Monday, August 10, 2015
The Pinnacle: 08/08/2015
In a textbook example of environmental groups, local government and citizens working together, the Lake George Land Conservancy just last month closed on its purchase of the prominent peak outside Bolton Landing known as The Pinnacle. The closing was the culmination of more than 5 years of negotiations to protect the parcel. A trail has been marked and is now open to the public leading to the spectacular summit overlooking Lake George. We hiked the new trail this past Saturday.
We had a large group of family and friends, with the youngest hikers ages 6 and 7. The kids literally ran to the top. The route is fairly non-descript, passing through mixed oak and pine woods, until you get to the top. Just before reaching the summit overlook, the trail passes through a small area that had burned in September of 1999 (there were several forest fires in the Adirondacks at that time, including a fairly large one on Bear Den Mountain, near Noonmark, in the High Peaks). Aspens and birch have reclaimed the area, with some large white pine snags mixed in. It's an interesting example of forest succession. There isn't any interpretive signage, but maybe the LGLC will add some in the future.
The large lookout at the summit provides one of the best views in the entire Lake George basin. In terms of bang for the buck, the view from The Pinnacle must be at the top of the list. The view is said to be 270 degrees, sweeping through Tongue Mountain, the Lake George narrows, Black Mountain, Sleeping Beauty, Buck Mountain and Pilot Knob. Trout Lake is visible in the southwest, as is Hickory Ski Center.
LGLC and the town have plans to connect The Pinnacle to the nearby Cat and Thomas Mountains parcel, to the Bolton Conservation Center and possibly eventually to the town itself.
With easy access from town (it's 5 minutes from Main Street in Bolton Landing to the trailhead), an easy trail and a spectacular view, I expect The Pinnacle will soon become an extremely popular destination. That's great - we need more low effort / high reward destinations like The Pinnacle to connect kids, families, tourists and others to the Adirondacks.
To read more about the partnership that resulted in The Pinnacle's protection click here. A preserve brochure and map is here.