Saturday was a perfect clear day to hike Thomas and Cat Mountains, near Bolton Landing, New York. A loop trail (about 7.5 miles doing the whole distance) allows hikers to access both summits over moderate terrain. A few challenging spots exist, but the hike is not too difficult overall, with a decent portion following an old gravel road. While Thomas Mountain did provide a distant view with part of the lake and a fairly plush (for the middle of the woods) cabin on top, Cat Mountain certainly gave a better view.
The view from the top of Cat offers an incredible panoramic perspective of Lake George from the west, as well as views toward Gore and other mountains in the Central Adirondacks if you walked around to another side of the summit. This shot includes 2 images stitched together (click the photo to see a larger version).
Cat/Thomas Mountain Trail Map
Below, a map of the hike shows the path tracked via the Everytrail app. Note that this includes the full loop of both mountains; however, you could just hike to Thomas with about a 3 mile loop, or go all the way out to and back from Cat on the same trail on one or the other side without looping around. Note that the trail on the east (designated with yellow markers) is much easier as it follows a road most of the way, but the western trail (blue markers) offers a number of glimpses of the mountains in the distance through the trees and a bit more of a rugged terrain experience.