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Yea me and my friends are idiots who decided to start with Avalanche lake and then go to Mt. Marcy. Also we were also stupid and decided to do it all in one day. It took us 16 hours to complete the hike.

Because of the timing and which way we started, our descent of Mt. Marcy was after sunset-

***side note*** the sunset on top of Mt. Marcy moved me to tears

- and we had to hike another 6 miles in the dark. I’m not the epitome of fitness but I’ve been able to keep up on my fair share of hikes, but this was definitely the toughest I have done so far.

If you are not a highly seasoned hiker who is in incredible shape, DO NOT do this all in one day or you will end up in the same situation me and friends were in.

Also, AllTrails may say it’s only a 3k elevation gain, but its way more than that

Great hike, my two teenage kids and I completed the entire trip in just over 4.5 hours. We went at a fairly steady pace with occasional breaks, the longest being at the peaks. The section of the trail between Cascade and Porter was the muddiest, but passable because there hadn’t been a lot of rain prior. Amazing views, especially from Cascade, well worth the hike!

Saturday was a great day for a climb. Being older with knee and joint issues we were still able to do in 6 hours. The view from Cascade was well worth the pain.

I'm convinced this range is cursed. Our 2nd attempt. Hit Santa & Panther, not enough sunlight for Couch. Did Santa first, which wasn't bad. Stayed on Panther peak to watch the beginning of the sunset before hiking the 1.5/2 miles back to the lean-to area. We followed the herd path down from Harold sq and it seemed to come to a dead end. Backtracked to find where we went wrong, but got turned around. Tried to use the Alltrails app, compass, and paper map to get us on trail, but didn't have any luck. We ended up bushwhacking with our headlamps for an hour until we hit Bradley Pond. From there, we new we were close. Don't rely on ONLY the app. My compass was the only thing that brought me to safety.

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3 days ago

Epic! This is a special place. I did the loop clockwise and recommend this direction. First thing you want to do is take in the Rainbow Falls, I had breakfast there. Then take the Scenic Trail because, well, it's quite scenic with many marvelous ledge/cliff views of the south side of the lake and surrounding area. There is also a cool erratic at one of the vista spots, perched on the cliff, a must-see. This trail is steep and long, that's why I suggest going up this where the steep descending trails in the Upper Wolf Jaw area are relatively quick/short. Great views from each of the 46er summits and Pyramid too. I got slowed down a bit by some late rain so did not summit Lower Wolf Jaw. If you're tired at this point, save that for another day! This was GREAT! I want to join the Ausable Club too!!!

Perfect day hike, almost completely up hill to the summit of Cascade Mountain. The hike up to the Summit of Porter Mountain was a little muddy, but was well worth it. The view from Cascade Mountain is more scenic, but too windy for a lunch break. My suggestion would be to summit Porter Mountain first, and enjoy a lunch break there before continuing on to summit Cascade Mountain.

Five star review is for the Brothers and Big Slide. Great great views all the way up. Just amazing. But Yard is not worth doing. One very small view and the Yard Mountain Trail coming down is a mess. Mud, rocks, roots, blowdown. I somehow got off the trail and has to bushwhack my way downhill. The walk back along Johns Brook and past the Lodge was very nice however. 6 High Peaks down! Also there is no way the mileage on the route as shown is correct. Probably more like 14-15 miles.

This was definitely a tough hike. I left the ADj lot at 7:30am, and arrived back at 4:00pm. Tabletop was an interesting experience, and a nice introduction to the unmarked and unmaintained trails. That being said, I wouldn’t do it again, just got it for the 46 count. Phelps is tough from the start. It’s a long, steep climb with several challenging sections. Beautiful views. I chose to do Tabletop first, and then Phelps on the way out. Even with the difficulty, it was a great day!

Great view at the top but it is pretty crowded, especially this time of year.

Have a new appreciation for the stress the high peaks are under after climbing this Labor Day weekend as part of my daughters 46r effort. High Peak stewards did a nice job of talking to people but they still trod on sensitive areas. Ryan on top very friendly and informative. Did a great job. Glad trail will be changed to alternate route to let this trail heal. 650 people in a day is just too many to make the climb enjoyable for anyone.

I loved this climb! The last .3 of Big Slide was the hardest part for me. I highly recommend doing the entire loop trail. The views are amazing. My favorite view was from the first two summits, Brother 1 & 2. I enjoyed the change of terrains and the John Brooke trail. Started at 10 a.m. left at 5:30. I highly recommend this trail to anyone with climbing experience or that likes a challenge.

