The Adirondacks are a hiker's dream! Many of the best views of Lake George can be found atop the mountains surrounding the Lake.
Black Mountain (5.6 mile loop, difficult): Includes a visit to Round and Lapland ponds and uncrowded views from the summit's south side. The summit has outstanding 360 views, a ranger's station, and several towers.
Buck Mountain (4.6 miles roundtrip from north and 6.6 miles roundtrip from south, difficult): Both trails involve a steady climb to the top. The southern approach features more overlooks along the way. The payoff is panoramic views of Lake George's southern basin.
Cook Mountain (2.6 miles roundtrip, moderate): Incredible view of the Champlain Valley, northern Lake George, and the Adirondacks after just one steep ascent.
Deer Leap (3.7 miles roundtrip, easy): Easily reached lookout on northern part of Lake George.
Five Mile Mountain (6.2 miles roundtrip, difficult): Rugged route from the north includes forest terrain with clearings and overlooks. Steeper approach from the southwest. **Be especially careful of rattlesnakes on this mountain range
French Point Mountain (6.2 miles roundtrip, difficult): A steep ascent to the ridgetop trail. Constant views and rugged trail. Best view of the Narrows at the summit. **Be especially careful of rattlesnakes on this mountain range
Lakeshore Trail (3.5 miles, easy): Old carriage trails lead to Shelving Rock falls.
Prospect Mountain (3 miles roundtrip, difficult): Steep trail near the route of an old funicular. Extensive summit views from the southern end of the Lake.
Sleeping Beauty Mountain (7.8 miles, moderate): Switchbacks ease the ascent. Open ledges at the summit offer great views. Can detour to Bumps and Fishbrook ponds on the return.
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