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The trail was pretty easy besides all of the elevation gain at the end. Everyone says there are no views but the lookout on Street and Nye had decent views.

Not short or easy but it’s gorgeous and worth the effort

Loved this hike!!! We hiked on 8/12. We went up Lake Arnold Trail and down around Lake Colden/ Avalanche pass. I actually think this is the best way to do the hike (though as someone whose knees generally start hurting coming down- I get why people are recommending the reverse). There were a lot of steep slabs and some of the hikers we met commented on how it was hard for them coming up. The hike was ~16.2 miles to and from Adirondack Loj. We stopped for about an hour total between the summit and Lake Colden. Very beautiful. The water on Lake Colden perfectly reflected the sky. Took us 9 hours total. This was one of my favorite high peaks (I’ve done 24 now) mainly because of the incredible summit views and hiking along the Matilda’s.

Really awesome trail! I would say it is medium to difficult. If one has any back or knee issues I would not attempt this. The views at the top are amazing.

Decided to stay an extra day after doing 4 of the Saranac 6 to get a High Peak in. We got a later start than we would have like and had to park about a mile down the road from the LOJ. It was overall a great hike the water was refreshing and the top had some good views. The top can be a little confusing because there are a lot of trails right at the peak but nothing to crazy.

13/10 would do this hike again, though not with my dog again.

This hike was amazing. Definitely agree with previous reviewers to do this loop counter clockwise, I wouldn't have wanted to go down the mountain on the Lake Colden side. Not an easy hike by any means, but the views were absolutely beautiful.

That being said, I would STRONGLY advise against doing this hike with your dog, at least if you have a larger dog. There are a lot of ladders that are practically impossible for a dog to traverse on the path around Avalanche Lake, but those are doable. The worst one was at the top of Mount Colden, over 10' high with no way for a dog to travel around it. My advise would be to do an out and back on the Lake Arnold side of Mount Colden if you'd like to bring your dog.

Just completed this hike last weekend over 3 days and 2 nights while camping at Bushnell Falls. The extra time definitely made the summit day much easier. Hike was relatively easy first five miles and then was very steep for most of the rest of the way. Definitely worth the challenge and the sore legs the next day. Views were amazing and you can see for miles in all directions. Would recommend to anyone looking for a difficult but rewarding hike in the Adirondacks.

Trail was easy enough to follow along and despite the concern for the trail being unmaintained it was manageable for kids (11 and 13) and dog. I’d like to rate it higher but there really wasn’t much in the way of views or good resting/lunch places to make the day a memorable one. Love the 46! This one is not one of the best.

The fam did this hike yesterday. It was a nice day for it, warm but not hot and not really buggy at all. Started at the loj using the Mt Jo trail signs. The 'trailless' path was easy to follow from there for most of the hike. Crossing over the Indian Brook was no problem, water was low. I think it'd have to have literally just rained to not be able to cross in your boots. We reached the junction tree with St & Nye carved into it and decided to get Nye done first since there is zero view. It was a quick walk to the peak, then back and moving on to Street. This was also not a terrible ascent, most of the path is fairly flat until the final ascent to the peak. The peak itself didn't have a view but if you walk around a little bit you can find an opening with a decent view. From start to finish it took us 6 hours. I enjoyed the hike itself, I only gave 4 stars because the views are not great.

The hike up to Marcy Dam and then to the Phelps Trail cut-off is easy. The sign to Phelps at the cut-off reads 1.0 miles, but it is actually 1.2 miles. The 1.2 miles are a bit challenging, but nothing too difficult. At the top, there is a small trail to the right of a boulder that runs along the left side of the trail - take the trail (very short) for some very nice views.

This was so much fun all around.

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6 days ago

Great hike! Outstanding views up to Giant, at the peak and at Rocky Peak. Probably the most difficult portion is the initial descent to Rocky Peak (.3mi?) and then back up towards Giant. We left the trailhead at 5:45 am; views on the way up were great but the summit of Giant was overcast. Views from RP were great and you can see Lake Champlain and beyond. The ceiling was clear on the way back so we hit Giant's summit again for outstanding views. It is a very short walk back to Giant from the trail to RP so worth a 2nd look, 8 hours total with a total of 30 minutes on Giant and 20+ on RP

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6 days ago

Excellent herd trails, decent views. 6 hours including 20 minutes on Street's and 10 minutes on Nye's summit

August 8, 2018: Completed Big Slide in 5.5 hours, with about 30 minutes of breaks. Parking: The trailhead at Garden Parking (off Adirondack Rd from the village of Keene) is very small. I arrived there at 9am on Tuesday and no spots available. I usually start my hikes earlier, but this time, I was driving from Ottawa the morning of. I quickly learned that if the parking is full, you are SOL. There are no other places to park, except in the village itself at a public parking, which is what I did. In addition to the 5.5 hrs, this added a good 1hour and 15 minutes. So arrive early :) Although I heard that on weekends there's a shuttle service - don't take my word for it though. The hike itself is a nice one, but tough. There is quite a bit of rock scrambling, which I personnaly like. The summit is great, but watch out for mice - one nearly got in my backpack. I didn't do the actual loop, I went right up from the three Brothers trail and came down the same. Cheers

A lot more rock scrambling than I anticipated! I loved the views on the way up, stopping every now and then to get a snapshot, catch my breath, or drink some water. The way back feels long but is a nice break for your knees. Pay attention to the yellow arrow on a boulder after the waterfall on your way back. There's a herd trail going into the woods that we followed that's not the trail! Overall a satisfying hike! I'm an intermediate hiker and I finished in 7 hours, including about 30 min worth of breaks.

