"Northeast of Bolton Landing, this demanding loop tags five summits of the peninsular Tongue Mountain Range for unsurpassed looks at the Lake George countryside. It then dips to lake level and visits Point of Tongue before returning along Northwest Bay. Although the trail’s signature offering is its spectacular lake, island, and ridge views, diverse woods, colorful fall foliage, marsh, cliffs, vernal pools, and wildlife sightings will further reward your raising a sweat.
You travel a time-softened woods road through a conifer plantation and across a wetland boardwalk to reach the loop junction. Common wetland sightings include white-tailed deer, frogs, and herons. For the clockwise loop, bear left toward Fifth Peak lean-to on a steadily ascending woods road, sometimes rocky and rootbound. In 1995 a severe windstorm gleaned some of the bigger framing hemlock, beech, and maple. Where the trail grows steeper, look for it to switchback to the left, where it rounds below mossy outcrop cliffs on a scenic hemlock-birch plateau."