|Starting out on the Red Rock Bay trail from Shelving Rock|
The trail hooks around the bottom of a south facing ledge and through some switchbacks before working its way to a viewpoint. After the viewpoint, the trail continues to hook around the ridge and then it begins to work its way down the slope towards Lake George at Red Rock Bay.
The best view of the day came from a viewpoint about a half mile before I reached Red Rock Bay. There is a vista at an elevation of about 700' that looks out over the Narrows from a great perspective. Most of the remaining pictures were taken from this point.
|Shelving Rock Mtn. (L), Tongue Range (R) and the islands of the Narrows|
|The ledge that provides the vista|
|Rev waiting for me to continue|
After the fantastic vista, I continued down to Red Rock Bay and walked North past Paradise Bay a short distance before turning back to head south. On the way back I wanted to find an un-named open rock vista point that I had been from the 1st viewpoint of the day. I had determined on my map where that point was so on the way back I began a bushwhack to reach that spot.
It turned out to be a decent spot, with a great view, but most of the islands could not be seen from this spot. Still, it was worth going to. Bushwhacking in the Shelving Rock area is very easy. The woods are open and the only difficulties encountered are occasional ledges that need to be worked around.
|The destination of my bushwhack|
|The view was great, but not many islands could be seen from this point|
From this spot I worked my way over to the Shelving Rock Ridge Trail and back to the Shelving Rock Mountain Trail. I didn't climb the .6 miles remaining to Shelving Rock Mountain since it was time to get home for dinner. On the final descent I saw a couple heading up the mountain. They were the only people I saw on the trail all day. Not bad for a Sunday in July in Lake George. People were out on their boats and not on the trail.
Hike Distance: 8.1 miles
Hike Time: 3 hours, 45 minutes
Total Vertical Gain: ~ 1500'
|The route (done counter-clockwise)|