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

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nature trips

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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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3 months ago

Great hike with some nice views at the top! Very steep for the most part—having trekking poles really helped. It might also be helpful to note that the steep inclines are mostly dirt, not rocks, so be prepared to work your ankles! We went on an early September weekday, and there was no one else on the trail. You get a decent sliver of a view of Lake George, but you can see all the way south towards Black and Buck Mountains on a clear day. At the other lookout, you can see the northern tip of Lake George and some of Lake Champlain, with Vermont mountains in the background. Neither view is panoramic but it’s a great moderate day hike!

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3 months ago

Great hike-as others have stated, the main portion of the hike is steep-825 feet of elevation gain in .9 miles. But worth every step, the top would be great to sling a hammock between a couple of trees and spend the night. Lightly forested, with some open meadow spots along with some exposed rock face. The views on both the east(Vermont) and west (lake George) points are great.

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4 months ago

Trail is marked as moderate but after the initial 10 minutes from the street, it is a steep hike. Probably will take 45 minutes to an hour for most. I started out and went to the left and up to the top, walked around then back down. When back at the flat area, went straight and returned back to the beginning of the trail, you can see it on my mapping. Beautiful views at the summit. Go right and it's an out and back to the lake view and then go to the other side for the Vermont overlook. You'll come back to the top and won't see any real markings so get your bearings, go right and you should see the red tree markings again. Going down is not as bad as some other steep hikes I've done, just take your time. This trail starts out in an area that you wouldn't expect to be busy but ran into quite a few mostly on my way down. Parking is tight, just off the road and about 5-6 cars maybe. Probably should be rated as hard as it's quite steep for a mile.

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7 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.

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8 months ago

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

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

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.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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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Saturday, July 22, 2017

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.

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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.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

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

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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.

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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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