Black Mountain and Lake George Trail

MODERATE 191 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
1361 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

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.

1 month ago

Great hike weather was cool and sunny red trail up was a running stream. Views were excellent
Made the 7 mile loop was a great moderate trail
Everybody should do this trail at least once

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. Icy in spots and wet in some others. Views are nice... no access to the fire tower.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail to the top of Black Mountain is heavily used and well-marked. The views from the top are awesome, The loop down to the ponds is wet in places but the ponds are nice. Carry a map and you won’t get confused by the side trails and intersections on trails that lead to other ponds.

2 months ago

Beautiful trails! A little over 7 miles. We made it to the summit in an hour and a half at a steady pace. The way down if doing the loop adds time and miles to the hike. Fastest is up to the summit from the parking lot and back down that way. I am at the end of a cold so I found it to be moderate in difficulty. It was also 30-35 degrees and my first cool weather hike so that also affected the difficulty level for me. We did the loop on the way back to pass Black Mtn pond & Lapland Pond, and found the lean-to which is off the main trail, all very pretty. To find the loop trail down was easy at the top near the fire tower, ( no access to fire tower) well marked the whole way down. There was a lot of ice on the trail today, more so on the way up. Brought micro spikes but did not use them as there was room to walk around the ice and no snow yet. Beautiful trails and very enjoyable. We both wore some bright colors and were wary of hunters but did not hear gunshot or see hunters today. Quiet, saw only one solo hiker and a group at the end.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty easy hike. Awesome views from the summit. Very wet and windy, but totally worth it!

2 months ago

Very easy to moderate hike. Very very wet . With a couple days of rain it was like hiking a steady stream. Also not sure why I didn’t see this reported yet but the fire tower is closed and you would have to climb under the fence to get up. Top is completely nailed shut. Also , active hunters on this trail .. we literally almost walked into a dead deer mid path ! Stay safe !

3 months ago

Awesome hike , great views and a well kept trails . I decided to go the opposite way on the trail

3 months ago

The trials were well marked, and I don’t need to tell you ... the views were spectacular!

hiking
3 months ago

After Lapland Pond the markers change from blue to yellow - the blue markers lead you to a lean-to and then just end. If you follow the yellow markers, they will take you to the original trail you came in on.

hiking
4 months ago

The views of Lake George at summit are spectacular. Trail is rocky so careful with footing. Hiked the loop...the trail along the ponds is beautiful and meandering. Most of trail is shaded which was good as it was warm/sunny. (The recording stopped between the summit and along the descent to the ponds & looks like we fell off a cliff.)

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great half-day hike. Moderate exertion level, not too muddy when we went in late-August. Took just under four hours with a half-hour rest at top. Good views of the High Peaks, Lake George, The Narrows, Green Mountains, and the Tongue Range. Structures at top make for a bit of distraction, but otherwise worthwhile. Swimming available at Hulett's Landing County Park on Lake George about 10 minutes from the trailhead.

hiking
5 months ago

The 5.5mi loop trail from the Pike Brook Rd trailhead to the summit and back was a perfect 4-hour round trip on a beautiful day with shady hiking and sunny lookouts above Lake George. Highly recommend as a moderately challenging half-day trip for people in relatively good health.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great view at the top.

5 months ago

Favorite hike I've ever done

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike for those in between beginner and intermediate, gradual incline and is lengthier than most Fire Towers. As stated by others, the loop is well worth it. Someone stated below to beware of a mountain lion, this is NOT TRUE. One was spotted in 2010 and later located in Connecticut (deceased). The northeast has not had eastern cougars in 70+ years.

hiking
6 months ago

Great views! You definitely want to do the entire loop. Waterproof boots a must.

6 months ago

Great view at the top however fire tower is boarded up and inaccessible

6 months ago

Make sure you loop, it's worth the extra mileage. The pond near the leanto is serenity defined.

hiking
6 months ago

When we started, our intention was to only do the summit. After getting up( which was difficult in some spots, and wet) we decided to do the whole loop and take it all in! It was lovely, but to be expected the flies and mosquitoes were awful, because of how many ponds are on the loop I assume. Definitely would hike again.

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