Black Mountain Fire Tower

Black Mountain is located on the Eastern side of Lake George, outside the town of Whitehall. A moderate hike of 2.5 miles, both experienced and beginning hikers will find the view enjoyable as it faces the Northern end of Lake George.

The beginning of the hike shares a road with a hunting camp. Be sure to follow the path and not wander off the path on to private property. At the top, there is a fire tower, weather station and the remains of the fire warden’s hut. The fire tower is inaccessible to the public as it is now part of the weather station.

Hikers can make this trip a loop by coming down  the back side of the mountain and swinging around to Black Mountain Ponds and Lapland Pond. Both ponds have lean-tos on them for overnight camping.

Boaters on Lake George can also anchor off the shore and climb Black Mountain from the back side of the mountain as there is a trail that leads from Lake George to the top.

Directions from Whitehall, NY (Google Map)

  1. Follow Rt. 22 out of Whitehall for 7.2 miles.
  2. Turn left onto Country Road 6 and follow for 2.6 miles.
  3. Take left onto Pike Brook Road and follow for 0.8 miles.
  4. Parking area will be on the right and is indicated by DEC sign.


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Disclaimer: The information about each of the Adirondack trails is collected by myself either through; online research, word of mouth, social media or personal experience. Unfortunately there could be the possibility that some of it is inaccurate. Either by something changing or error on my part. I always encourage hikers to do extra research by reaching out to; the Adirondack Mountain Club, social media, NYSDEC and/or online searches. I certainly do my best to keep things up to date and accurate as possible. If you have updated information that you would like to share, please contact me.

Charts and Maps: I've noticed with charts and maps that their numbers could be slightly off what is normally reported. Example being a hike may say 2.3 miles but a chart might show it as 2.6 miles. This could be because of GPS inaccuracy with my cell phone but also a possibility of going on a side trip to check something out or going off trail completely. Please keep this in mind while going through this site.