Hike Cat & Thomas Mountains Preserve

Rate this Adventure New York Cat & Thomas Trailhead

Added by Rebecca Nichols

With picturesque views of Lake George and the surrounding mountains this hike is a gem you will return to often.

There are a few ways to approach these two peaks. We chose to do a traverse using two vehicles.

Starting at Edgecomb Pond Rd you will park along the road. There will be a sign and yellow discs directing you to the start of the trail. The first 0.4 miles is following a dirt road. You will then reach a junction in which you will turn left following the red trail 1.4 miles to the summit of Cat. As you begin to approach Cat you will get views of Lake George below and the surrounding mountains.

After enjoying the views on Cat you will follow the Blue trail. At the junction to the summit and cabin, you will want to check out the cabin first. You can actually stay at the cabin. It is free and treated like a lean-to, therefore you may be sharing it. The views at the cabin are beautiful and the setting serene. Now you will continue back to the junction and head to Thomas. There is a viewpoint however, the true summit has no views.

The total length of the blue trail is 3.2 miles. You will then reach another old dirt trail. Here you will turn left and follow the last 0.8 miles to the next trail head on Valley Woods Road.

If you're into Geocaching there are dozens of caches in the preserve!

Pack List

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Snack
  • Water
  • Camera
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Year Round

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5.8 Miles


Easy Parking

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Added by Rebecca Nichols

I hike to push my limits both mentally and physically, take in the beauty of the great outdoors, and just to get away from it all. Every chance I get you will find me in the mountains, on a kayak or ending my day by the campfire!

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