Buck Mountain

Buck Mountain is a moderate hike on the east side of Lake George that features unparalleled views of the lake and mountains.

The climb is approximately three miles one-way, and there are a few rocky, challenging sections. Because of this, it is not ideal for young children.

view of lake george from buck mountain's summit

Buck Mountain can be hiked from both the north and the south.

To ascend from the south, begin at the trailhead on Pilot Knob Road (the same trailhead where you begin the Stewarts Ledge hike). Enter 1750 Pilot Knob Road, Fort Ann, NY or the coordinates 43.509238,-73.631144 into your GPS.

If you don't have a GPS, follow these directions:

  • Take Exit 20 from the Adirondack Northway (I-87), and continue past the outlet malls.
  • Turn right onto Route 149, and continue until the intersection with Ridge Road.
  • Turn left onto Ridge Road and continue until it intersects with Pilot Knob Road.
  • Stay right onto Pilot Knob Road and travel 3.4 miles north, where you'll see a parking lot on the right (east) side of the road.
  • If you reach the Pilot Knob Firehouse, you've gone too far.
buck mountain sign

This trailhead features signs referencing Buck Mountain, Shelving Rock Road, Sleeping Beauty Mountain, and other destinations.

Take the marked Buck Mountain trail, and a couple hundred yards in, continue following the marked trail straight ahead. If you turn right onto the unmarked trail, you'll wind up at Stewarts Ledge.

To ascend from the north, begin at the trailhead on Shelving Rock Road (near the Dacy Clearing trailhead for Sleeping Beauty and Fish Brook Pond). There are nine designated parking areas in the Shelving Rock Area, and parking is not allowed on the sides of Shelving Rock Road.

Follow these directions:

  • Take Exit 20 from the Adirondack Northway (I-87), and continue past the outlet malls.
  • Turn right onto Route 149, and continue until the intersection with Buttermilk Falls Road.
  • Turn left onto Buttermilk Falls Road, and continue for 3.2 miles until it becomes a dirt road (Sly Pond Road).
  • When Sly Pond Road intersects with Hog Town Road, stay straight onto Shelving Rock Road.
  • Dacy Clearing Road will branch off to the right (trailhead for Sleeping Beauty Mountain), but continue on Shelving Rock Road for a short distance longer, and a marked trailhead for Buck Mountain will be on your left.

Buck Mountain is also accessible by boat from Pilot Knob.

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