Tongue Mountain Range and Northwest Bay Trail

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Tongue Mountain Range and Northwest Bay Trail is a 13.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bolton Landing, New York that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.5 miles Elevation Gain: 3,011 feet Route Type: Loop

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A great loop hike that brings you along the shore of Lake George then over 3 small peaks on the Tongue Mountain Range. You will park at the southern trailhead for the Tongue Range, Clay Meadows next to a quarry. From there you will follow a nice trail around the shore of the lake to Montcalm Point where you'll have great views of the Narrrows. Then you'll gradually ascend the southern end of the Tongue Range over 3 nice peaks with great views over the lake below.

hiking
scramble
snow
2 months ago

Very pretty hike, trail is very well marked the entire time is not hard to follow. Gorgeous views all the way up. Snow was a bit wet today 12/23/19 but not too bad. Was not too icy either. We only needed to wear microspikes

hiking
2 months ago

We also clocked this hike at a much greater distance than reported on alltrails. We had it some where between 13.5 and 15.5. So I am staying about 14 miles. There are no signs to tell you where and how to hit french and first after going to fifth peak so be prepared. There is an intersection where you can either go right (yellow markers) or towards the left and up to fifth peak- lean to. We went up to fifth and then back down to the yellow markers and headed over to french and then first and then followed the blue trail markers through the loop out. Considering you have to do a full ascent and a full descent of each of the peaks- we were looking forward to doing the "flatter" 5 mile loop out. But, be prepared as the loop out is not exactly flat. Much of it is easy and level but there are additional inclines. The views on this hike were spectacular and it was overall a great hike. We had some falls with frost covered slippery leaves and some icy spots on rocks that were part of the scrambles. Also, lots of mud/water.

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blowdown
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
3 months ago

So many trail marker trees down from storms. It was Icy, slippery from leaves and mud and rocks etc so watch your footing. We tried to hustle at the end but still got stuck in complete darkness around 430 so check sunset times or bring a headlamp of flashlights. Thankfully we had lights. Start early and , Do the lower region to end with as it’s easier and nice by the water.

Abbreviated hike to Fifth Peak lean-to. Lots of flowing water in the creeks. Some erosion near Clay Meadow. Otherwise nice workout. Originally planned to hike Pole Hill but trailhead road was flooded/washed out. 11/4/19

hiking
3 months ago

This is a 12.5 minimum length trail but might be closer to 13.5. Definitely plan appropriately for time so you're not walking out in the dark if you're planning on doing the loop - there is a lot of rock scramble and we had a good amount of water and mud on the trail that cut into our general walking speed. Absolutely gorgeous summits, though, just be prepared to put in some work.

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blowdown
flooded
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rocky
washed out
3 months ago

Definitely a bit washed out and very wet post-storm, with slippery leaves to boot, but not as bad as I anticipated. I think the AllTrails shortchanges you on both the distance and the elevation for this loop trail, though I did not pause my recordings during summit & lookout wanders. Chose to do the peaks first and slog out by the lake last, which is the right move imo. Anyways, fantastic views and there were still hints of fall color to be seen! No snakes! Will have to repeat during peak sometime.

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flooded
muddy
3 months ago

We hiked two days after a huge storm. Mt. Marcy and the High Peaks were closed due to high water crossings. This trail had plenty of water on it but was at least passable without many blow downs. The climb up to the Tongue Range was strenuous but the views along the ridge were definitely worth it. Some rock scrambling along the ridge, but my wife and I were able to get to the Montcalm Trail in 3 hours (7 miles in). We didn’t take any side trails and made it back to the car in 4.5 hours (11.66 total miles on my Garmin). The shoreline trail was much easier but still tricky with all the water. While it was tough, we loved the loop and the trail, it was the perfect Lake George hike with good Lake George views from the ridge and the shoreline as well as a good consolation after getting shut out from Mt. Marcy.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

We hiked this trail by doing the three peaks first and then returning along the lake from Montcalm Point. We didn't go all the way out to the point and we clocked the trip at 13.5 miles. Views were fantastic and nice resting rocks to appreciate the views. The trail is covered with wet leaves so the footing is slippery and hard to see rocks and roots. There are some very rocky up and down scrambles and we sat down to slowly navigate several. We are good hikers but are two women in our 60's so we're not fast - it took us 9 hours to complete the trail. The last five miles along the lake is long, but easy and nice to tramp along next to the lake. No snakes this time of year! The trail is well marked but you do need to keep looking (and that's hard when you are constantly watching your footing). We had to stop many times to make sure we didn't lose the markers.

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blowdown
muddy
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rocky
scramble
4 months ago

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blowdown
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Amazing views! It is much longer than 12 miles. Like the others we tracked 17-18 miles. Hiked from clay meadows up to 5th, then on to French and 1st. The views were amazing. The hike is tough...some rock scrambling and the terrain is rocky, rooty with some nice soft pine needles thrown in to give your feet a break once in a while. As the others have mentioned, the last part near the lake is not easy but it is very nice. It does seem to last forever but some nice views and the sound of water lapping the shore was a welcome change. Loved this challenging hike. Took us about 9 hours...we hiked slowly the last 5 miles.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

Started going East towards the peaks. Great views of Lake George, especially those around French and First. A few steep spots, then came down in elevation to reach Montcalm Point at the Southern part of the trail. The 5 to 6 mile way back to my car next to the lake was long and despite some good views of the lake it felt like it took forever, lots of up and downs. Ended up with 17.6 miles on my Garmin. Started at 7:30 AM ended 7 hours later at 2:30 PM.

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