Black Mountain from Lake George

MODERATE 5 reviews
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Black Mountain from Lake George is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Dresden, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.6 miles
2,280 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



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YOU WILL NEED A BOAT TO REACH THIS TRAILHEAD Black Mountain rises 2,300ft (700m) over the waters, attracting many travelers as the tallest mountain directly off of the 32-mile Lake George. Officially listed as 2,641', the summit of Black Mountain offers panoramic views of Northern Lake George. To the East, Sugarloaf Mountain and various forested hills dominate the landscape. A windmill, fire tower, and shelter render the summit of Black Mountain unique. Black Mountain is usually summited East to West. This route stretches from the East to the Northwest. This trailhead, being only accessible by the water, is considerably less trafficked and therefore offers a great deal of tranquility. The Section 2 trail rises 1,600' from the water through the Adirondack Wilderness, intersecting with the Black Mountain Ponds trail (Section 1) beneath the summit. From there, the trail steeply ascends 800' through brush, trees, and rocks to the summit of Black Mountain. The official summit of Black Mountain, marked by a USGS survey, is just South of the windmill. On the Northern part of the summit, picturesque views and ample picnic spots are available. Leave early if you want complete solitude, for the summit of Black Mountain is often crowded. When you begin your descent from the summit, you can either do a complete out-and-back (suggested route) or take the Section 3 Trail down for a loop. The Section 2 trail originates at Black Mountain Point, a small bay on the Eastern side of Lake George. This trail is only accessible by boat; there are ten docks available at the point. One must acquire a permit to dock. Permits are awarded from Glen Island, and the queue often fills up quickly. It is recommended to acquire a permit the [very] early morning of the hike. Additional information and hours are given in the "Facilities" tab.

24 days ago

My favorite Lake George Hike! I usually get dropped off at Black Mt Point or you can rent a day site to have a dock for your boat. Hike offers some cool terrain and the top is breathtaking. You can see Vermont and have great views of the Northern & Southern lake. Looking over the islands is the 'narrows' is cool too. I have been doing this hike for about 15 years now and always find it challenging as it gets very steep, almost to the point of needing to climb. The steepness makes the hike down tough as well, but take a plunge when you get to the botton as black mtn point has some easy swimming!

29 days ago

Great trail and amazing view of the lake at the top. The last mile was very rocky and had some steep steps to climb. Also, the distance given on this app is misleading. It is longer than 4.6. The trailhead said 2.75 miles as opposed to the 2.3 reported here. My GPS watch data supported what was marked on the trail.

1 month ago

NO NEED FOR A BOAT!!! :) - This is a great mild to moderate trail with excellent views of Lake George and surrounding mountains at the summit. The trail can be accessed via Rt 22 in Clemons NY, less an hour north of the village of Lake George. Great trail for kids

11 months ago

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