This multi-use trail in the Lake George Wild Forest is good for family hiking or snowshoeing. The distance varies, wildlife abounds and summit views are outstanding, offering vistas of nearby Lake George, Bolton Landing and the expansive Adirondacks. Trails: Buck Mountain Trail from Pilot Knob Trailhead (Please note that, without snowshoes, hiking in deep snow can make even an "easy" hike very difficult.) Surface: Wide, primarily flat woodland trail from the parking area to the first stream crossing at the half-mile mark. Trail becomes steeper and rockier from the first stream crossing to the summit.
Easy hike: From the trailhead at Pilot Knob, hike 0.2 mile to a junction with a blue trail that leads to Inman Pond. Continue on the yellow trail to a stream crossing at 0.5 mile. This is a good stopping point for those who don't want to climb to the summit. Moderate loop trail: At approximately 1.2 miles, the yellow trail intersects with the red trail. Rather than take the yellow trail to the summit, take the red trail toward Inman Pond. At 1.6 miles, turn right/west at the intersection and follow the blue trail back toward the Pilot Knob trailhead. At 3.0 miles, the blue trail intersects with the yellow trail; head west toward the parking area (3.2 miles round trip).
Challenging summit hike: Follow the directions for the easy hike. After the stream crossing, follow the yellow trail to the summit (6.6 miles round trip). Getting There: Take I-87 North to Exit 21 for Lake George, Rte 9N. Turn right onto Rte 9N north. Turn left onto Rte 9N/Canada St. Turn left onto Rte 9L/East Shore Dr. and go toward the lake, taking a right hand turn onto Pilot Knob Road when the road splits. Follow this road for another 3 miles until you see a large DEC sign on the right side marking the parking lot for the trailhead.
Search Nearby Recreation
Find more great recreation opportunities close by to this point. You may click on the point marker displayed on the map for more information and to continue exploring!
Search Nearby Listings
Discover wonderful experiences around every turn nestled within the six million acre Park. Be sure to take in some local sites and have fun at hundreds of events and festivals throughout the year. Fill your belly and rest your head in one of many great Adirondack lodging and dining options.
DEC Lands, Trails and Points of Interest Disclaimer New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) distributes this geographic data with the understanding that geographic data, including land boundaries as represented, are approximate, and are intended for broad scale planning, inventory, mapping and analysis activities. No survey level accuracy is conveyed. No proof of land ownership is represented. NYS DEC makes no guarantee or warranty concerning the accuracy of information contained in the geographic data. In order to improve data quality, the user is asked to document discovery of errors to the Division of Lands and Forests in writing. Lands data should be used for general information purposes and not to determine property boundaries. In many instances, the state lands and other data layers do not align precisely with the aerial photography. Certain trails and points of interest which may exist on the ground are not currently displayed in this mapper. These datasets are works in progress and will continually be improved.