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Steep hike straight up for the most part. Last 200 feet even out. Views are amazing at the top with 180 degree view of Lake George and Adirondacks

Trail is HORRIBLY MARKED at the beginning. Follow these directions. Park on Route 9 North bound side by the monument just south of the Teepee.GPS these coordinates (43.376612, -73.700520) Go down the hill, keep going straight towards the bottom down the goat path, follow that to the pole lines, cross the pole lines directly straight to the bike trail.At the bike trail turn left. Follow the bike trail until the graffiti on the right. There's a yellow arrow spray painted on the bike path. That's your trail. First 3/4 of the hike is fairly easy incline to level hiking with a little mud. The last 1/4 increases rapidly for a quick ascent. Moderate in the beginning to harder at the end. View wasn't anything to write home about, your view is the outlets and south. There are much better hikes.

A much nicer way to get to the Summit of Prospect Mountain than the Cog Railway trail. This 2.6 mile round trip departs from the Cross-Country/Tubing trailhead at Lake George Recreation Area off of State Highway 9N near Exit 21 of the Northway. The first part of the trail parallels West Brook on an old jeep trail before traversing to another jeep trail.

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6 days ago

A much nicer way to get to the Summit of Prospect Mountain than the Cog Railway trail. This 2.6 mile round trip departs from the Cross-Country/Tubing trailhead at Lake George Recreation Area off of State Highway 9N near Exit 21 of the Northway. The first part of the trail parallels West Brook on an old jeep trail before traversing to another jeep trail. Use the GPS tracks from this recording: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/prospect-mountain-from-the-south

There is an alternate route then shown on the map a little north of the main route Ive run up and down in 45 min .

24 days ago

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

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.

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.