Black Mountain Loop

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

Follow the trail to a road through the woods. Follow this road half a mile to a trail junction just before a private residence. Follow the small red DEC trail markers as the trail skirts right around the home and heads off into the woods. Make sure to follow the small red markers as snowmobile trails are also in the area. You will see a trail heading off to the left towards Lapland Pond. Ignore this and continue on towards the summit.

At 2,646 feet you are at the summit of Black Mountain where you will find a fire observers cabin and a firetower. If you wander around the summit a bit you will find excellent views up through the Narrows of northern Lake George. Continue on and take the trail that leads down off the southern edge of the summit towards Black Mountain Point. This will then intersect with another base trail where you will head west (left) towards Lapland Pond Junction.

At the Lapland Ponds junction head north (left), follow the blue markers and this will bring you back to the original trail you came in on and after about 2.2 miles you should reach your car.

East route: Head south on Route 9 to the junction of Route 149. Turn left on Route 149, and follow it until it joins Routes 4/22. Turn left on Routes 4/22, and follow it until you reach Whitehall. Bear left on Route 22, and follow it through the lower end of Lake Champlain. Make a left turn on (Washington County) Route 6. Follow Route 6 toward Hulletts Landing. Be prepared to take a left on Pike Brook Road. The trailhead is approximately one mile on the right side of that road. To reach the beach, turn left on Route 6.

West route: At the northern end of Lake George Village, head north on Route 9N toward Ticonderoga. (Part of this road is the steep, hilly section near Tongue Mountain.) When you reach the Village of Ticonderoga, Route 9N will make a sharp left turn. Follow 9N to a four-way intersection with Route 74. Go right on Routes 22/74, for a short distance. Route 74 will bear left, toward Fort Ticonderoga. Continue to go straight on Route 22. Continue south on Route 22 (You will see Lake Champlain on your left) until you reach (Washington County) Route 6. Turn right on Route 6, and follow it toward Hulletts Landing. Be prepared to take a right on Pike Brook Road. The trailhead is approximately one mile on the right side of that road. To reach the beach, turn left on Route 6.

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92 Completed 87 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.

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13 Completed 5 Reviews

Excellent hike with spectacular views!

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5 Completed 2 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.

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21 Completed 7 Reviews

Did this hike as a culmination of a 2-day trip in the Lake George Wild Forest. It's on the fire tower list but the tower has been converted into a DEC NYS Police radio station. Regardless, the view is phenomenal! The south side is steep with lots of switchbacks, but if you don't like descents that are tough on the knees I'd recommend going up the south side and down the much more gradual north route. The trail head for Black Mtn also shows routes to various ponds and lean-tos. A great area to spend a night!

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12 Completed 7 Reviews

Did the hike from the black mountain day sites on lake George. Great hike with great views! Nothing better than a good hike with a good camp out to follow on the lake!!

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4 Completed 2 Reviews

We completed this hike last Sunday with adults and children as young as 9. I enjoyed it, but it was just a bit tough for the inexperienced children! They didn't mind once we reach the summit! Most amazing views!!! Def a hike I will do again! Only did the one side up and back, so we sadly missed the ponds. Pretty steep and rocky to the summit

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22 Completed 8 Reviews

So I did this loop on 5/14/2013 and I would definitely advise to do this loop counterclockwise as the climb seems to be easier this way. It started out to be around 40 degrees in the morning and the hike up was fairly easy with a couple of steep spots especially toward the top. The sun was out once I got to the summit and the views were absolutely amazing. Then the clouds rolled in and yes it actually snowed on the peak. The climb down the west side of the mountain proved to be steep in spots and is covered in rock, but there are amazing views of the lake on this side. The fire tower itself has been converted to a communications tower and is not accessible to the public. All the windows are boarded up and there is a chain link fence around the entire tower that is locked.

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5 Completed 4 Reviews

This is a very nice hike. We followed the advice listed on this site and did the loop clockwise - good choice. You see views of Lake George on the way up that you do not get from the top. Great windmill up top spinning like crazy in very little wind. Lock to the fire tower was open so I climbed it. Note that it is not a safe one. The first landing is missing on the way up, and other boards are weak. View from the top was not much better than the view you get anyway. Great rocks on top for lunch.

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14 Completed 13 Reviews

This is my favorite mountain to hike in the area. I prefer to do the loop by going to the first fork in the trail and heading left. This brings you past 3 ponds, 2 of them that have lean-tos for overnight camping if you want to make a couple days of it. After the first pond you're going to want to be careful and look for a trail sign for direction. They are a little higher up on the trees and can be easily missed. The last quarter mile or so is kind of steep, but offer great views along the way to the summit. The summit offers views from southwest, north, and around to the east. Then continue down the trail on the other side of the summit.

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7 Completed 4 Reviews

One of my favorite hikes! I have done it twice and can't wait to bring my gf! The views are amazing and cannot be described by anything other than "unreal". Fairly easy hike as well. The last 1/4 mile is kind of steep but not too bad. Nothing like the tongue mt range!

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