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The Adirondack Park is a protected park in the U.S. state of New York. It’s known for its fall foliage–viewing and forested mountains, with hiking trails crossing the Adirondack High Peaks near Lake Placid. Whiteface Mountain’s ski runs are nearby. West, paddling routes weave through St. Regis Canoe Area. Rapids swirl along Ausable Chasm canyon to the east.

hiking
22 hours ago

Hiked this trail on January 21st as a winter Firetower challenge. The day was pretty foggy, warm for January...excellent for hiking but the views from the tower were obscured by fog. Pretty easy steady climb with gradual switchbacks. Near the top you will find an old barn which is ~ 0.2 to 0.3 from the tower. The trail is actually a little over 2 miles and can be easily be completed in ~ 1 hour to the summit and 2.0 hours round trip. Can't wait to hike this trail again in better weather...the views of Goodnow flow and the Essex chain are reviewed as among the best in central ADK.

snowshoeing
22 hours ago

Snowshoe hike on January 21st. very wet snow, foggy and warm. Jimmy Pond was very scenic...had to hike around the pond due to the floating bridge collapse, adding additional 0.5 miles to your hike one-way. the trail is well marked to 1.3 miles when you arrive at the cabin. a short distance later you will begin to bushwack hike to the summit for an additional 1.7 miles. The trail is very steep and in winter you will definitely need snowshoes with crampons. take your time. The summit is inaccurately marked.. it is actually 3520 feet in elevation with an overall +1800 feet climb in ascent. The views were remarkable when the clouds broke. ON a clear day, the tower offers a spectacular 360 view. Very isolated trail with little to no traffic for those seeking a more secluded climbing experience.

Awesome hike ! certainly a bit longer than marked at the junctions . we ended up finishing at about 10 miles. The first few miles are very easy after you pass Marcy dam it gets very steep, microspikes are a must in the winter due to ice. Awesome views on the top

The first couple miles of this trail are pretty moderate with some very nice views of the surrounding mountains . The last couple miles are very steep and icey and we're very challenging on a cold winter day , The windchill on top was well below zero so dress warm . in the summer it would be very doable

snowshoeing
2 days ago

We hiked/snowshoed this trail on our way to the summit of Noonmark Mountain. We only hiked this trail to the summit and back out. The trail had fresh snow covering ice, which made the hike intense. Some people had turned around cause they didn't have the proper gear. We started out bare booting to the junction, then we wore snowshoes. Once we got up into elevation, we switched over to crampons and mountaineering axe. I will try this trail again when the weather is warm.

we did this trail on January 20th 2017. I absolutely would not classify this as "hard" however it was a good little hike and it did get failry steep.. it was a little icy, but with a good pair of snowshoes its no problem. the end of the trail has some character to it so it made the steepest part actually the most fun!
enjoy it though its fun and has a great lookout and view!

The hike was an intense one due to the ice. You really had to take your time due to the ice while ascending and descending. There were people that turned around due to the ice. For this hike I used snowshoes at the base, then had to switch over to crampons to make the ascent. You had to make sure that your footing was good before moving. The views from the summit were very nice of The Great Range, Whiteface, and Giant Mountain. I will definitely do this again when the weather is warmer.

For the distance - and two SC visitors - this was a great hike and view!

The trailhead and parking are located at the Northwoods School.

We smartly rented spikes from the bike shop and it made the icy conditions so much more manageable.

Will definitely bring family next time!

