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Beautiful Day Sunday 10/14. The first two miles got the legs burning and lungs working. Great Views from Marble Mountain. Enjoyed a muddy trip over to snow frosted trees on Esther. The contrast of snow topped pines and color changed foliage below made for great pictures.

As we headed up to Whiteface, we had views for days. Clear skies and low winds made the top a great place for lunch. I'd strobgly reccomend microspikes or crampons for the rest of the season. The rocks above 4000 feet were quite icy.

GPS said 10.4 miles. Took 6.5 hours including 45 minutes of breaks. *Spent the day with our 6'5 runner friend leading* allow 7-8 hours

NOTE: This is Hard, NOT moderate, and this route to the peak is more like 8 miles, not 6 miles. Also, don't bring your dog, unless they're very adept at hiking with you. Once you get past mile 2, the rocky bits get increasingly harder to scale and the opportunities for a fall increase dramatically. We saw at least one poor dog too terrified to climb down while the owner yelled at him to jump, and none of the many dogs we saw coming down looked happy at all.

If you try a day hike like we did, you'll want to be back to within one mile of the trailhead by dark. It was ok with headlamps, but you definitely don't want to be scrounging around near any of the false peaks after dark. Also highly recommend at least one pole for the climb down or you'll have some sore knees pretty quickly.

Challenging, gorgeous and populated with legit and polite hikers. Don't underestimate this hike, especially in the fall with wet leaves, mud and high winds when you reach the various false peaks.

This was the right hike for the busy Columbus Day weekend - only saw ten other hikers. The trail was not marked but fairly easy to follow. The brook was high enough that shoes off for the crossing was the right decision, and on the way back the water felt pretty refreshing. Some nice little lookouts from both Street and Nye. I've heard people say this hike isn't worth it unless you're going for 46, but I really enjoyed it and thought it was a pretty relaxed day compared to a lot of Adk hikes - "only" about 2500 ft of elevation gain. The gorgeous near-peak fall trees didn't hurt!

Hiked Giant Mtn via the Ridge Trail on 10/12/2018. The views on the way up were beautiful! It was a little past peak for leaves but it was still stunning. Once we got to the peak we were in the middle of a cloud and it was snowing so we had 0 view. But given better weather I feel it would have been perfect. It took a little under 3 hours to summit with 3 first time hikers in decent shape with a few stops and 2 hours to descent. Definitely a good hike! Very steep towards the top and a lot of bare rocks to scale but overall a well maintained trail and moderate difficulty. A fun hike!

Had a great time hiking this trail with one of my best friends. Perfect weather, and beautiful foliage. 10/10 would recommend

Hiked Phelps and tabletop sept 30th, great hike a little mud on the trail but at the top of Phelps there were some awesome views as well Indian falls is a must to stop at you get some incredible views and a great spot to take a lunch break or snack break! I have a feeling before I finish the 46 those will get done again ! This weekend porter and cascade for the second time !

Did this hike Oct 07. Very challenging. Very wet. Running water on rock climb to summit. Rewarding to reach the summit, but unfortunately clouded in, so no views.
Hike back to LOJ via Lake Arnold trail is looooong! 11 hrs total.

10/8/18 was a great hike and as you continued your climb it became increasingly more steep. It was almost like a warm up for what was to come. I decided to do Wright peak first which I think was a good idea since after I did Algonquin I decided to go the “extra mile” and do Iroquois as well. Not sure I would have had it in me after both of those peaks to come back and do Wright. All in all it was a decently difficult hike. Technically 4 peaks total but boundary isn’t recognized as a 46er because of its close proximity to Algonquin, nevertheless I like to make myself feel better by saying I tackled 4 peaks. Total time for me was 6 hours 15 minutes from trailhead to trailhead using my garmin watch it somehow clocked me at 16.1 miles total. So something might have been off between my watch and the trail signs. I don’t know. The views at each peak were obscured by total cloud coverage so I didn’t spend much time at any peak really but I did stop multiple times on the lower levels to see some foliage and enjoy the beauty of the trails. Would love to do them again on a clear day if I could.

Nothing too special about these two. There were no great views and the trail was a bit hard to find in one spot in particular after a major river crossing - but I’m going to blame that on the new fallen leaves obscuring the trail.

