Great Range Loop Trail is a 16.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from May until October.
A challenging ADK hike starting from Huberts Parking area to the West River trail to Lower Wolf Jaw, Upper Wolf Jaw, Armstrong, Gothics and Pyramid. Returning via the Wedge Brook trail. This is a challenging hike that starts out at the Huberts Parking area and then follows the West Brook trail to Wedge Brook Trail up through some beautiful woods to Lower Wolf Jaw (ADK High Peak @ 4175'). The views from LWJ are very limited during leaf on conditions. From Lower Wolf Jaw you will head over and average terrain trail including an intermediate peak to Upper Wold Jaw (ADK High Peak @ 4185'). The summit of UWJ includes a small outcrop that offers some nice views. The trail from Upper Wolf Jaw to Armstrong (ADK HIgh Peak @ 4400') can be a little challenging and includes a few rock scrammbles as well as a very fun ladder. The view from Armstrong is excellent. Armstrong to Gothics is fairly easy and the view upon arrival is fantastic. Gothics to Pyramid (not an ADK High Peak - 4515') may look daunting while standing on the summit of Gothics but it is worth the effort to get over to it as the views are the best out of any of the four you just summited. As you crest over Pyramid you can choose to go on to Sawteeth or you can descend on the trail to Rainbow Falls Trail which will take you to the falls along your way. This is an all day hike of approximately 15 miles with significant gain and it is very challenging. Cell service is very limited in the ADK's as well as water sources so you should be prepared with a properly packed daypack, a map and a compass (and know how to use them) and always sign in at the trailhead and let someone know where you are going. It is never recommended to hike alone.
This was a real demanding trail. The walk down Lake Rd wasn't too interesting, but you'll see a nice view of Nippetop. I ended up hiking Sawteeth, Gothics, Armstrong, and the Wolf Jaws. This hike ended up being 17.2 miles as one big loop. The views from Gothics were nice. There were people out on the trails today. The day was a nice day to hike. If you decide to try this loop and hiking 5 of the high peaks plus Pyramid Peak bring plenty of water and be prepared for a long day of hiking.
Absolutely insanely difficult trail. Knee breaking scrambles seem endless and some "controlled" slides necessary around gothics and saddleback. Provides amazing views of the peaks and surrounding lakes. A must do hike for experienced hikers. Pack at least 5 liters of water.
Very hard trail. Walked Lake road to the end to lake. Went up Sawteeth Scenic Way, gorgeous views but hardest part of 21 mile hike. After Sawteeth, went to Pyramid, Gothics, Armstrong, Upper Wolf Jaw. Camped by the creek just .5 miles down hill of some cross paths. Completed Lower Wolf Jaw in morning. Long two days but worth it. Pack Ibuprofin.
did june 2015. went in through the AMR. LONG dirt road. to and check out rainbow falls. amazing. after hiking pyramid. gothics. sawteeth. used beaver meadow falls to relax. long hike. long day. great memories.
Sawteeth, Pyramid and Gothics only. Completing the five lower great range in winter as a day hike may be extremely challenging, if not impossible. Would recommend waiting for summer to hit all five when you can travel quicker and lighter. This was definitely a tough hike in the snow. Breaking trial from Pyramid to Gothic was quite a chore but the views are worth every sweat and bruise. Also if you hike in the winter, be prepare for extreme cold and bring backup clothing. Your water will freeze, but great news, plenty of fresh ice to quench your thirst.
Awesome view once the cloud lifted.
The views from Gothics (including pyramid) are probably the most impressive and awe inspiring in Adirondacks. They are borderline uncomfortable because they are so immense. I would definitely repeat, even though the rest of this part of the range was not much for views. It began to rain as we began our descent, so getting down was slightly terrifying because Holy Steep. I was very happy there was a cable.
We did Upper Wolf Jaw and Armstrong and they were very difficult and challenging. Make sure you are in great shape if you tackle these. We used the WedgeBrook Trail to go up and came down the Gothics Trail. The conditions were very wet and we were not prepared for the long, arduous soggy conditions. It took a toll on our feet.
This is a long day hike. Bring plenty of water. When I did it, there was very little mud. The views from Pyramid and Gothics were amazing. The Ausable Club and Lake Rd are very nice but some of the people are rude. The parking area is at the end of the gravel road right off route 73.
Very steep at ore bed brook. Cable is a fun addition.
For a 23 year old who hasn't hiked in 10 years and doesn't regularly exercise- I found this exhausting but more than worth it. A fun challenge.
We reached the summit of Rooster Comb, Hedgehog, Lower Wolf Jaw, Upper Wolf Jaw, Armstrong, Gothics, Saddleback, and came within 100 ft of the top of Basin. We missed out on Little Haystack, Haystack, and Marcy because Basin was impassable. We spent 4 days doing the hike which most people don't bring full packs, but it was amazing!
My fiancé and I completed this hike bit added on Sawteeth for a total of 17.5 miles, which took us 13 hours with the ice and snow at the higher altitudes. We started at St. Hubert's parking area at 5:30am in the dark and took lake road to rainbow falls and hiked up to sawteeth first, then pyramid, gothics, armstrong, upper wolf jaw and lower wolf jaw, that's 6 mountains, 5 of which are 46ers. It was one of the most beautiful hikes we've completed due to perfectly clear weather conditions. We wore microspikes at the lower elevation and switchef over to crampons at the higher altitude. The last hour and a half were spent in the dark but we were off the steep section. Just an FYI if you do the same trail when toy get to lower wolf jaw do NOT continue on, just go back the .5 to where it originally split. I talked to numerous hikers that said the 2 sections of .3 that run parallel are vastly different in terrain. The eastern trail is much rougher I'm told (the side that goes up to lower wolwolf jaw). All in all one of my favorite hikes !
Gothics is one of the most imposing 'daks to look at, and the final 200ft of scrambling don't let you down.