Sleeping Beauty Mountain and Lake George Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fort Ann, NY that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This trail has many switchbacks to keep the steepness moderate. Good views of Lake George and the southeastern Adirondacks. 6.4 mile loop hike from Hogs Town parking lot. 4.8 mile loop hike from the Dacy Clearing parking lot. The length of the hike to Sleeping Beauty depends on if the woods road from the trailhead parking lot to Dacy Clearing is open ( and you are willing to drive it) or not. If you can drive to Dacy Clearing the hike is a moderate 1.8 miles, each way, to the favored lookout and another 0.4 or so miles to the actual summit. If the woods road is closed, or you don't want to drive it, add 1.6 miles each way of easy road walk to your trip. The trail from Dacy Clearing to the cutoff to Sleeping Beauty is a broad tote road. The trail beyond that point is a delight with actual switch backs, walking below and around cliffs that you will be looking out from near the summit. The views are expansive and include Crane Mountain to the west and Pico and Killington to the east, as well as Lake George. The cliffs face east, south, and west, so you can enjoy your day in the sun. From here, you can choose to backtrack and make it an out-and-back hike for 4.4 total miles from Dacy Clearing (7.6 miles if from Hog Town parking area). Alternately, you can head back to a marker in an earlier section of the trail and bear left to descend another series of switchbacks before reach Bumps Pond. Continue following the trail around the pond. The trail descends again, passing several lookouts before you complete the loop. Return the same route to Dacy Clearing and finally the parking area.
Great view! Good moderate hike! Step but manageable!
Great quick morning hike. Very dog friendly. Very nice people on trail. I would drive your car or SUV to the second parking area, if I did this hike again. The path from the first parking area to the path to the summit is shared with cars not really getting back to nature. Great view at the top. Trail is very clearly marked.
My favorite quick weekend hike... while it's well traveled, it's a beautiful summit, well marked.
Overly Trafficked at the Mountain. Trails are beautiful, with a lot less people.
Nice view of Lake George at the top, wide, open trail. Very popular with limited parking so get there early.
We were there Columbus Day weekend, to view the beautiful fall foliage.. Trail is very rocky at parts, and covered in tree roots at other parts, making it a trail where you need to watch every step, or else you can easily loose your footing. We arrived around 8:45am, and both lots had only a handful of cars, however by the time we returned at 12:45, both lots were packed, with cars waiting for spots to open up. Get there on the early side if you want a parking spot, especially in the lot closest to the trail head.
Where the trail splits at the loop, we chose to make a left and follow the yellow trail markers to the pond near the top. This was a steep walk, but scenic. Coming around the loop, the rocky overlook near the summit is breathtaking. Overall a very good hike, but good hiking boots are a must, especially if the ground is a little wet. Took us 30 minutes to walk from the first parking lot to the trail head, 1.5 hours further to reach the overlook, another hour to come down back to the trail head, and 30 minutes back to the car (we rested and took pictures st the pond and again at the summit, so 4 hours total). According to my Fitbit, this was about 8 miles in all.
It was absolutely amazing, especially with the perfect timing of the fall foliage. I must do it again!
Great trail and loved the views ... busy trail but great time ... one love
Very easy with beautiful views! One of my favorites!
Moderate trail, well marked and great views.
I suggest not parking at hog town parking lot and pulling all the way down into the trail head; road not very wide so pay close attention... Beautiful view when you get to the top!