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The Pinnacle

Routes and Trails
Lake George Land Conservancy

The Pinnacle is owned by the Town of Bolton and managed by LGLC.

Please hike only on the marked trails.

No camping allowed.

Do not pick the wildflowers, cut or mark the trees, remove any rocks, fossils or artifacts, or disturb the animals.

No motorized vehicles of any kind allowed.

No fires permitted.

Please do not litter. Carry out what you carry in.

Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.


This 73-acre parcel was acquired by the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) and sold to the Town of Bolton in a bargain sale in 2015. The town donated a conservation easement to LGLC for further protection. Click here to read a full press release.

After five years of negotiations, the Pinnacle was able to be protected thanks to a partnership between LGLC, the Town of Bolton, and the FUND for Lake George, which provided major financial support for its acquisition. In addition, nearly 300 individuals, families, businesses and foundations also contributed to the project. The enormous outpouring of community support was essential to the project's success, and helped to make this a landmark achievement.

The land is contiguous to other protected lands and is a key part of a proposed Bolton Community Trail system. The Pinnacle itself is a local landmark and is highly visible from Cat Mountain and the lake. The conservation of this land also contributes towards the protection of the Finkle Brook watershed, one of the lake’s major tributaries.

In addition to monitoring the conservation easement, LGLC manages the property's recreational trails for the Town of Bolton.

Distance And Terrain

Just a five-minute drive from quaint Bolton Landing, the trail to the Pinnacle summit provides a rewarding introduction to hiking in the Adirondack Park. The view from the top offers a breathtaking panorama of Lake George. This is a one mile moderate hike following an old jeep trail.

The red trail starts at the parking area and follows a dirt road for 0.10 miles before diverting into the woods for a short distance and then re-emerging onto the dirt road. Please respect the privacy of the neighboring landowner by staying on the marked trail.

The trail continues on a series of switchbacks for 0.5 miles, then levels off and continues for another 0.4 miles. It then makes a right turn off of the dirt road onto a short trail to the lookout. Please use caution at the lookout area, as there is a steep drop from the edge.

The lookout provides an expansive 270-degree view, including (from left to right) the Tongue Mountain range, the Narrows, Shelving Rock, Buck Mountain, the Town of Bolton, Dome Island, the Bolton Conservation Park, Trout Lake, and much more!

Mountain biking is allowed on the trail, along with snowshoeing, and xc-skiing.

LGLC welcomes your comments and reports of damage or trail maintenance needs. Please contact us at 518-644-9673 or

Highlights And Key Points Along The Route

Two hundred and seventy degree views of Lake George and the surrounding area.

Identify And Describe The Management Organization

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is a not-for-profit land trust that works solely within the Lake George watershed in the southeastern corner of New York's Adirondack Park.