This 1,909-acre parcel was acquired by the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) in 2003 and sold to the state in 2013. It is now part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. Its preservation is a major accomplishment in protecting the Lake George watershed, as one of the lake’s larger tributaries, Finkle Brook, flows through the preserve and forms Edgecomb Pond, the drinking water source for Bolton Landing.
In addition to preserving Edgecomb Pond, the Cat and Thomas Mountains Preserve protects the largest tract of contiguous land remaining in Bolton, yet another step in safeguarding the majestic viewshed of Lake George.
Just a five-minute drive from quaint Bolton Landing, the trails to the summits of Cat and Thomas provide a rewarding introduction to hiking the Adirondack trails. All of the preserve's trails have worthwhile views of Lake George’s south and central basins and the southwestern Adirondacks.
Hunting and trapping is allowed at the preserve; appropriate state licenses are required. Hikers should be aware of hunting seasons and wear bright colors and hike in groups to minimize risk.
Mountain biking is allowed on all of the trails. Recommended biking routes would be the orange trail, the yellow trail (to intersection with red) and red trail, from its intersection with yellow to Edgecomb Pond.
The Lake George Land Conservancy maintains the trails of the Cat and Thomas Mts Preserve through DEC's Trail Cooperative Agreement program. LGLC welcomes your comments and reports of damage or trail maintenance needs. Please contact us at 518-644-9673 or email email@example.com.
NOTE: Trails are being updated with DEC markers resulting in some changes to color. Use the map and guide linked on this page, updated 08/2017, for reference.
To reach Thomas Mountain, park at the Valley Woods parking lot and follow the blue trail, which is a dirt road, for 0.7 miles until you reach the intersection with the yellow trail. Turn right on the yellow trail (also a dirt road), which winds up the mountain for 0.7 miles to end at a quaint cabin that offers 180 degree views and provides shelter and space to rest. Please respect other hikers by keeping the cabin and privy clean.
To reach Cat Mt. from Thomas Mt., follow the ridge trail (Richard Hayes Phillips Trail) for 2.0 miles, which has yellow markers, then the blue trail for 0.4 miles to the summit. Footing is more difficult than the other trails and hikers should be prepared for the longer, more challenging trek.
For an easier route to Cat Mt., follow the blue trail for 3.0 miles (You will pass the intersection with the yellow trail at 0.7 miles and the red trail at 1.7 miles) until you reach a T intersection. Turn left (south), and follow the blue trail for 0.40 miles to the summit of Cat Mt. The last third of the blue trail is not on a road and has less stable footing.
For the shortest hike to Cat Mt., park at Edgecomb Pond Road and follow the red trail on a dirt road past the pond for 0.7 miles (making a sharp right just past a gate) to the intersection with the blue trail (At 0.3 miles, you will pass on your left the section of the red trail that climbs steeply to Cat Mt.). Turn left (south) and follow the blue trail for 0.8 miles until you reach a T intersection. Turn left (south) and follow the blue trail for 0.4 miles to Cat Mt. The summit of Cat Mt. offers a stunning 270° view of Lake George and the Adirondacks.