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Old 04-05-2015, 09:44 PM   #1
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Tongue Mt Range question

I'm looking to go on a little backpack/camping trip with a friend and his 11 year old son. We're considering the Tongue Mountain Range. The 11 year old is off from school the week of 4/20 and we were hoping to do something later that week.

I know it's still winter conditions in the High Peaks and elsewhere. Anyone that has been in the Tongue Mt area recently -- do you think we will still hit snow on those trails in a couple weeks ?
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Old 04-06-2015, 06:19 AM   #2
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Lake George Wild Forest

I cannot speak to current conditions on the Tongue Mtn. range. but, if I were going with an 11 year old, I might look at the trails on the east side of Lake George. Tongue Range is spectacular but if you stay at the leanto, there is no easy water source.

Take a look at the trail from Pike Brook Road in to Milman Pond and Fishbrook Pond on the east side of Lake Goerge. There are several lentos, reached without too much climbing. Then you could day hike to the summit of Black Mt. or Sleeping Beauty, explore several ponds, and even hike down to Lake George at Black Mountain Point. There are several loop trails, too, and you can hike along the shore of Lake George.

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Old 04-06-2015, 07:04 AM   #3
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Pat has the right idea. Tongue Mt. is not good for backpacking, IMO. It's quite a climb up to the ridge and there's little or no water along the way.

I was on Tongue last week and althougth snow was not a factor, ice was. You 'll need some sort of traction device.

Pat's idea of the East side is great. There are LTs at Lapland, Millman, Black Mt., Greenland and Fishbrook Ponds. There is also a designated site at Bumps. It's a fairly easy backpack to one of these LTs and then you can set up a base camp and go explore with a light day pack.
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:35 AM   #4
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Excellent -- thanks for the info. Any issues with access this time of year to the area on the east side of Lake George ? Roads in decent shape for non-4wd vehicles ?
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:56 AM   #5
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The road to Pike Brook trailhead is fine, blacktop and open year round.

The road to Dacy Clearing, the south end of the area, is closed at the moment. It will open in early May. The road closure means that you will have to walk an extra mile to get to Dacy. It's not a bad walk as you get to imagine that this was all open famrland 100 years ago. You can see stone walls, foundations, and old "corner maples" that were planted to mark property lines.

IDK if you you like to fish, but there are no fish on Tongue Mt., despite popular myth. Fishbrook Pond is stocked; other ponds may be, too.
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Old 04-06-2015, 12:58 PM   #6
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the Rd to the Rd to Dacy Clearing is now closed until further notice (mud)..You may find snow and ice on the back side (East) of Black Mt and Sleeping Beauty, Imo it would not be that easy of a walk...Also part of the Pike Brook rd is also closed due to mud, but only adds 15min to the walk....enjoy
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