Prospect Mountain Trail

MODERATE 206 reviews

Prospect Mountain Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake George, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1627 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Moderate hike up old tramway trail from Lake George Village to the top of Prospect Mountain with great views of the southern end of Lake George. A beautiful hike (especially in the fall) that includes some varied terrain. The trail starts with an enclosed bridge that crosses over the Northway (I-87) and then proceeds as a typical Adirondack style trail. The beginning in fairly easy with some steeper sections starting around midway. You can also drive the road up the mountain for $10. If you plan ahead there is an alternate and very enjoyable route down the other side of Prospect that ends at the Lake George Recreational area - this dececnt includes a beautiful waterfall as well. If you choose this route you will need to leave a second car at that trailhead prior to your hike.

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22 hours ago

Too many jerks on the trail. Some nice views.

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7 days ago

Nice place

8 days ago

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10 days ago

I have been doing a lot of hiking lately, and I can say this probably should be rated as hard. I would not recommend someone "easing" into this one. WHile this may be moderate for someone who has been hiking a lot, this is not for a first timer in my opinion. Some of the ratings on here are a little off.

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13 days ago

Also, to comment on Aubrey Smith's post, some mischievous person painted in the word "no" before the words "dogs allowed", so yes, dogs are allowed.

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13 days ago

A very pleasant hike. Parked on Montcalm Street but there was other parking on some access road just uphill from there, didn't know that. It's as described, with mostly a medium grade up to the summit with just a few areas where it leveled out briefly. We found the footing to be easier than some other hikes we've done, not too bad at all as long as you WEAR PROPER FOOTWEAR. There's a sign-in book at the start for your safety. Good idea to use it, although I have to wonder if anyone checks it. We kept a slow steady pace all the way up, not really any breaks, and it took 1:07. Going down took about the same, although some people were booking down quickly. The trail was well marked with red discs labeled "foot trail". (There's a road, too, so some people drive up.). The view at the top was very nice, although we liked the view from Buck Mountain much better last year. The bugs weren't too bad. No bites, but we prepared with bug spray beforehand. There are picnic tables but no trash barrels at the top, and remnants of huge metal wheels that were once part of a cable car track that brought people up from the shore of Lake George for $3. That was a long time ago, when the average weekly wage was $20. At the top you can look down on the foot of Lake George and some of the village. You can also see Butler Pond, which I overheard someone say is the water reservoir for Glens Falls. I almost gave this four stars instead of five because the porta-potty at the top was filled almost to the brim. I think if you're going to bother having one there at all that it should be adequately maintained. So, all in all a nice hike. If you're in reasonable shape and conditions are good, then 3 hours should give you plenty of time to make the trip. Happy hiking! Namaste.

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13 days ago

Really beautiful throughout the trail and at the summit. Very hard for those that aren't used to hiking a mountain. Also, I noticed that the trail description states that dogs are allowed. I saw "no dogs" signs at the beginning and at the summit, just FYI.

14 days ago

Nice short hike (short in comparison to other hikes further north in the ADK high peaks region). A bit steep at times but I was able to do it with my 1 year old in a baby carrier.

15 days ago

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15 days ago

This is a pretty strenuous trail, uphill most of the way, mostly uphill. I hiked it with my grandson yesterday. But at the top it was a beautiful panoramic view, picnic tables, jugs of water, a large parking lot for people who decide to come up by car, restrooms, and a shuttle to go just from the parking lot and summit and back, a few feet.

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16 days ago

17 days ago

Challenging hike.