Thomas Mountain near Lake George in the Adirondacks has a beautiful view from its lower summit. Many people combine the hike with the outstanding Cat Mountain a few miles away. The actual summit of Thomas Mountain is privately owned and has no trail. This is definitely a family-friendly hike. A log cabin once stood at the viewpoint. The NYSDEC demolished the cabin in 2018 as it was a non-conforming structure.
The view from the Thomas Mountain overlook is expansive—Lake George with Buck Mountain and Pilot Ridge on the lake’s far side. At the end of the lake is French Mountain. Up in your face are Cat Mountain and the ridge that connects it with Thomas. Also noticeable is Crane Mountain, and through the trees, one can get a view of Gore Mountain and its ski slopes. Hundreds of other peaks are visible.
Thomas Mountain Trail Specs
|1.5-miles to lookout||785 feet||Easy|
|Trailhead on Valley Woods Rd:||Google maps||Qwant Maps|
Thomas Mountain on the Trail
- Start at the Cat and Thomas Mountain Trailhead on Valley Woods Road in the Town of Bolton. 0.0-miles
- Quickly enter the trail at the register and kiosk past the gate; sign in here’s why.
- You’ll hike with the road in sight for a bit.
- At .22-miles, you’ll reach a bend in the trail close to a stream that drains Thomas Mountain.
- In the next 0.40-miles, the trail will climb and cross another stream.
- At 0.8-miles (the DEC sign says 0.6), you reach a trail junction left that goes toward Edgecomb Pond and Cat Mountain; you want to go right. You’ll have climbed about 251 feet.
- Now on the yellow-blazed Richard Hayes Phillips Trail, in 0.73-miles, you will climb 533 feet to the ridge top, then drop a bit to the Thomas Mountain Overlook. You are 1.5-miles from the parking area.
- Back to the parking area is 1.5-miles for a 3-mile round-trip.
Extend Your Trip to Cat Mountain
Beyond the overlook and continuing on the Richard Hayes Pillips Trail is a beautiful ridge with several views that connects Thomas and Cat Mountains. Continuing to Cat Mountain will add another 2.4-miles oneway (4.1-miles from the trailhead). From the summit of Cat Mountain, you could backtrack and enjoy the vistas again, spot a second car at the Edgecomb Pond Trailhead, hiking a point to point, or return on the blue trail from Cat Mountain to the Valley Woods Road trailhead.
Another hike nearby: The Pinnacle near Lake George
One last picture, a broken down privy at the view point. Ugh.
Video View from Thomas Mountain
Thomas and Cat Mountain Map and Contact
Click on the map or here for an interactive version of the map.
|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.
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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.