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As an Adirondack native and someone who hiked Colorado, NY, TN, GA I was under the assumption this would be a moderate hike. I started before the park opened in August and parked near a ranger station and hiked for several hours. It was difficult but amazing, well worth it. After some time to rehydrate and munch down some carbs I proceeded to hike Big Tom which is also an incredible Hike, awesome views and amazing vistas. I'm adding pics of both.
This was a wonderful hike geared towards summiting the eastern US's highest peak the hard way instead of driving up. We completed it with two 13 year old girls. One of whom had never hiked before. The total up and down is 4200 ft with a net elevation gain of 3700 ft from the black mountain campground parking area. The total length is 12 miles from the parking lot to the summit and back. As others have said, it is a tough hike because of the rocks and roots. For this time of year, it is often wet and covered with leaves which can make it slow on the way down. It took us eleven hours round trip including time at the top. There was no ice but a very wet a muddy trail.
Great hike. Unfortunate heavy fog when I hiked yesterday 1/14. It's a challenge and about the most I like to do in a day. Bring plenty of food and water. Made it up in 4 hours and back down in 3.5. Waterproof boots a good idea. Trekking poles optional.