Shelving Rock Mountain

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Trip Information
Elevation: 1,125 Feet
Trip Length: 1.7 Miles (One Way)
Vertical Ascent: 650 Feet
Loop: No

A simple hike of 1.7 miles, Shelving Rock Mountain is located on the Eastern side of Lake George with views facing the South end of the lake.  The trail up the mountain is a carriage trail that zig-zags up the mountain at a low gradient which usually makes hiking time just under an hour. Great for first time hikers and seasoned veterans will enjoy this mountain all the same.

Hiking Tip: The view at the very top is limited, hikers will need to follow foot paths down the mountain to find a large opening where the trees are not blocking the view of Lake George. Finding this look out is what makes this hike worth climbing over and over. Note that going off the main trail can get disorienting, especially since there are many foot paths that lead in different directions, be smart about what you are doing and which direction is which.

Related Hike: Shelving Rock Waterfalls provides for a great additional hike while you are in the area.

Directions to Trail Head from I-87 (View Google Map)

  1. Take Exit 20 off I-87
  2. Turn left onto NY-149/U.S. 9N
  3. Turn right onto NY-149 East
  4. 6 miles, turn left onto Buttermilk Falls Rd.
  5. 3.1 Miles, Buttermilk Falls Rd turns into Sly Pond Rd.
  6. 5.7 Miles, turn left onto Shelving Rock Rd (next to Hog Town Trail Head)
  7. Continue on Shelving Rock Rd. for 3.6 Miles
  8. Trail Head  and Parking Lot is on the right. Large DEC sign will indicate parking area.
  • Thursday, August 18th, 2016 By Jonathan Volks
    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 […]
  • Thursday, August 20th, 2009 By Jonathan Volks
    Hiking Date: August 14th 2009: I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about this hike as I have written about it twice already. If you would like to read those journal entries you can use this link and this link to see what I had to say. The purpose of this night […]
  • Monday, May 11th, 2009 By Jonathan Volks
    Hiking Date: April 25th, 2009: I’m a best biased when it comes to Shelving Rock. I’ve climbed this mountain between 2 and 4 times each year since I was 13 years old. I climb it so often mostly because its close to my home and its only 1.7 mile hike which makes it a quick […]