Sleeping Beauty Mountain and Lake George Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fort Ann, New York 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.
My review might be a bit bias as I went on a strange day in February. It was a windy 65 degree day that was filled with ice, snow, and mud. I went in shorts, spikes, and short sleeves and it roved to be the right choice as I was never really cold or warm.
The trail was a good mile and a half or two of road (icy) until the official trailhead with the option to go right or left to make the loop. I went left which was a steady incline, making its way back around a small frozen pond.
The trail then switched from yellow to blue markers around the pond and up a few more hundred feet for the wooded summit in the snow. From there it started to descend down towards the rewarding view a few hundred feet down on the right.
The view really is the best part as it gives about a 180 angle of the lake and mountains near it. Because it was a cloudy and windy day, I didn't spend much time up there but I could have as it really was nice.
From there I went back down and finished up the loop on a gradual decline back down to the trailhead at the road. Then it was another 2 miles or so to the lot.
It was about 7.5 miles round trip but 3.5 of it was walking straight on the road in. During the summer that road is open and if you do the hike (unless you want to walk more) I would advise to wait until summer to park there and do the loop.
Easy and short. Great views
Great hiking locale
A great little half day hike. Around 7 miles when parked at the lower lot. From the lower lot the first 1.5 miles or so is along the dirt road to the upper lot and trail head. Although not very exciting, it's fairly flat and a good way to warm up your legs. I would walk it over drive any day. The trail itself, due to the switchbacks, is never very steep. However, it does get your blood flowing and the views from the summit are beautiful. Taking the loop down to Bump's Pond increases your mileage, which we felt was necessary since we didn't work hard to get to the summit. We found a sunny spot on a rock by the water to eat lunch. This was really nice; otherwise we wouldn't have spent much time at the pond and it was very pretty. The trail is very rocky and wet (following streams both up and down). Waterproof hiking boots are not just recommended but necessary to avoid wet feet and twisted ankles. Took us just under 4 hours - we kept a steady pace while moving but also took a lot of time to soak in the nature.
Beautiful hike, gorgeous views at the top and very dog friendly. The only negative side was that the trail was very, very damp today, which i did not expect. But it was still a lot of fun.
enjoyed a great hike and camping out further up to bumps pond ( during spring, late post)
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.