Unless you’re going after all 46 of the highest peaks, I’d skip this hike. It wasn’t too hard, there were no good rock scrambles, and all in all, it wasn’t a very noteworthy hike.

This hike is unbelievable. It was my very first time hiking any of the 46 ADK peaks, and I started right in with Wright & Algonquin! They were amazing to say the least. We did Wright first, very steep 0.4 mile from where the trail splits into Wright or Algonquin. The views were BREATHTAKING! Heart lake looked glorious from up there, and there’s the plaque in dedication to the helicopter that crashed there in 1922 (i think?). The way down was actually just as challenging, which I never took in to account! Very slippery!
Algonquin was 0.6 from trail split, not as challenging but not easy. Unfortunately by the one we got up there we were in a cloud, which was actually quite interesting, but you couldn’t see anything. Looking forward to doing it again, hopefully with a view!

First mile of so up Marble is pretty rocky and straight. Some great views where it meets the trail up from the Wilmington Reservoir - foliage was at peak and absolutely spectacular. Then it was a pretty wet, rocky slog all the way to Esther. The side trail to Esther is basically half a mile of mud to get to a wooded summit with a plaque. If you’re not doing the 46 I wouldn’t bother. The trail up to Whiteface, on the other hand, has tons of great views, especially once you approach the wall below the highway. On the day I visited the summit of Whiteface was clouded over but I did get a lot of great views on the way up.

Today was a perfect fall day in the Adirondacks! Really enjoyed both mountains very much despite the mud on Tabletop! Views were absolutely stunning on Phelps! Tabletop didn’t disappoint either; how can staring at Marcy be a bad thing!?

Given the rainy weather lately this was always going to be a climb up a running stream. Very muddy along the top. I’m sure the view is wonderful on a good day.

Wife and I knocked this one out today. Both active hikers/bikers. Actual mileage is 6.5+. To be fair, we did the hike the morning after the region got 1+ inches of rain. Low clouds all day so we never got more than a fleeting look at he the high peaks off in the distance when we near or at the top. Truth is, this hike beat me up a bit. Not sure if it was the constant moisture or slick conditions, but by the time we hit the summit and were on the way back down (5.5hr total trip) the grind was on. Down was much more treacherous than I would have expected, as every slick stone and exposed root slide required focus to not slip and bust my arse. Will do again on a clear day and see if it rates easier. Under these conditions - easier up than down. A good challenge for sure.

Okay let's level-set here. I've been all over the world, for example the Wind River Range in Wyoming, or the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt, or up Denali. So I'm probably spoiled. Or something. So be forewarned.

But having said that: this hike is kinda miserable. I hate to rain on everyone's parade. I mean there are some beautiful views, especially from the top of Marcy, where I was above the clouds on a beautiful morning.

But the hike up and the hike down were some of the toughest most un-walkable "trails" I've ever seen. And that's before I tell you about the bear problem.

So let's get started. The walk out of the Adirondack Loj to Marcy Dam is a nice little jaunt. And it's a trail, by which I mean a somewhat dirt based path through the woods.

But then you start up. I did this in late September. It was a dry summer. But it had rained a few days. The trail gets wetter and wetter. You're basically hiking up a creek in the woods. In one place that everyone here mentions, just past Lake Arnold, the water was almost to our waist on the trail. Our dog was swimming. And she's not that small.

Now I know what you're thinking: "Who cares, you're hiking!" Sure. But I'm talking four miles of muddy rocky slosh with no views. Just know what you're getting into.

Ok now for the bears. We stopped to camp between Lake Arnold and Marcy. A nice black bear walked into our cook site. I won't bore you with the details but let's start by saying I was camping clean, meaning that all my smelly stuff, including sunscreen and toothpaste and whatever, was in my bear canister at the cook site.

The dog went nuts. I was calling Hey Bear and trying to scare him a bit. But he walked straight up to us and luckily past us to go for the food. I backed away carefully to the lean to, thinking we were safe and he was just looking for food. But guess who showed up to the lean to 30 minutes later? You guessed it. Ursus major. And there he stood for two hours. Sniffing the air. Dog barking. I put loud music on my phone. I waved my arms. Etc. He just kept sniffing. Very close. He came and went throughout the night.

