Prospect Mountain
This was the first of four wonderful hikes we did during a five-day stay in Lake George in the Adirondacks of New York State. We stayed at the Lake George Bed & Breakfast, a lovely B&B just a block north of the lake. Hostess Marilyn (the sweetest hostess ever) made scrumptious breakfasts for her guests every day. It was terrific.

Today we climbed Prospect Mountain, which overlooks Lake George from the west. Its trailhead is at the western end on Montcalm Street, which is where the B&B is! This was the first time we ever went on a hike without needing to drive to the trailhead. It was uphill all the way, following (for a good part) the grade of the old cable railway that took passengers up to the Prospect Mountain House, a hotel which burned down twice. The views of the southern tip of Lake George were very nice.

Total distance travelled today was 4.8 miles in about 3 hours.

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Trailhead with informational kiosk

Stairs to pedestrian crossing

Crossing over Adirondack Northway

In the woods

In powerline cut


Ruins from cable railway


station

More ruins ...

... beautifully moss ...

... covered

Uphill all the way

Water at the first road crossing

Up, of course

Tiny toad

Looking up

Looking down


[Photo by Laura]

Awwww ...

Nearing the top

Paper birches

Abandonded railway tie

Second road crossing

Heading to top

Sign for hotel

Gears of cable railway

View of Adirondack Northway

[Photo by Laura]

Taking a breather

Lake George

The Thruway

Parking lot at top

Lake George

Road to the top


Blue bird

Zoom of Lake George

The Mohican in the lake


Hook in the rock

Old cable railway sign & gear

Heading back down


Fallen hemlock

Old growth

Rosary crucifix

Eft near bottom

Crossing Adirondack Thruway again

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