There are two access points to the Black Mountain trail. One trailhead is from the road on the eastern side of the mountain and the other is from Lake George on the western side. I've done both, and the trail from the road is much easier and shorter than the trail from the lake. We kayaked from one of the Lake George islands to the tranquil day-use picnic area at the shore of Black Mountain. Pulled our kayaks and canoes right up on the grass and changed into our hiking boots. The trail starts out pretty easy, underneath some dense canopy. Although the dense canopy remains pretty constant throughout the hike, the trails gets increasingly steep. After about an hour or so we reached a scenic overlook area with breathtaking views of the southern part of the lake as well as some mountain ponds. This is a good place to rest and fuel up for the rest of the hike to the summit, as the toughest part is up ahead. The switchbacks seem endless, but the view from the summit is well worth it. Most likely you won't see anyone on the trail, but you will likely see people at the summit. The trail from the road is much more popular than the lake trail. The descent is a breeze except for slippery rocks. The mountain is full of springs that keep the leaves covered rocks very slippery. Every one of us went down at least once! The last reward is a dip in the clear refreshing lake at the end of the hike.
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