Explore the most popular birding trails near Lake George with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hard hike for the mediocre view, all the cars and structures at the top ruined hiking it as well, better off driving up and finding a different peak.

Nice hike. Great view from the summit.

9 days ago

I agree with Patrick below. I hiked this twice in the past two weeks. The first time I parked by the Big&Tall store by the outlest and hiked along the bike path north for a little shy of amile until I saw the yellow marker. I hiked it again yesterday but decided to go in from the monument side like others have mentioned. Once you get past the monument, it's really tough to find how to get down the embankment to the next level which leads to the bike path. We ended up sliding down by the water tunnel where the very large tree is downed. It's definitely a little dicey, so I'd suggest parking somewhere by the corner of 149/9 and taking the bike path to the trail head which is much easier on the joints. ALSO, they repaved that section of the bike path just since last week so there is no longer a yellow arrow (as of last night), so definitely use the all trails app or the gps coordinates to find the trail head which is a steep set of rocks to get on the main trail. Essentially, if you're walking north along the bike trail you'll pass a big set of rocks on the right with a russian and norwegian flag painted on the rock face. The trail head is on the right shortly passed that but not well marked at all since they got rid of the yellow arrow. Once you're up the rocks, the trail is pretty well marked and the view is quite pleasant. You can see the outlets, Great Escape to the south as well as Queensbury high school.

on French Mountain

11 days ago

the entrance to the trail of Route 9 begins easy enough at the Colonel William's monumuent. but from there it is next to impossible to see the trail down to the bikeway. We slid down the side of a small cliff/hill and had to hack through heavy brush, walk through muddy, soggy areas, climb over many fallen trees and that leads to the trail which begins at a big spray painted yellow arrow sprayed on the bikeway. You then start the hike by climbing rocks at the trailhead off the bikeway. the actual trail is marked with blue trail markers and blue spray painted trees. the view at the top is nice, but not overwhelming. the actual hike is moderate to strenuous at times due to incline, leaves, rocks and muddy trail.

20 days ago

the view is better than expected. good for a short hike.

Beautiful view from top but do note it's steep hiking till the top.

We went with two 8 yo, and I wouldn’t call this trail kids friendly. They made it, but it took us 2 hours 40 min. hours to complete the trail, and the kids had to push it. It’s a steady steep hike all the way up, and we had to be careful walking back down since it was slippery after the rain. We all wore proper hiking shoes, so that helped.

21 days ago

I am going to give similar directions to John’s because there was a recent storm that knocked a tree down.

When you park, use John’s coordinates. There is a very small parking lot diagonal to the teepee store. It is directly across from a few cabins. There is a rock in enclosed by a fence. That’s the parking lot. Cross the street and then take a left. You’ll see the path (it has a sign that starts it, it’s has so sort of history). Go down that. One you go down around the monument you’ll take a right. You will have to step over many trees that got knocked down. On your left there is a small opening. Take that. You’ll come out and see the power lines. The power lines have black gravel under them. Find an opening on the opposite side of the hill (you will walk on the black gravel a little). Take that to the bike trail. Take a left on the bike trail. After the graffiti on the rocks a little ways down there is a a yellow arrow on the right spray painted. That is your entrance. The trail is very well marked! You can tell not many people use it though.

I thought the view was great! Very cool to see the outlets and the great escape. It was a little buggy so bring bug spray.

I had a gorgeous hike up. I was able to take a 3.5 year old both carried and walking. It's manageable but can get rough as you have to handhold the entire with all the rocks.

Very good workout trail, need good hiking boots, it’s a nonstop elevation trail

This was a rainy day hike where the mosquitoes were bad. It rained the whole hike and the summit was windy and chilly with limited views.

Hiked mountain on easter sunday. Loved the view and would like to hike again when all the snow and ice is gone.

Great hike if you’re local. View was alright

Still plenty of ice near the top. Great views!

Nice quick short hike but not a super great view.

Quick and steep, do not underestimate Prospect Mountain it will kick your butt.

2 months ago

I live locally, but this was my first time crossing the foot bridge and heading up Prospect Mountain. The trail was still icy and snow-covered in late March. I slipped up the first half of the hike and ended up giving in and putting my spikes on after crossing the highway.

There aren’t any breaks on this hike. It’s short, only about 1.6 miles to the top, but it’s steep. I was breathing hard at the top. The views are beautiful, and there’s a ton of room at the summit.

This is a very popular and well-traveled trail, which is a big downside. I’m selfish and I want the woods to myself. Probably won’t hike it again anytime soon, but it was a decent climb.

Great family hike. Went with our kids 9, 11 and 13. Distance was perfect and difficulty was moderate due to incline. As others mentioned, finding initial entrance on the mountain was challenging. Highly recommended.

4 months ago

from what little dog and I hiked it was beautiful. our hike was cut short because as soon as we pulled into the lot a man and his three "off leash" dogs came up to my car barking and hounding us to the point I couldn't get mine out of the car without having to block the dogs from mine! we headed down the trail and his dogs immediately were on our heels and barking at us the entire walk. decided it wasn't worth it and turned around, with no apology from the man who finally caught up with his dogs. protip: If you can't control your off leash dog, then keep them on a leash. It's incredibly rude and ruins other hikers experiences!

This trail was much more difficult than we anticipated but an excellent hike nonetheless with gorgeous views at the summit. The nightmare bridge over the highway from parking area to the trailhead will be with me for a while :D

scenic driving
6 months ago

$10 view to drive about 10 minutes. Have had better views of Lake George doing other hikes. Low effort = low reward. However, if you're looking for something with easy access that would be good. There are cool train parts at the top with history info and lots of picnic tables on the way up.

7 months ago

Nice trail to hike just watch out for the mud pits in the beginning. My dog ran through them off his leash and was covered (oh well). Great views but you have to work for it. It’s pretty tough if you are not ready for it. I went up there in early November and there was no one else there at all. I imagine it probably gets pretty busy in the warmer months.

It's not a moderate trail! it's quite steep and difficult to climb at parts. Beautiful view at the top though. Much more beautiful in fall.

Nice hike, especially in the fall when leaves are turning. Spectacular Lake George views from the summit.

beautiful hike... kind of hard for a 10 year old though.. great day in all!

Nice trail, when brooklynites aren't hiking there!!! Quite steep!!!

No need to park where the folks live in the village. Just park alongside the road at the trailhead at the bottom of the mountain. Expect to see other hikers as this is a very popular hike. Overall, pretty easy hike with good views, though some of the views at the top are limited by trees. You'll see lots of others at the summit since there's a road in that people in vehicles use. If you haven't done Sleeping Beauty, try that one out...just as easy and way way better views (from the east side of Lake George instead of the west side).

Fun hike with great views over Lake George. Some history at the top as well.

This is a decent challenge for a short distance. While it is over relatively fast, it is relentless climb straight up the mountain. I did it to prepare for Mount Marcy and ended up performing well on that hike the following week.

8 months ago

Nice Hike with some pretty decent elevation

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