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Great hike with some nice views at the top! Very steep for the most part—having trekking poles really helped. It might also be helpful to note that the steep inclines are mostly dirt, not rocks, so be prepared to work your ankles! We went on an early September weekday, and there was no one else on the trail. You get a decent sliver of a view of Lake George, but you can see all the way south towards Black and Buck Mountains on a clear day. At the other lookout, you can see the northern tip of Lake George and some of Lake Champlain, with Vermont mountains in the background. Neither view is panoramic but it’s a great moderate day hike!

The view was worth the effort (moderate climb). But it should be noted that the road does not extend to the trailhead as indicated on the map. You must park at Putnam Campground and hike about 40 minutes to the trailhead. We made the round trip in 4 hours (including a 30-40 min. lunch at the top). But we kept a quick pace, so I would recommend giving yourself about 5 hours for an average pace and breaks.

22 days ago

Awesome little hike, the entire thing is fairly easy-one little rocky section. As another person noted, do not listen to the GPS when it tells you that you have arrived, keep going and you will see the trailhead marker on the left a little way up the road. Nice spots for camping and having a picnic. There were some loons swimming and fishing the day I went. The water was crystal clear and looked very inviting.

Great hike-as others have stated, the main portion of the hike is steep-825 feet of elevation gain in .9 miles. But worth every step, the top would be great to sling a hammock between a couple of trees and spend the night. Lightly forested, with some open meadow spots along with some exposed rock face. The views on both the east(Vermont) and west (lake George) points are great.

1 month ago

We went at the end of July. It was a nice day - not too hot and had rained recently. Trail is nice and well maintained, but we only made it half way to the lake before we turned around. the bugs were absolutely RELENTLESS! Some day I hope to revisit when there's less chance of bugs.

1 month ago

Trail is marked as moderate but after the initial 10 minutes from the street, it is a steep hike. Probably will take 45 minutes to an hour for most. I started out and went to the left and up to the top, walked around then back down. When back at the flat area, went straight and returned back to the beginning of the trail, you can see it on my mapping. Beautiful views at the summit. Go right and it's an out and back to the lake view and then go to the other side for the Vermont overlook. You'll come back to the top and won't see any real markings so get your bearings, go right and you should see the red tree markings again. Going down is not as bad as some other steep hikes I've done, just take your time. This trail starts out in an area that you wouldn't expect to be busy but ran into quite a few mostly on my way down. Parking is tight, just off the road and about 5-6 cars maybe. Probably should be rated as hard as it's quite steep for a mile.

I went with my dog and a few of our friends. Easy to navigate through with the dog. Also, really enjoyable swimming!

Mostly flat, well maintained trail. Lost Pond looks like it's very suitable habitat for trout.

We loved this hike. Trailhead is easy to find with a small off road parking. Starts gently and gets increasingly steep, but it’s a pleasant trail with more of a path feel and not a rock scramble. Beautiful forest. Trail is very well marked, dog friendly. There is a lake view summit with a great outlook at North side of Lake George. It’s not a bald summit. Follow the “Vermont View” path for more views of a very north end of Lake George. I would recommend this hike for beginners and families with kids. Short and sweet with enough steepness to call this hike moderate, I guess.

Hiked over the weekend! Still a good amount of snow and ice towards the top. Such a good, local, short hike!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Well marked trail, lots of interesting plants, flowers and wildlife (saw lots of little toads!). Very steep hike, but doable for most skill levels if you're willing to take your time. The view at the top is beautiful from the lake view side. We followed the eastern view trail as well to see VT/etc, but we're unable to find the viewpoint for that. We followed the trail markers which looped back the main trail but didn't see the view, not sure where we went wrong? But the lake view made it worth it, it's a stunning view from almost the top of Lake George looking southward. Would definitely do it again. But bring bug spray -- the mosquitos were really bad.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Hiked at sunrise. Beautiful view on Eastern side watching sun rise over the Green mts and Champlain valley. Steep, but worth it.

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Great view at the top. Trail loop at the bottom going around by old beaver dam is in terrible shape with puncheon rotting and falling apart. Trail is steep but worth the hike at the top.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Short but fairly steep hike, we walked just under 3 miles doing the two loops and going to the two vistas. Trail is well-marked and maintained. Nice view of Lake George to the south, and Ticonderoga and the Green Mountains to the east. We were up and down in about 90 minutes.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

excellent lunch hour hike and swim

Sunday, November 06, 2016

I like the cool little spot at the end. Made it all worth while :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

It was a nice hike. I liked how there were a few campsites along the way. Nice sandy beach to relax at.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Great Hike! A little smelly at times from the paper mill.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

At a relaxed pace the trip takes about three hours. There are two views from the top. There is a Southern view of Lake George and an Eastern view of Ticonderoga, Lake Champlain, and a Vermont landscape (I think the eastern view is the best). It is a challenging hike for the non-hiker, but easy enough for the non-hiker to accomplish. the is an approximate 900 ft Elevation change over the distance of about a mile. (decently steep). I am glad we made the hike.

on Lost Pond Trail

Friday, September 23, 2016

nice quick afternoon hike. had a 3 yr old with us who did twice the mileage of the rest of the group. :-) Easy hike. Not accurately rated as moderate.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Definitely steep on the mountain ascent but so proud that we managed it. Not much to see on top of peak so you need to take the "lake view" trail onward so you can get a great view and some photos.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

We started at Putnam Pond Campground, which turns it into an 8 mile, mostly flat trek through the woods. Great summit views!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Pretty views from the top including many soaring raptors, moderate elevation toward the end, Be sure to get to the true summit to see water.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Easy walking, a little moderate climbing toward the end, nice views and many raptors at the top. Be sure to get to the real top and not the false peak, because the views are nicer.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Well marked and well worn, easy trail. Enough ups and downs to give you a good workout. The trail around the pond was difficult to maneuver - narrow and overgrown. Good hike!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

beautiful easy hike, great for families

Monday, July 18, 2016

Easy walking and beautiful views ... this was enjoyable. Pond was clear and full of wildlife. Perfect for a quick swim, not many people at all. Nice find.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A few things about this trail, first don't use the GPS directions on this site to find the trail head. We ended up hiking for a mile on some logging road before we turned around thinking that the directions were wrong and they were. They are good until you get on Lost Pond Rd. Once you get there, keep going and you will see a dead end sign and a little further is a parking area for the trail clearly marked.

The beginning of the hike was pretty easy, you actually get to the pond in 1.6 Miles. If you have children with you I would recommend only doing this portion. You can continue to hike a trail all the way around the pond but one side of it is pretty treacherous, you are basically climbing over rocks and slippery pine needles. Okay for an adult but not so good for kids.

The pond itself is peaceful and crystal clear. We did see some large fish and looks like others have fished and camped here.

If you do the trail all the way around the pond it ends up being a little over 4 miles. It's worth doing at least once!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Beautiful pond. Good length. Good for kids.

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