Lake George

Lake George
Lake George - from Tongue Mtn Range - 11/11/2011

Friday, January 13, 2012

Fivemile Mountain - 1/13/12

The Tongue Mountain Range, in Bolton, NY is flanked by Northwest Bay on the west and Lake George on the east.   It offers one of the greatest hiking opportunities in the area by providing over 15 miles of hiking trails and five distinctive summits along the north/south ridge.  

I had previously hiked most of the range, but I had not reached one summit (the highest one), Fivemile Mountain.   It would be a good summit for today since the summit is relatively sheltered and the weather forecast for today was pretty miserable.

I parked on Rt 9 and started the hike at 10 AM.  It was 32 degrees and raining.  There was 3 inches of new snow on the ground.  The rain continued for the first 3 miles.  Just as I was approaching a leanto shelter (located between Brown Mountain and Fivemile Mountain) the rain changed to sleet.  By the time I reached the summit of Fivemile Mountain, the weather had finally changed to snow.

The weather began to clear on the way back

Pt.of  Tongue is the southern point of the 11 mile long range 

The leanto shelter located between Brown and Fivemile Mountain

Visibility was nonexistent on the summit, but things improved a little on the way back.  Best of all, I've now accomplished all the summits on the range.  I was pretty wet by the time I got back to the car, but I still think any day outside is a good day.

Looking south with  the route shown in blue 

Today's route

Hike Stats

Hike Time: 3.5 hours
Hike Distance: 6.6 miles (7.2 according to the trail head sign)
Total Vertical Gain: 1790'
Elevation at Trail Head: 1060'
Elevation at Fivemile Mountain Summit: 2235'
Elevation at Brown Mountain Summit: 1965'


No comments:

Post a Comment