The Pinnacle

MODERATE 29 reviews

The Pinnacle is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bolton, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
505 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

forest

views

hiking
16 minutes ago

Short and easy with several stops with park benches on which to sit if you need that. Straight to top with no stopping was about 20 - 25 min. Only about 6 parking spaces at trailhead and this place is popular, even on a Thursday morning in mid October. Lot was full. Amazing views and even saw 2 soaring eagles at summit. Awesome. This is a great hike for dogs and kids and those totally new to climbing or out of shape. Pair it with the climb to Thomas Mountain summit (trailhead is a 3.6 mile drive north) and you can easily do 2 different summits in a half day, both being super rewarding with terrific views. The cabin at the top of Thomas is awesome.

10 hours ago

hiking
26 days ago

1 month ago

Beautiful views of Lake George. Short somewhat steep climb for the first 2/3 to 3/4 of the way up. Easy trail to follow.

hiking
1 month ago

I'd rate this trail as easy, it's a great hike for beginners (there are definitely steep parts, but that's the Adirondacks in general and shouldn't deter you). We took our friend who is not a hiker up and it took him about 50 minutes. The views of Lake George are great for a pretty minimal effort.

hiking
1 month ago

Quick day hike with some steep slopes, that reward you with some beautiful views of Lake George.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

It was definitely one of the easiest hikes I have taken, with a few steep slopes here and there. It was a quick in-and-out, but with a GREAT view!

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

After not hiking for a bit of time I would say this trail is good for beginners accommodated by an average hiker. Great to experience and learn about reading trails and walking on loose rocks. Simply found the trail and was parking for about 7 cars. View is beautiful and hike takes about an hour back and forth. Good conditioning for more difficult hikes. Bring bug spray !

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is gravel, stone, dirt with places having large rocks. Couple of steep slopes but doable. View of lake George is spectacular. Well worth the effort.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Other reviews emphasize how easy this hike it, and compared to others in the area, it is. But a heads up that although short, there are very steep portions, so it's still challenging. Just a warning. We almost brought my father on this hike since it seemed so easy but glad we didn't because he wouldn't have been able to handle the steeper portions.

That being said, it is a relatively easy hike (comparatively) with some STUNNING views. It was great for us -- near where we were staying just south of Bolton's Landing, quick and easy to get to off 9N, with absolutely beautiful views. Would definitely do it again (we did it twice on our trip). But bring bug spray!!

2 months ago

Huge view payoff for moderate effort, this will be a staple hike every time I'm in the area.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

Nice quick hike. Was hazy on top when we got there but still decent views.

3 months ago

Nice short hike under an hour, good for all levels. Beautiful view of the lake from the top

hiking
3 months ago

Short distance trail with solid rise most of the way until it levels out. The vista and view of the Lake is the payoff