Scouts conquer Sleeping Beauty

Awake to a sweeping view from the summit of Sleeping Beauty are, from left, in front, Brian Chew, Jason Streeter, Eric Motler, Joe Reluzco, and Connor Chew; in back, Steve Burdgick, Cameron Burdgick, Matt Cortelyou, Jack Streeter,  and Andrea Cortelyou.

On Nov. 11, eight Scouts and three adults from St. Madeleine Sophie Troop 50 went on a hike to Sleeping Beauty Mountain in the Adirondacks.  Sleeping Beauty, which is 2,129 feet, has a great view of Lake George to the west and the Green Mountains of Vermont to the east.

The group started early from Guilderland and, after a quick breakfast stop, made our way to the trailhead in the town of Fort Ann.  The weather that day was very nice with morning sunshine and mid-40 temperatures, which can be described as perfect hiking weather.

The group followed the winding switchback trail to the top of the mountain.  We enjoyed the views and our lunch while overlooking Lake George.

An added bonus for this hike is that the trail makes a large circle so that you don't have to come out the exact way you went in.  We had a trail snack stop at Bump's Pond and then hiked to Shelving Rock Falls that is near Lake George.  Back to the vehicles and dinner at Pizza Hut completed a very enjoyable day.

Troop 50 serves youths from 11 years of age to 17. The troop meets Wednesdays when school is in session from 6:45 until 8 p.m. at the St. Madeleine Sophie Parish Center on Carman Road.

For information, call me at 577-0434 or call Assistant Scoutmaster Larry Vincent at 859-9633.

Editor’s note: Sam Dikeman is the scoutmaster Troop 50.

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