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:
Discover the Eastern Adirondacks
by Barbara McMartin ()
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
Trail Reviews Page 2 of 5 Submit your own review
Reviewed by Rich on 4/29/2011
Error: Reserved Word Found: --
Reviewed by Viewer on 10/7/2010
First time I hiked, I went in November and it was spur of the moment. Easy hike and great for beginners, even though it is only just over 1,000ft, the views are remarkable. On the descent I was lucky enough to run into the first snow fall of the year which made the hike that much more enjoyable. Upon rounding Bumps pond on the way down, I discovered the ruins of an old establishment (an old Chimney) at the campsite located 1/2 way around the pond. I recently returned for a solo bday hike in the peak foliage season. Again, the views were spectacular despite the rain. recommend the hike to anyone.
Reviewed by EMB on 9/12/2010
Hiked this yesterday afternoon. Did the summit first for a gorgeous view, then the extra 2 mile roundtrip to Fishbrook Pond, which was beautiful. Great spot for a picnic and mid-hike break and totally worth it if you have the time. Not very steep at all, so its my kind of hiking. 9 miles total. Definitely going to be a favorite.
Reviewed by ER on 8/14/2010
Hiked this morning. Some semi-rough terrain, but more than worth it for the breathtaking view from the summit! To any hikers planning on driving to Dacy Clearing: this morning the old carriage road from the Hog Town parking area to Dacy was closed to vehicles, and appeared to have been closed for some time. Plan on an additional ~ 2 mile walk before even getting to Dacy (and ~ 2 miles back from Dacy).
Reviewed by ML on 7/3/2010
Hiked w/ my 3, 4, 6 and 8 yr old. Great hike. Will do it again.
Reviewed by Margo on 5/24/2010
5/22/10 Great hike. Great view. Plenty of room at the top. Going back to do the loop with the pond. Takes some effort towards the top but its all switchbacks rather than straight up and if I can do it most people can. Easy to get to and not to far away from the capital region.
Reviewed by T. Warren on 12/5/2009
Woke up this morning and decided to hike the mountain by myself. Took about 1.5 hours from Hog Town parking area (I walked from there instead of driving to Dacy Clearing) Also realized that on this walk there are trails leading to both Buck Mtn and Shelving Rock Mtn. Of both which I plan to explore, hopefully before the snow hits. The hike was somewhat intense, being that I am a smoker and havent been hiking in years, but I bet if you are in shape this should be an easy hike. Some parts of the trail are narrow and require ducking under looming branches which I found to be kind of fun. The view from the top is absolutely immaculate and I couldnt help but sit down to enjoy the view. I will gladly return.
Reviewed by blacross on 9/1/2009
went last year going back tomorrow and i can't wait hte ponds are so nice. some of the turrain a little rough but lots of great views from all over not just the top.
Notice: Traveling in the backcountry can be hazardous. You are responsible for informing yourself about these hazards and taking necessary precautions. Information on this web site comes from volunteer reporters and may contain errors or omissions. A current guidebook and proper equipment are essential for safe enjoyment of the hikes posted on this site.
Keys: New York Hiking, New York Trails, New York Hikes, Washington County Hiking, Washington County Trails, Washington County Hikes