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Started from upper works and made my way out, and past the flowed lands. crossing Lake Colden is really nice, when the lake is still you get an incredible view of Colden, mirrored in the lake ... its one of my favorite views in the ADK. From the Cliff/RF junction, I did Redfield first. Not too tough of a climb, and on top, you get some decent views, but it is not a bald summit. Doing Cliff was a bit more interesting. right from the junction, the mud-pit starts, not impossible to navigate, but some mud is pretty deep. The ascent does offer some good scrambles, where you are exposed, and that is where you'll see the best views. Once on top .. you've still got 20+ minutes until you actually get to the summit of Cliff. A decent hike, not in the top 10 of ones I've done so far. It is long. I'm not a fast hiker, but took me a solid 12 hours with a few stops to talk to other hikers.

Some beautiful woods and a well maintained trail but other nearby hikes have better views. The trail goes downhill for the better part of the second mile - not fun on the way back! 3rd of the Saranac 6 for me.

camping
1 day ago

The view from MT Colvin is absolutely Amazing. So what if it is a little muddy at parts, its a mountain hike, that comes with the territory. There are some really fun scrambles. There is also a nice stream for a decent ways up the mountain to refuel. There are also about 4 spaces that you can camp in about 2 miles from the top. The best place to park is at a country club. It is right before a church on your left or after it on your right. Its a little sign with an A and another letter on it as a symbol. You drive up that rode until you pass by tennis courts. The foot trail begins a little down the road once you pass between them. So many high peaks to access from that trail.

I completed Haystack previously from the Jack Rabbit trail which was a gradual incline and while it was over a lot of ankle rolling potential rocks it was pretty easy. The second time I followed this trail and was surprised to find it was a lot more challenging. Nothing too crazy but more than I was expecting. The wild blueberries at the top and the decent view made the effort worth it. We met some people at the top who thought they were on Mt Haystack - might have been a little off track. :) This is Saranac 6 Haystack not to be confused with 46er Mt Haystack (or even little Haystack - apparently people like the name Haystack!)

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.

The trail was clearly discernible and there were no bugs and not much mud. There was a view at the summit of approximately 40 degrees including Haystack, Marcy, and Algonquin. The trail became quite narrow at places--watch your eyes. It didn't seem too strenuous but it was challenging enough to be enjoyable. There were also some views on the descent. A nice one. Don't miss Indian Falls just beyond the turnoff--well worth the extra yards.

Longer than this states (18.5 by my Garmin), but great hike from the Garden.

hiking
4 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

A very enjoyable hike! We went to Indian Falls first (totally worth it!) and took a break before climbing Tabletop. A nice hike with a good view of Mount Marcy.

One of the best 46 high peaks hikes there is. Views and summits from all 3 mountains are fantastic. Haystack feels like another country on top. Total time 11 hours 10 minutes. We walked in to JBL from the garden. From there we went to Haystack first (***be careful if you want to go to Haystack first because the sign at JBL to Haystack is misleading as it points you left to Haystack saying 7 miles, but that is the way/mileage to Haystack if you END with Haystack and go over Saddleback and Basin first). We started the loop with Haystack so we went towards Marcy before splitting to Haystack. Go over little Haystack to Haystack. Then it was roughly an hour to Basin, and roughly another hour to Saddleback. Descent between basin and Saddleback is some of the most technical descents I’ve seen. Steep, rocky, slippery, and have to calculate every step. Getting to the col was very welcomed. Then climbing the cliffs just before Saddleback is a challenge as you’re actually doing some rock climbing (no clue how a dog would get up/down it without getting really hurt). Descent from Saddleback was nice and not bad on the body and there’s a super long wooden staircase down the side of a slide that’s really cool. Great trip with great views and terrain. 9 miles from garden to Haystack so it took 4 hours 45 minutes to get to our first summit then smooth sailing. Then we completed the loop at JBl and back to the garden.

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.

I actually really liked this trail. 14.2 miles** So many great places to explore, and the trail isn’t actually too tough, just loooong. At both the cairns on the trail, turn left, and make sure to follow them for all the stream crossings and you’ll be fine. Also beware of deep mud near the summit! It doesn’t look too bad, but i stepped in knee deep. I don’t know if I’ll summit Marshall again, but will definitely be back for the flowed lands and to see Hanging Spear Falls.

Perfect day for a hike. Very few bugs. Mostly dry, very well maintained trail. A bit of a steep scramble at the end, but doable. Enjoyed it!

I actually veered off towards McKenzie and came back on the backside of the trail which connects to the Jack Rabbit trail. The entrance was actually a bit tough to find and looks like that side isn’t travelled as much... a bit wilder and actually kind of nice. Glad that I went that way too because the climb isn’t nearly as straight up as the way this trail is showing which I took down. Well worth the trip as the view is great.

Not a bad day at all. Much easier than I expected. Much easier to navigate than expected. The cairns are key, follow them and you really cannot be lost. I wouldn't consider this a hard hike, maybe moderate? Also, to be straight, this is 14.2 miles - that extra mile may not seem like much, but mentally, ha, my brain was going crazy when I hit 13.3 miles and still had a good mile vertical to go :)

Did this hike Sunday, nice weather. The trail was muddy , easy going early up to Colvin. Colvin had good views. Ate a early lunch and headed over to Blake. The effort needed to get to Blake is not worth it. Not much at all to see. There is a view of Elk lake through the trees. Total trip was about 15 miles and took 10 hours. Guess that’s not too bad for my age. Lol

This was a hard hike. I tried in March and it was too icy between Colvin and Blake, especially on the ladders. Today it was pretty muddy, we added Indian Head and it took 9 hours. Indian Head was the best part for me.

