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“Spectacular views of Lake George”

Reviewed 9 September 2013

We didn't complete the loop and hiked the section to the summit of Black Mountain (5.2 mi round trip). It's a fairly easy hike that is recommended for families. Gradual inclines except in a few places near the top. Can't beat the amazing views of Lake George from the top, in a clearing just before the fire tower. Great place for a picnic. I would highly recommend this hike if you're looking for a 1/2 day activity and want outstanding views of the lake and high peaks.

1  Thank slikrokbel
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

Great view of both the Southern and Northern basin of the lake. It is a walk through the woods with only one or two lookouts along the way, but the view from the top is outstanding.

Thank James C
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

We started our hike at the trail head on Pike Brook Road (free parking area). And went down the other side to pass 2 ponds- the trail eventually looped back to the the Pike Brook trail. The trail was clearly marked. The trail ascending the mountain wasn't that spectacular, but the view from the top was gorgeous and there was a fabulous 180 degree view from the top. The trail that we took descending the mountain was a little prettier than on the way up, but nothing extraodinary. The loop hike was about 6.5 miles long and took less than 4 hours (including our time at the top enjoying the views). There is a fire tower at the top, but it is fenced off so you can't climb it. I would recommend this for active people for a great half day activity!

Thank KayCee1969
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Reserved a dock pass with the parks service (this does have a fee associated) and boated in to the recreation area at the base of the lake side approach. The hike was a fairly steep incline most of the way up with some rocky and/or mucky sections. If you have hiking boots, wear those instead of sneakers to keep your feet dry. Fairly easy-to-follow trail, though at times the brush was so thick that you'd really have to push through it (be careful to check for ticks afterward.) Beautiful landscape on the way up - saw wild blueberries and raspberries. Several lookout points as you near the summit and at the top a very rewarding view - bring a lunch and enjoy it from the rocks below the fire tower! 3 miles each way, same way down as up.

Thank Margs003
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

In this area of New York, you'll never fall short of amazing scenery, quiet trails, and trail ratings from 1 - 10. So get out and explore on foot - you won't believe what you discover.

2  Thank Anthony C
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