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11/17/18 - fun hike, definitely glad to follow the route here and save cascade for last as porter was great but much less climactic. Lots of wind at the top of both so either don’t spend more than a minute or be prepared. Brought along snowshoes because we were told by a worker at EMS that you can be fined for not carrying/wearing them but we just carried them the whole way and wore crampons and gaiters. Mountain got fresh snow the day and night before but by 9 am the trail was pretty packed down. Started later than we would have liked and ran into 2 or 3 10+ groups so if you want solitude definitely go early. Make sure to constantly take sips from your camelback to keep it from freezing! Especially when up on the summits. Started around 9:10, stopped multiple times for food/equipment/layer changes, flew down after both summits and got to the car around 3:00.

Vraiment une belle randonnée!
Prévoir des crampons pour novembre!
Les parois étaient complètement glacées.

Did this as part of a loop with Armstrong and coming down Beaver Meadow trail. Took me 9.75 hours, including short stops. Toughest part was coming up UWJ, LWJ is not difficult. Crampons needed above 3600'. Only 1/2'' of snow.

Very muddy trail. Was expecting ice but there wasn’t any this time around. Well marked trail up and down. There is a lot of rock scramble which was interesting coming down haha. Incredible views all the way up. The Brothers offer a good challenge on the way up to Big Slide. Overall an awesome and challenging hike. Took about 7 hrs with lots of short stops.

Completed 10/30/18 - the trail is long and gradual. If you like to get the climbing out of the way, this trail is not for you. There was a couple inches of snow from the loj and once we reached the top there was more than a foot of snow. Clouded-out conditions once we reached the top, but the alpine zone was unbelievable, even without the mountain views it felt unreal. I wouldn't do this hike without spikes or snowshoes in the winter. Probably don't need snowshoes right now since there was huge rainstorms past couple of days, but waterproof hiking boots and spikes will be much needed. Lots of hidden puddles, mud, and run-off all under the snow tuesday made this trail a lot more daunting. The overall experience and trek of this hike made this my favorite journey I've ever embarked in Nature to date, the high peaks are surreal.

Mount Marcy was a great hike. My wife and I just hiked the mountain on Nov. 1. The temperature was high 30s and a mix of precipitation. The snow started halfway and got a bit deeper as we went up. The trail changed from thick mud to seemingly endless boulders. There was a lot of snow covered ice and we needed to put on the microspikes to get traction on the rocks. Water streamed down the entire trail and could be seen in spots not covered in snow. There are a couple river crossings that required rock hopping. The water still came over our boots. My feet were wet for most of the trek thanks to leaky goretex boot linings. Wool socks made this more tolerable.
I'd say the trail wouldn't be technically difficult on a good summer day. However, the ice and snow made it a tougher and more time consuming trek. The mileage also made Marcy a physical challenge.
The summit area was completely covered in thick clouds that poured icy rain. We could barely see the trail behind us through the heavy fog. One must be careful not to lose their way in these conditions. Needless to say, we never encountered another soul on the trail throughout the hike. It was still worth the journey.

This was a beautiful trail. Some sections were steep and rocky, but overall it was very doable. Some of the ice at the top has turned to slush with the rain the last few days. Microspikes are needed about an hour into the trail. Use the app to tell where the summit of Porter is because it's not too well-marked on the trail. The 360-degree views from the top of Cascade are breathtaking.

Oct. 27th 2018
Did this trail this morning. I was reading the reviews for this trail and to all the people on here saying to bring your micro spikes, thank you. Lifesaver.
When we started it wasn’t snowing but I knew as the day goes on lake placid would be getting some snowfall. The 2 hours it took to reach the peak it was snowing pretty bad at the top it felt like glass shards hitting your face. Although we couldn’t see the amazing view this trail has to offer it was still breathtaking
Definitely want to come back to do this trail on a clear day.

I'm an early Boomer who just had spinal fusion surgery in April....so I was a little apprehensive after reading reviews. We started at 7:30. Rainy and chilly in the parking lot. It stopped raining because it turned to hail and ice pellets. It's hard work after the first few miles. The rocks and roots and mud made it quite slippery. And worse when the snow started. We made it to Indian Falls where we bailed as the stones were almost underwater and we didn't have 'croutons'. The trip back down was actually harder because of more snow and mud and ice. We were the first ones out and back that day. If you want to avoid crowds go on a rainy cold day. I was surprised that I wasn't tired over the next few days. I'd definitely do it again on a sunny day.

Made this my first two adk high peaks today. Climbed with a head lamp around 5:30 this morning. Your crazy not to have microspikes and climbing.

Did this hike on 10/22/18. Started about 6:30am. The hike is relatively simple for high peaks. Low effort high reward at least for the views on cascade. 360 views on cascade were absolutely stunning. Hit porter on the way back down. Porter is a very unassuming summit as I stood on the summit but did not see a summit marker so i kept hiking. Thankfully I had service up there (Verizon) and pulled out the AllTrails app and realized I had hiked too far. 180 views on porter summit are stunning as well. Lots of ice on the trail so be prepared with micro spikes.

Good elevation gain for the length of the hike. Pretty well marked trails and amazing views up top. Pretty icy and windy up on cascade. Definitely wear spikes. Porter summit can be misleading and doesn’t offer the same amazing views as cascade but still worth the small trek out after Cascade.

