A Hike Into the Schumann Preserve

Trip report about my quick afternoon hike into the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob.

Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob

View from Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob overlooking Lake George

Hike Date 06 January 2017 | Posted on January 30th 2017

For my first hike of 2017, I decided to head back to the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob. A hike I had visited in early Fall with my brother, sister-in-law and nephew. The trail is a one mile hike that climbs approximately 620 feet in elevation to a gazebo overlooking Lake George. It’s a great quick hike for those that live close by.

The day started around 12:30 P.M. as I pulled into the parking lot. It had only one other car parked. The hiker who owned it was just signing out at the guest book.  I strapped on my micro-spikes, grabbed my gear, signed in and began the hike. Weather of the day was a bit overcast with temperatures in the low 30s. The hike up the mountain was solid ice with a few bare spots here and there. I had my snowshoes with me but never needed them but the ice never let up.

The trail has one junction that is about one-third the way up. I took  the left trail with the attention of taking the opposite way on my way down. I believe the left trail is shorter in distance while the right trail is a bit longer to tackle the elevation. About a half-hour into the hike, I reached the gazebo. The weather was mostly overcast but clear to see view facing the west over Lake George. The gazebo is right in the perfect spot to sit down and just enjoy the view. Which is exactly what I did.

Looking over Lake George from the Gazebo

I took a few pictures ate my wonderful lunch from Stewarts and just enjoyed. I’m still working on my winter layering and used this trip to try out some new things. I got a bit sweaty so I also changed into some new dryer clothes. This is something I’ve been working on for a little while but have a difficult time getting a good combination.

After probably 45 minutes at the top just hanging out. I began the hike down. I took the opposite trail that I came up on. It was also well traveled but I did notice a lot more “side” paths where you could see people taking shortcuts off the main trail. So I had to be a bit more weary of where I was going instead of just following the footsteps on the ground. Luckily I made it down on this hike without falling, slipping or running into a tree. Something that usually occurs on my trips.

Overall a wonderful trip. I plan on going back in the Spring to check out the waterfalls behind the gazebo. That is about another 1.4 miles from the gazebo and I heard that it’s best during the Spring.

Please Note: If you do plan on hiking this trail, be sure to check with the Lake George Land Conservancy to see if the trail is open. Three days after I hiked it, they actually closed to the trail, “Due to potential danger from extreme amount of ice on the trails and surrounding area, the Pilot Knob Preserve is closed until further notice (posted 1/9/2017).”

Photos from Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob

Jonathan Volks

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Jonathan Volks is currently a Web Programmer at Skidmore College in Upstate New York. Where he maintains Skidmore's main website and builds custom web applications to support Marketing and Communications needs. In his free time, Jonathan likes to travel to the Adirondacks and hike along the thousands of miles of trails the park has to offer. He has completed the Fire Tower Challenge (30/30) and is currently working on the Saranac Lake 6er (2/6) and the 46 High Peaks (12/46).