French Mountain is a 2.7 mile heavily 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.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 846 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

rock climbing

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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rocky

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.

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bugs
1 day ago

Great trail - last 0.5 miles very steep but a beautiful view. Well shaded throughout the trail.

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bugs
1 day ago

11 days ago

nice hike. Today, no bugs. Nice work out on the way up but easy peasy. Don't do this trail if you want lots of parking.

walking
14 days ago

Nice hike up and back down steep areas but easy to do with 2.5 year old

hiking
22 days ago

Very Steep. Great workout.

hiking
28 days ago

Steep last mile. View not worth it. Nice if you want a quick, intense hike.

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bugs
1 month ago

Very buggy. It’s pretty steep. The view isn’t worth the effort.

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rocky
1 month ago

View isn’t really worth it good climb though. Not overly difficult lot of kids and dogs on the trail.

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muddy
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Took about 1:35 round trip. Great hike with interesting historical markers and changes of pace. Starts with a monument of a French & Indian War Colonel. Literally on a battleground from hundreds of years ago. Small trail turns to a bike path that turns into the ascent. Great views of the start of the ADKs all the way to the Catskills. You can see every exit of the NW from 18-22 too. Highly Reccomend.

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bugs
1 month ago

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bugs
1 month ago

I would definitely recommend this trail. My wife and I took our 3 and 6 year old daughters and I only had to carry the 3 year old for a small portion toward the top. The only negative thing I have to say is that with all the dried leaves it made the trail a bit slippery in a few spots. Awesome trail though and it didn't have anywhere near the traffic of the other 3 spots we had attempted to go to but left die to high traffic and no parking.

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bugs
1 month ago

Beautiful day. Great short hike. Did it with a 3 year old with no problem at all.

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bugs
1 month ago

Nice small hike. Good for kids.

hiking
1 month ago

Well marked. A good workout. Steady incline for the last mile. The view isn’t great.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is not very well marked at times so be on alert for blue markers. The view was somewhat disappointing- you are looking down onto the Lake George outlets! When we arrived at the summit we were surprised to see ATVs- there’s an access road from the back. It’s an easy hike, mostly dry for April, and few hikers. Lots of road noise the entire hike though.

hiking
1 month ago

Had a great time today a little bit muddy but great conditions great for dogs to

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, well marked. Steep for the last mile or so. View of the south part of lake george and nice big rocks to enjoy lunch in the sunshine. Only a few people up there today and it was GORGEOUS out. Definitely recommend!

muddy
2 months ago

Easy to follow trail and very well marked. A quick trail, but with still some challenge. Was still a little muddy in some spots.

hiking
2 months ago

Just did this trail today and it was a perfect place to get out of quarantine for some fresh air. The blue trail was clear and very well marked. Little bit of ice and mud in some spots but I was totally fine in sneakers. We didn't see anyone else on the trail, so it's a great spot to adhere to "social distancing" while getting some good exercise and fresh air. Overall a great hike!

2 months ago

Trail was easy to follow with the blue markers. Be careful to watch for the yellow arrow on the ground on the bike path and then look to the tree for the blue arrows. Nice hike with very small amount of climb. Did it with 4 of us including 2 10 year olds. Less than 3 hours with a long rest at the top for lunch. Great afternoon trip.

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blowdown
muddy
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scramble
2 months ago

Access to the trail is right off of route 9, you could easily miss it if not looking for it. Note: look for Colonel Williams Monument. Once you find the start, just follow the spray painted blue arrows to the actual trail, which starts with a small rock scramble off of the bike path. The trail starts out with fairly flat terrain before the actual ascent. There was no snow but the dry leaves made some areas harder to navigate as they made it slippery. The trail was well marked with blue, diamond signage. There is private property adjacent to the trail and at the summit. At the top, you will find a nice view of nearby mountains and the valley below. If you go to the north side of the summit, you will enjoy a look at Southern Lake George and in the distance you can see the snow capped peak of Mount Marcy.

hiking
2 months ago

it was a fun steep hike. no snow or ice.

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icy
2 months ago

Only con is the traffic you can hear the whole way. Spikes are definitely necessary for the first chunk.

3 months ago

love of my life proposed to me recently on our special rock. Magical moment on a clear blue ski day. Recommend this hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Decent hike which goes quick. It definitely gets steep but it’s not hard. No real good view of Lake George at the top. Perfect for dogs, that’s the only reason we did it. It’s officially 3.4 miles round trip not 2.7.

I started this hike from French Mtn Drive. It was a beautiful day on the trail, no snow or ice. I brought my dogs, they had fun!

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