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North Tongue Mountain Range, Five Mile Mountain and Lake George Trail

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Lake George Wild Forest

North Tongue Mountain Range, Five Mile Mountain and Lake George Trail is a 11.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silver Bay, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 11.3 mi Elevation gain 3,510 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Backpacking Camping Hiking Snowshoeing Bird watching Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Snow
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This is a great hike over a small mountain range called the Tongue Mountain Range on Lake George, NY. This hike will take you over Brown Mountain which has a lean-to and up to the top of Five Mile Mountain. You'll also be rewarded with a great dip in Lake George at Deer Leap if you have the energy to run downhill to the lake and back. From the intersection you will then follow the trail out to the Southern Clay Meadows parking lot.

Clay Meadows Trailhead (southern one - the one you end at): Take exit 24 off of I-87 and head east on the Bolton Valley-Riverbank Road toward Bolton Landing. When you get to Route 9 turn left to head north. Clay Meadows is 4.5 miles from the turn and the trailhead is on the east side of the road next to a rock quarry filled with water. No fee to park here. North End Parking Lot: Drive north on 9N 5 miles until you see the next trail sign on the right side of the road. If you haven't reached it by the time the road returns to the shore of the lake you've gone to far, turn around :) Tip: There is a specific species of rattlesnack that only lives in the Tongue Range so be aware of this, not necessarily scared of this as they certainly are more afraid of you than you are of them.

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alex Y
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Gonna take a wild guess that the people saying this isn't hard didn't go all the way down to the lake - the miles from Lake George back up to the top of Fivemile are pretty brutal. The mileage is also really off - my GPS tends to overestimate a bit and it clocked at just under 16 miles round trip but even the trail signage says it should be 14. There are no views. The tree cover is pretty thick over most of the trail so it's pretty shady but there's also very few breezes and a lot of bugs. There's some blowdown that's pretty easy to navigate around and a section of the trail down to the lake that's pretty overgrown. The lake spot is lovely.

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Carolyn Walker
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Dry conditions, easy going, this doesn’t deserve the hard rating. Did see a timber rattlesnake! They’re pretty lethargic so give them a wide berth and you should be ok. Be careful around sunny spots & rocks.

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Kelly Packard
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We did this as a point-to-point by leaving a car at Clay Meadow and starting from Deer Leap. At 6:30am I was surprised by how many cars were already in both lots, but it was the summer solstice, a Saturday, and going to be a hot one so many had the same idea to start early. That said, we didn't see many people on the trail until we had about a mile to go to Clay Meadow. Brown and Huckleberry are wooded and not marked, but there were a few lookout points. If you come seeking views though, the northern half in summer will leave you disappointed. We followed the cairn and the herd path up to the summit of Fivemile, where there is actually a geodetic marker. We stayed up there for a while to enjoy snacks and a break before making the descent down toward the trail split. I toyed with the idea of going down to Fivemile Point but seeing how steep it looked on the map convinced me otherwise. Although the bugs were ferocious, 100% DEET and/or a full bug jacket did the trick (I chose the jacket, my dad the former). We really enjoyed this walk in the woods with a few glimpses of the lake and even one of the High Peaks. Very limited blowdown - trail is in decent shape considering the year we've had. A couple places seemed prime for ticks so wear DEET, permethrin or cover your skin. We saw no rattlers, just a single garter snake, frogs, chipmunks, squirrels and birds. I recommend this for a hot day because it's almost completely shaded.

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Kate KA
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Good conditions on Saturday, trail easy to follow. Remember to bushwack to Fifth Point Mile. There is a little man made arrow on the ground directing which way to go.

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Maddy Wheeler
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We parked at deer leap at 7:45am and we’re the first ones there. We went to Brown, Huckleberry and Five Mile. I guess if there had to be any challenging spots I would say it was a little steep getting up to Brown in spots but I thought it was actually a really easy and enjoyable hike. It was quiet and the trail was clearly marked. I downloaded Google Maps offline which helped find everything so much easier since they aren’t technically marked. We saw lots of salamanders, 2 deer that were very close and heard a turkey. I would certainly do this again. We were back in the car by 11am so not bad at all. 8 miles approx overall if you just go to top of 5 mile and back.

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Kelsey Morris
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The trails were clear for the most part, minus a few trees blow down. The scenery was beautiful, but was so disappointed when there wasn’t a single view from any of the summits (brown, huckleberry, five mile). On a funnier note....I got chased by a wild turkey in between Huckleberry and Brown Better than a rattlesnake I guess!

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Martyna Chorzempa
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North side of the trail is alright, not heavily trafficked like the rest of lake George. Not terrific views, still nice trail. I have no idea why it’s marked as hard. I’d say this trail is easy.

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Bree Kyncl
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Hiked 5/5/20. Absolutely gorgeous day, nice secluded trail, only saw three people total as it was a weekday. Overall, trail is not at all as advertised in terms of distance and can be a bit confusing. Ended up taking trail to 5th peak lean-to, which was well worth it for the views, but ended up being about 14 miles total. As previously said, the woods are beautiful but not too many views unless you go all the way to 5th peak.

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Devan Bushey
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Hiked 5/4/20. Not stellar views, but a well-marked trail and a nice day spent in the woods. Bit of blow down this early in the season, but surprisingly not too muddy despite all the rain. Missed the deer leap junction after the creek crossing and ended up sending it to Montcalm point. Phone died so not sure of exact time or mileage, but would say over 12 miles in 4 1/2 hours.

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Camping Mom
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Always a nice day on the Range. Blowdown by Clay Meadows is in the process of being clear.

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Alex Kelly
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Anthony Lafasciano
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Carolyn Walker
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Tony Isgro
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We took the northern Trail to five mile mountain and back. Views were not spectacular. We went off trail at five mile Summit to find a view since it is Fall and the trees are breathtaking. Easy out and back.

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Rich Allen
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Dustin Wright
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Blake Naranjo
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Easy trail with moderate elevation. I found this to be much shorter than anticipated. The view at the end is nice, but blocked by vegetation.

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Han Wah Ng
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Pretty easy hike but limited view on top of 5miles mtn

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stacey hughes
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Very nice hike. Conditions were variable. Soft snow in the shade. Some crusty snow and some began getting soft and slushee as the day went on. A few spots had no snow at all toward clay meadows. Trail was well packed until Five mile after that only one snowshoer before us. We parked cars at the north trail head and at clay meadows. About 7 or 8 miles. Wonderful!

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Scott Coburn
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Nice view of Lake George from Brown. May be less visual when the foliage is in full bloom. The best view from Five Mile Mountain required a bushwhack from the main trail. Great trail system.

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