hiking
5 days ago

Completed Phelps Mountain on Sunday 1/15/2017. A very simple first 2 miles to Marcy Dam starts your trip. There are lean-to's there which are great for a quick break before getting into the serious part of the hike. Nice views as well. Then another easy mile to the Phelps DEC trail marker. The last 1 mile to the summit was somewhat steep but nothing too serious. Then it happened... A steep ice patch that immediately startled me. Seeing steep ice never gets easier for me, haha! Got up and past it but couldn't help but think how I would get back down it. Continued up the trail to find two more icy patches that required respect. I've heard others say the last mile is more like 1.2 or 1.5 miles but i'll take the DEC's word on the 1 mile. It was a tough mile for me. I wont elaborate on the time out of pure embarassment, lol. Made it to the summit and hung around for about ten minutes. Full panoramic views of the Great Range and many others. The entire walk up is very enclosed and offers no views so the payoff is nice. Used Grivel g12 crampons for almost the entire trip. They were much appreciated on the steep icy slides. 99% of others I saw were wearing Kahtoolah (however you spell that) microspikes or MSR Evo 22's. I personally would never wear snowshoes for these types of hikes anymore. They will work but they are kinda sketchy, even with a MSR Lighting Ascent which have an aggressive crampon. Microspikes seemed to be sufficient for most. I like the security on the ice. It's only your life right? The trail is heavily populated. You will meet many many friendly people who like to chit chat. A super easy first 3.2 miles, 1 tough mile. 8.4 miles roundtrip. More than suitable for beginner hikers with proper gear and respect. Enjoy. :)

Completed Phelps Mountain on Sunday 1/15/2017. A very simple first 2 miles to Marcy Dam starts your trip. There are lean-to's there which are great for a quick break before getting into the serious part of the hike. Nice views as well. Then another easy mile to the Phelps DEC trail marker. The last 1 mile to the summit was somewhat steep but nothing too serious. Then it happened... A steep ice slide that immediately startled me. Seeing steep ice never gets easier for me, haha! Got up and past it with no incident but couldn't help but think how I would get back down it. Continued up the trail to find two more icy patches that required respect. I've heard others say the last mile is more like 1.2 or 1.5 miles but i'll take the DEC's word on the 1 mile. It was a tough mile for me. I wont elaborate on the time out of pure embarassment, lol. Made it to the summit and hung around for about ten minutes. Full panoramic views of the Great Range and many others. The entire walk up is very enclosed and offers no views so the payoff is nice. Used Grivel g12 crampons for almost the entire trip. They were much appreciated on the steep icy slides. 99% of others I saw were wearing Kahtoolah (however you spell that) microspikes or MSR Evo 22's. I personally would never wear snowshoes for these types of hikes anymore. They will work but they are kinda sketchy, even with a MSR Lighting Ascent which have an aggressive crampon. Microspikes seemed to be sufficient for most. I like the security on the ice. It's only your life right? The trail is heavily populated. You will meet many many friendly people who like to chit chat. A super easy first 3.2 miles, 1 tough mile. 8.4 miles roundtrip. More than suitable for beginner hikers with proper gear and respect. Enjoy. :)

Hiked this on Jan 5, 2017. Easy walk up to the pond on microspikes. Trail was well packed down and a little icy. Walking across the lake was no problem. We bushwhacked over to Coffee Pond with no worries. Snowshoes were required in the woods as the snow as over a foot deep. Great views of Pharaoh Mt. from the surface of Spectacle Pond!

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked on 1/14. Really great hike with a cool
Fire tower to climb at the top. Views were spectacular, but careful coming down in the winter because of the ice.

camping
7 days ago

Great campground. Everything you could want, hiking, swimming, fishing, kayaking, horseshoes, primitive sites, shower sites and hookups. Far Far away. Loons.

hiking
7 days ago

Great views and one of the most difficult hikes I've ever done. This was a test to see how my girlfriend and I have come along in hiking and we barely passed. I definitely recommend going clockwise or you will hate yourself, unless you are doing this in multiple days. If you are doing it in one day however, definitely get the peaks over with as it is a long and grueling trail for sure. Had one mishap at the lean-to where we had to backtrack in order to find the trail, but other than that it was great. If you are not confident in your skills/health do not hike this.

on Hadley Mountain Trail

hiking
7 days ago

I really like this hike for a lot of reasons. The view is beautiful, there is a fire tower, it is close to the capital district, it is quick (2.6 mile) and yet strenuous with moderate elevation gain. This is not strenuous for people who do the 46 and regular HIKERS, but for the average PERSON this would be considered strenuous. I typically start my year for mountains on this one and also end on this one because of how quick and close it is.

geocaching
8 days ago