Best trail running trails in Lake George Wild Forest, New York

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#1 - Buck Mountain Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(1480)
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 - 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
#3 - Shelving Rock Mountain Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 3.0 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
#4 - Buck Mountain via Shelving Rock Road
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
#5 - Bumps Pond Loop
Lake George Wild Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(279)
Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
#6 - Black Mountain Summit Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
#7 - Mount Erebus and Fishbrook Pond Loop
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 42 m
#8 - Pole Hill Pond Blue Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(112)
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
#9 - Pilot Knob Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(89)
Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
Users report that this trail is not well marked, it is recommended that you download offline maps prior to hitting the trail.Show more
#10 - Five Mile Mountain Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(63)
Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 5 h 17 m
lake views, mountain views This hike is along part of the Tongue mountain range - the mountainous peninsula that juts into Lake George. From the parking lot, cross the highway and follow the blue trail. At around 3/4 miles, there is an unmarked intersection. Straight ahead on the yellow trail leads to Deer Leap in under a mile. The blue trail turns left at this intersection and, for the next mile, steadily climbs to the top of Brown mountain. In another mile or so, you reach a lean-to. The summit of Five Mile mountain is less than a mile from this shelter. Just past the true summit, which the trail skirts around, there are view points to the east and west. Show more
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