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Shelving Rock Mountain

Adirondacks, New York

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  • The trail follows a former carriage road, making a wide and level path.- Shelving Rock Mountain
  • The trail follows a former carriage road, making a wide and level path.- Shelving Rock Mountain
  • Vibrant fungal undergrowth at Shelving Rock Mountain.- Shelving Rock Mountain
  • A number of switchbacks lessens the grade of the trail.- Shelving Rock Mountain
  • A porcupine rummages through a tree above the trail.- Shelving Rock Mountain
  • Vibrant fungal undergrowth at Shelving Rock Mountain.- Shelving Rock Mountain
  • Indian pipe growing along side the trail.- Shelving Rock Mountain
  • Forest understory on the trail to Shelving Rock Mountain.- Shelving Rock Mountain
  • A spot off the trail that makes a nice resting spot.- Shelving Rock Mountain
  • This trail is also marked as a horse trail.- Shelving Rock Mountain
  • The view as you reach the summit.- Shelving Rock Mountain
  • The view from the summit of Shelving Rock Mountain.- Shelving Rock Mountain
  • The view from the summit of Shelving Rock Mountain.- Shelving Rock Mountain
  • Remains of the old carriage road.- Shelving Rock Mountain
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wide trail. Great views.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Adirondacks, NY
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
658.00 ft (200.56 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.50 mi (5.63 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
495.00 ft (150.88 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Shelving Rock Mountain rises along the eastern shore of Lake George in the Shelving Rock area of the Lake George Wild Forest. The 1.7-mile hike to the top is made easy by following a former carriage road with easy grades and a number of switchbacks. Once at the top, hikers will enjoy views of Lake George from the summit and 180-degree views of the lake from a hidden lookout that is located off the trail. This lookout is at the end of an unmarked footpath that winds through the woods to the edge of the mountain.

Near the trailhead, hikers can find their way to a popular waterfall, Shelving Rock Falls, that is a short walk from the parking area.

The Shelving Rock area also hosts a large trail system that leads down to the lake’s shore at Log Bay and to other nearby mountains. Thirteen state-owned primitive campsites also dot the area along Shelving Rock Road and Dacy Clearing Road. A total of nine designated parking areas for day-use guests also line Shelving Rock Road.

Lake George itself is a massive 45-square-mile body of water that stretches 32.2 miles north to south along the eastern border of New York and connects to Lake Champlain via the La Chute River. The lake and village of Lake George are two of the most popular tourist destinations in New York.

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