In the winter of 1758, Major Robert Rogers and members of Roger’s Rangers battled a superior French force and successfully escaped.
In March 1757, Robert Roger’s led a band of soldiers from Fort Edward to scout the French position around French Fort Carillon at Ticonderoga. Rogers and his soldiers wore snowshoes as they marched through the wilderness on the west shore of Lake George. The French commander, having been alerted to their movement, sent a force, primarily made up if Indians, to meet them. During the Battle on Snowshoes Rogers force was nearly destroyed. The French believed Rogers had been killed in the action because he was forced to abandon his jacket, which contained his commission papers. A tale emerged that Rogers escaped by sliding down the rock-face to the frozen lake. The slope became known as Roger’s Slide or Roger’s Rock thereafter.
A trail up the back side of Rogers Rock starts at campsite #184 in Rogers Rock State Campground. The half-mile ascent feels almost as steep as the “slide,” which is a great favorite with rock climbers. The trail continues another half mile through oak and pine woods before opening up to the lake view made famous by the legend of Roger Roger’s escape after the Battle on Snowshoes in 1757.