Five Mile Mountain Trail is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silver Bay, NY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
lake views, mountain views This hike is along part of the Tongue mountain range - the mountainous peninsula that juts into Lake George. From the parking lot, cross the highway and follow the blue trail. At around 3/4 miles, there is an unmarked intersection. Straight ahead on the yellow trail leads to Deer Leap in under a mile. The blue trail turns left at this intersection and, for the next mile, steadily climbs to the top of Brown mountain. In another mile or so, you reach a lean-to. The summit of Five Mile mountain is less than a mile from this shelter. Just past the true summit, which the trail skirts around, there are view points to the east and west.
Did this as a pre-season conditioning hike. We did a traverse by spotting a car at the Deer Leap Trailhead and starting at Clay Meadow Trailhead. 7.5 miles one-way. Well-marked and secluded woodland trail. Early April ice was encountered as was some snow on the summit ridge and traverse between Five Mile and Brown Mountains. Views were good, but not panoramic. The High Peaks and Gore Mtn are visible on the southern approach to Five Mile Mountain, as is the southern portion of the Tongue Range and the Narrows of Lake George. The east-facing ledges along the trail beneath the summits of Five Mile and Brown Mountains afford views of Black Mountain, Sleeping Beauty, and Buck Mountain, as well as the Green Mountains of Vermont in the distance. The descent from Deer Leap trail junction followed a drainage and was quite muddy in early April.
Snowshoed this in February. Only went to the lean-to and back as well as the Deer Leap side trail. Appropriately named btw; snow gives the advantage of seeing just how many dear are in that area and there were MANY!
There was also A LOT of blow down, perhaps from the recent winter storms, but anyhow the trail could use some clearing in many places. Wouldn't be too many great views in summer but it's a nice steady trail along the Tongue Mtn Ridge.
Didn't have to worry about the fabled snakes and bears in the winter. ;)
The best thing about the Five Mile Mountain hike is the solitude. There's really no great vistas - most are obscured. The trail is good; no real washouts, and almost no loose rocks or gravel. The hiking is quiet, or at least was this morning.
Despite reports of bears and rattlesnakes, the only wildlife of note that I spotted (other than the ubiquitous chipmunks, squirrels and sparrows) were a garter snake, a hawk (couldn't see it clearly enough to identify the type- maybe a broad-winged hawk?), and a pileated woodpecker.
I extended the hike to 5th Peak (south of Five Mile Mountain), which does offer some beautiful vistas. Including a short walk to Deer Leap (not worth the extra 2 miles IMO), the whole trip was 14.5 miles. Long, but not overly difficult.
If you do plan to go over the mountain to either 5th Peak or Clay Meadow, you should know that the hike back up the south side of Five Mile Mountain is more strenuous than the north side. Also, bring extra water!!