The longest ever hike! Loved it! Not sure I’ll do it again!

A great "short" hike in the ADK. Elevation from the start, and hit the peak of Giant within 2 hours. Some ice along the way, but didn't need the spikes. Giant was Cloud Covered but with the wind blowing ( 70mph gust) I was hoping RPR would be good. Like others said .. there is some work going down Giant to RPR, steep and muddy. Going up RPR was fine, and the peak was WOW, amazing. When I reached the bald summit, incredible view and 360 degree views. One of my favorites. Round trip for me was 6.5 hours, and I'm not a fast hiker.

I did marcy in the outing of September. Although the trail was very long, it wasn’t difficult. Nothing crazy steep, or terribly hard. Very easy to follow. But not going on a busy holiday weekend, the trail was very busy which was annoying. I would highly recommend doing Indian Falls on your way up and down. It’s 5 seconds off the trail. I would also recommend doing Tabletop while you are right there. I didn’t do it but is only .7 mi away from the trail. Adding only 1.4 miles to your day and +1 to your 46er list. The top was beautiful. You hav ran amazing view of the MacIntyre’s and the Great Range and Haystack.

What a great hike! An enjoyable introduction to the ADK 4ks. I mainly hike in the White Mountains, so this trail was a little less rugged than I am used to. The trail is maintained, but could use water bars in a few places before the Y intersection. It was extremely windy on the top of Cascade--what fun! I recommend carrying microspikes if you hike this from now until April. We began early, and spikes were certainly needed. By the time we were coming down, the ice was melting and all the snow had melted from the trees. Still, would recommend traction throughout the winter for the slabby sections!

Not a good idea to hike when there is snow, ice on the ground. Otherwise it is a enjoyable hike with rocks on the trail and view at the top is spectacular.

Challenging climb with amazing views. We went up and back the 7.9 miles. Ice and snow made the climb up more challenging and going down the brothers was fun! Took us about 5 and a half hours round trip

hit this on 10/16. solo it took me 6 hours to reach both peaks and return, I didn't stop very often except for the peaks. towards the top, things were a bit icy, and the descent from Giant to RPR was definitely the toughest; I went for a few tumbles. was able to get away without microspikes, but it looks.like those days are numbered. Bring layers, it was mid 50s at the base, but ~5 degrees with wind chill at the top.

My first high peak! Loved it and the view was awesome!

A little icy at the top but amazing view. Could see many high peaks. Started trail at 7am was nice but muddy coming back down. Definitely waterproof footwear.

So. Much. Mud! Highly recommend bringing your gaiters. Also bring your microspikes. Half way up the Tabletop trail is already very icy! (Hiked on October 14th) Made for difficulty navigating on the ascent and descent as I didn’t even think to pack my microspikes and it tacked on a lot of time to the hike. But it was still so much fun which is how I would describe this hike-fun! It is a wooded summit but still beautiful views. If you can tackle Phelps the same day I would recommend that as well. Very very busy parking lot at the Loj so be sure to get there early to secure spot. Lots of camping areas at Marcy Dam as well. Would definitely do this hike again. I would rate this trail as moderate if just doing Tabletop. (GPS mapped trail as 11.1 miles)

This was a little tougher than I thought it would be. The first overlook, when you turn around was magnificent. The top was cloudy and very windy. When the sun did peek through, the view was a 10 all around. This was my first high peak, I'm 61 and I am so glad I did it. No crowds, great people along the way. This years foliage was outstanding!!!

Started from the lot at 6:40 and got back at 15:50. I was somewhat surprised it took me so long as I was really breezing down the last part. Upper sections were icy however, and the crampons were of great help. A lot of mud and water after Indian Falls; the ice started maybe 1.5 mile before the summit (not all over the place but enough to make you ponder your steps). Just a few people on top and met maybe 40-50 people going down - a manageable population for such a long hike.

Hiked this on a beautiful sunny October 14th day. Ice had started to form on the trail when nearing the top of Giant, along with some snow on the trees. Awesome view at the top. The hike to RPR proved to be tough as there was some slippery sections with mud. By the time we turned around and went back, all the ice had melted on the trail and it was easier getting down. All in all a great shorter hike that we did in just over 7 hours, but just know it won’t be long until snow and ice start to form along the entire trail.

We were bit nervous considering the other comments to complete this hike in November. However, we found this hike to be beautiful, diverse, and really achievable. We are in our late 20s/early 30s and are fairly fit. We reached the Summit within 3h30minutes, and completed the trip in 7 hours with about 30+ minutes of breaks.

Indian falls is only a few steps off the trail and beautiful. A rewarding trail, particualrly with kind people to meet along the way. You can do it!

Short hike to top - 1:45 moving slowly. Amazing 360 views on top. Did it in the Fall - beware of icy rocks coming down. Crowdy but great hike if you have less than 4 hours.

Was a relatively challenging trail, picked a day during the August heat wave, big mistake. Did not make it to Nippletop, will have to do that one separate if possible.

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Dynamite hike, View after view the entire way. Check out my full write up with pictures and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/bigslideadk/

Awesome trail. Well marked. Lots of mud.

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