On today's trip, the weather was just perfect. Fall colors, while nice on Shelving Rock Road, were not near peak yet down by the lake. Those of you that might be interested in this hike might hit some great color here in the next week or two.
On the way up Shelving Rock Mountain I saw the owners of the Lake George Restaurant - Bistro LeRoux. Great restaurant and great people. In 30 minutes I was out on the Shelving Rock ledge enjoying the fabulous view that never gets old. I took a bunch of pictures there like I always do, then I moved on.
|Panorama from the Shelving Rock ledge.|
|Montcalm Point and First Peak - Tongue Mountain Range from Shelving Rock.|
|Typical views along the carriage road.|
I always find myself inspecting all the campsites along the way to Black Mountain Point. There are quite a few I lust after as amazing campsites. I may be back for a camping hike before fall is done. It will be hard to pick one!
|Great campsites as well.|
|Sightseeing boats are still out.|
|Nothing wrong with this campsite!|
|There is a campsite here as well!|
I spent more time looking at campsites then I realized. It was 4 PM when I reached Black Mountain Point.
|Black Mountain Point.|
On the way back, even though it was getting late, I had to shoot up the yellow trail (near Red Rock Bay) the 0.5 miles to the vista (one of the best on Lake George). The trail is hard to follow though, especially at the bottom. There are some yellow paint blazes and the yellow plastic soup can lids nailed to trees, but there aren't many official trail markers until you've gone 0.3 miles.
|A new sign near Red Rock Bay.|
|The vista location!|
It was 4:45 when I left the vista location. I waled quickly, only stopping to talk to 2 lone men hiking along the carriage road. At 6:15 I got back to the car. It was already starting to fell like darkness was setting in.
Don't miss trying this hike. No big mountains but a great walk. Afternoon is best to get the sun shining on you!
Hike Distance: 12 miles
Hike Time: 5 hours
Total Vertical Gain: ~2000'
|My route (click image to enlarge)|