn around and go right back up when I saw the registration box. I really didnt want to leave...I'm officially hooked.

I made the mistake of hiking this one on indigenous peoples day when all the kids were out of school! The hike was really nice though :)

Great hike. The dogs helped make the hike up easier then made it quite a bit more dangerous on the way down. Beautiful view at the summit.

Other than the rather anticlimactic summit due to cloud cover, it was the perfect day to get out there! Foliage was beautiful, and the hike was a nice rewarding challenge with the wet and mud!

I am not an avid hiker and agree with the moderate rating for a novice, mostly due to the terrain of rocks and roots. Lots of dogs and kids on this well traveled trail. It was quite wet and muddy so boots are a must. Too cloudy for a view today, but still was an awesome experience being in a cloud with the wind and mist swirling around you. Will be back on a sunny day

I would call this an easy hike. It was very muddy with a lot of standing water. Didn’t see any views due to the cloud cover. Will definitely hike this again in better weather.

We loved this hike!! My two daughters (ages 5 and 9) are excellent hikers but I tend to pick hikes that are closer to 4 miles. At 5 miles round trip I was a bit concerned that this could be too much for them, but it was great. The trail is very interesting - lots of wet areas and cross overs and places where you have to be sure to keep an eye out for the blue markers so that you stay on the trail. And the summit - well worth the climb. I highly recommend this hike.

19 days ago

I found this hike to be a bit challenging in that the trail was not very pleasant for footing: rocks and gravel-like path (road) in the beginning; lots and lots and lots of rocks, roots and mud pretty much the whole way up. The trail seems to have become a runoff and is heavily used. Ascent-wise it was not terribly difficult but moderate to difficult, and not strenuous as far as climbing the final ascent to the summit. I was expecting much worse! I think the challenging part for me had to do with footing on the rough terrain.

Atop you will find a lovely lookout to the right and just below the tower summit. The tower is closed, fenced off, has become a cell tower; there is a windmill there as well, which makes a lot of noise when it’s going! It was cool to see but obviously not pretty so it’s best to take a seat below, and enjoy the gorgeous view of the northern section of LG.

I have definitely seen better and maybe I will do this in the winter, thinking snowshoeing will actually be easier over the messy terrain.

hiking
20 days ago

Colors were starting to come out (9/28/18) clouds obscured the view initially but cleared a few minutes here and there providing a beautiful view of the lake. Fun uphill well marked trail. Began the hike at 10 am and finished around 2:30/3

Easy hike if you hike to and from Sleeping Beauty from inner parking lot. If you want to add some interest, go via Bump’s Pond which is pretty Trail. We have had a bit of rain so there was a lot of standing water and mud on upper parts of Trail (I wouldn’t wear sneakers)

Enjoyable hike. Gets rocky at some points but not terrible. Limited space to hang out and enjoy the views if there are multiple hikers at the top. But the views are beautiful even without access to the fire tower. Took about an hour to get to the summit and we flew back down pretty quickly. We did spend some extra time up there because the views are great. I definitely recommend!

This hike was more like 7.5 miles out and back. Definitely a challenge and the scrambles at the end were my first. Views were spectacular at the 2nd vista - which was easy after the first.

23 days ago

What views loved it

Hiked up Black Mt on Saturday 9/22/2018. A crisp, clear morning perfect for hiking. I took the 2.5 mi trail up to the summit in 1 hour. The trail was easy to follow and the ascent was gradual/moderate with no really steep sections.
The views at the summit were amazing! Even with no access to the firetower. I took some nice photos from the lookout right below the summit. Then took the trail around the other side of the tower to another rock outcrop for more awesome views.
After 15 minutes I started down the other side to make the 7.7 mi loop hike. Soon after leaving the summit there is a side trail to the right with nice views towards Lake George. After that I zigzagged down the trail and came to the signed trail junction with the blue blazed trail that returns toward the parking area.
Now, it was obvious that this section sees much less use, as the trail was very faint and almost non-existent in places. I came to a lean-to and it seemed the trail ended there. But after some searching, I went down to the pond and found where the trail continued.
The trail was more visible after the lean-to and after a bit intersects with a yellow blazed trail that finishes the loop back to the road.
The whole trail was very scenic and I'm so glad I took the long way back. Another hiker and I were trail running most of the way back and I made it back in 1:18. Pretty good time for me.
A great loop hike overall, which I highly recommend. I would come back here again.

