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Lake George 12ster challenge: Black (also Firetower) Buck Cat and Thomas Sleeping Beauty Erebus (not listed on All Trails, Most likely best to do with Sleeping Beauty) Tongue Range (Includes Brown, Huckleberry, Five Mile, Fifth Peak, First Peak, French Point) Challenges: 12ster, Ultra (all in 24 hrs), Winter (all in winter), Winter Ultra (all in winter and 24 hrs). Patches available. Visit www.lakegeorge12ster.com for more details.

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Hiked on 1/18/19. Some very slick icy spots so I’d be extra careful. Lots and lots of blowdown. It was very easy to lose the trail.

Rough trail because of snow and ice but well worth the extra effort.

Do not attempt without micro spikes. 60% sheet of ice right now. Not much snow. Slow going but can't beat the views!

Not too much snow today, but the rock scrambles have ice on them. Definitely recommend micro spikes - made the icy rock scrambles and the general descent much easier!

I did this hike today. A few inches of new snow on the ground. This was a great hike. Lots of great views. Mini Waterfalls everywhere made for a lot of good pics and videos. 3/4 of the way up the hike does get harder but very doable. The view at the top is surreal. Can’t wait to do it in snowshoes once the snow gets deeper.

trail running
20 days ago

Epic views. It’s getting icy towards the top of the summit; you might want to bring microspikes or trekking poles.

I hiked in clockwise from Clay Meadows and it took me about 8 hours (on 12/28). I love this trail, but today was challenging because of the blowdown obstructing some of the trail, trail markers being somewhat difficult to find - especially one tricky place between Fifth Peak & French Pt and on the last 2 hours on flat trail, as well as sneaky icey leaves (covering more ice in some areas, which slowed me down as I had to hike carefully even with spikes). Highly recommend trekking poles and spikes and sufficient water & snacks...it's a long way.

I love Buck Mountain!
The views are delightful!!

A great hike in the winter. Great views of Lake George along with streams and ponds. Hiked it with my dog and she loved it.

Nice views from the top!

Trail is well marked. Switch backs make the trek to summit tolerable. A bit slick in spots later in the trail. Views are incredible.

hiking
1 month ago

What a fantastic hike, the snow-pack just adds to the enchantment. Reminds me a lot of the way I felt about our hike up Pillsbury Mountain.

This is mostly a moderate hike with some more strenuous sections, and then some sections that were an easy forest stroll. Lots of water in the streams, much of which had formed ice falls. The trail, especially higher up, is currently well packed snow and ice; at lower elevation there was more forest floor.

Contrary to what the description says about mileage, we clocked in at 5.8 miles.

captain's log 10/21/18
light bits of snow and going into the dark.
beautiful absolutely beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

great place near Saratoga/Glens Falls to test out you winter skills before tackling the ADK

This is a great, challenging hike. I have done a bunch of the high peaks including Marcy and this one is on par. It can be easy to lose the trail sometimes so you should stay alert and pay attention, might be wise to bring a map or GPS. Also, if you're going to the fifth peak lean to, you can miss the yellow markers pointing to it because the trail forks and the signs are not positioned great. I did and ended up far past it, I did not have a map or GPS but did pull up All Trails and found that I had missed it. I would do this hike again if I was in the area.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail! Make sure to wear the proper shoes though!

Hiked Thomas today and the views at the top were gorgeous. As someone who is relatively new to hiking, I found the climb to be rewarding and very acceptable to new hikers out there looking for a new challenge. The terrain was sporadically covered with snow or leaves but I wore micro spikes and would recommend them for stability and safety.

Awesome views!!! Really bummed about the communication tower. However, it did sound like a passing helicopter, HA! It was a very nice hike, other than that. The stream is just beautiful. It was very wet today, maybe it’s not always like that, but we didn’t mind at all. We just changed socks at the top and we were all just fine. Trail was easy to follow and will be back in the summer.

Great intro trail! A little wet after a rain since it follows creek beds for a while.

Awesome hike today on this trail! As a beginner it was a bit challenging but my buddy and I got through it. It was well worth it at the summit very nice views!

Blue trail was easy and pretty, the yellow was fun with great views !

this trail was covered in blowdowns and poorly blazed in parts. at times it was difficult to find the trail and I've never has to second guess myself so much.

views were beautiful, and terrain was very similiar to high peaks without the elevation in parts.

Great views of Lake George but the fact the fire tower has been transformed into a communication tower and the wind turbine sounds like a helicopter landing spoils the experience.

Hiked sleeping beauty today. Trail was a little wet in spots as is typical. Views were beautiful. The trail is moderate by comparison with its neighbors Black and Buck especially if you can park at Dacey clearing. That shortens the hike by about 3 miles. Although the road fromHoggs Town parking to the trail head is very nice in winter when closed. Great views, beautiful scenery just challenging enough.

Not to difficult of a hike and the view is breath taking.

Fantastic view from overlook. Relatively rocky trail. Definitely moderate or harder.

This was a great hike on a nice autumn day with my dog. We hiked the trail from Edgecomb pond to the top of Cat. The directions were a bit confusing as to parking. There are two parking lots on Edgecomb pond, both marked with the town of Bolton water shed signs. Since we parked in the first lot, our overall hike was a bit longer with some road walking. We followed the red trail to the intersection with the blue trail, and then the blue trail to the top, which ended up being 2.7 miles according to the Trails.com map app. This was a pretty nice woods walk on an old road for the first 2.2 miles, then got a bit steeper and a little rougher for the last half mile or so. The top offers a beautiful panorama view of Lake George – Tongue Mountain, the Narrows and the southern basin. The Green Mountains of Vermont were also outstanding. From the top, we followed the red trail down off the face. This way was definitely more difficult – it was steeper with plenty of wet leaves to make things interesting. The woods were very thick and the trail barely noticeable. Luckily it was well marked with red spray paint just about every 10 feet or so. Even so, I still lost the trail a couple of times. About 2/3 of the way down it opened up, with crossings of old logging roads and rock walls. There were also cairns every now and then. This trail was also a more direct route back. We were back at the car after about three hours total, including a half hour on the peak for lunch and views. Total distance was 4.7 miles.

Great view. Worth the trip. Fall is spectacular

hiking
3 months ago

We showed up early and trekked through muddy trails, rock-hopping and both passing hikers and pulling over to allow others to pass us by.

The rock scramble towards the end of the hike is sketchy. Both the false summit and the actual summit are beautiful views. The wind was whipping at the summit but the sun made our summit beer manageable.

On the way down we passed probably 100 hikers. I'm glad we went up somewhat early.

Muddy but worth it! Glad I was wearing boots. Drove to Dacy trailhead to avoid hiking the road...so now I have another reason to get my Jeep. Take it slow and you'll be fine, though.

This was my first actual summit. Ever. I was absolutely ready to turn around and go right back up when I saw the registration box. I really didnt want to leave...I'm officially hooked.

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