Elevation: 2347 ft
Ascent: 1038 ft
Distance: 6.8 miles
Location: Sly Pond Road to Hogtown off of Buttermilk Falls Road off of NY 149 east of Lake George Village
Region: Lake George
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 where views are limited. 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 of course Lake George. The cliffs face east, south, and west, so you can enjoy your day in the sun. You can make a longer loop trip out of your outing by continuing over the summit to Bumps Pond and from there back to the trail turn-off and Dacy Clearing.
Note: For a more complete description of the trail, please see ADK’s Adirondack Mountain Club: Eastern Trails.
This trail can also be found on the ADK/National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for the Lake George/ Great Sacandaga region (map No. 743).
Have a great hike! Bob Goodwin