Fairly easy hike, clearly visible trail with a very rewarding view of Lake George.

hiking
1 month ago

Brought my 5 and 8 year old up for a hike with their day off from school. I don't know how they categorize moderate vs hard, the only thing really harder about this was its length (6.5 miles). The elevation gains were pretty reasonable through most with the steeper stuff more in the last mile. I just hold the 5 years hand during any of the steeper stuff up and down so he doesnt trip but otherwise more than manageable. The minor rock scrambling you do isnt that steep or hard if youve done some other hiking. Took us 3:15 to go up and down. Make sure you see both viewpoints (the better one is .25 after the first one).

Great hike with my son-in-law and two grandchildren. Good times...

Great hike. Did on 9/16/2018 with 7 kids age 5-11. 1:40 to the top and 2:30 down the lake side and around through the ponds.

Trail: This is a trail for hiking boots - I regretted wearing trail runners. At first, the trail follows a maintained gravel road from the trailhead register for ~1.0 mile. The next 2.6 miles or so follows a somewhat-dry stream bed or drainage. Beware, this part of the trail is filled with wet, slippery, slimy stones and roots, worst than most trails in the surrounding area or even the High Peaks Wilderness. Footing can be treacherous. I would consider the conditions on the vast majority of the trail to be poor.

Views: There is one view at the summit looking towards northern Lake George into Vermont and the Lake Champlain valley. Admittedly, this view is quite good. The summit is quite small though, and tends to be busy. There is a radio antenna tower with a large electric generator constantly making noise at the top.

Water: Despite the moisture on the trail, there were no sources of water to filter. It's not a terribly long hike though. 2-2.5 liters should be plenty.

Overall: It has a beautiful northeast-facing view, but the noise at the top from the generator, the small summit area, combined with the rocky/rooty trail makes this a hike-once type of mountain for me. There are better views on better maintained trails along Lake George. (Sleeping Beauty, Buck Mtn, Cat and Thomas Mtn, The Pinnacle)

hiking
1 month ago

Great for a lunch trip - My goal was to go to summit without stopping, did it in just under 90 minutes and I would say it was a moderate pace for first 2 miles then slow (steep) for the last mile. Gorgeous views and multiple vantage points of the lake to explore at the top.

Really great day hike. First two miles or so we’re pretty tame. Last mile kicked it up to the summit. Brought our 2 yr old German Shepherd and she loved it. Some pretty serious scaling up towards the top. She did better than I did...

hiking
1 month ago

I’ve hiked buck several times. It’s a great hike, closer than most for me, but it’s always very crowded, more than most I’m assuming because of proximity, with people that have little trail etiquette and more trash in the area. This would be a good mountain for more education on etiquette to be available. I now will typically only hike it in the off season very early in the AM.

Loved this hike! We started at the trailhead, following the red DEC discs up to the (unimpressive) summit. Trail was wide, and clearly marked; fairly gentle to start, but eventually became quite steep. Descended along trail on south side of the summit; single-track, slightly overgrown, steep in places. Blue trail is clearly marked with DEC discs, and offers a nice stroll through the woods past the ponds. Yellow trail to the left takes you back towards the trailhead.

Great hike for a family. Not too difficult for our 8 and 6 year olds and beautiful view at the summit. Would highly recommend.

Love everything about it. The only thing was that when I got to the top, it was so foggy I couldn’t appreciate the view. But will definitely do it again.

Loved this! Easy to find and great for families. We hiked down to the lake and enjoyed the coves and boat watching.

hiking
1 month ago

Attended on an overcast Saturday,August 11, 2018 — Small parking lot, but you can find parking along the road. There’s a sign in book for day hikes and overnights. It super dog friendly, and I assume a lot of the locals use it as a workout. The hike will challenge you—saw a few who gave up and turned back. The hike is moderate but a good workout when looking to burn some calories. A lot of elevation—the view at top is sweet. Bring lunch—opportunity for a nice picnic up there—worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

A bit rough getting to the top, but well worth it! Make sure to continue on past the first summit for a spectacular second summit!

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