Summary: This hike will take you to the summit of Sleeping Beauty mountain whose cliffs offer a wide view including Lake George and the surrounding mountains.
Begin by heading north from the parking area on the old carriage road to Dacy clearing (this section is driveable by 4WD high-clearance vehicles).
When you reach the clearing, turn right passing through a gate. Soon you recach an intersection with a large rock. Head right to make a counter-clockwise loop. You climb a series of switchbacks and finally reach a fork near the summit.
After enjoying the views, return to the fork and bear left to complete the loop. You will 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.
Trailhead: Take Northway (I-87) to exit 20. Turn left onto NY Rte 9. Turn right onto NY Rte 149 (east). After 6 miles, turn left onto Buttermilk Falls Rd. Becomes Sly Pond Rd. Bear left on Shelving Rock Rd. Park in the main DEC hikers lot on the right (9.5 miles from Rte 149).
Trail Guides for Sleeping Beauty - Lake George:
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Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: NYS DEC Ranger (518)798-1467
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by George Senft, who has posted 26 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by MikeL on 5/27/2015
Looks interesting, surprised I haven't seen before. Any place to pitch a tent?
Reviewed by Steve D on 8/8/2014
This is a great beginner's hike and one the whole family can do and enjoy. I've seen children 8-10 yrs. old and elderly climb this trail. For a casual walking pace you will reach the summit in about 1 hr and 20 minutes (taking a few rest stops), more experienced and fast-paced hikers can get there in about 45 minutes. There are some rocky areas that you pass through and the last 1/4 mile is a bit more elevated, but once you are at the summit, the view is one of the best of all the surrounding mountains, in my opinion.
Reviewed by maria on 8/20/2012
Hiked it yesterday. Beautiful day. Going from the HogTown trailhead, you'll pass the ruins of what looks like an old house. We ascended on the sleeping beauty trail to the right at Dacy Clearing. A bit rocky for a while. The ascent wasn't bad but it did get tiresome in the last 1/4 mi. The views at the top were spectacular. Great spots to picnic and take in the scenery. On the way back we took Fishbrook Pond trail. Well worth it. The views of the pond & the mountain were very pretty. GPS read 8.84mi at end of trip. Take the roadway if its open though & save yourself 3.2mi.
Reviewed by Chris on 7/29/2012
Went in late July on a mostly sunny day. Took the long way around by Bumps pond. Outstanding hike, full of nature and serenity. Make sure you drive a vehicle capable of making the trek from Hog Run to the clearing, made our day a lot more enjoyable. Views were amazing from the summit, and lots of relaxing lounging rocks for photography and to have a snack with soft breezes.
Reviewed by WFG on 7/21/2012
Outstanding hike. 2nd time up the mountain, this time my wife came. The view of Lake George was spectacular. We were able to drive our minivan from the Hog Town parking area all the way to the Dacy clearing. We then drove down towards Shelving Rock and went swimming in a little cove on Lake George. Absolutely fun!!
Reviewed by John W on 7/2/2012
Hiked to the SB summit yesterday with my stepson (12 yo). We parked at Hog Town and walked in the 1.5 mi to Dacy Clearing. A SUV or truck would be ideal, but in hindsight a car could navigate this road (when dry) too. Next time, I'll save the extra 3 miles RT from the Hog Town lot and do the approx. 7 mi SB summit/Bumps Pond loop instead. A day trip just to the summit from Dacy is 3.6 mi RT and WELL worth it for the views! Easy/moderate hike with good trail markers. It took us 4.5 hrs to do the 6.6 mi RT making plenty of stops for pics/quick breaks and about 40 minutes to take in the summit. Great day hike.
Reviewed by Nick on 4/15/2012
Great place for a day hike.
Reviewed by Viewer on 12/22/2011
Hiked the trail second week of December, the weather wasn't really desirable due to a misty rain and fog. While climbing the trail, the trail was rocky and mostly covered with running water down hill, but challenging. When we reached the summit, visibility was bad, so we didn't get to appreciate the full view. It was late in the afternoon and the sun was getting close to setting when we reached Bumps pond. Would definitely recommend it to experienced hikers though.
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