Phil and I meet at Shaw’s at 6:00 a.m. and met Jim at the Clay Meadow Trailhead about 7:45. We were on the trail by 8:00. Our first stop was about 3 miles in at Fifth Peak and the lean to for our first views of Lake George. We continued on over some bumps gaining and losing elevation until we made it to French Pt. Mountain and what I consider one of the best views of Lake George.

We stopped her for a longer break before making our way over First Peak and then the descent to Montcalm Point where we took another longer break on the lake shore and filtered some water for the trip out.The weather was perfect and the black flies seem to be gone in the area so it was hard to get moving again . We made it back to the car at little before 6 p.m.

Wildlife sightings for the day included numerous osprey on the trip down and on the hike, a couple of turkey vultures soaring over the ridge line and a couple young deer. Total distance was 13 miles.

Participants: Jim Schneider, Phil Hazen, Mark McLane (substitute leader).