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Old 04-14-2011, 11:03 PM   #1
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Tongue Mountain Loop

Hoping to do Tongue Mtn loop next week.

Anybody predict the trail conditions?

thanks for any help
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:35 PM   #2
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It should be largely snow free. I was on nearby Pilot Knob (el. 1900), and there were only a few patches left - in the shady pine woods. It was also fairly dry.
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:16 AM   #3
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Thank you.
Plan to hike it this week, Wed or Thursday.

Will post update to conditions afterward.
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Old 04-20-2011, 01:48 PM   #4
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Does the fact there are rattlesnakes around deter people from taking their dog(s) with them? I am hesitant to go there because of that.
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Does the fact there are rattlesnakes around deter people from taking their dog(s) with them? I am hesitant to go there because of that.
Based on the number of people I've seen hiking with dogs in the Catskills, I'd say it probably doesn't deter most. Just be careful... not a bad idea to keep your companion on a leash.
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Old 05-10-2011, 03:45 PM   #6
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How many feet of ascent 3000' or 5,000'?

There's a Meetup group doing the loop this weekend and they describe the loop from Clay Meadows to Fifth Peak to French Point Mtn to First Peak to Montcalm Point and back along Northwest Bay as being 3000' of total ascent.

Earlier in the year, the Saratoga-GF chapter did the loop and described it as 5,000' of total ascent.

Who's correct?
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:33 PM   #7
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That loop hike you describe is around 12.5 miles with nearly 3000 ft of elevation change.

If you started at the northern trailhead and went over five mile mtn, fifth peak, french mtn, first peak, montcalm pt, returned along nw bay, and then back over five mile mtn .... that might add up to 5000 ft. But, that would also be nearly 20 miles.
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Based on the number of people I've seen hiking with dogs in the Catskills, I'd say it probably doesn't deter most. Just be careful... not a bad idea to keep your companion on a leash.
I think there are only a couple places where there are rattlesnakes in the Catskills. One is Overlook mountain near the top.
A far more likely dog/wildlife encounter is with a porcupine.
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I think there are only a couple places where there are rattlesnakes in the Catskills. One is Overlook mountain near the top.
A far more likely dog/wildlife encounter is with a porcupine.
Now that is one I never thought about.
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