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Sleeping Beauty Mountain and Lake George Trail

MODERATE 116 reviews
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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.

7.0 miles 1259 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

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nature trips

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lake

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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.


19 minutes ago


8 hours ago


4 days ago

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.


4 days ago


16 days ago

hiking

Hands down the most rewarding hike I've ever done. Views for days at the summit. But first things first,
THE PARKING: I would DEFINITELY recommend driving from the hogtown Parking lot to Dacy Clearing if your can can make it. The 1.5 mile road between the two isn't hard, just long, boring, and unnecessary mileage and time onto your hike unless you want the warm-up.
THE TRAIL: The trail was well marked but made a few hairpin turns so if you're not paying close attention, it's easy to walk off the trail. Happened to me a few times but I figured it out. The terrain is very rocky. It looks like it used to be a creek of sorts. I would recommend wearing high boots for ankle support. 2016 has been a particularly dry year but I imagine of it was wet or even normal, mud or even running water could pose an issue. The inclines are pretty steady and moderately steep with a few flat stretches thrown in to help catch your breath.
THE SUMMIT: The summit of Sleeping Beauty is hands down THE BEST view I've ever seen. With about 270 degree view and many rock cliffs to view Lake George and the many mountains around it from, the summit is absolutely breathtaking. I stayed for at least an hour. I would have stayed longer of I hadn't gotten up there so late. BRING YOUR CAMERA!! You're gonna want it
OVERALL: Sleeping Beauty is a trail I see myself doing often. It's a good exercise and a very rewarding hike ⛰


18 days ago

it was a beautiful hike


1 month ago

hiking

Great views of Lake George. Relatively easy hike.


1 month ago

hiking

Beautiful views from the summit! Trail has a lot of peaceful, running water (and mud) so good hiking boots are a big help! Also, the road between the Hogtown and Dacy lots is super eroded, so if your car is low to the ground you will most likely bottom out in quite a few spots!


1 month ago

hiking

OK. A little tough for little kids- we had 3 kids under 6. Better for families with older kids because of the rocky trail and incline. Picturesque, well marked, and shaded so very lovely and easy that way...but the incline and rocks are tough for little legs...


1 month ago

hiking

Great hike, not too long. If you park in the first lot you'll have to hike about 1.8 miles to start your accent. I'd recommend driving to the second parking lot. Well marked trail, lots of stones but easy to navigate. Pay off at the top is great with a wonderful view. Took us a little over an hour up and 30 mins down from second parking lot.


1 month ago

Amazing and beautiful!


1 month ago


1 month ago

hiking

This was a steady and gradual climb. The view was well worth it.


1 month ago

hiking


1 month ago

hiking

The hike was great...not too intense. The view from the summit is beautiful. Didn't have time to hit the ponds. We parked in the first lot, which added about 3 miles of dirt-road walking. I recommend the second lot. Overall, a great hike.


2 months ago

hiking

We hiked Sleeping Beauty on a very hot Sunday afternoon. We parked in the outer parking lot because we wanted to get some additional exercise. That was sort of a mistake. It was ok going in as a warm up, but was super lame on the return when we were gassed out. Tips: 1. pay close attention to the trail markers!! There seems to be a bunch of little paths that look like the trail but aren't. 2. for an easier/moderate hike, go to sleeping beauty first and then hit the ponds to make the loop. If you do the ponds first, you will be doing a straight uphill climb. 3. make sure you are wearing good shoes! We passed some poor girl in sandals. The terrain is super rocky.

All in all, with parking in the outer lot, and doing the full loop, we logged 10 miles in about 4 hours. This is with several stops for water and to catch my breath. Great hike with great views!


2 months ago

walking


2 months ago

hiking

Great Father's Day hike. Beautiful view from the summit worth the effort. Slightly challenging if walking from the initial parking lot through the entire trail around Bumps Pond.


2 months ago

hiking

Beautiful easy to moderate hike if your are in good to great shape. First you walk along a dirt road for a while than a steady but gradual incline to top. Views are nice but you are a little farther from lake George than Buck mountain. Go early to beat the crowds


2 months ago