Best river trails in Lake George Wild Forest, New York

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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 - 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
#3 - Bumps Pond Loop
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
#4 - Fifth Peak Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
#5 - Pole Hill Pond Blue Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
Follow the blue discs from the trail register; the trail is very well marked and easy to follow. The first mile or so is a fairly easy grade on a wide track, this eventually narrows down to a single track through the woods. At about 1.2 miles you start to ascend towards the first peak, this is a mostly moderate steady climb, but there are a couple of spots where it gets a little more strenuous. There are tree-obstructed views of Lake George from this peak, but nothing spectacular. Continue along the trail, heading down from the first peak, then (about 3 miles) up a grade to the second peak. This peak has a flat open area with great south-looking views of Lake George. From here is a steady descent down through the woods towards Pole Hill Pond. At about 6 miles the trail makes a sharp left into the woods to avoid private land, pay attention to the Posted signs and respect the landowners wishes. For the final leg of the hike take a right and follow the Yellow discs back out towards the trail register.Show more
#6 - Black Mountain from Lake George
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 3 h 24 m
YOU WILL NEED A BOAT TO REACH THIS TRAILHEAD Black Mountain rises 2,300ft (700m) over the waters, attracting many travelers as the tallest mountain directly off of the 32-mile Lake George. Officially listed as 2,641', the summit of Black Mountain offers panoramic views of Northern Lake George. To the East, Sugarloaf Mountain and various forested hills dominate the landscape. A windmill, fire tower, and shelter render the summit of Black Mountain unique. Black Mountain is usually summited East to West. This route stretches from the East to the Northwest. This trailhead, being only accessible by the water, is considerably less trafficked and therefore offers a great deal of tranquility. The Section 2 trail rises 1,600' from the water through the Adirondack Wilderness, intersecting with the Black Mountain Ponds trail (Section 1) beneath the summit. From there, the trail steeply ascends 800' through brush, trees, and rocks to the summit of Black Mountain. The official summit of Black Mountain, marked by a USGS survey, is just South of the windmill. On the Northern part of the summit, picturesque views and ample picnic spots are available. Leave early if you want complete solitude, for the summit of Black Mountain is often crowded. When you begin your descent from the summit, you can either do a complete out-and-back (suggested route) or take the Section 3 Trail down for a loop. The Section 2 trail originates at Black Mountain Point, a small bay on the Eastern side of Lake George. This trail is only accessible by boat; there are ten docks available at the point. One must acquire a permit to dock. Permits are awarded from Glen Island, and the queue often fills up quickly. It is recommended to acquire a permit the [very] early morning of the hike. Additional information and hours are given in the "Facilities" tab. Show more
#7 - Shelving Rock Falls and Shelving Rock Mountain Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
This is a moderate hiking trail on the eastern side of Lake George, about 15 miles from Lake George. The beginning portion of this hike can be difficult. There are a lot of rocks to scramble over in this section. After returning back to the parking lot, continue along the road to find the trailhead for the Shelving Rock Summit. Overall, it is a very gentle climb to the top. Make sure that you continue further from the summit to see the gorgeous lake view. An even better view awaits you if you go down toward the right and reach the western ledge (descend about 150' below the summit by walking about 100 yards). This is the best viewing spot. Please note that the last road access on the Hog Town Road and the Shelving Rock Road is unpaved and slightly bumpy. Depending upon the car you drive, you will need to be careful. Show more
#8 - Prospect Mountain via Big Hollow Road
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 31 m
This is a great alternative route up to the summit of Prospect Mountain. The route follows a jeep trail almost all the way to parking lots below the summit. Show more
#9 - Warren County Trail Loop
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 22 m
#10 - Uncas Waterfall via Terzian Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
Silver Bay YMCA Conference and Family Retreat Center program badges are required to complete this route. The trailhead starts off in Lake George Wild Forest and traverses onto private property. For more information please visit: https://silverbay.org/ Show more