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Buck Mountain

Lake George, NY 12845


Overview

The bald-rock summit of Buck Mountain offers, above all, a sense of serenity and peace. The cool breeze, the endless expanse of green, and the spectacular scenery all unite to give you a unique Adirondack experience.

Buck Mountain

The islands sparkle like jewels below. On a clear day, you can see the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. Boats (ranging from kayaks to paddle-wheelers) mingle below. Lake George and Bolton Landing are dollhouse villages that shimmer in the sun. Dome Island (a well-named wildlife sanctuary) lies almost directly to your northwest. (Barbara McMartin’s "50 Hikes in the Adirondacks" describes Buck Mountain as “a perfect introduction to the Adirondacks.”)

Buck is a moderate hike of three miles (one way), with a few challenging spots. Be sure to follow the yellow markers! Be especially careful not to take a right-hand turn early in the hike. Check out both Cat Mountain and Tongue Mountain for a more challenging hike if you prefer.

GETTING THERE FROM LAKE GEORGE

Head south on Routes 9/9N. Turn left at Route 9L. Follow this road, and drive slowly, for you don’t want to miss the magnificent beauty of the too-often-overlooked east side of Lake George. Relax until you pass Cleverdale Road on your left. Immediately after that, take a sharp left on Pilot Knob Road, and follow it to a well-marked parking lot to the trailhead. Buck is also accessible by boat from Pilot knob.

NOTE: Buck can also be reached from the Hogtown area (Town of Fort Ann), near the Shelving Rock and Sleeping Beauty trails. There are nine designated parking areas in the Shelving Rock Area, and parking is not allowed on the sides of Shelving Rock Road.

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8 reviews from our community

Hello all, climbed Buck Mountain with my wife and four children three days ago,(ages 14,11,8,7) . Very challenging hike, however was a great experience overall. As my 14 year old led the way , considering he is an athlete, it was hard to stay ahead of him. My young boy , worked super hard to do the climb, he stuck it out and made it, super proud of him. Biggest obstacle came at 2000 feet roughly, we encountered a rattlesnake which we heard his warning rattle clear as a bell. We could not see him and I led slowly with my climbing stick trying just to get past. I had read some sites similar to this and warned my son to be alert , thankfully he heard the rattle. Made for an exciting hike, the view was spectacular but I would only recommend hiking boots and lots of water, even a few snacks , I needed one or two quick breaks also. Happy Trails.

I just hiked Buck Mountain with my wife and son (13 years old) on Monday and truly enjoyed the experience. I used the hike as a "shake out" after running the Whiteface Sky Race - a 15 mile event that takes you up to 4700+ feet twice - and found that Buck Mountain provided me an ideal recovery while challenging my fit, but not competitive athlete family, just enough.

As others have posted there are challenging sections, but with some smart navigation you can avoid, or greatly mitigate, them so I do agree with the "Moderate" categorization. I would, however, not recommend bringing really young kids up, especially if you're not fit. We passed a few families that were trying to and it didn't look like it was going well.

And finally, it's really worth the effort because the views are outstanding, and we were lucky that the blue berries were just starting to ripen so we were able to enjoy a bit of nature's abundance.

We've hiked Buck Mountain last Friday afternoon and this is not what I would call a moderate hike. The ascension is very abrupt for 3.3 miles non-stop. I'm really curious to better understand why this website rates this hike as moderate when this other website here (http://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-york/buck-mt) rates it for experienced hikers only.

However, the view at the top was all worth it, But if I had taken my children thinking it would be moderate, we wouldn't have achieved the ascent.

Your feedback is more than welcome.

Great view. When you reach the last part it can be rough to you would need to take breaks. Im going back here soon!

Wow! That was a moderate hike and not for beginners as other sites mentioned. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and bud spray. Beautiful views once you reach the top. You'll pass a few mountain brooks along the way to cool off in or allow your dog to drink from. It took about 4 hours to hike approx 6 miles with short breaks along the way. This is not your leisurely hike through the woods.

Super hike. Make sure you bring bug spray and lots of water and snacks. We had lunch at the top. Sneakers not recommended. You Should where hiking boots,as there are alot of steep rocky spots. There are 2 summits. First one
Lots of flat rocks to climb. Great view. Continue about 5-7minutes further following yellow lines on rocks, for a dantastc views of the north and south. :-) ENJOY


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