Sleeping Beauty Hike

We finally did our first official Adirondack hike.  We took the Sleeping Beauty trail in Adirondack National Park. The trail head was about 40 minutes from our house, so not bad – although we were up early 😀



We knew the hike would be around 6 miles, but it turned out closer to 7 miles since we took a loop around Bump’s pond instead of straight up and down.

Partners in crime for the day:



This is my new hiking stick I got at the art festival a couple months ago.


We actually had to walk 1.5 miles just to get to the trail head from this parking lot.  That was the easy part, then it got pretty rocky and hilly.


It was humid, but we were in the shade of trees for the majority of the climb, which was really nice.  I was sweating like the dickens, though.  That humidity thing.


The trail was really well marked and a fair number of people on it as well. Lots of people had the same idea of an early hike to beat the heat!

Lots of neat pictures to take. I won’t post too many since I don’t want to flood your reader 😀









Finally we saw a happy sign!



And what a view it was:






That’s Lake George down there where we bike to all the time.





Here is a little movie of the view from the summit:

We ate some lunch at the top and then headed back down taking a loop around Bump’s Pond.


If we had known it was going to add that extra mile, we wouldn’t have done it because we were pretty darn tired when we got to the bottom.  Although Gryffon was really happy to take a swim.

I think we should have brought more food, but otherwise it was suited pretty well for us since we bike a lot.  It was a little bit long of a hike – and next time we do this one, we will skip the pond.  It would be such a gorgeous view from the summit during fall colors!


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21 thoughts on “Sleeping Beauty Hike

  1. Shelley B

    Wow, that is some view!!! What a gorgeous reward for hiking to the summit! Sounds like a great day – and yes, you were tired afterward with the Bump Pond loop, but hey, that’s how you know you’ve spent a good day hiking, right?
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    1. Lori Post author

      Gryffon was tired at first and we rested a lot, but coming down he was raring to go. Especially after he got to go for his swim 😀

  2. Helen

    As I was reading this I kept thinking what a nice fall hike that would make! Besides getting another good workout and seeing the fall colors you wouldn’t sweat as much. Still, it must have felt like you were on top of the world when you reached that summit!
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  3. Susan

    You live in some beautiful parts of our country.
    Loved your pictures I always do! Great job on the
    hike boy 7 miles that is a long way.

    1. Lori Post author

      They were great! I have been wearing them for general walking, so my feet are used to them. They were starting to feel a little it heavy towards the end, though.

  4. Fran

    I can’t even tell you how much I love this post. I’m so happy you went on a hike and please next time: post as many photo’s as you like. I love looking where other people hike. 7 miles is a pretty long hike, you guys did great on such a long hike.

    The view is absolutely worth the hike, it’s gorgeous.

    I look forward to seeing more hikes in the future. You are spoiling me with the bike ride and hiking posts 🙂 I love it.
    Fran´s last blog post ..Sunday, August 16, 2015: Mishmash

    1. Lori Post author

      The view was wonderful. There were actually a fair number of people up there as well. It’s a popular hike! There are tons of trails around here, but we need to tear ourselves off the bike to do them 😀

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