Black Mountain and Lake George Trail

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Lake George Wild Forest

Black Mountain and Lake George Trail is a 7.7 mile heavily 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.

Length7.7 miElevation gain1361 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeMuddyRocky
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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.

Trailhead Directions: From Whitehall, NY take Route 22 north. 4.5 miles north of where 22 crosses over the south bay of Lake Champlain take a left on the Hulett's Landing Road. Follow this road 2.7 miles to PIke Brook Road. You'll soon see a DEC sign and parking area on the right 3.5 miles from Rte. 22. There is no fee to park here.

East route: Head south on Route 9 to the junction of Route 149. Turn left on Route 149, and follow it until it joins Routes 4/22. Turn left on Routes 4/22, and follow it until you reach Whitehall. Bear left on Route 22, and follow it through the lower end of Lake Champlain. Make a left turn on (Washington County) Route 6. Follow Route 6 toward Hulletts Landing. Be prepared to take a left on Pike Brook Road. The trailhead is approximately one mile on the right side of that road. To reach the beach, turn left on Route 6. West route: At the northern end of Lake George Village, head north on Route 9N toward Ticonderoga. (Part of this road is the steep, hilly section near Tongue Mountain.) When you reach the Village of Ticonderoga, Route 9N will make a sharp left turn. Follow 9N to a four-way intersection with Route 74. Go right on Routes 22/74, for a short distance. Route 74 will bear left, toward Fort Ticonderoga. Continue to go straight on Route 22. Continue south on Route 22 (You will see Lake Champlain on your left) until you reach (Washington County) Route 6. Turn right on Route 6, and follow it toward Hulletts Landing. Be prepared to take a right on Pike Brook Road. The trailhead is approximately one mile on the right side of that road. To reach the beach, turn left on Route 6.

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Cheyenne Inge
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HikingIcySnow

Very icy- you need spikes!! A wonderful hike though. Very easy to follow the trail. It looks like it would be a mess in the spring though, with all the rocks and worn down paths. The snow and ice made it flattened and easy to walk on. Beautiful views.

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Emma Schmitt
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Paul Bednarczyk
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Jan 3 2021. Hiked the red trail (short one) up and back. Trail was crusted ice below a inch of snow on top of the ice. Conditions were the same the entire length of the trail. Used micro spikes the entire trip. Weather was great 30 degrees and no wind. Because of the clouds could not see Lake George from the top. 10 other people on the trail. No need for snow shoes, micro spikes a must.

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Larissa DiPace
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HikingIcySnow

Took the long segment first — relatively easy to follow except in a few spots. Definitely scenic in the winter. Super easy to follow on the way down because most people previously took the direct route up and down the summit so there were footprints to follow. Very slushy , slippery. Less slushy the closer you get to the top. Spikes were needed the whole way.

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Michelle Eckler
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Hiked 1/2/21 - microspikes needed but no snowshoes yet. Did the loop starting in reserve (long up, short down). Trail is in good shape! Was harder to follow on the long end since less foot traffic. Cloudy summit, but did get a few glimpses of Lake George. Beautiful day in the woods!

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Dave Ross
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HikingGreat!IcyOff trail

First hike of the new year and a good one at that with my solo trek to the summit of Black Mountain. Nice climb with the trail marked very well along with plenty of footprints to make it easy to follow. Compact snow on trail with some bare ground and rock poking through here and there. Icy on the last part just prior to the top, micro spikes made easy work of the slippery spots. Rewarded with a nice view of Lake George looking north at my home turf and Anthony’s Nose in clear site. Parking lot was almost at capacity at 10:00 am but only bumped into one person on top and a few on the way down. Most people must have taken the longer loop as I took the direct route to the summit and back, round trip about 6+ miles. A little over 3 hours 30 minutes with a small break for lunch.

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Christina Angell
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Backpacking

We’ve hiked the mountain and done backpacking trips along the base.

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Kelly Moody
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Ann Obryan
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Danielle Fitzgerald
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Colin Thomas
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Mark Akers
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Joshua David
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A bit Icey

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AllTrails DB
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HikingIcyMuddy

I took other's advice and did out and back, not the loop, which was 5.6 miles. A bit muddy in some spots and icy in other spots, especially toward the top. I could avoid most, but not all of the mud and ice. I would rate it on the easier side of moderate, with a bit of climbing toward the top. Foggy at top but looked like more pristine views than most Lake George trails. Quite a bit of trail erosion. Got there at 10:00 on Saturday and there was plenty of parking, with spots available when I finished as well.

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Courtney Shannon
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If you are looking for just a really rewarding view, hike to the summit and back. If you want a more full trip do the loop. The loop is very easy once off the hillside. A little icy on the summit trail, but overall really nice loop.

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Kevin Sawyer
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Robin McLaughlin
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Michael Clough
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Overall easy hike with rewarding views at the top.

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Sarvin Azizgolshani
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Dee Bauer
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HikingMuddyScramble

BEAUTIFUL VIEWS! Go up and down the same way (to the summit and back). Going around the pond trail is very muddy with not much to see.

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John Klein
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beautiful but extremely muddy

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