Enjoy spectacular views of Lake George and the surrounding Eastern Adirondack Mountains.

The best way to tackle this hike is to spot cars.  I suggest the starting point for the Deer Leap trail, which is the trailhead location I chose coordinates for. 

You will follow this trail for 0.6 miles until you reach a trail junction.  Here you will turn toward Fivemile Mountain.  You will continue 2.0 miles traversing over Brown Mountain until you reach the Fivemile Lean-to.  Another 0.9 miles past the lean to will bring you to the summit of Fivemile Mountain.  Continuing on 1.7 miles you will traverse by Huckleberry Mountain and eventually reach another trail junction.  Continue on 0.4 miles toward Fifth Peak.  Here you will want to turn off trail and follow the yellow trail the the Fifth Peak Lean To.  You will be rewarded with amazing views, also a great spot for lunch.  Here you will return back to the main trail and continue on.  You will reach French Point Mountain after 1.9 miles.  The views here are amazing looking both up and down Lake George.  Continue again 1.4 miles and you will reach the best spot First Peak with stunning views!

Next you will descend to Montcalm Point then follow the trail close to the shores of Northwest Bay (Lake George).  In the summer months you can take a dip in the lake, there is even a great spot to cliff jump.  The last trail junction you will proceed to Clay Meadow Trailhead where you will have your second car spotted.  The trailheads are both located on 9N, 4.0 miles apart therefore you definitely want to spot cars.  The road is also very twisty with no real shoulder and dangerous to walk on.

A few things to point out:  The area is known for rattlesnakes, so be alert and know what you should do in the event of a bite.

Also the six peaks part of this traverse are all included in the challenge Lake George 12ster, which upon completion will earn you a patch.  For More info: http://www.lakegeorge12ster.co...

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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RT Distance 16.3 Miles
Elevation Gain 3994 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Point-to-Point
Features
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Cliff Jumping

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