Elevation: 2256 ft
Ascent: 1191 ft
Round-Trip Distance: 7.0 miles
Location: NY 9N north of Bolton Landing
Region: Lake George
Either way you go, the summit of Five Mile Mountain is less than 4 miles from the trailheads. The easier way which starts at the north end of the Tongue Mountain Range near the height of the land on Route 9N. This trailhead starts at an altitude of about 1050 feet which cuts 600 feet off of the ascent.
The first 500 yards of this trail beyond the sign-in kiosk are poor and may be very wet. Beyond this poor section the trail is generally very good. The first portion of the trail, up to the junction with the trail to Deer Leap (0.6 miles), is a moist walk in the woods. Beyond this junction, the trail quickly climbs up on to the ridge which runs the full length of the Tongue Mountain Range and becomes much drier. Once you reach Brown Mountain you have ascended 900 feet so that the next portion of the trail up to the lean-to consists of a slow descent to a tiny stream crossing before ascending about 300 more feet partially over bed rock to the lean-to area. On a day with clear weather, the High Peaks are visible from the lean-to area. The summit is another 0.9 miles beyond the lean-to. Near the summit is a good view point where you see a small section of Lake George below and a good view of Black Mountain across the way. The fire tower on the summit of Black is clearly visible.
Note: For a more complete description of the trails, please see ADK’s Adirondack Mountain Club: Eastern Trails.
This trail can also be found on the ADK/National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for the Lake George Great Sacandaga region (map No. 743).
Have a great hike! Bob Goodwin