Lake George Trail to Calve's Pen

HARD 9 reviews
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Lake George Trail to Calve's Pen is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fort Ann, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.7 miles
436 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Parking: Follow Route 149 East towards Fort Anne from Lake George. 1.6 miles east of the intersection of Rte 149 and 9 take a left onto Buttermilk Falls Road. 3 miles down this road Buttermilk Falls becomes Sly Pond Raod and becomes unpaved. At 8.7 the name changes to Shelving Rock Road. Look for a large parking lot shortly on the right. This is the Hogtown trailhead. From this trailhead follow Shelving Rock Road downhill for 2.5 miles to where it crosses over Shelving Rock Brook on a bridge. Park just before the bridge.

5 months ago

This hike was so much fun! Parked at Shelving Rock Falls Lot #1 and took about an hour to get to Calf’s Pen. Then my 11 and 13 yo sons jumped off the cliffs and had a blast. Hike back was the same. I would not call this difficult since there isn’t a ton of uphill but it is dangerous because the trail is right next to the water and at one point my 11 year old slipped off the trail and actually fell in! Luckily it was only 3-4 feet down and we pulled him out unharmed. Be careful!!

5 months ago

Did the trail yesterday. It is not marked but is pretty easy to follow. You do need to have decent skills to climb some of the spots because there are narrow spots. Views are great!

7 months ago

sucker is hard on a hot day. you are stuck along the shore the whole way.

Friday, September 22, 2017

from shelving rock falls you follow the trail down toward the lake. at the lake it's easiest to navigate down along the narrow shore then to climb over rocks. took me about 1.5hrs to 2hrs to get there because I tried climbing rather then staying along the water which is what I did on the way back to the car and was able to do it in 1 hour.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Calves Pen is a swim out to the island across from the end of this trail. Not really a trail and fairly unforgiving, fun if you're up for the challenge though. go in the summer if you want to get to calves pen or else the water is too cold to get get across.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

I wouldn't call this trail hard, as this guide does. It is fairly long, and not marked, and the trail is not heavily used. The cliffs at the end are always busy in the summer as boaters flock there.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017