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Prospect Mountain Trail

MODERATE 136 reviews
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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.

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

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

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.

6 hours ago

Amazing view at the top with a state park at the top Prospect mountain house

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9 days ago

Tougher than moderate a constant up for 2mi. Nice hike but keep track of the markers easy to get off tail if you wander around. Follow the old train risers at times cool features. Beautiful views at the top nice picnic area.

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14 days ago

As others have said, this was pretty difficult, more challenging than moderate. We split off from red and followed the blue trail on the way up (1.5hrs) and then red straight down (40 mins). The blue trail is much prettier and foresty, a nice contrast to plunging back down the red path. Beautiful views! Pretty empty in April. We spent about half an hour wandering around the top.

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I've done this hike twice. The trail is a bit rocky near the bottom, but mostly in good condition. The view at the top is amazing!

27 days ago

Hiked it in March on a warmer day. Took about 1 hour to get to the top (because it was covered in ice and snow). The view was totally worth it.

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Decent hiking, can be rather congested at the top.

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4 months ago

Just did it today with 8 and 6 year old. black ice starting to build towards top. be careful.

5 months ago

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