Sleeping Beauty Mountain and Lake George Trail

MODERATE 233 reviews
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Sleeping Beauty Mountain and Lake George Trail is a 7 mile moderately 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1466 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
3 days ago

Us topo maps show sleeping beauty on the west trail but the look out is on the east trail. I'm assuming the peak near the lookout to be the true peak however we bushwhacked both and Erebus as well. The trail to Erebus is at the far end of bumps pond we went passed the peak on the trail and came in from the side and didn't have any cliffs to deal with

hiking
3 days ago

Fantastic view of Lake George and the ADKS! As others have stated, the trail is wet and muddy in some areas but nothing to worry about.

backpacking
4 days ago

It's still a little muddy, so prepare to get a little dirty

There was a decent amount of people up to the summit but we only ran into 2 more people when we went on to the pond.

Beautiful overlook. Nice incline. I would recommend it.

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14 days ago

Nice trail. It is a bit rocky throughout the trail especially if you take the pond trail first to the summit. At the pond the water rose up a little where it covered the trail a little bit, so be careful at that point(wouldn't take kids on that trail till water level lowers). But the hike is well worth it.

hiking
18 days ago

This is my second time hiking this, but this time I went farther out. We went down the trail to Erebus and then made a loop back past Fishbrook Pond then to the summit of Sleeping Beauty and out.

22 days ago

Did this hike early July of last summer. Easy hike with amazing views at the top. My favorite so far! Heavily trafficked, lots of kids and dogs on the trail.

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1 month ago

Great hike! Thought it was strange the only birds to be heard was woodpeckers, and the peepers near the pond.

1 month ago

Had a great time pushing myself

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1 month ago

Awesome , no
Bugs and beautiful weather! Barely Any snow left, moderate mud, but not too bad! Overall it was a dream day for hiking. Hope we have many more like this!

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