Atop Sleeping Beauty Mountain

On a trip to the Adirondacks, we opted to try a new hike (for us) with Sleeping Beauty Mountain. We parked in the first parking lot (which I now do not recommend) and began the 2 mile hike to the trail head (which is why I don’t recommend it as it adds 4 miles to your hike). The round trip hike is roughly 7.8 miles, plus the 4 to and from the parking lot, means we did 12 miles. We probably could have shaved some off by not doing the loop and going back down the way we came, but I was curious. And it paid off with nice views of Bumps Pond.

The trail is labelled as easy, but I would dispute it. There are a lot of rock falls on the path and it can be a struggle to deal with them. Plus some of the slopes are steeper than planned. So I would call this a moderate hike.

This is the road from the first parking lot to Dacy Clearing - it is one lane so be careful.

This is the road from the first parking lot to Dacy Clearing – it is one lane so be careful.

We came across the ruin of a house while walking to Dacy Clearing.

We came across the ruin of a house while walking to Dacy Clearing.

Doorway to the house.

Doorway to the house.

The trailhead, after 2 miles already.

The trailhead, after 2 miles already.

Smoother sections of the trail.

Smoother sections of the trail.

We reach the top.

We reach the top.

Looking over the rocks.

Looking over the rocks.

Lake George below us.

Lake George below us.

A wonderful view.

A wonderful view.

A hidden pond in the shade.

A hidden pond in the shade.

Big rock on the edge.

Big rock on the edge.

Fun with b&w in landscape.

Fun with b&w in landscape.

A view through the trees as we head back down.

A view through the trees as we head back down.

Coming up on Bumps Pond.

Coming up on Bumps Pond.

I played with the color on this one. I like the effect, versus the previous image above.

I played with the color on this one. I like the effect, versus the previous image above.

Apparently no horses on the mountain trail (good advise with all the rock strewn paths).

Apparently no horses on the mountain trail (good advise with all the rock strewn paths).

Bumps pond.

Bumps pond.

Next week: A day hike at the Marshland Conservancy in Rye, NY.

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About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel XS with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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