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Prospect Mountain Trail

MODERATE 175 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.

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

dog friendly

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.

walking
15 minutes ago

nice views a little harder than what is said but very nice.

hiking
9 hours ago

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
9 days ago

Short but difficult trail due to steepness. Wonderful view from the top. Definitely worth the effort.

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hiking
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hiking
19 days ago

Great view.

hiking
19 days ago

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27 days ago

Disappointed by the view at the summit. Better off driving to the summit. But still a nice hike

27 days ago

Rocky, and the summit is slightly disappointing. Although it's a great workout, and has an interesting history.

hiking
27 days ago

We hiked this trail yesterday with our 6 year old daughter and our 2 year old in tow in a hiking pack. Pretty steep and rocky hike that I think rates it a more than moderate ranking, but we all still managed to make it round trip and the view at the top is breath taking! Would probably just drive to the top next time as the hike itself was a good one to do once but the trail itself wasn't spectacular or picturesque and would love to drive up and spend some more time taking it all in. Walking sticks would definitely be helpful! And be sure to wear good shoes. We saw a few people heading up with slip on loafers....

hiking
28 days ago

29 days ago

Crosses a highway, road to the top, decent views.

hiking
1 month ago

I would not call this a "moderate" trail. Nearly the entire trail is covered with rocks (including many large boulders), which pose a slipping hazard; and the entire climb (save perhaps a total of 100 feet) is a steep grade. Thankfully, many people have tramped-down routes to circumvent the rocks/boulders, making off-trail paths fairly easy to spot and use. The view is amazing and worth the climb, but be prepared to work for it.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

not bad for a straight up and back. I did the trail few months ago. but when I got to the split in the road at the large rock surface, I went to the right following the blue blazes and found a nice view there. even a couple overnight camping spots. just didn't see water sources ( maybe I just missed them) so bring plenty of water.