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Monday, August 3, 2015

Bolton Pinnacle(Lake George-Adirondacks)

The very active Lake George Land Conservancy and town of Bolton recently opened the 73 acre Bolton Pinnacle parcel, located on the east side of Edgecomb Pond Road and providing incredible lake vistas from its rocky ledges.
The trail entrance can be a bit tricky to find, but the easiest access is to take exit 24 off the Northway, then follow County Route 11 east for 2 miles to Valley Woods Road.  After half a mile, bear right onto Edgecomb Pond Road and continue 1 mile past the pond(2.25 miles total), where parking is on the left at an unmarked woods road directly across from 139 Edgecomb Pond Road.
After parking the car, you walk up the obvious woods road to a gate with an attached trail map.
 The trail soon enters the woods, where red LGLC discs will lead the way.  After a short climb, the trail meets back up with the road, where this sign helps avoid confusion.
 While not overly steep, a nearly 400 foot ascent is enough to make you work up a good sweat in about .75 mile.
A series of switchbacks help ease the climb.
 After about .75 miles, you arrive at a rock ledge and cliffs with great views of Lake George.  Here is a view to the southern basin with Long Island unfolding in the far distance.
 Northeast views all the way to the Tongue Mountain Range and the Narrows.
 Looking directly down to Bolton Landing, as well as Green Island(larger) and Crown Island(smaller).
 This spot offers some of the very best Lake George views to be had.  Here is a view directly across the lake towards Shelving Rock Mountain and Buck Mountain.
 Soaking in the warm breeze and killer views.
The ledges provide expansive 270 degree views of Lake George.  Here is a fantastic panorama.
This trail provides a lot of bang for the buck.  After leaving the cliffs, retrace your steps back down off the mountain.  Total mileage about 1.5 RT.

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