Black Mountain Loop

#5 of 249 trails in Adirondack Park

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Relatively easy hike with only a few challenging spots - rewarded with great views and a fire tower.

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Alison Mesick (1829)

44 Completed1 Reviews

Trail to summit: much of the trail actually a stream, so at times wasn't sure I was on the trail cause very few markers. Tried to do loop, got lost twice cause very few markers. View was nice, trail was frustrating - & I am not new to hiking, just new to this trail.

Eric Thacke (135)

5 Completed3 Reviews

Great Hike, did it from the water side. You can get a day use permit on Glen Island and tie up, also has BBQ pits and tables on the Lake George water. Really nice. Hike is pretty steep for the last mile, but awesome views await!

Caitlin Prinzo (148)

7 Completed3 Reviews

Loved this hike! 2 hours up! 1 hour down!

Trail was well marked

Jordan Vogl (191)

6 Completed6 Reviews

Moderate hike. Excellent view of lake george at the top. The fire tower is "closed off" but you can still get on it through a small hole in the fence. Wonderful views of other mountains in the area.

Manuel Palacios (285)

10 Completed5 Reviews

Great hike. Me and my girlfriend are beginners, so we found it a bit demanding, but not super challenging. It took us about 1 hour to reach the summit. The views at the top are spectacular. We went down through the south side and it was lots of fun. The trail is a bit harder to follow but it is still well maintained. I am looking forward to complete this trail again in fall.

Shad Jones (280)

8 Completed1 Reviews

Completed this yesterday with my daughter. One of the easier ascents. took the direct trail up and then the pond side descent. There are dome great views throughout. While leisurely, it was perfect for having an engaging conversation with my daughter home from college.

Did see one rattler on the way up, but that was it. Also, there are literally thousands of small salamanders coming out right now. We saw them mainly on the pond route. There were so many in fact, that trying to avoid them could have caused us injury. After a while, we had to just put our heads up and walk forward.

Jeff S. (102)

All around great time!! Big loop, amazing views, and very peaceful! For sure a 5 star in my book.

Deb Osterhoudt (8732)

92 Completed87 Reviews

This was an excellent hike! A perfect January day - 34 degrees, no wind and full sun! We enjoyed the hike up and were glad we had spikes on for the steeper sections as they had a thick coating of ice. The rest of the trail had very limited amounts of snow. Its only about an hour up to a very scenic summit. On the way down the southern side toward Black and Lapland Ponds there were several views, exposed rock and very little snow until we reached the base trail. A very enjoyable hike, can't wait to go back.

Jesse White (191)

13 Completed5 Reviews

Excellent hike with spectacular views!

Janice White (80)

5 Completed2 Reviews

Beautiful view from the top!!! Gorgeous! Makes the hike worth it. See all of the northern end of the lake and all of the mountains through Vermont. We went during peak foliage which made it spectacular. Tough climb from the beginning.. Rocky and steep inclines. Quite a long way back down the other side. Luckily there are great resting points by the ponds. Took about 5 hours start to finish. Spent about 45 minutes at the top.