Not a review...I'm new to the site and am curious if the distance is one way? I assume it is but wanted to make sure. Thanks in advance!

A long hike for sure, but as advertised the first 5 or so miles were relatively easy and then the difficulty increased tremendously. But the views were worth all the aches and pains. Took us 12 hours from start to finish with a 45 minute stop on top and a short rest and JBL. Took the Shorey Cut trail up and the Phelps trail on the way down. Phelps was easier. Think next time i'll spend the night.

Hiked in to Phelps from the Loj. I really don’t see any reason to do this mountain unless you are a trying to get all 46 High Peaks. Took 2.5 hours from the Loj and less than 2 to get back. The hike in is a lovely walk, but the trail up Phelps is a bit boring and pretty difficult, lots of roots and stones ......no views till the very end. I agree with another reviewer.... it IS a unique view of Marcy and the other high peaks in the area once you are on the summit. Of course I had a great time, I was hiking! But I would not climb this mountain again.

I didn’t think this trail was hard, but by husband did as he has bad knees. Summited in 3 hrs and about 2.5 hrs to descend. The views were nice although it was a cloudy day, I’m sure on a clear day it would be incredible. I would recommend poles if prone to knee strain.

This was my first of the 46ers. Though it was a challenging one to start off with, the views were absolutely worth it. Really cool mini stone castle at the top that includes a dining area, gift shop and restroom. I will be returning one day!

The last mile is a lot of work but lots of opportunities to take breaks to catch your breath and well worth the effort. Very unique view of the high peaks from the summit

Did this on August 2nd. This was a great hike, the views weren't the best since it was raining, but the trail wasn't that hard to follow for it being unmarked and unmaintained. Crossing the brook was easy and after crossing that you cross another about 5-10 minutes later (we didn't realize that at first). The first 3 miles is easy to moderate and after that it gets pretty steep and muddy, nothing to worry about. We went to Nye first and then Street. The street mountain sign is to the left up on a tree and then there are about 3 different places to look out from. Wish we could have seen more summits, but my friend and I would say this is easier than Tabletop/Phelps!

Very easy 5 mile walk in the the great camp. I didn't like the fact that there is horse manure on the road going into Newcomb lake. Spent way to many steps zig zaging around the crap. Owner of the horses should have to clean up at least once a week. I give it 5 stars though for the historic value.

This was an amazing hike the last mile took me about 1 hour because it was my very first time at an high peak! My back bother me some but I would do it all over again.

We hiked Esther via the ASRC in April. So we skipped her on our climb this week. That being said, our Esther hike prepared us very well for the Face. We took it nice and slow up Marble. After Marble, we progressively picked up our pace. Took a nice break at the ski lift before making the final push to the summit. The summit is pretty great... The hordes of tourists that drove up there.... Not so much.... Regardless, a very fun hike! A bunch of ravens were circling the summit!

Great hike. The only water on the trail is a couple of small springs between the trail to Ester and Whiteface. My dog loved it and we had no bugs. Glad to check those two off my list.

Did this one on July 30th 2018. Enjoyable day, glad it was sunny most of the way, maybe saw 5 other people all day.

I would suggest when you first encounter the creek to avoid the temptation to cross right away, but instead follow along downstream a couple hundred feet to where the cairns are - not because it is easier to cross but because it will line you up with the trail on the other side. The crossing involved a couple of bold rock hops, but nothing dangerous and no wet feet.

When you get to the summit of Street, take a few minutes to find a trail through the pines (no more than 50 yards) to get a stunning view of both the Santanoni Range and the Seward Range. This is one of the 3 or 4 best views in the Adirondacks simply for its uniqueness - you can’t see these ranges so close from any road or mountain

Easier than I thought get it would be to navigate a trail less peak. Beautiful summits and blessed silence along the way.

Gorgeous moderate hike. If you are looking for views this is a great pick. The trail is moderate and offers nice portions that are great for trail running. There are also many nice little overlooks so you can find your own spot to relax and take in the views.

This was not an easy hike, but absolutely worth it. Getting to Avalanche Lake was pretty easy going and it is so gorgeous. Even saw a couple of people scaling the rock face of Mt Colden! Got to the end of the trail and decided I wanted to go ahead and do Mt Colden. The climb on this side (south) was a lot of climbing straight rock face. Not horrible, but very precarious since there is water running down most of it and it is a steep angle for most of it... so much so that they have built stairs on a handful of sections. Towards the top of that climb, I could really feel the elevation starting to affect my breathing, had to take breaks more often, but otherwise fine.

The final scrabble near the top is straight rock face which, in parts, has no foliage on the down side of the mountain; one of the only climbs I have done where I was a bit worried about sliding off. No problems though. The view at the top... there are really no words... you just have to see it... pictures don’t even do it justice. It was clear when I got up there and you can see for miles in most directions.

Climb down was much less steep and followed a river bed for a good bit, making you rock jump (which is hard after you just climbed ~2000 feet). Lots of water on the way, so plenty of places to cool off and refill, including one waterfall with a good size pool under it just off the path (on the left just before the Lake Arnold Trail veers to the left, so keep your ears open as you can barely see it from the trail).

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