Cook Mountain Preserve

MODERATE 23 reviews
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Cook Mountain Preserve is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ticonderoga, 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.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
948 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

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nature trips

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forest

lake

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Cook Mountain’s open ridge provides exquisite views of northern Lake George, the Champlain Valley, and Vermont’s Green Mountains. The one and one-half mile Summit Trail passes through a variety of habitats from moist wetlands and overgrown farmland to mixed hardwood/coniferous forest and dry rocky-summit grassland. Remnants of a beaver lodge and dams, as well as rare wetland plants, such as Hill’s pondweed, can be spotted on the lower portions of the trail. From the rocky summit, you can enjoy an expansive view of northern Lake George with minimal shoreline development and imagine how the lake’s water quality would be compromised if these forests harbored buildings rather than trees, wildflowers, birds and other important creatures.

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2 months ago

We loved this hike. Trailhead is easy to find with a small off road parking. Starts gently and gets increasingly steep, but it’s a pleasant trail with more of a path feel and not a rock scramble. Beautiful forest. Trail is very well marked, dog friendly. There is a lake view summit with a great outlook at North side of Lake George. It’s not a bald summit. Follow the “Vermont View” path for more views of a very north end of Lake George. I would recommend this hike for beginners and families with kids. Short and sweet with enough steepness to call this hike moderate, I guess.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked over the weekend! Still a good amount of snow and ice towards the top. Such a good, local, short hike!

hiking
11 months ago

Well marked trail, lots of interesting plants, flowers and wildlife (saw lots of little toads!). Very steep hike, but doable for most skill levels if you're willing to take your time. The view at the top is beautiful from the lake view side. We followed the eastern view trail as well to see VT/etc, but we're unable to find the viewpoint for that. We followed the trail markers which looped back the main trail but didn't see the view, not sure where we went wrong? But the lake view made it worth it, it's a stunning view from almost the top of Lake George looking southward. Would definitely do it again. But bring bug spray -- the mosquitos were really bad.

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked at sunrise. Beautiful view on Eastern side watching sun rise over the Green mts and Champlain valley. Steep, but worth it.

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11 months ago

Great view at the top. Trail loop at the bottom going around by old beaver dam is in terrible shape with puncheon rotting and falling apart. Trail is steep but worth the hike at the top.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Short but fairly steep hike, we walked just under 3 miles doing the two loops and going to the two vistas. Trail is well-marked and maintained. Nice view of Lake George to the south, and Ticonderoga and the Green Mountains to the east. We were up and down in about 90 minutes.

hiking
Monday, October 10, 2016

Great Hike! A little smelly at times from the paper mill.

hiking
Thursday, October 06, 2016

At a relaxed pace the trip takes about three hours. There are two views from the top. There is a Southern view of Lake George and an Eastern view of Ticonderoga, Lake Champlain, and a Vermont landscape (I think the eastern view is the best). It is a challenging hike for the non-hiker, but easy enough for the non-hiker to accomplish. the is an approximate 900 ft Elevation change over the distance of about a mile. (decently steep). I am glad we made the hike.

hiking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Definitely steep on the mountain ascent but so proud that we managed it. Not much to see on top of peak so you need to take the "lake view" trail onward so you can get a great view and some photos.

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