Cat and Thomas Mountain Trail

MODERATE 122 reviews
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Cat and Thomas Mountain Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bolton Landing, New York that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1801 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

This hike is on a nature preserve made possible by the Lake George Land Conservancy. The trail coincides with the the Thomas Mountain trail up to a clearing some 0.75 miles from the trailhead. Both mountains have far range views, especially on a clear day, and Lake George is easily seen.

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2 days ago

Excellent hike, and challenging for a beginning to moderate hiker. Great views of Lake George make the climb rewarding! Be sure to bring your binoculars to view the hundreds of boats you'll see from the top. Word of advice: if you're planning to do the whole loop, turn right at the fork and go up Thomas first (while you're still fresh for a steep climb), 'cause the trail from Thomas over to Cat has a LOT of up & downs. Then once you reach the top of Cat it's a (relatively) easy and straight ride down. Plan on the whole loop taking 4+ hours.

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25 days ago

What a great hike! Took the blue trail up to Thomas, then kept on to Cat, yellow trail down. A lot of up and down, some challenges, have to pay attention to markera from Thomas to Cat. Tricky to find that blue trail, would have been on the orange if it werent for some other hikers. about .4 miles into the trail, you will see a good size clearing on your right, go over a corrugated pipe with large rocks on either side, then the trail is to your right immediately following. it follows a stream for a bit. I marked it with a large "Y" shaped tree branch leaned against a tree. great view from Cat, totally worth it!

26 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

What a great hike!!
I went directly to the summit of Cat and skipped Thomas. Great variety of scenery. I started at 7am and reached the summit by 9am. Im in moderate shape and I only took 1 quick break on the way up.
Lots of mosquitos, so make sure you bring bug spray. If you plan on spending lots of time at the summit like I did, make sure to bring sunscreen - not really any tree cover at the summit.
Amazing views of Lake George - Surprised how great the views without back-breaking effort to get there.

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1 month ago

Beautiful

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1 month ago

Aside from the loose stone path for the walk in and the orange trail descent from Thomas, this was a great hike. Took yellow to blue to climb Cat and then traversed on blue to get to summit of Thomas and the nice cabin lookout. Took orange path straight down to parking lot. Total 9.7 miles. Great views

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Enjoyed the hike and the views from both mountains. But the entire loop is longer than stated here or what seems to be the case from the brochure, especially going up to Thomas via the blue (Two Brothers) trail. By the way, there is no sign where this blue trail leaves the orange trail, so it easy to miss. I think the extra length is at least partly along the yellow trail coming down from Cat. which is given as two miles from the summit to the junction with the orange trail. It is longer than that! I wish I had seen the review below stating the loop is more than 9.5 miles beforehand. Still, a good hike. Black flies not too bad this day (worst along the yellow trail). Lots of butterflies and dragonflies.

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Good hike over all. Great views. The cabin at the top of Thomas is pretty cool. A ton of black flies right now!