Sleeping Beauty Mountain and Lake George Trail

MODERATE 280 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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3 days ago

This was a perfect hike for a family. We took my 6 and 8 year old and they did it easily. It's very muddy so make sure you have proper footwear. The view is glorious! My kids were excited by the local wildlife, especially the many newts we saw.

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11 days ago

Great hike. Views were breathtaking on summit.

15 days ago

Loved it was a nice easy hike with a gorgeous view

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16 days ago

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16 days ago

A fun and relatively easy hike. We had a lucky window of sunshine in an otherwise rainy day (it was muddy at lots of places). We looped around the bumps pond and saved the best views for the last. There are a few snakes out there so be careful!

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16 days ago

A relatively easy hike we've done many times now. Trail is marked well, and is good for the whole family even pets! Stunning 360° views. The trail was a little muddy but to be fair we went two days after a pretty bad storm.

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19 days ago

View is amazing! Due to recent heavy rain, the trail was extremely wet and washed out, but it made for a fun challenge. Poles are essential and really help maintain your pace, balance (& dry shoes)!
Walked around Bumps Pond as well, although very wet, it was a fun and beautiful extension of the original trail.

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27 days ago

Loved the challenge, tough spots but mostly gradual, I've the course there were spots that you know people places rocks purposefully for crossing such as muddy areas which was cool.