Very fun loop!! Made it to the top of slide today which was completely cloud covered, so didn’t stay long. The little brothers proved amazing. Took about 4 hrs 20 minuets!!! Johns brook lodge water has chlorine in it....yukkkkk!!

We did this hike on Saturday, 9/1/2018. You must park at the end of Ausable Road at St. Huberts Parking area. You cannot drive up to the club and no dogs are allowed on this trail. We arrived at the parking lot around 6AM and it was about half full already. I think the chance of rain and overcast kept some people away. We started our hike at about 6:30 AM. In total it took us about 11 hours (back around 5:30 PM) to do the entire hike. The 11 hours includes time spent on the peaks, a lunch break, and the few resting breaks. I also pulled a muscle on the way down the mountain, so we stopped a lot on the way back. We also figured it to be closer to 15 miles. Our tracker died on the way back at almost 13 miles and we still had a good three hours of hiking after that.

I would say the hike to Colvin was easy to moderate, depending on your activity level. Colvin itself would be a good hike for a family or first-time high peak hiker. There were only a couple of rock outcrops to navigate on the way up. It was very wet due to the morning shower, but we have also heard that this trail is usually wet in spots. Just be prepared with extra socks or gators if you have them. From Colvin to Blake is much harder, but doable. You basically go straight down and then straight back up to Blake. It was difficult to navigate in spots due to being right down to the rock and very wet (this is where I pulled a muscle coming back), but it was fun hike! If you are an aspiring 46er you must hike Colvin to get to Blake anyways. You could also add any of the surrounding peaks (Dial, Nippletop, etc..) for a long day.

We did not have a view from either peak due to the overcast. We had originally planned to do the 2 miles extra from Blake to Lookout Rock since we knew that Blake didn’t have much of a view, but due to the overcast we opted not to add the extra miles. To sum it up, this was a fun and scenic hike. Although wet and tricky to navigate in spots, it is definitely worth it!

Great introduction to the high peaks. Not that difficult with just a couple of short steep climbs. Great view from the top which is a large bald open area. Lots of room to sit, eat a bite, and take it all in. Lots of people.. even a 5 year old girl who made it. 4-5 hours max time for anyone in decent shape. Round trip.

Honestly, one of the best, most view-filled hikes I’ve ever been on. It was a lot of work, but wholly gorgeous. I got stuck in a torrential downpour on the last mile down and would still recommend this hike 10 out of 10 times.

Nice but lots of rocks and very crowded. Many dogs, not always on leach. Parking full. No view as it was overcast. Would do other peaks now that it is done.

A fun shorter hike with rocky switchbacks, some challenging scrambles, and nice views along the way. Took us 5.5 hours including an hours worth of breaks - so 4.5 hours travel time. Drank my full 2L of water, but only ran out at the end. Trail is fairly well marked, but was glad to have this app to help guide a little. I would be concerned to attempt some of the scrambles in the rain, but thankfully we had a dry day.

did this hike today for the first one in a long time. the trail was nice, actually less people than I thought would be out. A little sore but worth the views today.

I found these to be pretty easy for being 46ers. The best views are from Cascade. There's some climbing over rocks, but it's not too bad. I wouldn't say that Porter isn't worth it as there is a bit of a view (though not as stunning as Cascade) and it's very close. Unfortunately they are closing this trail, and the garden parking lot one is already closed. There will be a new trail from the Mount Van Hoevenberg visitor center that is currently being built. I'm glad I got a chance to do this trail and climbed up Van Hoevenberg before they build that center as I'm sure it will become very crowded. It's difficult for a regular trail but not bad for ADK. This took us about 7 hours, we stopped to eat and the rain slowed us down a bit.

