Deer Leap Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silver Bay, NY that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
A great 3.2 mile RT hike over gentle terrain that offers great views. Very steep cliff just past the end of the trail so keep young ones close. The trail to Deer Leap is the same trail that is used to reach 5 Mile Summit for the initial 0.6 miles. This trail is in moderate shape and can be wet. About 0.6 miles in you will summit a small knoll (275') where you find the split - go south (to the right) and you head towards 5 Mile Summit, continue on straight (east) and you head towards Deer Leap. The trail from this point in is in excellent shape and has several points where one can obtain a view. After the trail intersection the trail drops again and then has another short ascent before reaching the highest point. After this point it will drop down a little and you will reach the rocky outcrop that is the view point where you can look out over Lake George across to Huletts Landing. The summits across are of Black Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain to the south-east. There are two other areas for a view - if you travel a little south into the meadow area (across the ridge, not down) you will have an area for lunch in the meadow and views towards the southern area of Tongue. There is also a herd path towards the eastern edge that offers an excellent view of Huletts Landing - this ends at a VERY STEEP and dangerous 700' cliff and great care should be taken to keep younger hikers and those with stability concerns away from this area. NOTE: there are rattlesnakes in this range so please use caution during certain times of the year.
I did this trip from Clay Meadows trailhead, but Alltrails doesn't show the connector between there and Deer Leap. Nice hike, trailhead parking lot is small so you may have to use the nearby fishing access parking lot when going from Clay Meadows. I would call this hike more moderate when going from Clay Meadows, there are a number of steep sections.
Nice morning hike for family of five and elderly Labrador. Lots of up and down, but manageable. Nice view at the end. Worth the effort. We went on a Sunday morning and saw only two other groups moving through.
Avoid this hike on the weekends since it can get pretty crowded. A crowd favorite since it is an easy hike with rewarding views. A great spot to watch a sunset! Dog friendly, yet watch out as the top is exposed cliff with a very big drop off. Leashes are a must at the vista.
Great hike. Up and down the whole way so it's a nice workout but not rigorous. Once you reach trails end there's a narrow trail that goes down to the cliffs but I wouldn't bring children. It's steep, with loose footing and the Cliffs are quite large. Adults, enjoy the view.
We enjoyed this trail as a great fall hike to see all of the colors - which were plentiful. It was mid October so the chance of rattlesnakes was still there so we had our hiking sticks, stayed on trail and kept our eyes/ears open. We encountered several species of birds, a crazy colored "orb-warbler" spider and enjoyed a lunch while taking in the amazing view at the meadow. Great afternoon hike.