Tongue Mountain Range Trail

Adirondack Park, New York

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Tongue Mountain Range Trail is a hiking trail in Town of Bolton, New York. It is within Adirondack Park and Lake George Wild Forest. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 344 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,341 feet. First Peak (elevation 1,572 feet) can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near French Point Mountain (elevation 1,736 feet).
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Tongue Mountain Range Trail is a hiking trail in Town of Bolton, New York. It is within Adirondack Park and Lake George Wild Forest. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 344 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,341 feet. First Peak (elevation 1,572 feet) can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near French Point Mountain (elevation 1,736 feet). This trail connects with the following: Northwest Bay Trail.
Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Adirondack Park
Distance: 2.6
Elevation Gain: 2,341 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 344 feet
Top Elevation: 1,729 feet
Additional Use: Swimming, Camping
Features: Waterfalls, Views
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Parks: Lake George Wild Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 344/1729 ft
Elevation Start/End: 344/344 ft

Tongue Mountain Range Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Camp on the shore of Lake George on this overnighter, then climb over three mountains on a ledgy ridge with many grand views of the lake, unusual ?ora, and the chance to spot a rare Adirondack rattlesnake.

The Tongue Mountain Range in the Lake George Wild Forest is literally a long tongue of land that juts into Lake George from its western shore, creating a fjord called Northwest Bay. There are five distinct peaks along the high ridge of the range—Brown Mountain, Five-Mile Mountain, Fifth Peak, French Point Mountain, and First Peak, from north to south—and several hiking options. Many people opt for the short hike to Deer Leap (3.4 miles round- trip), a rock cliff that drops to the lake at the northernmost end of the range."

"There are multiple ways to explore the Tongue Mountain Range, but this loop combines some of the best features into an extended day hike. Multiple peaks offer innumerable panoramic views of Lake George, as well as some pleasant hiking along old Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) horse trails following the lakeshore. Along the ridgeline, there are few sources of water, so bring your own supply to drink.

Timber rattlesnakes are known to occupy the shores of Lake George, so be cautious when stepping over logs. The simplest ways to avoid a mishap are to look where you step and to give the snake plenty of room should you see one."

"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."

Tongue Mountain Range Trail Reviews

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10/17/2009
This was a great hike worth all the effort. There are some parts of the trail that require some "butt slides" and rock scrambling. However they are account for a small percentage of the trail. The views are great! If you are going to the 5th Peak lean to there is no sign marking the trail. Currently there is a yellow piece of flagging on a log to your left as you hike up the blue trail, just before the trail starts to descend to your right. The spur trail is about .25 miles and well defined. I was hiking alone and it took me 7 hours to do the loop without taking the spur trail to the point ( running out of daylight). If you are staying at the shelter it is in good shape but has no water source that I noticed. Plenty of places to swim along the western shore. Do it you will be happy you did!
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10/4/2009
The weather was not very good and we didn't have much time, so we did only the hike along the lake. Very nice views after the 1st hour in the forest. My friends appreciated to swim in the lake despite of the temperature ...
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10/12/2008
This is a rugged, but most rewarding hike. We did it as a 2 day backpack and spent the night on Montcalm Point, but it would have been much easier negotiating the mountain section without full packs. The views keep getting better and better as you climb and become absolutely breathtaking when you reach French Peak. You will be hard pressed to find a more beautiful hike in the state.
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12/3/2006
Excellent hike!! Ensure that you have a good 7 hours of day light or atleast some head lamps... Step inclines at the beging with a welcomed rolling stroll for the final 3 miles. Maximuim elevation was 1805" with a total of 3 peaks. Peak two was 1705" with a 600" decline between one and two. The third was considerably less. Wonderfull veiws with a nice lean-to at the top of peak one. Hope you enjoy this one it is one of my favorites.
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12/2/2006
We didn't actually do the loop. We had two cars so we parked the cars at the two parking lots in the Tongue Mountain Range. We started at the parking lot on the North Side where the Tongue Mountain Trail starts from which is a 10.2 mile hike until the end of the trail in Lake George. We then took the trail along the shore that is 5 miles and then we turned on for .4 miles on the trail that crosses these two trails to get to the West parking lot where our car was parked. This therefore a 15.6 miles hike which was a lot fun. We even did the trail to Fifth Peak. It was gorgeous up there with some amazing views of Lake George from many points on the range. If you have two cars this is the way to this trail. You get the best of everything.
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8/14/2006
strenuous but very rewarding. Georgeous views,well marked,uncrowded
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7/18/2004
We went up the five mile mountain trail and the Lake George view were excellent. However TAKE THE WARNINGS OF RATTLESNAKES SERIOUSLY! I had to convince my two sons to wear hiking boots, telling them that this area was a last refuge for the eastern rattlesnake. But little did I know how important that was! On a coolish, cloudy day my son Nate walked unaware right next to a coiled rattler catching some solar energy on a bridge. When he was 'rattled' he jumped up and seemingly teleported away, yelling rattlesnake!! My other son and I had to detour around the bridge, unwilling to confront by far the meanest, nastiest snake I had ever seen in 20 years of hiking. So have fun, but beware the 'Snakes on a plain'.
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