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Hiking New York: Buck Mountain in the Adirondacks

When it comes to hiking in the beautiful Adirondack region of New York State, the High Peaks typically get all of the attention. But in recent years, I've learned that some of the shorter mountains in different parts of the Adirondacks are just as much fun to experience, including Buck Mountain (2,330').

On a recent trip to the Lake George area, I found myself with just enough time for a relatively challenging hike on a sunny, warm Saturday afternoon. I was in the area to help friends and their running company with the inaugural "Have a Drink on Me" 5k at Singlecut North, and knew I'd have about four hours between when we finished breaking down the race and sunset. A friend with experience hiking in the area suggested Buck Mountain, and it turned out to be the perfect option for me.
Getting to the Trailhead My friend recommended Buck Mountain because it's right on Lake George, which happened to be a where we were staying.  There are two main routes to the top…

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