Sleeping Beauty Mountain and Lake George Trail

MODERATE 596 reviews
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Sleeping Beauty Mountain and Lake George Trail is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Fort Ann, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,305 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

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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.

Great day for a hike! About 6 or so inches of snow, but there was a nice path all the way to sleeping beauty summit. Didn’t need snow shoes or ice spikes, but ended up using the spikes on the way down for the extra traction.

2-4 inches of fresh snow made for awesome scene. Micros were fine.

icy
1 month ago

Not a steep climb but a good amount of ice this time of year. recorded longer than posted because access road is closed and you have to park at the first lot. worth it though because the views are beautiful and an easy day hike with a 9 year old and 10 year old.

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snow
1 month ago

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3 months ago

This was a great trip. It’s a little more than the posted distance. I parked at the location described and logged 8.15 miles. That might have scared me a bit if I knew it ahead of time. As for the hike ... I headed up and took the trail to the right to Sleeping Beauty. I figured it would give me the heavy upward hiking first, and it did. I also followed a group of prints so it was easy not to get lost. After the summit, the trail ended and it was difficult to find the continued trail. Once found it was beautiful. Virgin snow. This was a great hike. You can park 1+ mile closer, as others noted, if the gate is open and your car can handle the snow.

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washed out
3 months ago

Last week’s storm did quite a bit of damage primarily close to the trailhead. From there it was a great hike to the summit along the blue trail. The switchbacks made it an easy paced climb to the summit where there were great views of the lake and snow covered high peaks.

Pretty wet from the rain but the trails are cleaned up. We hit the summit first then went down to fish brook pond. Great day hiking!

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rocky
3 months ago

Sleeping beauty mtn is a great hike that's relatively easy and the views are beautiful! It's a bit rocky and can be muddy but the trail is marked well. This is a popular trail so if you're going on a weekend I'd definitely get there early. You'll have to walk about 2 miles on the gravel road to get to the trail head if you park in the main hogs town parking lot. You can drive down the single lane road to the dacey clearing lot where the trail head is but it does have a lot of potholes and that lot fills up fast on the wknds. Overall great hike, one of my favorite spots!

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rocky
3 months ago

I've hiked several times and each time was pleasantly surprised by the views. It's a bit rocky and can be muddy. If you want a longer hike, park in the first parking lot, it adds another 3 miles to the hike. The trails can get busy after 12pm, so start early.

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rocky
3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

Wet and crowded.

did as a sunset hike. great, easy hike with an awesome view. weather was perfect for the season and the leaves were still colorful.

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washed out
3 months ago

Hiked in from Shelving Rock Road due to parking lots being at capacity. We had a lot of rain a couple days ago so the trail was washed out in a few spots but still easy to navigate around. Leaves cover the trail but it’s well marked and pretty easy to follow. Went to the summit via Beauty - always a site to behold at the summit! Left via Bump’s Pond trail. Rocky and washed out in a few places but still a rewarding journey to Bump’s. Over 7 miles round trip, 3 hrs time but I took my time and took pics. Despite heavy traffic on the trail everyone was considerate and hiked at a decent pace. Always a great hike! Always great people on the trails.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike! Great hike to bring a dog on.

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rocky
scramble
4 months ago

there were to many rocks and I tripped on one and it hurt a lot and it was too long.

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rocky
4 months ago

Busy trail with gorgeous results! Parking tight at Dacey lot on weekends so get there very early or late in afternoon. Trail is rocky. Take side loop to Bumps Pond. Definitely would do this hike over again.

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4 months ago

Ueseful tips: Do NOT park at the Shelving Rock road parking lot. AllTrails marks it as the trailhead, but the actual trailhead is still about 2 miles of gravel road ahead. Keep driving. You will see a few campsites along the road, but keep driving until the actual trailhead parking lot (Dacey Clearing, shown as one of the yellow symbols on the AllTrails map) The trail is really nice. We took the pond trail up and the sumit trail down. Stunning view at the summit!

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rocky
4 months ago

We started early on this trail temperatures were in the low 30’s, trail was dry and clear! Very moderate hike as it states with some steep parts and beautiful colors as you wander to the summit for a million dollar view.

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4 months ago

Got there around 11 AM had a little trouble finding parking but was up on the trail in 20 minutes. Conditions are good not very wet or muddy. A little crowded but everybody was very cordial. Great views at the top.Nice walk down.

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muddy
4 months ago

One of the most beautiful hikes in the northeast for sure! Pretty easy ascent with incredible views at the top! Seriously, fantastic pay-off at the top, especially in the fall. Can get muddy at the start depending not he season so good boots are recommended.

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