Okay so you're thinking he was a black bear and he wasn't going to hurt us. You try sitting in a lean to with a bear 20-30 feet out all night, those yellow eyes in your headlamp light, his breath steaming up in the air.

Next morning we got ready to go but again, the bear was on the trail out, so we continued up the peaks. I'll say this: THE VIEWS ARE BEAUTIFUL. It was pouring rain when we set out but amazingly cleared just as we summited Marcy and we were above a cloud layer in the sun. They don't call it a high peak for nothing. You'd think you were 10,000 ft higher. Just gorgeous. Fall colors. Mist. Real Lord of the Rings stuff.

But now the walk down. It's a six mile, boulder hoping, sopping wet, creek bed, one slick rock to the next, in the trees. It's not a trail per se, if by trail you mean that dirt thing that you walk on. It's just wet rock after rock, with a bunch of mud in between them. If you want to do the hike bring some beefy boots. This isn't for your trail runners.

Well that's about it. I'm still glad I did. It's a real wilderness. But anyone who thinks the White Mountains are tough, or has put off of a pass in the Winds, or whatever, better know that this thing is the real deal.

Have fun!

Beautiful hike, lots of rock scrambling and mud making going down a bit tricky, but the views were endless and vast. Fall colors were starting to pop up on the high peaks across the way! 9/29/18. We got to the trail head around 8 am and there were still some parking spots left. Lots of people on the trail but the traffic flowed pretty well that you still had the trail to yourself most of the hike. Began at 8 and we’re back by 2:30. Took a bit longer because we stopped a few times up and down, definitely doable in <6 hours.

Nice, but strenuous hike. We did Tabletop first, which was a muddy and slippery hike up an unmarked trail. View was ok at the top but partially blocked by trees. The “one mile” up Phelps felt like the longest mile of my life! There are lots of locations to replenish your water. There are lots of false summits but once there, the views are excellent! Garmin logged our hike of both at 13.20 miles.

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A challenging but rewarding hike with amazing views and fall foliage. We got to the parking lot at 5:45 A.M., and all the regular spots were filled so we had to create one that was still reasonable within the parking lot. Trail was very muddy from all the rain so wear waterproof boots because it’s unavoidable to not step in mud. Elevation gain was killer so be prepared. It took us a total of 12 hours to finish the loop starting up Macomb and ending at Dix. We stopped at each peak, but not for too long, we just had to stop 10 min after each peak to take off some layers. AWESOME HIKE - just plan ahead!

Unbelievable hike! Starts off relatively flat and gets increasingly harder as you make your way up. There is a lot of big boulders and rocks as well as big flat rocks that can be quite slippery coming down. The last little bit starting at the fork between Wright & Algonquin peak is quite strenuous, but the views make it totally worth it! We did both Algonquin & Wright which took us about 6 and a half to 7 hours. We did this hike without hiking poles but I would probably recommend them due to the scrambling/slippery rocks. Don’t forget to pack warmer clothes because it is very cold on the top of the mountain. We had our dog with us and she did great! We were advised it can be tough for dogs but it is definitely do-able for anyone wondering! Overall this hike is a very fun one, although quite difficult.

As an out of shape office worker with -10 of upper body strength, I would rate this as hard, but not impossible. I had 2 moments of wanting to turn back and actually started a decent at one point, but knowing I was half way there I pushed on. I was very scared of slipping on the way up, but the way down made me laugh at myself. It helped to have encouragement of other hikers and my boyfriend. We don't use poles so a hand here or there is nice. 1L of water was fine for each of us. Took 9 hours with at least 2-3 hours of rethinking the climb, talking to hikers, and lunch at the top. Beautiful day, just wet from overnight rain. View was minimal due to clouds.

