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map showing that thomas mountain is on the western side of lake george Located near Bolton Landing, this is a nice hike that takes about 2 hours round trip for the average hiker.
sign showing the intersection of valley woods road and county route 11 in the fall From County Rt. 11, take Valley Woods Road and you are right there.
a blue trail sign nailed to a tree We veered off the orange trail and took the blue trail, called Two Brothers Trail. . The Two Brothers Trail meets up with the ridge trail, also with blue markers; hikers can continue south to Cat Mountain or a short distance east to the cabin.
hiking trail covered with fall leaves This is a beautiful hike in the fall. It was raining when we hiked and a little slippery but well worth it.
navy blue cabin on the thomas mountain trail Here is a view of the cabin from the outside
interior of a log cabin Here is what the cabin looks like from the inside
family posing for a picture while hiking in the fall This is a view on the way up the trail
young boy peering down from the loft of a log cabin Inside the cabin, you can climb the ladder to an upstairs spot, fun for kids
black dog standing in a stream on a hiking trail in the fall The hike is pet friendly
hiking trail surrounded by and covered in fall foliage Autumn is a great time to hike Thomas
adult and child sitting on a couch inside a log cabin Cozy little resting spot in the cabin


This is a three mile hike round trip near Bolton Landing it is a moderate hike takes 45-60 minutes to reach the cabin. Can be steep at times. Leads to a cabin on the top that is furnished and views of Lake George. Allow for 2 hours round trip.

If you follow the orange trail along a dirt road up the mountain, you will end up at a cozy cabin where you can rest and be rewarded with 180 degree views of Lake George.  The hike is 716 feet up over a winding path that is 1.5 miles to the cabin.  Hunting is allowed on Cat and Thomas Mountains, so if you are hiking during hunting season please wear bright colors.

Also note, while hiking we ran into a bees nest, be aware of bees and if allergic bring an epi pen while hiking! 

For a great brochure, click here.


Trailhead coordinates:

43° 36' 14" N

73° 41' 33" W



  • A map of the “Cat and Thomas Mountains Preserve” can be obtained from the Lake George Land Conservancy, PO Box 1250, Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing, NY 12814; 518/ 644-9673.
  • No vehicles, fires, or camping are allowed.
  • Pets are allowed on this trail. The use of a leash is necessary.


From the Adirondack Northway (I-87) take exit 24, turn right onto County Route 11 (going east) and follow it toward Bolton Landing.  (Do NOT turn right on County Route 10 (River Road) immediately after the exit.) Drive 2.0 miles until you reach Valley Woods Road, on your right.  Turn right, and pull off immediately at a gravel lot: This is the parking area for Cat & Thomas Mountain. It is poorly marked. The only indicator is a tiny “Protected Natural Area” sign. Be sure to sign the trail register.


From the Sagamore Hotel, it's about 10 minutes to Thomas Mountain.  Travel north on Route 9N for about 1.7 miles to the junction of County Route 11(Bolton Landing-Riverbank Road). Turn left/west on County Route 11 for approximately 2.7miles. Turn left onto Valley Woods Road.  

ALTERNATIVE RETURN TRIP: Turn right on Route 11, and follow it to its end at Route 9N, for an incredible view of the lake, of several of the Narrows islands, and of Sleeping Beauty and Buck Mountains. When you start to descend, you should start to drive very slowly for two reasons: (1) The road will become steeper, and you will avoid an accident. (2) The view of the lake is fleeting, and you will be able to enjoy it for a longer time. Turn right, and follow it into Bolton Landing, and, from there, into Lake George. If time permits, you may want to spend time in Bolton Landing, a charming Victorian village with great restaurants, free beaches, and a laid-back atmosphere. Parking is usually available at the town hall, a modern building on the right (west) side of 9N.

This trail is part of the Lake George 12ster Hiking Challenge

These trails are available due to the Lake George Land Conservancy.  Feel free to show your appreciation by donating to them online here

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