French Mountain

MODERATE 32 reviews

French Mountain is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake George, New York that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

2.7 miles
885 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing


trail running




wild flowers





This is a nice easy hike off of the Warren County bike trail that offers a great view at the top. The blue blaze trail rises gently at first, then continues at a steeper grade as it turns northward towards the cliffs where you can see north towards the Southern basin of Lake George and south towards Queensbury. Just before this area you will see posted signs that indicate you are close to private property - please respect the signs and stay on the non-posted area.

7 days ago

16 days ago

First time hiking French today. Enjoyed it! If you want to add 3 miles one way, walk from lg village onto the biketrail. Beautiful scenery and nice warm up. After you pass magic forest keep going on the trail until you see yellow spray paint and a path up a bunch of rocks. It is well marked with blue markers once you get going towards the mountain. No sign in book, but short hike.

27 days ago

29 days ago

1 month ago

Trail is HORRIBLY MARKED at the beginning. Follow these directions. Park on Route 9 North bound side by the monument just south of the Teepee.GPS these coordinates (43.376612, -73.700520) Go down the hill, keep going straight towards the bottom down the goat path, follow that to the pole lines, cross the pole lines directly straight to the bike trail.At the bike trail turn left. Follow the bike trail until the graffiti on the right. There's a yellow arrow spray painted on the bike path. That's your trail. First 3/4 of the hike is fairly easy incline to level hiking with a little mud. The last 1/4 increases rapidly for a quick ascent. Moderate in the beginning to harder at the end. View wasn't anything to write home about, your view is the outlets and south. There are much better hikes.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Good views of surrounding area and decent of lower Lake George. Best to park at the Williams memorial as others have mentioned and head down to the bike path. Trail from memorial to bike path is overgrown as of 10-Apr-17. Trail is well marked once you are a 100 meters in or so and its a nice walk for about a half a mile. Incline up is steady once you hit it, not overly tough though. I would recommend this trail if you are looking for something shorter and closer to the capital region. Very little mud after the start of the trail so it would be good for early spring (when we hiked it). GPS to memorial parking 43.376612, -73.700520

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7 months ago

Nice views up top. Sketchy access. I parked at The Col. Williams Historical Monument on Rt. 9 a half mile north or Rt. 149. Then follow the path down to the old road, then old railriad bed, then down to paved bick path. Turn lefy (north) and walk up past a small rocky bluff just right of the path. A yellow arrow spray painted on the aphalt then marks the trailhead. Follow blue blazes from there.

8 months ago

I would judge this as between easy and moderate. Views are decent, but there are much better views of the lake from other easy hikes like the Schumann Preserve or Cat and Thomas mountains.

8 months ago

great trail but it's more hard lol but when u get to the top stay to left and follow cliffs out ! follow blue markers all the way up. trail head has yellow arrow pointing to where it starts !

8 months ago

Great trail!! Poorly marked trail head though. Rated as easy on this app but NOT easy!! When you get to the peak follow the rocks and you get a great view of the lake! Enjoy!!

9 months ago

not maintained the trail is overrun in areas by downed trees

10 months ago

We saw the great escape on French mountain

10 months ago

Not an easy trail head to find if you are only looking for blue painted rocks. The trail head is marked with a yellow arrow right in the bike path pointing towards the blue painted rocks. Located between the picnic area and the rock ledge with the graffiti. If heading south it is just past the picnic area, just keep looking down as you walk to see the yellow arrow on the left side of the pathway. Not sure why DEC doesn't mark this as a trail but even AllTrails could have described it better. Anyhow, it took me longer to find the trail head than it did to get to the top but it's a nice climb. View includes the souther tip of Lake George and you can see West Mountain in the other direction. I agree about the noise but I use a headset for music so it didn't phase me much. Trail is very well marked once you are on it so that was nice after the frustration of finding it. Overall descent hike and might do again in the Fall. At least I have an idea where to find the trail head now.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Steep and quick. Good views from top. The trailhead is a pain to find but it is off the bike trail.