Summary: This hike is along part of the Tongue mountain range - the mountainous peninsula that juts into Lake George.
From the parking lot, cross the highway and follow the blue trail. At around 3/4 miles, there is an unmarked intersection. Straight ahead on the yellow trail leads to Deer Leap in under a mile. The blue trail turns left at this intersection and, for the next mile, steadily climbs to the top of Brown mountain.
In another mile or so, you reach a lean-to. The summit of Five Mile mountain is less than a mile from this shelter. Just past the true summit, which the trail skirts around, there are view points to the east and west.
Trailhead: Take Interstate 87 North to Exit 24 (next exit after Warrensburg). Turn right onto Bolton Landing-Riverbank Rd. After 4 miles, turn left onto NY Rte 9N heading north. The trailhead is 9.5 miles from here. Parking is on the left side of road.
Trail Guides for Five Mile Mountain - Lake George:
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by Barbara McMartin ()
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: NYS DEC Ranger Region 5 (518) 644-9569
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by George Senft, who has posted 26 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Robert on 3/28/2010
Did this today with Jan, Paul and Audrey. When resting at the Leanto, we saw a massive animal that we could not quite make out observing us from about 100ft up the trail. Paul noticed it first, pointed, said 'dude what the f*** is that' and when Janet locked eyes on it she screamed which startled it and it took off. It must have been a massive black bear standing. Went back down pissed off because the girls and paul were shaken up, talking crazy. So close to summit!! Was a bit unnerving from the leanto back down as we heard the animal following us off-trail and it was getting dark. Otherwise the hike was great. A bit overcast, easy to find, PA not crowded, no bugs!
Reviewed by Kimberly on 10/12/2009
Five Mile Mountain, beware rattlesnakes!!! Maybe not a good hike to bring your dog.. A small view from the top, a good workout, ok for trail running.
Reviewed by WitsAboutYou on 5/27/2009
Site of Class B Bigfoot encounter. http://bfro.net/GDB/show_report.asp?id=21488
Reviewed by Gautam on 11/5/2005
Hiked the trail yesterday (Nov 5, 2005), over all a nice trail but the recent winds and rain have caused some damage. Two huge trees block the trail at around 1.5 mile point. Its very eazy to go around the uprooted base of the tree. Few branches every 400-500 meters, but I had no problem finding my way through. Also saw a lot of white tailed deer at very close quarters. It was fun. It was a pretty eazy trail and i didnt feel tired at all. Its not all the way up as i expected but goes up and down the ridges.
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