Sleeping Beauty Mountain and Lake George Trail

MODERATE 327 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.

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im at the summit right now. I have been coming here for 36 years and it never ceases to amaze me.

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16 days ago

Best trail yet for an easy hike with kids or dogs. First time we just did Dacy Clearing straight to the summit. What a great view. Highly recommend!! Will go for a longer option next time!

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17 days ago

We loved this trail! Ample parking spaces with a good Porta Potty at the trail head. Pretty easy climb overall and magnificent views. This is a good starter climb for most. Bring water and a snack and chillax up top. We recommend you go early in the morning before it gets crowded, especially on weekends. It's incredible when you have the summit to yourselves.
We weren't a fan of the crappy dirt/gravel road in/out...single lane with no room to move over to let an oncoming vehicle go by. Sketchy, to say the least...but we were lucky and only encountered one vehicle as we came and went. Definitely had to get the car washed after that road!
I would say that we will likely climb this trail many times in the years to come...I just wish it wasn't an hour drive to get to it from home.

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20 days ago

My wife I along with our two teenage sons hiked this today. Three hour total hike. Up to the summit and back down via the Bump Pond trail. AllTrails directions via google map will get you to this trail, but there are two parking lots. If you park at the first parking lot, you will have a 1.5 mile hike on a gravel road. Thanks to an earlier review I read, we drove the 1.5 miles to the second parking lot, which starts you on the trail.

Beautiful, well marked trail, with a beautiful view of Lake George at the summit. I recommend taking the trail to Bump Pond when coming back down. The moderate rating is accurate. It's not easy (steady uphill going up), but anyone in average shape will be fine.

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21 days ago

Super easy hike with incredible views. large area on summit to explore and take pictures. Missed the geodetic stamp so will have to return for that. Again though, easy hike, couple of hours.

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22 days ago

Did the whole look starting at Dacy. Tricky finding the trailhead you need to go through a parking lot and follow the road. Enjoyable hike, Bump pond was a surprise beauty.

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