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Prospect Mountain Trail

MODERATE 228 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.2 miles
1627 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips


trail running





wild flowers


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.

8 hours ago

Nice Hike with some pretty decent elevation

17 hours ago

This was an excellent workout however I would not categorize this trail as moderate - it was HARD. Straight up the mountain. We ended up taking 2 cars and parking one at the top. I have a broken shoulder and didn't want to walk back down. The view was totally worth it! Spectacular!!

2 days ago

the real trail is to hard for little ones under 8 but once you enter the park and drive all the way up to the top there is a parking lot and even a bus service if you choose to go to the peak . It is paved trail to the left of the parking lot that anyone can do but there are 3 sets of ling stairs just before the top so not wheelchair friendly unless you take the bus because cars are not allowed past parking lot

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Could not take dog on trail steps bridge over highway. So could not do walk more than .28

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it was fujn

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26 days ago

Make sure if you are attempting an "easy" hike you stick very closely on the Red trail. I accidentally jumped onto blue after the first road crossing and it added some mileage for sure, lol. Both trails lead to summit but blue is considerably longer and steeper. Cool hike though. Insanely busy summit, taking pictures without being photobombed by a stranger is near impossible. USGS stamp on the farthest, highest point, not to be missed.

27 days ago

This should be rated as hard. Make no mistake, this trail is tough and challenging. Amazing views at the top!

29 days ago

My husband and I found this short 3.2 mile hike challenging. We are in the senior citizen range. The 1, 627 feet climbing and descending had no switch turns to recover. The upper trail was across Rick slabs that were slippery with gravel, leaving, and water from a recent rain storm. The trail was well marked and the view from the top was amazing. The remnants of the old cog railway was also interesting to see and read about. We did not see bathroom but we did find a jug of cool water to refill our bottles. Is was quite crowded at the top with folks that drove up and then took a jutney bus the short distance from the parking lot to the summit. Maybe in a few weeks, after the school summer vacations end, it would be quieter on the top.

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1 month ago

Too many jerks on the trail. Some nice views.