This is a great hike over a small mountain range called the Tongue Mountain Range on Lake George, NY. I have another guide for the southern portion of this range as well. This hike will take you over Brown Mountain which has a lean-to and up to the top of Five Mile Mountain. You'll also be rewarded with a great dip in Lake George at Deer Leap if you have the energy to run downhill to the lake and back. From the intersection you will then follow the trail out to the Southern Clay Meadows parking lot.
Clay Meadows Trailhead (southern one - the one you end at):
Take exit 24 off of I-87 and head east on the Bolton Valley-Riverbank Road toward Bolton Landing. When you get to Route 9 turn left to head north. Clay Meadows is 4.5 miles from the turn and the trailhead is on the east side of the road next to a rock quarry filled with water. No fee to park here.
North End Parking Lot:
Drive north on 9N 5 miles until you see the next trail sign on the right side of the road. If you haven't reached it by the time the road returns to the shore of the lake you've gone to far, turn around :)
Tip: There is a specific species of rattlesnack that only lives in the Tongue Range so be aware of this, not necessarily scared of this as they certainly are more afraid of you than you are of them.
Thre are several different humps on the summit of this 2,258 foot peak. Even though it is wooded you will have good peaks around in all directions from various spots. From here head south down to the Deer Leap junction.
Go for a dip or hang out on the shore rocks in the sun if you have time left in the day. When you are ready to leave head back up the hill, through the junction and out to Clay Meadows to finish the hike.