Black Mountain and Lake George Trail

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Black Mountain and Lake George Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately 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 bird watching 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: 1,361 feet Route Type: Loop

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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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icy
snow
11 days ago

Hit the trail at 9 a.m. Nov 29, the temp was 24 degrees and sunny. The trail is icy with snow, though the late afternoon thaw opened up muddy spots. It was a gorgeous sunny day with zero wind at the summit! It’s a fun early winter climb but definitely bring spikes of some sort.

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snow
18 days ago

The trail has mud and a lot of water everywhere. It's difficult to know where to step because the snow covers the water. I only used microspikes, but there were some areas where snowshoes would have made it easier. The trail is very well marked.

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washed out
1 month ago

Be ready to get wet. Wettest lake George 12ster yet. Rocks are slippery and the drops into mud can be over a foot.

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rocky
1 month ago

Did the loop hiking by the ponds and then climbing the mountain from the south.. Highly recommend because right away you are awarded with views of the lake to the south! Once you reach the summit you can only see the northern section of the lake.. Absolutely amazing views.. descended the east side and was very gradual. Not much to look at all the way back to the parking lot.. overall great little hike.. 7.25 miles in 3 hours with 30 minutes on top.

hiking
1 month ago

I really enjoyed this trail. It is more on the easy side of moderate and a lot of it is just a nice walk through the woods. The view from the top is amazing.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous views at the top. It would be nice if the fire tower was open.

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rocky
2 months ago

Gorgeous views.

Great view, last mile takes some effort but well worth it. Hiked with a 9 and 11 year old who both loved it. No bugs at all.

hiking
2 months ago

Two of us senior citizens, me having just passed the 65 mark and dedicated to completing this climb from the east. Tried it 10 years and 30 lbs. ago and did terribly, the rest of our party back then scampered up from the Lake George side. Took me two extra hours then. From the east a much easier climb partially thanks to Losing those 30 lbs. but....not simple. Some good grades going up and we did the full 8 miles stopping for a good hour to enjoy the fantastic North Lake George views from the summit. Descending down the west side and split to the blue trail with the two ladies in our group thankful for the outhouse by the Lapland Lake lean to. Took about 22,000 steps, only about 85 “flights” and about 5 hours to complete including the hour at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike, too bad the summit is occupied with a windmill and associated equipment, fencing etc.

hiking
2 months ago

Was a beautiful day for hiking. We followed the trail going up to the right as you head from the parking area. I’m glad we went up this way and descended following the loop down. Descending, the path was very narrow at times. We actually had to stand to the side in order to allow people coming up to get by. Summit views were amazing.

Hiked to the summit (fire tower) the other day. First half of the hike was easy, second a bit more challenging. I’m not the most in shape but I did it! Did I want to stop 100 times? Yes. but when you get to the top- oh it is SO worth it. Seriously amazing!

hiking
3 months ago

I did this loop in reverse after camping at the lean-to by Lapland Pond (beautiful spot right by the water!). The trail ascending (on the south side) has nice switchbacks and is less rocky than the north side. It is pretty overgrown near the summit though so wear long pants. There are some nice lookouts on the way up the south side trail where you can see the ponds and a bit of Lake George. I saw a few beavers and a snake so keep an eye out!

hiking
3 months ago

great day on the trail. no bugs, great temps, saw a beaver working on his lodge

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rocky
3 months ago

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bugs
3 months ago

Easy trail! Pretty quiet today- took the pond route down- definitely buggy!

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muddy
3 months ago

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scramble
4 months ago

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scramble
4 months ago

Great hike! Last 1/2 mile you earn the views. I started at the trail head at 9:54am, summit at 10:53. I was lucky to be completely alone at the summit and as I was descending several groups were heading up. Got back to my car at 12:26p

hiking
4 months ago

The trail was very good, dry and not technical. Great view of Lake George and the surrounding peaks. We did the loop and enjoyed the ponds and fresh blueberries.

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rocky
4 months ago

Great trail. The only thing to keep in mind is no water sources beyond the ponds and you will definitely need a water filter. Lean to’s are great to stay overnight.

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