Black Mountain and Lake George Trail

MODERATE 166 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

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lake

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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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The views of Lake George at summit are spectacular. Trail is rocky so careful with footing. Hiked the loop...the trail along the ponds is beautiful and meandering. Most of trail is shaded which was good as it was warm/sunny. (The recording stopped between the summit and along the descent to the ponds & looks like we fell off a cliff.)

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This is a great half-day hike. Moderate exertion level, not too muddy when we went in late-August. Took just under four hours with a half-hour rest at top. Good views of the High Peaks, Lake George, The Narrows, Green Mountains, and the Tongue Range. Structures at top make for a bit of distraction, but otherwise worthwhile. Swimming available at Hulett's Landing County Park on Lake George about 10 minutes from the trailhead.

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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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