The Adirondack Mountains, a formidable collection of majestic peaks, are a hiker’s haven. Visitors have been admiring Lake George Area mountains since the Original Vacation began, and adventurous souls have been carving routes up those mountains for just as long. Expertly maintained trails are waiting to be explored. See you at the trailhead.

Hiking is a pillar of the Lake George Area experience

The Adirondack Mountains cannot be ignored because they envelop and color the region. They’re beautiful to look at, but many visitors to the area dream of conquering the peaks. The Lake George Area is a premier hiking destination because of the unparalleled beauty of the Adirondacks. Some hikes, such as The Pinnacle, are simple jaunts along wooded trails with a switchback or two to ease the burden of the climb. Many of the easier hiking trails are parks with secluded paths, beckoning you to relax and connect with the outdoors. Other hikes are difficult and rugged hours-long endeavors such as the Black Mountain Range, where even experienced hikers are tested. Hikers may encounter well-built ladders on a steep pitch, scrambles over open rock, or a remote lean-to at the end of the trek. Of course, there’s always a reward when you reach the end of the trail.

The Adirondack Mountains provide some of the greatest views in the country, especially during fall foliage season. On clear days, a hiker on the summit of a Lake George Area mountain can see as far as Vermont’s Green Mountains and views of Lake George are common. You can’t reach the summit of a Lake George Area vacation without exploring an Adirondack hiking trail.

Cougar Nature Trails

Cougar Nature Trails

An easy-to-moderate trail system in Chestertown.

Cook Mountain lakeview

Cook Mountain

The three trails of Cook Mountain Preserve offer a variety of experiences for hikers of all ages and abilities.

Garnet Hill Outdoor Center

Get outside and experience the Adirondacks at Garnet Hill Outdoor Center! The Garnet Hill Outdoor Center is a four-season adventure complex offering biking and paddling in the spring, summer, and fall and world-class cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

ADK-9 Challenge

ADK-9 Challenge

Try to complete the new ADK-9 hiking challenge! This challenge consists of 9 dog friendly hikes, with gorgeous views of the Adirondack Mountains! Each trail give hikers a chance to explore less populated areas in the region as well.

Van Dusen Preserve

Van Dusen Preserve

A well-marked nature preserve in Queensbury.

Adirondack Mountain & Stream Guide Service

Adirondack Mountain & Stream Guide Service

Explore the outdoors with Adirondack Mountain & Stream Guide Service! Adirondack Mountain & Stream Guide Service is a four-season, fully-licensed guide service offering hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing throughout the Adirondacks. We have been guiding folks like you through the mountains, lakes, rivers and streams for over 25 years.

Tongue Mountain Range

Tongue Mountain Range Hiking Trails

System contains over 18 miles of marked foot trails. Access to trails on Rt 9N about 10 miles north of Bolton Landing. Clay Meadow trail at top of Tongue Mountain Hwy (Rt.9N). Be aware of rattlesnakes in this area. Call NYS DEC for hiking trail maps.

Swede Mountain Trail

Panoramic mountain views from an Adirondack Fire Tower

Skiier with green skis and yellow jacket skiing corduroy at West Mountain with blue skies

West Mountain

West Mountain has been the perfect setting for your families’ winter outing for over 50 years. Enjoy biking, climbing and playing at West in the warmer months! West Mountain with a vertical drop of 1,010-feet has 31 trails across over 126 acres, ranging from easy, gentle learning slopes to challenging, expert terrain. Don't plan on leaving when the sun goes down!

Berry Pond Preserve

Berry Pond Preserve

This 1,436 acre preserve is located in the towns of Lake George, Warrensburg and Lake Luzerne. Well-marked trails range from easy to moderately challenging, and offer views of Lake George's Narrows section and the lower Adirondack Mountains. The preserve is great for those interested in wildlife. It is home to both an active beaver community and a great blue heron rookery. No dogs allowed.

Gurney Lane Recreation Area

A four-season recreation park in Queensbury.

Foliage on Palmer Pond

Palmer Pond Hiking Trails

Moderate marked hiking trails with great Adirondack vistas.