Street and Nye are trailess peaks. However, the herd path is fairly easy to follow. There are several split offs that go around obstacles in different ways but they all seemed to meet up. The beginning of the trail is fairly easy. The trail is fairly level ground for about the first mile to mile and a half. Start out at the ADK Loj trail to Mount Jo, sign in and follow the Street and Nye trail sign. Cross Indian Brook a little less than a mile in. You will see the creek then follow the path to the right and in a few minutes you will see the crossing marked with several cairns. The trail picks up right across the creek with a short, but steep climb. Follow the trail along the edge of the embankment. We accidentally followed a different trail, but it met up. You'll see a large beaver pond. Past this you will have a stream on one side of you or another and cross it several times as you make your way up the mountain. After this there is a fairly steep climb up a rocky path, not quite a boulder scramble, just rocky. After this there is a steep winding path. I didn't realize how steep it really was until I was coming back down. There are fallen trees and debris to climb over throughout the trail because it is not maintained. You'll reach a die-back area of old spruce trees, you're almost at the junction of the two mountains then. There is a cairn and a sign scratched into a tree at the junction. We took the trail that goes more to the left and went to Street first. This is a narrow, winding trail that drops to the col first and then up to the peak. It's not as steep as the earlier section. The best views are off the back of Street. There are herd paths on the top of the mountain going to different views. There is a small sign at the top. We went back down and up a very short climb to Nye. There is a ledge on your way to Nye on the left side of you're headed up. This has the best views. There's wasps, there's rocks, there's a lot of up, there's trees to climb over, but they are 46ers. It took us about 8 hours and we're not fast hikers.

Difficult and rocky montagne ⛰, breathtaking view from the top , a lot of hikers !
Porter is so muddy and not really worth the trouble.

Great place to hike. No language could express the feeling when you come across the rugged trail and reach the summit. Absolutely stunning scene. Going back could be a challenge since too many pebbles. Trails are not flat at all so not recommended for elders and bad knees. But great hike anyway.

Parking at the trailhead is limited due to the popularity of this place. Rocky trail with a steady climb. Excellent view at Cascade Summit. Porter was extremely muddy and offered an ok view. Early AM start is suggested if you want to avoid the herds of people.

This was a great hike - the trail was very busy. Unfortunately the mountain was shrouded in fog / clouds all day and there weren’t any views from most of the overlooks or the summit. Maybe this was a blessing though not having the sun beating down on us over the many open rock areas. Once we reached the summit there was a summit steward there who checked on everyone and answered questions. Overall it was a great experience!

hiking
20 days ago

Colvin was the best of the 18 peaks I've climbed. Moderate challenge for a remarkable view. Then we went to Blake (mostly just because I want to hit all 46) and it was much more difficult and without a good view. Unless you are determined to do all 46, Blake is not worth the adventure.

Side Note: Access via Ausable Club is a drag. Upon letting my wife and daughter out of the car (at Tennis Courts) a nasty woman aggressively approached my car, knocked HARD on my window and proceeded to verbally abuse me for breaking a rule I didn't know existed, letting people out of the car. Cant figure out why they have so much hate.

Very difficult and rocky trail. Also very busy, I must’ve seen 100 people plus dogs on the trail.. Terrific view on top but very windy the day I was there.
Porter was easier to hike though not a single marker to follow, I just followed the well worn trail. Summit was a good place for me to eat my lunch.

Fairly steady climb but not too long. Boulder-filled trail with rock scrambles near and on the summit. Great views off Cascade and not bad on Porter as well. Porter side trip took a half hour each way from the Cascades trail. Whole hike took 4 1/2 hours though I did not spend much time on the summit due to rain. Lots of hikers on this one.

As far as herd path hikes go, I’d say this is the best one and my favorite. Trails feel like maintained trails. I finished all 4 peaks, car-to-car, in 12 hours 20 minutes. Took Calkins Brook trail up to Donaldson, 3 hours, has a clearing and good views but not a big summit (best of the day though). Then 45 minutes over to Emmons which was uneventful. Fully wooded summit. Took 90 minutes to get from emmons (back over Donaldson) to Seward. Another fully wooded summit. Very steep trail down Seward back to the trail at the bottom. Took a right and went the .5 mile to a cairn on the right marking the start of Seymour. Seymour was relentless, very steep, never lets up, lots of steep slab climbing via roots and praying your shoes grip do not slip. There’s a false summit that was devastating at the end of the day. The true summit is nice with great views and a clearing to hang out. A long, hard day but a very fulfilling one as accomplishing this whole range in one day is very respectable. Definitely does not need to be done in two trips or via camping, though it certainly could be thanks to multiple lean tos and camp sites.

Great and challenging first of the 46! Beautiful vistas and challenging rock scrambles to the top. Unfortunately weather at the top of the mountain prevent us from seeing anything – it was very windy, rainy and cold! The descent proved to be challenging as well. Overall a great hike and very challenging physical endeavor.

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