Black Mountain Loop

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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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7 Completed 3 Reviews

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

Trail was well marked

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6 Completed 6 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.

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4 Completed 4 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.

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4 Completed 1 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.

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9 Completed 4 Reviews

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

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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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34 Completed 10 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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