Cat Mountain Panorama

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.

Buck Mountain Panorama

Panoramic shot stitched together from six images taken on the summit of Buck Mountain, overlooking the Tongue Mountain Range in the northern portion of Lake George. Click the photo to see a larger version.

Lake George from Hague Beach

View of Lake George from the northwest shore at the Hague town beach.

View of Lake George from Buck Mountain

Looking over Lake George on a clear July day from the summit of Buck Mountain. This is definitely one of the most beautiful hikes in the southern Adirondacks.

Memorial Day Hike up Prospect Mountain

Memorial Day brought perfect weather to start off the summer mountain climbing season with Prospect Mountain in Lake George. Despite a few clouds, the view was beautiful from the top of the lake and mountains in the distance. Though the trail is rocky for most of the way, it’s more than doable as an easy day hike at less than 2 miles one way.