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The trail was much nicer than I expected for a wooded summit. It was faily easy to follow despite being unmarked. There were three stream crossings, so keep your eyes open for these. The second is marked by a fallen tree that you can use to cross over and the third is marked by a pile of old cannisters on the other side of the stream.
Two wooded summits. I suggest attempting later than May as the water level of the creek crossing can still be high. 3 stars for the wooded summit. Id suggest only if your going for the 46 or your down on a long weekend and dont want to brave the crazy crowds that is phelps and cascade
Unfortunately I am a bit biased on the hike for this trail. Since I heard it didn't have good views at the summit I chose to make the best of a rainy day and get these out of the way.
While the trail is not terribly long or difficult it can be made so on a slippery damp day. Since it's not marked very well there are many points you have to pay careful attention to make sure you're on the beaten path and can't fully enjoy the nature around you.
As for the few views of the other peaks near the top of the ascent, the visibility was very poor because of the weather and nothing could be seen.
Due to the slippery leaf filled trail, it made what could have been a 4 1/2 to 5 hour hike into a 7 hour one.
We lost sunlight about a mile out and without a flashlight and gps would not have been able to stay on the trail. We were very happy to get back to civilization and the parking lot without getting lost.
I would imagine this is a decent hike on a nice day but would certainly not recommend it if you're just planning on winging it. I have learned that you can never be overly prepared on a hike and to make sure to have the proper equipment if you get stuck for the night. It's fairly intimidating and nerve racking when the sun goes down on an unmarked trail.
The trail was clear, easier to follow than I expected, nice and shady the whole way, good on a hot day. And because of a dry summer, the creek crossings were an easy stroll on the rocks. Nice views were to be had at or near both summits. Was very pleasantly surprised by this trail.
For this to be an unmaintained trail it wasn't to hard to follow. You mostly hiked under tree cover and crossing the brook wasn't bad at all since it wasn't high. There are no views from the summit of these, but I was surprised to see that the trail was busy. The ascent wasn't to bad except for when you have to scramble over the blow down near the junction. If you're not going for your 46er patch I wouldn't recommend this trail.
7/11/16 apparently they had just had a big hard rain up here and the trails were in the Adirondack splendor of Mud roots and wet rocks. we took the drag rabbit in and made a right and climbed up most of mcKenzie. we had a bit of a late start and the scrambling up the wet rocks and the roots took us a long time. we could see the peak very close but we knew it would take at least an hour to get there and it was about 3:30 so we decided to turn back. I think this would be a fabulous hike when it's a little dryer. we saw a couple of mediocre views it was pretty but we worked really hard. Being old and slow it took from about 11 until about 7:30. My GPS read 9.2 miles. I know that the guide says its only 6.3. go figure. Glad to make it out in one piece after a pretty hairy down climb. the jackrabbit trail was really nice tho not terribly exciting
Beautiful, hot day. Nice slow ascent on the front 1/3rd, typically steep stair-climbing through the middle. Not a bad ascent, a few muddy spots (black flies were horrible). Easy to follow( but narrow) last 1/3rd to the peaks. No views at the summits, but partial view from side of each summit beautiful and clear. First trip in a few years, awesome to be back! (With LAUREN).
The un-maintained Old NYE Ski Trail was very rough to follow at certain points. Passing over Indian pass brook was a lovely experience, but once you ascend to the top of both peaks, the trail becomes more wild in regards to finding paths and both views are very poor. Would not recommend as an "easy" hike, much more like off trailing in certain parts, and only if you are aspiring a 46er title should you hike this
Used that map: http://www.lakeplacid.com/blog/2012/12/mckenzie-mountain-loop
Was the first on the backside since the snowfall, nice but not always obvious to see where the path goes.
The climb is very steep and very icy, the part from 800m to 1000m took me ~1h15 because of that.
Apparently that connects to the Moose mountain, that will be for next time
nice hiking trail, or tough trail run. if you come up from 86, after the split for Haystack, the trail is awful( except in winter) until the junction with jackrabbit. I usually take jackrabbit from whiteface inn road first 1.85 miles. turn right, and good hiking. a bit tough, and van be very child up top. there will be two false summits. You will need to do down a good 200 feet then back up 300, so if you didn't do this, you aren't at top. on a good, great dry snowy day, you can attempt a good SLIDE down the trail. only perfect conditions but awesome