The Tongue Mountain Range on the west shore of Lake George provides without a doubt the best views of Lake George. It's not a short hike. The loop trail covering the lower part of the range is 12.3 miles long.
I did this loop as a trail run to make it a half day trip instead of a full day trip. It was a day of wild weather. When I started in the morning the temperature was 38 degrees. At the finish, it had warmed to 45 degrees, but while I was at the viewpoints on First Peak and French Point Mountain, snow squalls came through mixed with sunshine.
A lot of the pictures below show the same view but with changing weather. It was really quite interesting to watch. The images don't quite capture it, but they give you an idea.
Trailhead Elevation: 415'
Max. Elevation: 1815' (Fifth Peak)
Distance Traveled: 12.3 miles
Hike Time: 5 hrs 25 minutes (Trail ran where possible)
Total Vertical: 3209'
|Trail sign at the southern end of the Tongue Range (Montcalm Point)|
This hike is among the best in the Lake George area. For my trip, the weather made it that much more fascinating. I didn't see another person on the whole trip.
View Tongue Mtn 20111111.kml in a larger map
If you want to see all the pictures from the trip, you can view them here on my Picasa Web Album.