Sleeping Beauty Mountain and Lake George Trail

MODERATE 464 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

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nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

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bird watching

forest

lake

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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.

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rocky
22 hours ago

hiking
4 days ago

Not too intense of a hike. The view at the trail end is worth every second.

trail running
rocky
8 days ago

Sleeping Beauty via Bump’s pond would be a real nice loop for someone wanting to get in a high speed, technical run on a moderate grade run. Mostly wide, well worn trail but with lots and lots of rocks. Back-end around Bump’s pond was very quiet and more footy than rocky. Great short run with a really good view at the top.

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blowdown
rocky
11 days ago

Great trail done from Dacy Clearing. Well marked and maintained with the exception of a few big trees we had to scramble over (we found ways around them on the way down). Moderate incline only, with easy switchbacks and lots of secure footing. Great views from the top!

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bugs
17 days ago

Annoying bugs but gorgeous views made it worth it.

hiking
17 days ago

Completed in July 2019. Switchback trail of moderate incline. Well marked and heavily traveled. Incredible views at the peak.

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bugs
24 days ago

Nice hike with beautiful views. First hike of the year! The view is breathtaking. Trek down is hard on old knees. Many rocky areas but overall nice trail.

Great view. I would rate this as easy/moderate. Very little bugs. 3 snakes! 6 year old did this trek with no issues.

hiking
1 month ago

Well marked and family friendly. Completed from Dacy Clearing to top with kids ranging from 4-15 yo.

hiking
1 month ago

First time hiking and gotta say I loved it, awesome and friendly people on the way up as same going down. View on top was gorgeous same as in the pond. Was a great experience.

hiking
1 month ago

Very well traveled and well marked trail. Road to Dacy parking was no problem for my super low car. Pretty trail, switchbacks made the ascent enjoyable and the view from the overlook was one of the best I’ve seen!!! Nice that you can make a loop past Bumps pond- so serene! Overall an excellent experience. Glad we started early on a weekday morning after a long dry spell. It appears that the trail can get very busy and hiking up wet stones would not be fun. A definite recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

Scenic trail with a beautiful view at the top. Definitely drive the 1.5 miles to Dacy. My cousin had no problem in her Honda Accord. Just go slowly.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

fun hike, good balance of elevation gain and beautiful veiw at the summit.

Trail was a little muddy but overall great conditions. One of my favorite summit views in the area!

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Definitely go right to Dacy as the bugs were horrible on that first 1.5 miles of dirt road. It was otherwise humid but awesome and the breeze at the top was amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike with one of the best views. I would skip the gravel road at the beginning and just drive to the second parking lot, the road was in great condition.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Road to Dacy trailhead is open and 4x4 and high clearance is not required. A Prius made it today. Trail has muddy sections but you can navigate around all of them. Amazing views at the summit worth the trip. We loaded up on off deep woods and had zero problems with bugs. I didn’t even wear a hat. Most of the trail is not a dirt path but more of a stone trail. Seemed more like you were walking on a river bed. I’m overweight with bad knees and I found this to be absolutely doable.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Enjoyable afternoon hike on 6/28/2019. Somewhat muddy in spots, due to wet winter and spring weather. We drove all the way to the Dacy Clearing parking area and trail head. The single-lane road is in good condition. Nice views of the mid section of Lake George and the mountains north and west the lake. Additionally, very good views of the Champlain Valley and Vermont to the east. This is a family friendly walk, not particularly strenuous.

hiking
1 month ago

Up to the knees in mud and to the point of almost a migraine from the bugs buzzing in my ears, but the hike and the view at the top are glorious!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

This is one of my favorite get out and stretch your legs hike. Easy to follow trail, great for families. Hiked it on June 26 and the trail was muddy and wet due to the rains this Spring. Views at the top are beautiful. My dog and I were going to do the loop around Bumps Pond but I met a hiker who had just done it and said part of the trail was flooded, so I decided to forego that part.

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muddy
1 month ago

An easy hike to accomplish with awesome views of Lake George. The hikes ascent/descent is gradual. Definitely recommend this for anyone starting to hike.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Very muddy hike. Lots of rock hopping to keep boots out of stream running down trail. Road to second parking lot in great condition. Wandered around at summit to find King Kong rock (kids call it Thanos rock)

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Good and easy hike.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

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