Hike Pilot Knob

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Added by Rebecca Nichols

Want a quiet peak with spectacular views.  This peak you will most likely have to yourself with stunning views of Southern Lake George and the surrounding mountains.

The trail starts off from the same trail head as the popular Buck Mountain.  You will follow the trail approximately 0.3 miles until  a split.  Here you want to follow the trail right toward Inman Pond for about 0.2 miles.  At this point you will head right into the woods. 

This is not a maintained or marked trail. However, with a close eye you can follow a herd path and randomly you will be able to make out some gray paint marks someone placed on the trees along the way.  Soon you will have your first views of Lake George below.  Continuing your ascent along the ridge each open section will give you more expansive views.  

Once you reach the last of the open ridge many turn back however, you can follow the faint herd path to the true summit.  The summit is treed yet marked with a cairn.  There is a nice overlook to the south not far from the summit.

Between the ridge and summit along the way are the remains of a 1969 plane crash.  Along the herd path you will approach some cliffs and pass over a knoll before a slight descent.  At the base of the small descent with a watchful eye you may be able to make out the herd path to your right leading to the crash site.   There are a few small piles of pieces of the plane left as well as a gravestone to one of the victims.  All 14 people aboard were killed.

Once you see everything you would like just retrace your steps.  

Looking for more trails, enjoy the Pilot Know Preserve located a few miles away. 

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Headlamp
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Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



6 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2000 Feet


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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