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Deer Leap Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silver Bay, New York 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.

Length 3.5 mi Elevation gain 767 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

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Getting There

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.

Parking on Route 9N on the west side, trail head is across the road. Trailhead is approximately at: N 43 39.664 W 073 32.720

Take Rt 9N north out of Bolton and look for the trailhead marker on the right and parking area just beyond on the left.

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Jennifer Schlag
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Hiking

Very buggy, rocky up & down both ways to not much of a view sadly. Maybe winter lends amazing views but leafy trees blocked almost any view.

rainer pelish
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Over grownRockyScramble

well medows it is not and the view is over grown with trees it's a lot of up and downhill very rocky fairly steep but all in all very doable for most everyone. we stopped for lunch on the rocky view of black mountain at the end of the trail with lunch took us three hours and I am very out of shape.

Seridi Yahia
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HikingMuddy

nice and easy, rewarding view.

Krissy Haag
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HikingMuddyRocky

Accurate listing - this was a fairly easy trail. Some steep hills and a lot of mud at the beginning right now. Took us about 2 hours RT. Very quiet and pretty!

ERICA FRIDAY
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Richard Fenton
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Hiking

I’m sure the view was nice once, but the trees have grown up to pretty much close it off. A deer would have to make a mighty leap indeed to see much of the lake.

Erik Leerkes
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarTue Aug 13 2019
Hiking

Great trail. Moderate to easy difficulty. My only complaint is the yellow trail was not marked very often for the first half. It was an obvious trail, though, so it was easy to follow.

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Jo James
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Hiking

I recommend this for families of all ages. The trail conditions were good, mostly rolling hills.

James Klauder
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HikingMuddy

Despite other reviews, I thought the trail was well marked after you hit the initial split between deer leap trail and five mile mountain's trail. The trail from the parking lot to the split is unmarked, but very trodden and easy to keep on. I went the day after a rain storm and the first part of the trail was basically underwater, so make sure to wear boots. It's June, so the view at the top was pretty impeded from all of the foliage. On my way back down, despite my best efforts to be cautious, I had a close call with a rattlesnake behind a tree that I totally missed. Had me pretty uneasy walking down the rest of the way. Overall, decent hike. I think next time I'll wait until the trees' foliage is less full so that I get a better view and I'll bring some people. After my encounter with the snake I'm not sure I'm cool with hiking in rattlesnake country alone anymore. I'll keep my solo trips east side of Lake George where it's rattlesnake free (for now).

Jacques Miller
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HikingBugs

Nothing special. No foliage on the trees yet but still not really any views.

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Oracle Delphi
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Nature trips

Since there are no trail markers (except the last 10th of a mile), we didn't know where the trail started. During the time we hiked (late April), for the first 2/10 of a mile we followed a muddy, shallow stream that was actually the trail but snow melt created this running stream so you had to walk on the side of it. The stream reappeared in several locations throughout the hike, especially in low-lying areas, but the trail was pretty easy to follow. Other than a couple of steep inclines to walk, it was a fairly easy hike. There are a couple of overlooks along the way where you can see the lake through the trees. At the end, the trees part so you get a great view of the lake on a rocky bluff.

Scott Coburn
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Hiking

Nice hike. Not difficult. Limited views due to foliage. I would recommend continuing down the trail to the edge as outlined in the description.

Tick Magnet
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Mar 30 2017
Hiking

Had a great time walking this trail today. Micro-spikes were necessary, especially in the first half mile as the trail was very icy. The views of Spruce and Black Mts. were very good.

Don L
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Hiking

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.

Rob Lesko
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Hiking

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.

Adam Pensel
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Hiking

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.

Deb Osterhoudt
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Dec 31 2013
Hiking

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.

Barbara C
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Kate McBain
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Kevin Fischer
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Linda Della Porta
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C C
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Linda Becker
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Amy Haley
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Joseph Cardinale
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Benjamin Comstock
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Mike Purdy
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