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We do this trail once a year while we're visiting Glimmerglass Lake. It is a well maintained and easy to follow trail with parking just off from the trailhead. If you continue down past the entrance to the trail there is a nice stone bench overlooking the lake and it's a good spot to catch a quick pre-hike snack. The trail starts off steep and runs through the woods, there isn't a lot of scenery but there is a small amount of wild life (squirrels, chipmunks, and birds) that you will encounter. As you crest the hill and start heading back down in elevation it starts to get a little muddy, but that's nothing to worry about most times of the year. The trail ends over past the "tin top" and the Hyde Hall visitor center nearby. You will need to walk down the "roadway" owned by Hyde Hall to get back to the parking lot at the trail head so now is a great time to stop and visit the Hall as well! If you time it good, you can finish up the hike right before a tour starts.
The trail was well marked with a good mix of hill and level areas. It had just snowed the night before so the terrain was a bit slippery at some points. If you are looking for a trail to see the lake the whole time then this probably is not the right one. It starts out and finishes besides the lake allowing for views buy majority of the hike is through the forest. Saw plenty of deer and was very tranquil. Dog friendly. The Hyde House would be a welcome treat at the end to explore in the summer.
This is a quick and easy trail that was great for my 2 and 7 year-olds. My wife was still recovering from a broken ankle and didn't have any trouble with the terrain. On this particular late-Fall day we saw a lot of deer (sheltering in the no-hunting-zone of Glimmerglass State Park) and chipmunks, and got a great view of a Pileated Woodpecker. Animal sightings make the boys happy. For a casual hike you can do with kids in a couple of hours that's not too far out of Cooperstown, Sleeping Lion is handy. We probably hike it a couple of times a year.
It took us awhile to find the trailhead. The hike was well kept, not too strenuous at all and a comfortable distance- just about 3 miles. Btw the trail i'm referring to is sleeping lion trail. It would have been helpful to know the name beforehand. Anyway, the hike was nice- about an hour, and my only complaint is that there wasn't any viewpoint. The trail went up and down, but you barely saw the lake.
It happened to be a rainy day today (we just got back) but it was still a very nice hike. There is definitely an elevation gain, and I don't know if I would call it easy, but that may have been because of the rain. It was sloppy and slippery more than half the time. The trail takes off right near Hyde Hall in Glimmerglass and circles up and over the mountain, coming back down near Tin Top.
Saw a couple of does pretty close :) and brought home about 4 ticks :(
We had our golden retriever with us, dogs are allowed on a leash no longer than 6 feet and a ranger actually asked. We saw hoofprints up there, so someone was riding today.
The board at the trailhead said it was a 2 mile hike, here says 3.5. I didn't "measure" but it was definitely closer to 3 than 2!