French Mountain

MODERATE 54 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
846 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.

9 days ago

I agree with Patrick below. I hiked this twice in the past two weeks. The first time I parked by the Big&Tall store by the outlest and hiked along the bike path north for a little shy of amile until I saw the yellow marker. I hiked it again yesterday but decided to go in from the monument side like others have mentioned. Once you get past the monument, it's really tough to find how to get down the embankment to the next level which leads to the bike path. We ended up sliding down by the water tunnel where the very large tree is downed. It's definitely a little dicey, so I'd suggest parking somewhere by the corner of 149/9 and taking the bike path to the trail head which is much easier on the joints. ALSO, they repaved that section of the bike path just since last week so there is no longer a yellow arrow (as of last night), so definitely use the all trails app or the gps coordinates to find the trail head which is a steep set of rocks to get on the main trail. Essentially, if you're walking north along the bike trail you'll pass a big set of rocks on the right with a russian and norwegian flag painted on the rock face. The trail head is on the right shortly passed that but not well marked at all since they got rid of the yellow arrow. Once you're up the rocks, the trail is pretty well marked and the view is quite pleasant. You can see the outlets, Great Escape to the south as well as Queensbury high school.

11 days ago

the entrance to the trail of Route 9 begins easy enough at the Colonel William's monumuent. but from there it is next to impossible to see the trail down to the bikeway. We slid down the side of a small cliff/hill and had to hack through heavy brush, walk through muddy, soggy areas, climb over many fallen trees and that leads to the trail which begins at a big spray painted yellow arrow sprayed on the bikeway. You then start the hike by climbing rocks at the trailhead off the bikeway. the actual trail is marked with blue trail markers and blue spray painted trees. the view at the top is nice, but not overwhelming. the actual hike is moderate to strenuous at times due to incline, leaves, rocks and muddy trail.

20 days ago

the view is better than expected. good for a short hike.

21 days ago

I am going to give similar directions to John’s because there was a recent storm that knocked a tree down.

When you park, use John’s coordinates. There is a very small parking lot diagonal to the teepee store. It is directly across from a few cabins. There is a rock in enclosed by a fence. That’s the parking lot. Cross the street and then take a left. You’ll see the path (it has a sign that starts it, it’s has so sort of history). Go down that. One you go down around the monument you’ll take a right. You will have to step over many trees that got knocked down. On your left there is a small opening. Take that. You’ll come out and see the power lines. The power lines have black gravel under them. Find an opening on the opposite side of the hill (you will walk on the black gravel a little). Take that to the bike trail. Take a left on the bike trail. After the graffiti on the rocks a little ways down there is a a yellow arrow on the right spray painted. That is your entrance. The trail is very well marked! You can tell not many people use it though.

I thought the view was great! Very cool to see the outlets and the great escape. It was a little buggy so bring bug spray.

1 month ago

Great hike if you’re local. View was alright

2 months ago

Nice quick short hike but not a super great view.

3 months ago

Great family hike. Went with our kids 9, 11 and 13. Distance was perfect and difficulty was moderate due to incline. As others mentioned, finding initial entrance on the mountain was challenging. Highly recommended.

7 months ago

Nice trail to hike just watch out for the mud pits in the beginning. My dog ran through them off his leash and was covered (oh well). Great views but you have to work for it. It’s pretty tough if you are not ready for it. I went up there in early November and there was no one else there at all. I imagine it probably gets pretty busy in the warmer months.

8 months ago

See John Vaughn's detailed directions and review otherwise you may never find it! Without his directions I am not sure we would have found it at all because as many others have said, the trail head is horribly marked. The trail itself is marked well though.
The trail is rather steep at times but meanders through a beautiful hard wood forest. At the top, you can see great views of area mountains and Queensbury to the south. There is a small path that takes you to the north to see Lake George. This path is not well marked so you will need to explore around a bit to find it. There is a blue marker on a rock that points the way but you need to be right over this to see it.

10 months ago

Good luck finding it

11 months ago

Limited views, poorly marked trailhead, well marked trail

11 months ago

Great hike with the dogs!!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

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.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

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.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

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 !

Sunday, September 25, 2016

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!!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

not maintained the trail is overrun in areas by downed trees

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

We saw the great escape on French mountain

Saturday, August 06, 2016

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

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

Monday, April 25, 2016

Trail was maintained and marked well but the views weren't great at the top. The trailhead is only marked with blue paint, easy to miss of you don't know what to look for.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

This is a short hike, but a little steep 1/2 way up. Trails are clearly marked and the view at the top is nice! A good workout for the casual hiker. Great for my dogs!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Decent hike. Not a well maintained trail and no real views until you reach the top of the trail. Doesn't actually reach French Mountain's summit but does get close and has 180° views facing west. Due south you can see West Mountain and beyond. Due North, southern basin of Lake George and I-87 winding into the Adirondacks.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

It was difficult to find the trail head. We parked at Lyn Aire Motel by the Warren County Bikeway and walked South for about 1 mile on the Bikeway. Shortly after the picnic area, you will find the trailhead with a blue marking in the left. Stay alert! Easy to miss! Nice shady steady climb to a open view at the top. About a 1hr hike from the motel to the top. Lost its 5th star to its proximity to the highway traffic noise you hear throughout the hike.
We took our two dogs, and it was a nice quick hike for some exercise.

Friday, July 03, 2015

I was impressed with how well marked the trail is! Nice, short hike...but a good workout.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

We went snowshoeing on this trail and it was quite an experience! There was about 2 feet of virgin snow that we needed to break through by ourselves. Only do that if you are ready for a serious workout. The view was pretty decent on a day with good visibility.

Friday, January 02, 2015

Hard to find. I'm on vacation from South Carolina and trying to get exercise after the holidays. This was the perfect hike for that. I might have lost the trail and just went up what might have been a snowmobile trail for the county. Either way, made it to the top. It was ice and snow the whole way, but, I was the only one out on a peaceful, beautiful , cold day.

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