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.
dogs on leash
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.
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 .
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!
Nice wide, well maintained trails. Hiked to the summit with Penny Manly and Angelo, my dog. Gorgeous view, well worth the hike.
Great hike. Great views. A little muddy but that was expected.
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.
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.
Muddy and icy conditions still, but doable even without micro spikes. Summit view was amazing and worth the effort getting there. We had a great time.
Jay R A.
The incline itself was one of the easiest I've ever hiked. But the trail today kicked my butt! Icy and really wet with several streams coming down the mountain. It was a good 4.5 hour round trip including a 30 min break at the top. It was a slow descent. But the view is breathtaking! Sad I couldn't climb the firetower but still looked cool from afar. Recommend the trail and look forward to doing it on warmer days.
It was fun and the view of Lake George was really nice. Mosquitos were annoying.
Hard at the end but amazing view
One of my favorites. Did the loop on a solo hike a few months back. Trailhead is easy to find and the windmill at that top is pretty crazy. Didnt know it was there but coukd hear it forever. Killer views of Champlain & Lake George on opposing sides the peak. Pretty sweet lean to along the trail as well. Will do this again and camp someday.
Magnificent views, very fun trail. Definitely worth it.