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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The orange trail to Thomas Mountain follows a dirt road with good footing, winding 716 feet up the mountain 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.
The ridge trail (Richard Hayes Phillips Trail) has blue markers and runs 2.3 miles from the Thomas Mountain cabin to the summit of Cat Mountain at 1,956-feet. Footing is more difficult than the other trails and hikers should be prepared for the longer, more challenging trek.
The yellow trail to Cat Mountain also follows a dirt road most of the way. From where the orange trail turns to ascend Thomas Mt., continue straight on the yellow trail for 2.2 miles to the intersection with the ridge trail (You will pass the intersection with the red trail at 1.5 miles). Follow the ridge trail for 0.40 miles to the summit of Cat Mt. The summit offers a stunning 270° view of Lake George and the Adirondacks. The last third of the yellow trail is rocky and has less stable footing. Please note that two sections of the yellow trail are re-routed and one is closed to avoid heavily eroded areas. Please stay on marked trails.
The red trail is the newest and most challenging trail, which drops steeply from the summit of Cat Mt. (following blazes) for 0.4 miles before it levels off for 0.25 miles, then descends again gradually for 0.35 miles to a ravine. It then undulates for 0.3 miles until it reaches Edgecomb Pond, where it turns left (west) and follows a dirt road for 0.5 miles. (Turning right takes you to Edgecomb Pond Rd and the trail to The Pinnacle.) Just past the gate, the trail turns right (north) and continues on the dirt road to the intersection with the yellow trail.