Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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.

3 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
5 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.

6 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

This was an excellent workout however I would not categorize this trail as moderate - it was HARD. Straight up the mountain. We ended up taking 2 cars and parking one at the top. I have a broken shoulder and didn't want to walk back down. The view was totally worth it! Spectacular!!

the real trail is to hard for little ones under 8 but once you enter the park and drive all the way up to the top there is a parking lot and even a bus service if you choose to go to the peak . It is paved trail to the left of the parking lot that anyone can do but there are 3 sets of ling stairs just before the top so not wheelchair friendly unless you take the bus because cars are not allowed past parking lot

8 months ago

See John Vaughn's detailed directions and review otherwise you may never find it! Without his directions I am not sure we would have found it at all because as many others have said, the trail head is horribly marked. The trail itself is marked well though.
The trail is rather steep at times but meanders through a beautiful hard wood forest. At the top, you can see great views of area mountains and Queensbury to the south. There is a small path that takes you to the north to see Lake George. This path is not well marked so you will need to explore around a bit to find it. There is a blue marker on a rock that points the way but you need to be right over this to see it.

Could not take dog on trail steps bridge over highway. So could not do walk more than .28

it was fujn

Make sure if you are attempting an "easy" hike you stick very closely on the Red trail. I accidentally jumped onto blue after the first road crossing and it added some mileage for sure, lol. Both trails lead to summit but blue is considerably longer and steeper. Cool hike though. Insanely busy summit, taking pictures without being photobombed by a stranger is near impossible. USGS stamp on the farthest, highest point, not to be missed.

8 months ago

This should be rated as hard. Make no mistake, this trail is tough and challenging. Amazing views at the top!

My husband and I found this short 3.2 mile hike challenging. We are in the senior citizen range. The 1, 627 feet climbing and descending had no switch turns to recover. The upper trail was across Rick slabs that were slippery with gravel, leaving, and water from a recent rain storm. The trail was well marked and the view from the top was amazing. The remnants of the old cog railway was also interesting to see and read about. We did not see bathroom but we did find a jug of cool water to refill our bottles. Is was quite crowded at the top with folks that drove up and then took a jutney bus the short distance from the parking lot to the summit. Maybe in a few weeks, after the school summer vacations end, it would be quieter on the top.

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