Elevation: 1000 ft or 1250 ft
Ascent: 620 ft or 870 ft
Distance: 1.0 miles or 2.8 miles
Location: Pilot Knob Road at Washington County Border
Region: Lake George
This hike is on a nature preserve made possible by the Lake George Land Conservancy. Please respect their property and the rules that they have made to protect the beautiful lands that they purchased.
The trailhead for this hike is located on Pilot Knob Road just before the Washington County boundary sign. There is a nice parking place for several cars. The lower portion of the trail is marked with orange trail markers. After a short uphill stretch, you reach a trail junction, marked by multiple markers. The trail straight ahead leads uphill on a steady gradient to a splendid lookout at a gazebo (an ascent from the parking lot of around 620 feet). Back at the first junction, the trail to the right is the other portion of the orange loop, leading to the same lookout. This is the view of Lake George from the gazebo on a nice March day.
Looking across the flats, one can see a post with orange markers and also blue markers. This is the start of the upper blue marked loop trail. This trail is mostly on an old tote road and as such wanders back and forth across the side of the ridge, dropping first and then later climbing. It is heading toward a nice waterfall near the top of the ridge. The trail is on easy gradients and lends itself to a stroll through the woods.
Note: For a more complete description of the trail, please see Adirondack Mountain Club: Eastern Trails (4th ed.), pages 93-94.
This trail can also be found on the ADK/National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for the Lake George Great Sacandaga region (map No. 743).
Have a great hike! Bob Goodwin