Best walking trails in Lake George Wild Forest, New York

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#1 - 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
#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 - 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
#4 - Bumps Pond Loop
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
#5 - Buttermilk Brook - Bear Slides
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 47 m
Please note it is easy to get confused at the trail head and take the wrong trail. Take the one marked on the map that goes right and do not walk on River Rd, that is mostly a road with campsites and for horses. Show more
#6 - Pilot Knob Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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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
#7 - Inman Pond Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
#8 - Deer Leap Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
A great 3.2 mile RT hike over gentle terrain that offers great views. Very steep cliff just past the end of the trail so keep young ones close. The trail to Deer Leap is the same trail that is used to reach 5 Mile Summit for the initial 0.6 miles. This trail is in moderate shape and can be wet. About 0.6 miles in you will summit a small knoll (275') where you find the split - go south (to the right) and you head towards 5 Mile Summit, continue on straight (east) and you head towards Deer Leap. The trail from this point in is in excellent shape and has several points where one can obtain a view. After the trail intersection the trail drops again and then has another short ascent before reaching the highest point. After this point it will drop down a little and you will reach the rocky outcrop that is the view point where you can look out over Lake George across to Huletts Landing. The summits across are of Black Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain to the south-east. There are two other areas for a view - if you travel a little south into the meadow area (across the ridge, not down) you will have an area for lunch in the meadow and views towards the southern area of Tongue. There is also a herd path towards the eastern edge that offers an excellent view of Huletts Landing - this ends at a VERY STEEP and dangerous 700' cliff and great care should be taken to keep younger hikers and those with stability concerns away from this area. Caution: There are rattlesnakes in this range so please use caution during certain times of the year.Show more
#9 - Five Mile Mountain Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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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
#10 - Palmer Pond Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 50 m
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