U.S. Route 9
Lake George, NY 12845
Prospect Mountain Description
Let's face it: Not every familiy is up for the full-court schlep up to those picturesque Adirondack summits. But, even the littlest kids can make it to the apex of this 2,000-foot-high mountain, where you can drive part or most of the way to the stellar views of the lake and surrounding area. The gentle peak is just outside of Lake George Village. Walk the paths from one of three lower-level parking lots, or do it the really easy way and drive the five miles almost all the way to the top.
Babies: The last paved stretch might tempt you to bring a stroller. But, it gets pretty steep, with a lofty flight of stairs at the end. A backpack is a better bet.
Toddlers & Pre-K: A perfect first hike. If you have an extra grownup and plan one of the longer expeditions (start no lower than level 3 for a first timer), send the driver to the summit with the car to ease the way back down.
- Lazy bones. If you really are hiking averse, hop the shuttle van from the highest parking lot that will take you all the way to the top.
- Bring change. You'll need it for the coin-operated viewers that kids will no doubt want to use.
- Picnic basket. You can nosh at the top, but be prepared to bring everything back down as there are no trash baskets. As the sign says, "If you can carry it in, you can carry it out."
- Bathroom break. Restrooms are located at the highest parking lot, but not at the summit.
- Parking. The only charge for the mountain is the $8 you'll pay at the entrance to park.
Just the Facts
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Fees: Less than $10.
Recommended Time: 1 - 2 hours