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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Shelving Rock

Gorgeous, crisp, fall air was back today so I gladly headed north to the Lake George area for some hiking.  Shelving Rock on the east side of the lake was my destination.  The road in is rough at best in certain times of the year but this time of year you can drive right to the trailhead. On my drive there were nice views of the backside of Pilot Knob with eye popping colors.
 The first trail follows Shelving Rock brook for about a half mile leading to Shelving Rock Falls.  It is a very picturesque forty foot waterfall that you can view from several different spots.  There is a path that leads down the gorge, but can be slippery at times so you must be careful descending.
 Near the base of the falls the view is outstanding.

 Once off the waterfall trail, the trailhead for Shelving Rock Mountain is approximately .2 miles ahead on the road.  There are many switchbacks going up the mountain, making for a fairly easy climb.  The last part of the trail is especially nice for walking, under a canopy of evergreens with needles cushioning each step.  The trail is 3.4 miles RT, but views from the actual summit are mostly screened by trees.
Here is a view east into the Washington County mountains.
 Fortunately, a short path off the summit leads down to an exposed area of rocks offering broken views of Lake George.
Views south.
 Nice clearing directly over the narrows of Lake George.
 Lake George and the Adirondack mountains.

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