5 Great Hikes in the Southern Adirondacks

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly hike, or something more advanced, the Southern Adirondacks offer outdoor enthusiasts some of the best mountains, trails and scenic views in the Northeast. With comfortable temperatures and smaller crowds than July and August, June is the perfect time to check out these 5 hikes near Lake George and Bolton Landing.

Hiking in the Southern Adirondacks

Beginner? Expert? Somewhere in between? Lake George has a hiking trail for you! I’ve done all five of these hikes and highly recommend each one for fantastic views of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains.

Shelving Rock

This is a great hike for all level hikers, but since the paths are wide and flat, it’s especially great for families with children and beginners. The hike is 3.4 miles roundtrip and typically takes an hour to reach the top. Hikers are rewarded with great views of Lake George at the summit. You may also want to check out the Shelving Rock Falls hike, which winds down the mountain alongside beautiful waterfalls. Learn more.

Sleeping Beauty

Located on the east side of Lake George, the Sleeping Beauty Mountain loop is just under 8 miles. A moderate hike, Sleeping Beauty is not recommended for very young children, however it is generally regarded as family-friendly. Switchbacks, although steep at points, ease the ascent to the summit, which offers scenic views of the neighboring mountains and lake. Learn more.

Black Mountain

Due to a few challenging spots along this 5.5 mile hike, Black Mountain is considered moderate to difficult, but the rewards are worth the effort. In addition to breathtaking views in all directions, the mountain features one of the few remaining fire towers in the Adirondacks and a power generating windmill, as well as five small ponds within two miles of the summit. Learn more.

Buck Mountain

Although considered one of the more difficult hikes on this list, Buck Mountain offers unparalleled views of Lake George and the surrounding mountains. The length of the hike varies from 4.5 to 6.5 miles, depending on whether you ascend from the north or south, and it includes a few rocky spots that may be challenging for children and first timers. Learn more.

Prospect Mountain

Prospect Mountain is a difficult 3-mile roundtrip hike with a steep grade, and yet it is also one of the most popular hikes in the Lake George area. The summit sits more than 2,000 feet above sea level and rewards hikers with 100-mile views of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains. For those looking for an easier option, the summit can be accessed via the toll highway between Memorial Day and Columbus Day. Learn more.

There’s More to Explore in the Southern Adirondacks

Whether you’re seeking an outdoor adventure, or house hunting for a second home, early summer is the perfect time to visit the Southern Adirondacks Region. In fact, June is a great time to check out some open houses or schedule a private home tour before the busy tourist season begins.

If you’re visiting the area, and interested in Lake George or Bolton Landing real estate, call me at (518) 321-1870. I love sharing my knowledge of the area, and I sincerely hope that you find time this summer to get out and explore!