Black Mountain and Lake George Trail

MODERATE 117 reviews
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Black Mountain and Lake George Trail is a 7.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Clemons, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1496 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

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nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

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4 days ago

5 days ago

hiked the loop clockwise (went past the ponds first). once you get past the ponds the remaining mile up to the summit was more of a challenge than if you had taken the shorter trail going counter-clockwise. glad I did the hike this way to make it a little more challenging. the views are definitely worth it.
Trails were very muddy in spots.

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7 days ago

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9 days ago

Beautiful day for a walk in the Adks
The trail was nice a little muddy but that's not unusual
Black flies were very abundant
View from the top is fantastic
Sadly the fire tower isn't open to the public
But a great afternoon trip for sure

12 days ago

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24 days ago

Great afternoon hike. Hiked the loop counterclockwise. Car-accessible approach starts from trailhead on Pine Brook Rd and ends at private home where trail begins. 2 hours to Black Mountain Summit. You will hear the wind turbine before you reach the top. Beautiful views of the north end of Lake George toward Ticondaroga. Descent on the lakeside is moderate with the typical rocks and roots. Once off the immediate descent be careful to pick up the blue markers and stay straight toward the trailhead or about 3.5 miles. (Staying red/heading right will bring you away from the trailhead another 2 miles to the lake.) Blue trail markers then change to yellow after some lovely pondside paths.

26 days ago

Amazing hike ! Took my two young boys and did 8.6 miles that day . Best views I've seen in a long time . We are gonna go back again .

hiking
26 days ago

First part is a casual walk through the woods, muddy but manageable. We didn't do the full loop, just to the tower and back. Towards the end gets a little tougher as the incline increases. I would consider it a moderate hike. Amazing and rewarding views from the top despite the tower being closed. I will likely go back again for the loop!

hiking
26 days ago

Nice wide, well maintained trails. Hiked to the summit with Penny Manly and Angelo, my dog. Gorgeous view, well worth the hike.

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28 days ago

1 month ago

Great hike. Great views. A little muddy but that was expected.

1 month ago

Fairly easy feel-good hike. It can be a bit muddy because you're following a stream the entire way up but the view at the top is totally worth it. Won't take longer than a few hours as there's a few steep spots but otherwise pretty simple.

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1 month ago

Fairly easy hike. I went up on the west side (quicker trail to the summit) and down the east side (longer trail to the ponds). Glad I did. The west side was a bit more muddy and still had a some snow and ice. Still passable though.

I plan on doing it again and probably bring the kids.

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