Black Mountain and Lake George Trail

MODERATE 137 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.

1 day ago

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

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10 days ago

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

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10 days 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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11 days ago

11 days ago

Great hike, be aware that there is a mountain lion around here

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13 days ago

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15 days ago

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15 days ago

Really great hike, but you must do the full loop. You're really missing out if you just summit and come right back down. Views are nicest from the east side of the mountain and although it is longer to do the full loop, that part of the trail is an easy hike. Trails were really muddy, but we'd had some bad storms come through 2 days before. Wear your waterproof boots for sure, if it's been recently wet!

15 days ago

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28 days ago

Pretty good hike with no bugs but lots of mud. Took us about 2.5 hours. The first half is all flat and then a decent climb the rest of the way.

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28 days ago

One of the nicest views I have ever seen. Definitely a moderate hike.

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28 days ago

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1 month ago

It was cloudy at the summit today so I didn't get to see the view, but the hike was nice!

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Amazing views!! Little bit muddy but was worth it.

1 month ago

I love this hike. So many trails to explore in this area.