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.
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!
Great hike. Started at hogtown parking lot although you can drive further up to start. Overall well maintained and well marked. Very rocky in areas.
Nice hike. Decided to go around bumps pond made for an easy climb up the mountain. Drive into second parking lot (if you have a small car be careful lots of pot holes) Beautiful views of Lake George.
Hiked today with my 8 year old and little Boston Terrier! Great day hike, pretty easy. We did the loop around Bump's and it was a beautiful sight!
Gorgeous mountain top views overlooking Lake George, can even see Gore Mountain as well as many other beautiful views. Trail heads (as there are multiple trails) starts at second parking lot...we hiked from first parking lot not knowing (trail head was 1.7 mile easy hike away). There are camping sites as well. 4 state marked the others are just random from previous hikers/campers.
I have mixed feelings about this hike. The weather was beautiful today. We managed to get into Dacy Parking area. Be aware that there are very large stones protruding in the middle of the narrow ONE LANE road to reach Dacy. Not the smartest idea for someone with a low or wide car. While there are many pull offs to allow each other to pass, they aren't so plentiful that you don't worry that you might have to actually back up into one to let someone go by especially if one or both of you don't have AWD/4WD.
My girlfriend and I are avid hikers. We enjoy the "off the beaten path" type hikes where the trail is 1-2 shoulder widths wide and there aren't 7000 people on it at the same time. The bottom third of the trail consists of VERY LOOSE large rocks and large gravel. In some places, the trail is 2 car widths wide. People have created wider and wider paths up the trail presumably trying to avoid muddy areas as 95% of people we passed were wearing tennis shoes. The middle third consists of many dense roots and loose rocks, while the top third is a little better. There are areas of clear trail. I imagine that when the trail is wet it is absolutely treacherous, between the smooth wet boulders, wet roots, mud and loose rock. I strongly suggest hiking boots with good ankle support. You're asking for trouble with anything less....ie, the 6 year old we passed wearing Crocs for the hike.
As for the view, it is spectacular. 270 degrees of absolutely beautiful mountainscape. Definitely a Kodak moment.
There was a Port-A-Potty in the parking lot that was nearly overflowing with urine. You're definitely better off peeing in the woods, but that is a challenge with the popularity of the trail.
This seems to be more of a local attraction than what we were looking for. Not too many real hikers on the trail. We were happy to have hiked this and gotten our pics, but will likely not do it again.
Great view at the top! Mostly shaded with good trail markings. Great hike!
We do this hike a lot. It's great for beginners as well as people who have more experience and the view at the top is amazing. It's tough enough so you feel like you earned it, but very do-able.