Buck Mountain from N
Scenic and Destination Hikes Adirondack Park Region
Shelving Rock Road
Length: a 4 ½ mile round trip
Buck Mountain can be approached from the north or the south; both trails involve a steady climb to the top. Both pass through forests of basswood, birch, white pine, oak, maple, and sumac. 1
Starting from the Hogstown trailhead, the total ascent is 1,130 ft. This trail is level for some time and follows a stream for the better part of the first mile. At about 1.5 miles the trail begins to climb steeply on and off until the summit is reached at 2.3 miles.
The summit is very rocky with great views all around. Over the lake on a clear day you will see the High Peaks towering to the north.
WARNING: Rattlesnakes inhabit the rock crevices on many of Lake George's mountains. Take extra care when reaching or climbing around rocks and crevices and the use of high boots is recommended.1
Hogstown Trailhead: Turn on to Buttermilk Falls Rd. from Rt. 149. At 3.2 miles down this road it becomes Sly Pond Road and turns to a dirt road. At the intersection with Hogstown Rd. continue straight ahead on Shelving Rock Road. The parking area is just past the parking area for the Lake George Trails System on the left hand side. There is a trailhead sign for Buck Mountain at this parking area.
Information compiled from www.everytrail.com, www.adirondack.net and 1www.summitpost.org.