Cooks Mountain 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

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NOTE: As of March 2020, trail to the peak is closed due to logging. 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

The trail to the peak is closed due to fallen trees from logging operations on a neighboring property. They hope to reopen later in the spring

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2 months ago

The trail to the peak is closed due to fallen trees from logging operations on a neighboring property. They hope to reopen later in the spring

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5 months ago

Such a nice Mountain... I didn't find it exceedingly steep but it was steep. The views on the top were nice... one needs to take the 'Lake View' trail in order to reach the true summit. We took the 'Vermont View' trail after, doing the loop back to main trail. Both overlooks were nice but prefered the Vermont View best. We did both loops to make the trip more interesting. I would definitely do this hike again. No ice or snow to speak of. Felt like a beautiful Autumn day.

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7 months ago

Trail was well marked and maintained. Great short hike to do when you have a few hours free, took me 90 minutes total. Views of Vermont and Lake George were gorgeous. Trail is moderately steep but short so not too challenging and wasn’t crowded on a fall Friday morning.

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7 months ago

Great trail for first timer. Going up was challenging but very rewarding. Tricky going down especially with the acorns. Beautiful view. Wonderful place to clear mind and recharge.

8 months ago

This was a very enjoyable hike. Steep at times so you get a good workout, but nothing crazy. Well marked and the views worth the effort. Did the hike on a Friday and ran into about 10 very friendly people and two well behaved dogs. This is a great hike due to the views, not too long, and manageable terrain for most. Going down is faster but also trickier due to footing.

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9 months ago

Nice well marked trail. Beautiful day and beautiful views. Great morning work out and pleasant reward.

recorded Cook Mountain Preserve

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9 months ago

Great hike. Our 5 and 10 year old boys made it to both views.

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9 months ago

A very nice hike on well-marked trails, leading to great views of Lake Champlain and Lake George. It’s a bit steep going up, but not difficult terrain. Trails are good, with the exception of the southern part of the yellow trail, which is a bit overgrown. An excellent hike overall.

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muddy
Tue May 28 2019

Black fly season so we expected bugs. Kids 6-10 did it, complained and it was a little tough but totally do-able for them. Beautiful view of lake from lake view trail. Nice spot to eat lunch as long as the bugs don’t eat you first. May be best to wait until black flies are gone. Nice bridges over most muddy parts now!

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Mon May 27 2019

A bit buggy, pretty views from the top, but nothing crazy. 1000 feet of legit incline. Definitely moderate. A lot of people came ill prepared that we saw. Bring water and snacks.

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Fri Sep 07 2018

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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Sat Aug 18 2018

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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Mon Jul 23 2018

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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Tue May 01 2018

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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Mon Apr 02 2018

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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Sun Aug 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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Tue Aug 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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Sat Jul 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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Wed Jul 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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Mon Oct 10 2016

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

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Thu Oct 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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Tue Sep 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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