Overview Black Mountain Loop is a 7 mile loop trail located near Clemons, New York and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Reviews Photos Tracks Jesse White (191) about 1 month ago N/A: 13 Completed 5 Reviews Excellent hike with spectacular views! Janice White (77) about 1 month ago N/A: 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. Mark Frament (1051) 2 months ago N/A: 18 Completed 6 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! Douglas Moore (472) 4 months ago N/A: 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!! Michelle Deming Kowalczyk (266) 5 months ago N/A: 3 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 Rich Maxwell (525) 7 months ago N/A: 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. Alan Jines (645) over 1 year ago N/A: 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. Chris Marion (1076) over 1 year ago N/A: 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. Sanjay Nash (402) over 1 year ago N/A: 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! Sylvia Vidal about 2 years ago N/A: 19 Completed 5 Reviews Absolutly worth the trip the view from top is great and the terrain is easy. Only one issue with this hike bring a garbage bag for when you get to the LTs there is either bottles,trash or as we have found air mattress'