Black Mt Summit Trail Sec3

Adirondack Park, New York 12972

Distance0.8mi
Elevation Gain934ft
Trailhead Elevation2,634ft
Top2,634ft
Elevation Min/Max1774/2634ft
Elevation Start/End2634/2634ft

Black Mt Summit Trail Sec3

Black Mt Summit Trail Sec#3 is a hiking trail in Town of Dresden, New York. It is within Adirondack Park and Lake George Wild Forest. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 2,634 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 934 feet. The trail ends near the Black Mt Summit picnic site and Black Mountain (elevation 2,641 feet). This trail connects with the following: Black Mt. So. Summit Trail.

Black Mt Summit Trail Sec#3 Professional Reviews and Guides

"Black Mountain is the highest peak in the southeastern Adirondack–Lake George region. It lies a little farther from the bustling heart of Lake George, so hikers seeking more solitude in the eastern Adirondacks may find this an excellent choice. By summiting from the north and descending along the southern slope, you will traverse a wide variety of environs and maximize the number of panoramic views.

The parking area off Pike Brook Road is sufficient for roughly a dozen cars conscientiously parked. The trailhead and trail register are on the western edge of the pulloff. Timber rattlesnakes are known to occupy the shores of Lake George, so be cautious when stepping over logs."

"This 7-mile lasso-shaped trail tops Black Mountain, the tallest mountain above Lake
George, for a superb panorama of the lake region, with its open water, islands, and
bumpy ridges; eastern looks strain to Vermont."

"A nice, family hike to the highest mountain and some of the best views in the Lake George area. Black Mountain is the highest peak with a trail in the Lake George area. It crowns the eastern shore of the lake at its
halfway point.

There are two trails to its summit, one from the shore of the lake, requiring a boat, and the other one from Pike Brook Road, which is described here. This one is longer but climbs less vertically."

"A nice family hike to the highest mountain and some of the best views in the Lake George area.Black Mountain is the highest peak with a trail in the Lake George area. It crowns
the eastern shore of the lake at its halfway point.

There are two trails to its summit, one from the shore of the lake, requiring a boat, and the other one from Pike Brook Road, which is described here. This one is longer but climbs less vertically."

Black Mt Summit Trail Sec#3 Reviews

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7/11/2018
I love this hike for its views of Lake George and the fire tower up top. It's not too difficult although it can be a bit muddy/slippery if it has rained. I've done it in all seasons and it's always a pleasant experience.
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6/15/2011
MY HUSBAND AND I DID THIS HIKE, I THOUGHT I WAS IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE BUT THIS MOUNTAIN REALLY CHALLENGED ME. I FELT LIKE I HAD CONQUERED THE WORLD AT SUMMIT. BEAUTIFUL
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10/3/2009
Great hike !! Ascend to the summit is not strenuous. At the top, beautiful views on both side of the mountain (continue after windmill to see the other valley). Coming back by the ponds is a little bit longer but worth it. It is a very diversified hike for that length.
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10/3/2008
Great views at the top and going down the switchbacks. Going up is not that steep, just keep a steady pace going uphill. Note: My wife and I tried to go clockwise on this trail and missed the sign for blue trail to Black Mountain Ponds - about 3 miles into the hike. The sign was actually 20 feet off the ground so if you're going this way to Black Mountain, remember to keep looking up at any trail junction as the posted signs are generally high. Hope this helps
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3/30/2008
Despite a snow cover still present on the entire trail, this trail was relatively easy. The views during the ascent and descent were fantastic!!!
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11/25/2007
The Black Mountain Loop trek near Lake George in the eastern Adirondack region is a perfect day trek. My personal experience: -- difficulty level: moderate -- very beautiful views along the way and at the top -- passes by a few (2-3) lovely lakes -- trail can be a little tricky to follow at times (so ensure you read additional details before going on the trek -- you need to follow different colored trail markers at each stage -- if you go counter-clockwise: red to yellow to blue and back to red) -- cheap (but comfortable) accommodation is available at and around Glens Falls (around 20 minutes from the trail head) Other information: -- I went for a solo-trek -- when i started the trek (9:30 am) the initial 1-2 miles was covered in slippery ice (but was manageable with my regular hiking boots) -- I went counter-clockwise (since i prefer 'hard at the beginning and easy at the end' routes) -- a significant portion of the route up the mountain was kind of slippery, but was completely dry on the way down (because it got warmer) -- did not meet anybody on the trek (looking at the register at the trail-head, i noticed that there were 4-5 other hikers who started trek after I did) -- the lakes were frozen, but were still beautiful
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10/14/2007
This is a beautiful trail! It is hard (going counter-clockwise) to the top and then your eyes are ever treated to great views of Lake George and the 3 ponds. The trail up to the mountain tough with lots of rocks and very wet at points but the reward is all the suprises on the way back. There are 2 great shelters by the ponds. Very well cared for. The trail is not well marked at all so take the directions given on this webb site and read often. If you are lucky, you will be accompanied by "Sadie the wonder-dog" who lives in the area. This trail is well worth doing.
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9/22/2007
This was a fun trail! Lots of variety in the terrain and scenery, but the best part is that it is not a highly groomed trail so, you feel like you're really walking on a trail - rocks and all! We went staight to the summit first then took the scenic route down past Black Pond and Lapland Pond. At the summit it was hard to tell where that loop started. There is a sign, but the beginning of the loop down toward the pond was a little overgrown so, we were'nt sure if we were really on the trail... the markers didn't start until we were about 0.5 mile down either. We trusted our instincts and we were right. From the top it starts back down toward the ponds as the Red Trail and will switchback drastically! After about 1.5 mi it links up with the Yellow Trail. This goes past the ponds. To get back to the parking lot follow the yellow to the Blue Trail, which then links up again with the Red Trail you started on your way up! Have fun!!
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6/1/2007
great day hike, 270 degree view of lake george, and the split between the adirondacks and the canadien shield
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7/3/2005
This was my first trail hike since I was a child Adirondack camper at Camp Idylwald in Schroon Lake, NY, and this was the first hike my girlfriend had ever done. We hiked the loop whereas I noticed many others just hiked the summit and retraced their original path back down--which I would strongly not recommend (see below). Total time start to finish was 4.5 hrs with an almost hr long lunch break on the summit, exactly 7 miles on my Polar monitor. The last 45 min of summit ascent got rather steep and my girlfriend was moaning, but remember we're novices. The summit has an open rock face area to the right for excellent panoramic views--for which we had picture-perfect weather. The Verizon cell towers didn't bother me much. Call your buddies from the top with a strong cell signal lol! With approximately 4 miles remaining after ascent, the descent and loop finish went quickly at a 2.9 avg. mi/hr pace. This is why I recommend the loop rather than the straight path down. The loop switchbacks are much more forgiving than a steep direct descent, and the loop scenery with changing marsh and pond systems were much more interesting than the merely wooded ascent scenery. Reports said this would be a wet hike...it was completely dry in my book with nothing more than a splash or two of mud. Be mindful of the changing loop trail markers from red to yellow to blue. Have patience to come upon the yellow markers indicating the ponds and loop until the descent switchbacks are finished. Total water consumption was about 2.5 L/person. We had a great time and are looking forward to our next bigger Adk hike!
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Trail Information

Adirondack Park
Nearby City
Lake George Wild Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Views
Features
Eastern Adirondack trail information: www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9199.html
Local Contacts
National Geographic Adirondack Park, Lake George/Great Sacandaga (#743)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018