Lake George Fireworks from Shelving Rock

Lake George Fireworks from Shelving Rock

Anybody who knows me knows that I go to Shelving Rock Mountain way to many times. It’s close to home, has sentimental value, and a view that manages to surprise me every time I see it. Luckily this year, the Glens Falls Fireworks in Crandall Park were on July 3rd, so that mean’t I could go see the Lake George Fireworks in Bolton Landing on July 4th. Of course I decided to view them from my favorite mountain, Shelving Rock.

I arrived at the trailhead around 5:00 p.m. There were a few other cars in the parking lot which I fully expected. The thought did cross my mind if these people had the same idea as I did.

The weather was perfect, blue skies with only a slight cloud cover. I arrived early so that I could get to the summit for the sunset. I love me a good sunset.

Lake George Sunset from Shelving Rock

The hike to the summit was pretty uneventful. Nothing I haven’t done a hundred times before and I only passed one group that was heading back to their car. Arriving at the summit, a few people had setup shop. One couple that was camping for the night and another large group of friends who were also staying up for the Lake George Fireworks. One of them briefly spoke with me and it sounds like they hike up Shelving Rock every year for the fireworks. I had done this once many years ago but since I started volunteering at the Crandall Park Beautification Committee, I haven’t been able to on July 4th.

After saying hello to everyone, I found a spot that had a clear view of Bolton Landing out of the way. I decided to run two cameras, a Nikon D5200 and a Sony A6300. The Nikon I setup on a tripod and had a timer remote for continuous pictures. The Sony was on another tripod which I manually would take photos while adjusting focus, zoom, etc. The Sony was kind of new so I wasn’t sure what kind of pictures I would get. So the Nikon was at least a safety in case something went wrong.

After everything was setup, I waited for the sunset and had my typical hiking dinner of a Stewarts sandwich and a Gatorade. The sunset was gorgeous with it’s yellow colors mixing with the blue sky. As it went behind the horizon, it turned the clouds a beautiful pink.

About 9:30 p.m., the Lake George Fireworks show started. Both cameras were up and running. The Nikon ran by itself and the Sony I allowed me to move around and adjust settings on the go. Some wider shots, some closer shots. The show itself was amazing. Lots of great rockets and the best part is the delayed boom as it takes a few seconds for the noise to get across the lake.

Lake George Fireworks

After the finale, the fun really started. I left my Nikon shutter open for several minutes. All the boats heading back home made for some interesting light streams across the lake. I eventually packed up all my gear to head back down the mountain. It was pretty dark then (obviously) so a headlamp was required. I was actually jealous of the couple who were spending the night, if I didn’t have to work the next day I might have considered it. The trip down was also uneventful, no deer or porcupine as I had seen on previous trips.

Of course I love this hike and it’s even better to watch fireworks from it. I hope I can do it again next year but I may try another mountain. Buck Mountain would be good, or maybe Cat Mountain from the other side of the lake. Have to see what the weather is like next year.

Photos of Lake George Fireworks

Jonathan Volks

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Jonathan Volks is currently a Web Programmer at Skidmore College in Upstate New York. Where he maintains Skidmore's main website and builds custom web applications to support Marketing and Communications needs. In his free time, Jonathan likes to travel to the Adirondacks and hike along the thousands of miles of trails the park has to offer. He has completed the Fire Tower Challenge (30/30) and is currently working on the Saranac Lake 6er (2/6) and the 46 High Peaks (12/46).