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Amazing hike. Trail was very packed down and easy to follow. It gets really steep after you cross Phelps brook. The approach to the summit above tree line was very technical and needed concentration and skill. Very steep and icy at some points. Once you reach the summit the views are amazing but the wind makes it so you cant stay very long. Overall the hike was long but gradual and well worth the views.

Very nice trail, very Icy but OK with spikes. Went with my dog, awesome ride with awesome views (but very windy) at the top

incredible hike with breathtaking views.
We were lucky enough to choose to hike Giant Mountain on a mild winter day.
Crampons are a must for this trail as the trails are steep and icy.

Hiked the trail round trip in about 7 hours. Beautiful trail and amazing view at the top! 95% of the trail is uphill, so bring plenty of water and be prepared for quite a workout.

Absolute best view you can ever have in New York State 2 of my friends and me just completed it yesterday on December 29th, 2018 it took us a total of 5 hours and 36 minutes up and about 5 hours down. Absolutely amazing hike. We have not done another high peak ever so this was incredibly difficult for us but we did it. The summit average temp was at -20°F with winds somewhere around 8mph it was amazing I highly recommend this to anyone with experience.

Had a great time going up to Summit. Spikes up and down. Took almost three hours to reach summit. Only the first half hour was easy. The three thousand feet up and one thousand climb per mile in winter is moderate to difficult depending on your fitness level. Did this December 18th 2018

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. The snow on the trail was packed which really helped out. I had zero issues following the trail. I was also lucky to have clear skies at the top and 360 views. If you want close parking to the trailhead, it still had spots available at 0800.

J’ai fait le Giant le 11 novembre. Déjà bien enneigé et glacé, le sentier demeure ardu et peu balisé. Les crampons sont requis. Les conditions météo étaient idéales. J’ai pris 2.5 heures pour la montée et 1.5 heure pour la descente, le tout sur un bon rythme. Sous réserve de courir, il est difficile de faire plus rapidement. Le temps était magnifique et la vue au sommet est extraordinaire. À refaire...

beautiful hike

We took this trail October 12 the weather was cloudy and rainy but the views from rocky ridge unparalleled. I would consider this moderate at best not as difficult as others said.

I really enjoyed this hike, lot of ice (Nov 4th), should havé worn better shoes with spikes

My brother ( age 50) and I ( age 52) hiked this yesterday November 4th and a lot of it was covered in ice and mud and snow . It was my first time hiking Giant and my 3rd high peak and most challenging yet . We were warm enough but should have worn some kind of chains on the hiking shoes . We each fell on our butt once but just enough to hurt our egos and laugh at each other . Hike time a little less than 7 hours ( including about 1/2 at the summit ) the trail is not marked very well and we took a few unplanned detours . I would do this hike again in the warmer months .

Hiked this today, to Fish Hawk Cliffs and it was as stated in previous reviews. Super easy until the side trail to the cliffs. In the summer, drier months is would probably be easy/moderate, but with all the water and mud it made the hike a bit longer since I had to take my time. Regardless, it's worth it ten fold. I drove in from Cleveland specifically for the hike and was not let down by any stretch of the imagination. No need for poles, just take your time in the slop. Will be back many more times.

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.

backpacking
2 months ago

Very scenic and easy hike

awesome hike and not even the easiest in October (25.10) but I did it in 5 1/2 hours.
In the beginning very beautiful view. later just snow in the air and ice on the ground.

Awesome hike . It was quite wet and muddy , fairly challenging in mid October . We hiked for about 8 hours

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.

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

Low effort walk in the park (literally - the first few miles are such a gradual incline and the surroundings are beautiful) that have an awesome payout in the lookout. It’s an easy hike or a good recovery hike if you’re just wanting to be outside on a nice day!

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.

Absolutely ridiculous. I was denied at the tail head by the most rude man I have ever encountered. I was with my service dog and he claimed absolutely no dogs on trail. He has no sympathy or understanding of how a service dog worked. They do not comply with state and federal laws concerning service dogs. I would recommend no one ever attempt this hike within this Nazi “reserve”.

hiking
3 months ago

Seulement à 2h15 de Montréal, la route est facile, le stationnement au bord de la route est gratuit et le hike est parfait! nous y sommes allés avec notre chienne husky et nous avons passé une journée sensationnelle. il y a tellement de hike cool dans les Adirondacks...

We did this trial backwards. We went over a bridge from the gravel road to take us to the Beaver Meadow falls but before we reached that we hit a small cascade and walked over a gushing river. We continued down the Lower Lake Trail (believe that's what it's called).This was the trail that had the yellow markers and then decided to do the Lost Lookout trail (red markers) and then at some point it turned blue. This was a steep incline! We basically did a loop and ended up back at the Beaver Meadow falls. We basically had to the Lower Lake trail again (HAHA). By the time we reached the dam, we were pooped but nonetheless, hiked up to Indian Head. Please beware that it was muddy due to rain, WEAR BOOTS. No sneakers please. The leaves create a slippery situation, especially damp ones and oh MUD. After Indian head we did the walk in the park gravel road back which was much needed after our backwards start and detour. Either way, this is a beautiful trail and hike! Highly recommended however NOT BACKWARDS!

4.5 hours down and back. The walk from the parking lot to the trail alone takes about 35-40 minutes. Pace yourself at the beginning of the hike until you surpass the waterfalls and streams to your left on the way up. The hike gets vigorous but is very well marked. The scenic route is not much different than the easy route so don’t be afraid to go on the daring side to be closer to the water. The entire hike is filled with beautiful foliage and there is not a singular sight on the way up worth missing. Heading toward the top near the overlook, ensure you stop on the large rock ahead to take some pictures above the trees the views are much different from below. As you approach the overlook the payoff of the entire hike fills you with this sensation of joy. The view spectacular, absolutely awe inspiring and worthy of the 11.1 mile trip. 5 out of 5, will do again.

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.

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 Saturday October 13, at the trailhead at 0730. Started out on Lake Road, Rainbow Falls, Indian Head, Fish hawk Cliffs and Gil Brook.

The trail was not crowded until we turned to go back via Gill Brook.

The overlook at Indian Head is amazing, colors were just past peak. Fish hawks cliffs was not crowded and somehow we had Rainbow Falls all to ourselves.

Excellent hike, this was my second time in the last 30 days. Can't say enough good about it. Not difficult - except, the night before there were heavy rains and the trail was covered in fresh leaves, since we were early there was a few spots by Fish Hawk Cliffs that we were unsure which way the trail went. Other than that - such a fun hike and awesome colors and waterfalls for miles.

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!

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