Looking for a great trail near Blue Mountain Lake, New York? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around North Creek Bowl Town Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Blue Mountain Lake ranging from 2.1 to 8.6 miles and from 1,788 to 2,598 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Beautiful, sunny November day for a hike. The views from the fire tower were stunning; standing in the center of Adirondack Park with mountains all around. But the transition from fall foliage just a few weeks ago to winter was almost startling. A few muddy patches on the trail, but the streams of water that seem to typify Adirondack trails were almost all frozen solid - make sure you have traction! The freshly fallen snow blanketed the forest in white and the 28 degree chill felt refreshing. It was winter on Blue Mountain and the crowds consisted of 8 other hikers throughout the late-morning to afternoon. I agree with other hikers that 4.0 miles is an understatement. My watch clocked it closer to 5 miles round trip.

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muddy
scramble
18 days ago

On top of Castle Rock the views are most awesome so grand! Below the top this hug castle is a mysterious cave...

Hiked on Monday when less crowded. Agree that RT logs in between 5.5-6 miles. Rocky and slippery when wet so high top hiking boots recommended (still amazes me how many ppl wear sneakers... or is it just me?!?) and as others mentioned would be icy in morning so be prepared. Last mile or so very pretty, not unlike a rain forest. Nice views from tower. Also pretty views East-southeast of summit unless you fear bad vibes emitting from cell tower. I’d rate this a moderate hike.

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muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
29 days ago

This is not 4 miles in total, it’s more like just shy of 6. The FT is another .7ish from the 2 mile marker. Moody is an understatement and you pass several little brooks. Traction or spikes much needed and I personally don’t recommend bringing kids first thing in the morning as everything was covered in ice. This is a beautiful hike and I’d do it again

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was a great short hike with an amazing view! Very cool boulders and cavernous rock formations near the top of the trail. Great family hike. Went with 8&9yo children. Spectacular views!

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off trail
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

Nice trail with a rewarding view of Blue Lake. Not too long or difficult. Suggest using trekking poles or walking stick. Muddy in spots but hey, it’s the Adirondacks. Fall colors add to the view.

Great views. Rained on the way down which made footing difficult. I would definitely do this one again

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muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Some spots are pretty rugged and there are a few steep parts, but the view is worth it.

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muddy
washed out
1 month ago

Went on a day where it rained in the morning. Got pretty muddy scaling some of the massive rocks towards the summit. That view at the top is amazing.

This was my first Adirondack hike on 10/6/19. We were looking for something a little challenging and this fit the bill. We were the first to arrive at 8 am and we made it to the summit in just under an hour and a half. I would not recommend this hike for younger kids, lots of slippery spots especially because everything was still frozen early in the morning. The view from the top is breathtaking though, well worth the hike. Great view from the fire tower but also another great view near the power station. Highly recommended but it does warrant the HARD rating especially going down.

We hiked 10/6/19 - one of the best days of the year to hike. No bugs 50 degrees, sunny and no wind. This trail is not 4.2 miles. It is 5.72 miles in and out from the sign in area. When you get to the 1 mile mark you think this is relatively easy. One more mile - no sweat. Then the small rocks appear, then large rocks, boulders, massive flat granite with roots all over. Reality - 1.72 miles more to top. And all is mostly wet and slippery because you are hiking a what can only be described as a river bed. Leaves at this time require extra caution. This rock trail is fed by underground springs from the very top. Yes - from the top! None of this is impassable but there are so many rocks, boulders and slippery areas to navigate over such a long period that there is a tendency to let up on caution. Don’t! I slipped on a dry rock. You’ll notice most navigate “the stream” on the way up while taking side areas in woods on the way down. The reason is because you can’t see and feel your footing as well on the way down. Please do not bring kids in pack packs! Our goal when hiking is about getting to a nice view whether a 2 mile or 8 mile hike. There is no view from the top of the mountain. Flat cement remnant and you must climb the fire tower for view which is nice. This fire tower was totally refurbished in 8/2019. New wood treads secure chicken wire and totally painted. But- if you are afraid of heights, you you might want to try nearby Castle Rock which we found much much more enjoyable and a better more photographic view. We did this hike to experience it and to find out why it was rated hard.

Really enjoyed this trail. The view from the fire tower was amazing. If you walk behind the fire tower near a building and cell tower, there is a really nice view that could be easily missed.

Great hike. I recommend searching the "Castle Rock and Chub Pond Loop" and taking the northern trail as an out-and-back. That trail was a much more gradual accent and beautiful views.

Great time! First mile is a breeze, can be deceiving at first until you start the real climb up to the summit. Watch out for wet leaves on wet rocks, way down is like a slip n'slide if you're not careful. Trail maintenance crews were out on the trail Oct. 5.

Nice hike, it was pretty slippery. My only issue was that their wasn't a very good view unless you were up in the firetower.

Nice day hike. Arrived at 11am on a Sunday and the parking lot was about half full. Trail starts out fairly easy for the first mile and steeper the second. Lots of wet, slippery rock towards the top which made for an interesting descent. Beautiful 360 degree views from the fire tower at the summit, as long as you overlook the two cell towers within view. Would recommend to those new to hiking but looking for a challenge or a practice run before hitting a high peak.

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