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Good Luck Mountain and Lake Trail

MODERATE 141 reviews
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Good Luck Mountain and Lake Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Caroga, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 918 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

lake

views

muddy

hiking
bugs
16 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

My review from 2018 is more detailed. Since last year, the only thing that has changed in the trail is the sign pointing to Good Luck Cliffs, which is set lower than the previous ones I’ve included a pic. Nice hike or trail run, and good views from the cliffs.

hiking
bugs
rocky
21 days ago

The first half is a nice easy walk with a great stop at the lake. Climbing up and then down the mountain is quite challenging, but very worth it for the view. Best mountain I’ve hiked here in ADK.

hiking
22 days ago

Buggy at the beginning but they don’t stay past the lake. This map takes you to the cliffs so if you follow the signs towards there and turn right at the bridge you’ll be set. Loved the top, very peaceful and lots of room to explore.

hiking
24 days ago

Trail very easy to follow, not muddy at all but there was not a lot of rain before we went, nice hike

hiking
28 days ago

I thought this trail was pretty easy to follow but maybe it's because I had read the reviews here about missing the turn so made sure to pay more attention at the bridge. It seemed to be well marked and not too muddy as of yesterday.

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
off trail
1 month ago

Visited after completing Kane Mountain about 30 minutes earlier. Found the parking area and trailhead with no problem. Trail was very muddy and people not wanting to walk through the mud have eroded a wide berth on either side - which is unfortunate. We swung by the lake but there was no way to access it without walking through about 50 yards of mud and muck, and it wasn't clear how deep the mud eventually got. Completely missed the trail after checking out the lake as it appears many others have (and the only other couple we passed on the snowmobile trail also did), and ended up taking a 1.5-mile detour down the snowmobile path (still marked with blue blazes) until finally we realized the GPS was accurate and we were way off course. It was a nice, flat, scenic detour, but added a lot of extra time and walking onto our already tired bodies. Once we got back on the right trail, it was almost instantly a steep climb. Not as muddy, but a 3/4-mile steep ascent to the top. The views were worth it, but we were gassed, low on water, and dreading the descent. The descent was marked well until we got back to where we took the wrong trail earlier, and then there were no markings aside from the intersection where Dexter Lake Trail veers off and the trail log is located. Overall a tougher-than-expected hike due to already having hiked Kane earlier and the day and getting way off course before we started the ascent. Bugs were not bad at all on the climb but on the flat parts of the trail they were ferocious.

hiking
bugs
muddy
1 month ago

I found the trail to be well-marked overall if you also had the map from here as an accompaniment. The trail was very wide and flat for the first mile or so but extremely muddy. It veers to the right just before the trail dips into a ravine with a bridge, so be sure to follow the blue markers. From here, the trail becomes much more narrow and steep but manageable. The trail markers are much more frequent and I only got lost once where a tree had collapsed onto the trail. The view from the top was spectacular. Where the trail dips off towards the lake, there was some sort of encampment that was very eerie... definitely didn’t make me want to stay for long. The whole trail was extremely buggy.

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
rocky
3 months ago

Completed several times and throughout the year the trail is constantly muddy but the cliffs are very cool the lake has good views and in general the trail is nice though steep in some sections and it is easy to miss a turn

3 months ago

Besides missing the turn by the lake, the hike was incredible. I would say parts are little more difficult than moderate. There's a beautiful spot at the top that would make a great camping spot for the night with an incredible view.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Quite muddy on the trail with some big mud holes in the first mile. After that the trail is a creek all the way down to the lake. It is still quite muddy with some ice patches on the way up.

4 months ago

What an awesome hike! The summit is amazing. The trail has been freshly marked with trail markers so it's really easy to follow now. Just past the trail leading down to Good Luck Lake is Where you bear to the right, you'll see a sign about 10 ft. up in tree for "Good Luck Cliffs"

hiking
7 months ago

Very pretty hike in the winter! Look for the teeny tiny sign before the bridge that leads you to the cliffs!! That makes the hike! It is a bit intense with ice and snow but well worth it!!!

10 months ago

Love this place. If you go super early, or camp over night, you can hear the loons. It’s a beautiful sound! I’ve hiked in and used a kayak. Just remember to go under the over pass and always turn right if you kayak in, and you’ll get to Good Luck with no problem. :)

hiking
10 months ago

Wow! This trail is called Good Luck cliffs for a reason, Good Luck on the descent without breaking an ankle, wrist, or hip. Unless, this time of year the conditions warrant not a good time to hike— overall, it was pretty dicey. However, all worth it when you get to the view from the top!! It is spectacular, as well as seeing all the caves and “stone-scrapers” on the ascent. I would not take my dog on this trail again, he was very agile but it was risky navigating the tree roots and flat rock surfaces on the descent. ****Just remember watch for the “cairn” on the right side of the trail before the second bridge—- that’s where you take the trail to the cliffs.**** Otherwise, you are hiking along Good Luck lake and further ahead is the trail to Spectacle Lake. The reviewers were right, little to no markers.

10 months ago

We must have missed some markers because we thought we had completed the hike. I wish we'd gone a little further, apparently we were very close to the top. We finished off the day by kayaking on the lake... beautiful and definitely worth the trip!

hiking
11 months ago

My seven year old has declared this her favorite mountain, perfect for the heart of an adventurer. She loved all the caves and crawl through rock piles. It was not the best marked trail, but we had a great time.

backpacking
11 months ago

Great little Adk lake! Lots of trails to follow to other lakes and mountains.

hiking
Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Well worth it. The review below is very helpful, especially the note about the sign for the cliffs which is very easily missed for being so high.

hiking
Thursday, August 02, 2018

This is a very enjoyable hike. The first 1.5 miles is very easy, some rocks and mud here and there, but nothing terrible. Once you see the lake from the trail you are nearing the turn to the cliffs. There are a couple of side trails to campsites and the shore of the lake as well. Once you continue on you will cross a small snowmobile bridge, and shortly after you will see a second one, the turn to the cliffs is just before that second bridge on the right. It would be easy to miss the sign pointing to the cliffs as it higher than expected. The trail up to the cliffs is what you might expect from any Adirondack mountain trail. Nothing terrible, roots and rocks, and some soft muddy spots and blow downs. The trail up is not well marked, but is well worn and easy to follow. I saw three blue trail markers on the way up and down. Take a mental note of where you arrived on top, as nothing is marked and you could start to descend in a different spot. The location of the cliffs is obvious, and very nice. Overall a nice 4 mile hike. Gets the heat pumping.

hiking
Monday, July 30, 2018

Great day trip. We spent about 3 hours total hiking around. The climb to the cliffs was steeper than we expected but doable for me, my 12 year old daughter and our flat coated retriever. Tree roots make it for the most part, natural stairs so it’s easy to keep footing. Also hiked to Good Luck Lake. I’ll be going back. Only a few slightly muddy spots. Overall pretty dry.

hiking
Monday, July 09, 2018

A group of 6 of us really enjoyed this trail yesterday morning. Nice and flat for awhile then a steep incline, but the view is worth it. A bit difficult getting down, but not too bad. Plenty of water in streams available for dogs.

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