Would not suggest doing this range unless your going to be a 46er. Its a very hard climb up ward brook getting quite steep for the last mile or so, your next to water most of the time up to Seward so there is a lot of wet rock slabs and mud to maneuver around. Going between the mountains in the range is no picnic either (do Seymour another day) after Seward you have to climb down a very steep section before hooking west down into mud just to come back up again. The map shows a more direct route between the peaks than you actually take. in reality it does take about an hour to reach each peak because you have to swing out down the mountain before heading back up to the next summit. There is an astounding amount of mud that stays between these peaks, we went when there hadn't been rain for a week and there mere multiple sections with mud 6 inches deep or more even. All and all it was an experience to be remembered total trip from ward brook lean to emmons and back took 10 1/2 hours, we came back in the night time after leaving at 9 am so bring your head lamps just in case. Just make sure you give yourself enough time and water to make the trip, and your boots need to be in top condition, otherwise good luck...
P.S. keep you eyes out for small cut arounds near harder sections for rocks and mud, found quite a few extra ways to avoid wet slabs and mud pits

My daughter and I did this on Saturday, September 22 it was muddy and fun only saw 10 other hikers. Outstanding views from the south west corner of the street summit

A challenging day but great hike! Don't get bogged down by negative reviews on here, go hike it and decide for yourself. I'd actually do this again, and I use that sentence sparingly.

Phelps kicks butt, it's the most deceptive "1.0 mile to the summit" I've ever experienced. Terrain gets gradually steeper, make sure to turn around once in a while to see the views behind you. Lots of "I think this is the top.... wait here's the trail again." Great summit views and worth it.

Tabletop was unmarked, following running water and lots of mud the entire way up. Definitely recommend gaiters and/or trekking poles to poke and test how deep mud is before you step. Easier than Phelps but the view payoff isn't as great. Say hello to Marcy while you're up there.

Our group of four took 9 hours including an hour spent on the summits. 7am - 4pm. Great day, 13/46.

We parked in the Rooster Comb parking lot and walked to The Garden parking lot. A fantastic day hike, especially the climb up Gothics with the cables. Not much to see at the top of LWJ but its a nice steep climb, or at least feels steep after doing 3 other high peaks. We walked back to Rooster Comb parking lot which was a nice trail.

We camped at the sites right before phelps, dropped our packs then continued up phelps. Bugs were really bad at phelps. Tabletops view wasn’t quite as good as phelps, the trail going up was unmarked and really muddy, but wasn’t a problem for us. About a mile after the trailhead to tabletop is indian falls, which is a way better view than phelps or tabletop, so i highly recommend checking that out while your there.

We hiked Mount Colden on Sept 22 via Avalanche Pass and returned via Lake Arnold. Indications are clear so no worries about missing a cutoff. It was a Saturday and the parking at the LOJ was already full by 8am. This hike is one of the best I've done - many different challenges and variety on this trail. The last 1.5 miles is torture though. All in all, it took us 9 hours for the complete loop, which include a 30 minute break on the summit and a number of quick breaks along the trail. It is highly recommended that the loop be done counter-clockwise (starting via Avalanche Pass). I couldn't imagine coming down this way. Also recommended is wearing thin gloves as there is a lot of scrambling, especially if the weather is on the cool side. Also wear waterproof shoes - there was an instance where you actually had to step in water to reach the bottom rung of a ladder. Overall a long but very rewarding hike.

Beautiful day for this hike! It’s pretty moderate the first mile but the last two are very steep with decent rock scrambles. Trail is mostly in the sun with some dips into the woods got muddy at the top but nothing too crazy! Well worth the view!!

Did Phelps then TT. Phelps is a bit more open at the top with about 200 degree view, whereas TT was a bit more narrow but awesome view of Marcy. TT was a bit muddy as you get close to the summit so be prepared for that. I would consider both easy to moderate, no significant rock scrambles but it could be trickier when raining or slick. Overall an awesome workout with nice reward at the top!

Hiked last week, was raining the whole time and still enjoyed this hike immensely. The clouds were high so we still had beautiful views, and it was a lot of gain over a short distance.

The “Lollipop Loop” hike to Mt Colden via Avalanche Pass is remarkable! The ladders and boardwalks make it easier for sure.Avalanche Lake area is outstanding!A must see ! Huge towering ledges, boulders, and the water itself. The hike up to Mt. Colden is fairly steep but has actual stairs for part of it. View from top are great! Many peaks are visible. Need to be in decent shape to do the whole 12 plus mile hike.Worth it if you can stick it.

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