Morning has broken and it’s time to climb Cat Mountain, named after singer-songwriter Cat Stevens (not really).
A 7.6 miles roundtrip, this mountain will challenge you as you wind upward through a wild world of streams, wetlands, and beaver ponds.
From the summit, savor sweeping 270 degree views of Lake George from the Tongue Range and the Narrows, on down to almost Lake George Village. Can you spot Dome Island?
There’s nothing more stimulating than seeing your car at the trailhead, except maybe the thought of a Tight Squeeze IPA, Saison Du Lac or Tea (if you’re a tillerman) at Bolton Landing Brewing Company.
Distance: 7.6 Mile Roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1,125 Feet
Route Type: Out and Back
Trailhead: Head north on I-87, and get off at exit 24. Turn right on County Route 11, 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 Mountain. It is poorly marked. The only indicator is a tiny “Protected Natural Area” sign. Be sure to sign the trail register.
The trail initially heads along a carriage road around Edgecomb Pond. About a quarter-mile in, make a left and follow the red trail into the forest. Initially this trail is fairly flat and easy, but at about the one-mile mark it starts to become steeper and turns into a moderate uphill trek.
At about 1.5 miles the trail becomes steeper still for the final push but the views just before the summit are beautiful and offer a taste of whats to come. The views from the summit are stunning.
From the summit, you can choose to return along the same route (makes for GREAT butt-sliding in the winter).
Alternatively you could turn it into a loop by following the blue trail back to the carriage road.
Look out for the Geocache along the trail close to the summit.
Hours: 7 Days a Week 12pm-11pm
Address: 4933 Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing, NY 12814
Microbrewery with 7bbl brewhouse. Brewing craft beer on site. Locally owned and operated.
Taproom open year round, serving pub menu and always delicious beer, brewed on Lake George
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