Cat Mountain is a 1956′ peak located in the Lake George Wild Forest of the Adirondack Park. It is one of the Lake George 12sters and Adirondack 29er Challenge, ranking 9 and 29 respectively. From the Edgecomb Pond trailhead in Bolton Landing, only minutes from Lake George, the moderate hike takes you to a commanding view of Lake George and its surrounding mountains. The Tounge Mountain Range is particularly noticeable as the ridge extending out into the lake terminating at the point of tongue is visible. The loop is about 4 miles with an elevation gain of just under 1100′.
|Hiking Distance:||4.1-miles (loop)||Route Type:||Loop or out-and-back|
|Total climb:||1100′ (red trail)||Hike type:||Trails|
|How hard?||Moderate||Trailhead:||Edgecomb Pond Road|
We opted to climb Cat on the steep red trail on this mid-winter day and descend on the more moderate blue trail. We were greeted with unexpected ups and downs as the red trail crosses a few minor hills and one ridge. The trail is beautiful as it winds its way through a wonderful pine, hemlock, and fir forest, crossing streams in some sharp gullies. When the trees are bare, you’ll get glimpses of the rocky face of Cat. The views on the red trail and summit are outstanding.
Trail Description for Cat Mountain
The trail begins at the large, well-maintained trailhead at Edgecomb Pond. The lot is large enough for about 20+ cars which we imagine would fill up quickly in season. On this day, with temperatures at the trailhead at 19-degrees with snow squalls, there were many people hiking and skiing.
From the parking area, following the red-blazed (disks) woods road that tracks the contour of the pond, you walk a third of a mile to the junction with the red trail (paint blazed) that heads to the summit. Make sure you stop and enjoy the views of the pond.
At about 0.33-miles, you reach a junction with the red trail that is paint blazed. This junction is not marked with a trail sign. Continuing straight will eventually lead to the blue-marked trail, which ascends Cat Mountain and is more gradual. This route may be a better option for families with young hikers. Looking up to the right, you’ll see a sign to the Pinnacle, which you can hike from the Edgecomb Pond trailhead, although longer than from the Pinnacle trailhead down the road.
Another hike nearby: The Pinnacle Near Lake George in the Adirondacks
The red trail will wind its way over a hill and cross some small streams. Be careful at times; you’ll be hiking over frozen drainages without knowing it.
The red trail begins with a woods road feel and eventually becomes a footpath as the trees close in on the trail.
At about 0.6-miles from the trail junction, you’ll begin a steady ascent that is at times a steep climb to the summit of Cat. You’ll climb a steep ridge and drop a bit before making your final push to the summit. The unfolding views at the upper section of the trail are outstanding.
At about 1.2-miles, the trail gets steeper, and more expansive views begin to appear, with the best being at the broad summit, which is reached at 1.45-miles from the junction (1.78-miles from the trailhead), which allows for about 280-degrees of view.
Panoramic view from Cat Mountain Summit
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Back to the Parking Area on the Blue Trail
From the summit, you can follow the blue-blazed trail back to the red trail to make a loop of about 4-miles. On your way back, you’ll intersect with a couple of trail junctions. One takes you to the Thomas Mountain overlook on the yellow trail (0.4-miles from the summit) and the second at the red trail (1.3-miles from the summit).
Related Hike: Thomas Mountain near Cat Mountain, Bolton Landing NY
Note, on the red trail at about .20-miles from the junction with the blue trail; you’ll reach a T-intersection. A path heads uphill to the right, and you want to continue left downhill past the gates, which is the red trail returning to the trailhead.
Cat Mountain Weather
Cat Mountain Weather
Mountain weather is hard to predict. Starting out on a seemingly sunny day can quickly turn “bad”. Always check the forecast before heading out and prepare accordingly.
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Trail map for Cat Mountain
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|Lake George Wild Forest|
|Contact Information:||DEC Region 5 Warrensburg Office: (M-F, 8:30AM – 4:45PM), (518) 623-1200; Info.R5@dec.ny.gov|
Backcountry Emergencies: 518-891-0235 (24/7) or 911
Enforcement Matters: 518-408-5850 (24/7)
|Location:||Towns of Bolton, Chester, Hague, Horicon, Lake George, Lake Luzerne, Queensbury and Warrensburg in Warren County; the Towns of Dresden, Fort Ann and Putnam in Washington County; and the Towns of Ticonderoga and Schroon in Essex County|
|Map:||Lake George Wild Forest – North (PDF)|
|Amenities:||Gas can be found in the nearby communities of Bolton Landing, Chestertown, Hague, Lake George, Lake Luzerne, North Creek, Ticonderoga, and Warrensburg.|
Food and other supplies can be found in the nearby communities of Bolton Landing, Chestertown, Hague, Lake George, Lake Luzerne, North Creek, Ticonderoga, and Warrensburg.
Dining opportunities can be found in the nearby communities of Bolton Landing, Chestertown, Hague, Lake George, Lake Luzerne, North Creek, Ticonderoga, and Warrensburg.
Lodging can be found in the nearby communities of Bolton Landing, Chestertown, Hague, Lake George, Lake Luzerne, North Creek, Ticonderoga, and Warrensburg.
Backwoods wanderer with a passion for backpacking, hiking, kayaking, and exploring the wilds of the Catskills and Adirondacks in New York. A Catskill 3500 Club Member and Adirondack Forty-Sixer. Climbed Mount Rainier. Professionally an Exercise Physiologist.