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Is this sleeping beauty and Erebus summits part of the lake George 12 challenge?

Not too much snow today, but the rock scrambles have ice on them. Definitely recommend micro spikes - made the icy rock scrambles and the general descent much easier!

I did this hike today. A few inches of new snow on the ground. This was a great hike. Lots of great views. Mini Waterfalls everywhere made for a lot of good pics and videos. 3/4 of the way up the hike does get harder but very doable. The view at the top is surreal. Can’t wait to do it in snowshoes once the snow gets deeper.

trail running
16 days ago

Epic views. It’s getting icy towards the top of the summit; you might want to bring microspikes or trekking poles.

I love Buck Mountain!
The views are delightful!!

19 days ago

Nice for a short hike!

Nice views from the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on 12/9/18. Didn’t necessarily need the spikes but wore them anyways and there were a couple icy spots.

Trail seems to be neglected as trees are down on the trails and picked up quite a few beer and soda cans. Also had to knock down those silly rock statues people make on the trails...why??? The only evidence you should leave are your footprints.

Overall it’s a quick 30 minutes up one way and don’t forget to keep walking to get on top of the big rock overlooking the pond.

Trail is well marked. Switch backs make the trek to summit tolerable. A bit slick in spots later in the trail. Views are incredible.

captain's log 10/21/18
light bits of snow and going into the dark.
beautiful absolutely beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

great place near Saratoga/Glens Falls to test out you winter skills before tackling the ADK

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail! Nice and short, but lots of fun! View is pretty cool!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail! Make sure to wear the proper shoes though!

Awesome views!!! Really bummed about the communication tower. However, it did sound like a passing helicopter, HA! It was a very nice hike, other than that. The stream is just beautiful. It was very wet today, maybe it’s not always like that, but we didn’t mind at all. We just changed socks at the top and we were all just fine. Trail was easy to follow and will be back in the summer.

Great intro trail! A little wet after a rain since it follows creek beds for a while.

Awesome hike today on this trail! As a beginner it was a bit challenging but my buddy and I got through it. It was well worth it at the summit very nice views!

Great views of Lake George but the fact the fire tower has been transformed into a communication tower and the wind turbine sounds like a helicopter landing spoils the experience.

Hiked sleeping beauty today. Trail was a little wet in spots as is typical. Views were beautiful. The trail is moderate by comparison with its neighbors Black and Buck especially if you can park at Dacey clearing. That shortens the hike by about 3 miles. Although the road fromHoggs Town parking to the trail head is very nice in winter when closed. Great views, beautiful scenery just challenging enough.

Not to difficult of a hike and the view is breath taking.

Fantastic view from overlook. Relatively rocky trail. Definitely moderate or harder.

Great view. Worth the trip. Fall is spectacular

hiking
3 months ago

We showed up early and trekked through muddy trails, rock-hopping and both passing hikers and pulling over to allow others to pass us by.

The rock scramble towards the end of the hike is sketchy. Both the false summit and the actual summit are beautiful views. The wind was whipping at the summit but the sun made our summit beer manageable.

On the way down we passed probably 100 hikers. I'm glad we went up somewhat early.

Muddy but worth it! Glad I was wearing boots. Drove to Dacy trailhead to avoid hiking the road...so now I have another reason to get my Jeep. Take it slow and you'll be fine, though.

This was my first actual summit. Ever. I was absolutely ready to turn around and go right back up when I saw the registration box. I really didnt want to leave...I'm officially hooked.

hiking
3 months ago

I made the mistake of hiking this one on indigenous peoples day when all the kids were out of school! The hike was really nice though :)

Great hike. The dogs helped make the hike up easier then made it quite a bit more dangerous on the way down. Beautiful view at the summit.

Other than the rather anticlimactic summit due to cloud cover, it was the perfect day to get out there! Foliage was beautiful, and the hike was a nice rewarding challenge with the wet and mud!

I am not an avid hiker and agree with the moderate rating for a novice, mostly due to the terrain of rocks and roots. Lots of dogs and kids on this well traveled trail. It was quite wet and muddy so boots are a must. Too cloudy for a view today, but still was an awesome experience being in a cloud with the wind and mist swirling around you. Will be back on a sunny day

I would call this an easy hike. It was very muddy with a lot of standing water. Didn’t see any views due to the cloud cover. Will definitely hike this again in better weather.

We loved this hike!! My two daughters (ages 5 and 9) are excellent hikers but I tend to pick hikes that are closer to 4 miles. At 5 miles round trip I was a bit concerned that this could be too much for them, but it was great. The trail is very interesting - lots of wet areas and cross overs and places where you have to be sure to keep an eye out for the blue markers so that you stay on the trail. And the summit - well worth the climb. I highly recommend this hike.

3 months ago

I found this hike to be a bit challenging in that the trail was not very pleasant for footing: rocks and gravel-like path (road) in the beginning; lots and lots and lots of rocks, roots and mud pretty much the whole way up. The trail seems to have become a runoff and is heavily used. Ascent-wise it was not terribly difficult but moderate to difficult, and not strenuous as far as climbing the final ascent to the summit. I was expecting much worse! I think the challenging part for me had to do with footing on the rough terrain.

Atop you will find a lovely lookout to the right and just below the tower summit. The tower is closed, fenced off, has become a cell tower; there is a windmill there as well, which makes a lot of noise when it’s going! It was cool to see but obviously not pretty so it’s best to take a seat below, and enjoy the gorgeous view of the northern section of LG.

I have definitely seen better and maybe I will do this in the winter, thinking snowshoeing will actually be easier over the messy terrain.

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