Quite possibly the most popular peak in the Tongue Mountain Range, Fifth Peak offers big rewards for relatively little effort. The peak is less than 2.5 miles from the parking at Clay Meadow and its summit lean-to offers the possibility of overnight camping on the peak. Views are outstanding and the trail to the top is well-trodden. If traversing the Range, Fifth Peak is reached on a short side path off the main trail (only about 2/10 of a mile long). The sign is missing, but where the trail splits near the top take a left. Going straight/right leads to French Mountain Point and First Peak. Beautiful pond at the parking area, waterfalls a mile in, and bald eagles and turkey vultures at the top.
Take the Adirondack Northway (I-87) to Exit 24 and head east on Rt.11(your only choice upon exiting the Northway) and continue toward Bolton Landing and the shore of Lake George. After about five miles, Valley the road ends at a T-intersection with State Route 9N. Turn left (north). The southern Clay Meadow trailhead is located about 4.5 miles north of the above intersection. Parking is on the east side of the road. For the northern trailhead, continue another five miles past the Clay Meadow Trailhead where you will find parking on the northwest side of the road.
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