Black Mountain and Lake George Trail

MODERATE 150 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

hiking

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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10 days 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.

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13 days ago

Great view at the top.

14 days ago

Favorite hike I've ever done

hiking
24 days 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.

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24 days ago

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

25 days ago

29 days ago

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

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1 month ago

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

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1 month 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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1 month ago