For me this is one of those peaks you hike because it's on the list. The trail is pretty easy, the payoff is limited views on a treed summit. The description says this is a 13.3 mile hike. My new Garmin Fenix clocked it at 15.2. Trail was easy to follow and very dry as there's been little rain this summer. No bugs.

This was my first 46er 2 years ago. I hiked it in October and it was cool and bug free. The summit was foggy and there was no view, but it was a decent hike.

Colvin was great. Best view just past the peak. Going down Colvin and up Blake looks more daunting than it is. Advice from a couple that past on the trail, “if you want to be a 46er, definitely do both, if you don’t care about being a 46er definitely don’t do Blake.” I’m glad I did both but I didn’t really see a view from Blake.

Beautiful trail and views. Not for the faint of heart. It kicked my butt! ✌

Wonderful views. Several of our health apps said mileage was 7.5 not 6.2. Was easy to follow and today not to many hikers.

hiking
1 month ago

I wanted to hike Haystack a bit different than just a direct route from the Garden parking area. I like to avoid out-and-backs as much as possible so I hiked in from the ADK Loj around Little Marcy, went up Haystack, then exited via the Phelps trail-John Brooks Lodge-Garden Parking lot. Total distance was 17.2 miles- Track uploaded in recordings.

Marcy trail was so FULL of hikers all going up to Marcy, it felt like a pedestrian walking path. Once exiting the Marcy trail I was alone until I hit Little Haystack. Great views and cool little scramble over both Haystacks. Better view of the Panther Gorge than Marcy has.

In my opinion the full Phelps trail was much easier descending than going down through the Shorey's Shortcut- having done that 1 week ago with Saddleback and Basin. The shortcut had more deadfall in it.

We didn't complete this loop, but bagged Macomb, Carson (South Dix), and Grace Peak (East Dix) in a 12.5-mile semi loop. (See https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/by-the-grace-of-dix) We hiked in from the Elk Lake trailhead on the Hunters Pass Trail to the Slide Brook Lean-to cutoff where we hiked along the Slide Brook path to the base of the slide up the west flank of Macomb. This was an exciting but not-too-difficult Class 2 scramble with some loose rocks and scree. Route finding at the top of the slide could be tricky, but the path to the left is well worn. From the summit of Macomb, we descended to the col between Macomb and South Dix (Carson) and continued up the rocky face of Carson, then out to Grace with its impressive summit block and views to the east and south. Returned to the col and then descended on a somewhat improvised path paralleling and crossing Lillian Brook before meeting the main part of the Lillian Brook trail and eventually joining the Hunter's Pass trail to return to the trailhead.

Parking at the Elk Lake trailhead is iffy and it was completely full at 8:30 Sunday morning, so I used a bicycle shuttle to eliminate the 2 mile hike from the snowplow turnaround near Clear Pond.

We used the herd path off the Jack Rabbit trail and it was such an easy hike. From the trailhead on Whiteface Inn Lane, we reached the summit in under an hour. No steep sections at all, a very friendly hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, very easy walk until you hit the slope. Then it's straight to the top! The dam/stream area is great to cool your feet off in on the way back, I always love switching out a fresh pair of socks after cooling off. Very nice views from the summit. 3 hours hiking, but spent lots of time at the summit after our group decided not to do MacKenzie in the same day. (Easily doable to complete both, time-wise)

Gill Brooke Trail is a classic ADK trail and so scenic. Colvin has fantastic views and make sure to go past the summit 150ish feet to a little lookout that has a great view of Blake. Thought the hardest part was going down Colvin toward Blake, but definitely not as rough as some reviews make it out to be. Much easier on the way back. Loved this hike so much, will definitely do Colvin again but probably not Blake. (Hiked 7/8/18 Nos. 6&7 for me!) ALSO on the way down take the Lake Rd. cut off trail to save a bit of mileage and time- it takes you to the road and it’s about 3 miles from there. Wonderful people on this trail.

This was an absolute gem! Lots of waterfalls, fungi, wildlife, and great people. The stop off at Indian Head is definitely worth the additional time pay off is huge. If your taking the loop coming in take Fish Cliff it will bring you back to Gill Brook trail without backtracking(learned by experience).The trail was well marked and pretty dry for Adirondack hiking. Great lookouts from Blake when ascending take the time to turn around and take it in after all you earned it! It is rated moderate but there were some pretty technical parts of the trail especially ascending Colvin to get to Blake my opinion more than moderate.

A good hike, very convenient trailhead. Gets a lot of foot traffic so the trails are obvious. Starts along a river stream for a while before the trail split for Haystack and Mackenzie. I’d recommend doing both of these in one day (haystack being the shorter hike) so that you don’t need to hike back in and do those same couple miles to start again when doing Mackenzie (if you’re going for your SL 6’r patch that is, if not than anything works). Good views up top and not a difficult hike. Worth your time

hiking
1 month ago

After Marcy, the view was somewhat underwhelming. But it was still a view! Trail was muddy and root-heavy unlike sections of the main trail and added a challenging elevation gain.

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