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Lake George from Buck Mountain Lake George from Buck Mountain

Buck Mountain is located in Lake George, NY; part of the eastern Adirondacks. This gallery covers the southern approach to the summit.

Starting from the Pilot Knob trailhead near the eastern shore of Lake George, the 3.3 mile hike has a 2000ft ascent. This is a nice day hike, with wide, generally easy elevation gain, and a little scrambling near the summit. There is an excellent view of Lake George at the summit.

I published a trail review for those interested in hiking Buck Mountain.

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  1. Turnoff for Buck Mountain Trailhead, 3.5 miles down Pilot Knob Rd, on right.

    Turnoff, Buck Mountain Trailhead

  2. Buck Mountain Trailhead, southern approach. I was surprised to find so many community hiking poles, even aluminum broom handles.

    Buck Mountain Trailhead

  3. In the beginning of the southern Buck Mountain approach, a trail guideboard indicates a fork leading to Inman Pond and Lower Hogtown parking

    Trail Guideboard, Buck Mountain

  4. Mushrooms, Buck Mountain

    Mushrooms, Buck Mountain

  5. This young daschund hiked up and down Buck Mountain with ease, scrambling like a mountain goat in steep sections.

    Dachshund, Buck Mountain Trail

  6. The southern approach to Buck Mountain is generally wide and pleasant with rocky portions.

    Buck Mountain Trail

  7. Lake George can be seen to the west as the treeline clears. This particular day was brooding, with severe thunderstorms passing north of us.

    Buck Mountain View

  8. Another view to the south from Buck Mountain.

    Buck Mountain

  9. Rock cairns typically mark hiking trails along rocky outcroppings, where trees are less frequent. Lines of spray paint assist hikers as well

    Rock Cairn, Buck Mountain

  10. Approaching the summit of Buck Mountain, the trail becomes a little tricky to navigate, with slippery sections when wet, and meandering detours.

    Buck Mountain Trail

  11. Summit Guideboard, Buck Mountain

    Summit Guideboard, Buck Mountain

  12. Buck Mountain Trail

    Buck Mountain Trail

  13. Buck Mountain Summit

    Buck Mountain Summit

  14. Kevin Borowsky enjoys a pipe at the summit of Buck Mountain

    Hiking Partner

  15. Cloudy skies, Buck Mountain Summit

    Buck Mountain Summit

  16. Lake George, from Buck Mountain

    Lake George

  17. Brooding clouds over Lake George as seen from Buck Mountain Summit

    Lake George

  18. Dense clusters of vegetation cling to the thin tracts of soil on the summit of Buck Mountain

    Buck Mountain Summit

  19. Buck Mountain Vegetation

    Buck Mountain Vegetation

  20. Summit Trail, Buck Mountain

    Summit Trail, Buck Mountain

  21. Summit Trail, Buck Mountain

    Summit Trail, Buck Mountain

  22. Twisted Branches, Buck Mountain

    Twisted Branches

  23. Buck Mountain summit area.

    Buck Mountain Summit

  24. Summit Vegetation, Buck Mountain.

    Summit Vegetation

  25. Buck Mountain Vegetation

    Buck Mountain Vegetation

  26. Colorful fungi, Buck Mountain

    Colorful Fungi

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