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Took me 4.5 hours total in snowy conditions. Excellents views on top + you can climb the tower for even better views. Trail is well-traveled and very well marked. Parking is plowed. There was 12-18 in of snow today. Spikes were not required, but snowshoes yes (to not damage the trail).

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.

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...

This is a great, challenging hike. I have done a bunch of the high peaks including Marcy and this one is on par. It can be easy to lose the trail sometimes so you should stay alert and pay attention, might be wise to bring a map or GPS. Also, if you're going to the fifth peak lean to, you can miss the yellow markers pointing to it because the trail forks and the signs are not positioned great. I did and ended up far past it, I did not have a map or GPS but did pull up All Trails and found that I had missed it. I would do this hike again if I was in the area.

Enjoyed this winter hike, fresh snow and great views. It was a bout a 4 hour up and back. Rock was icy at the top, spikes would have been helpful. Completed on nov 11th

Awesome trail! Make sure to wear the proper shoes though!

Awesome winter hike

hiking
8 days ago

Very nice trail. If you're on your way to the high peaks this is definitely worth a couple hour detour. Lots of parking at the trailhead.

This is the latest in the year that we’ve hike in the Adirondacks, leaves were down and there was a winter weather advisory for late in the afternoon. The down leaves made us slow down on the way up which was definitely a climb up and over rocks. Arriving at the pond outlet and seeing the pond reminded us of a mountain lake in Montana. The walk along the ridge and its views was spectacular. Flurries started to fall just as we started down and they accelerated into snow very quickly as we descended down the ladder. Snow and leaves slowed us down even more down the steep decent but we were glad that we didn’t have to backtrack given the weather. We’ll be back in the spring/summer. Though it was challenging and all of 4 hours it was worth it. Glad we were prepared for the weather and glad we had the app.

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 .

A great hike that would’ve been a lot easier had it not been for the frequent mud jumping. The views from the tower were stunning and I even saw a guy hiking in sandals

Great intro trail! A little wet after a rain since it follows creek beds for a while.

This is my hunting area. Go further to an old foot bridge and follow the bank down stream you’ll find some cool spots to hang for a day or camp out if you want. Prob 30 min walk but worth it-Get off beaten path. Don’t do from Oct-Dec... Enjoy. Yea also if y’all like to kayak go past Lampson Falls and there’s a canoe launch on the right about a mile past. Paddle that all the way down takes about 2 hours all sand but get out before you hear the falls. Big rocks on the right you’ll know when it’s time. Bare right whole time don’t take the branch to the left when you see it....Well worth it ✌️

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.

on Cobble Hill

15 days ago

nice woodsy hike. We hiked it as it was snowing, and the whole forest was beautiful in the snow. We took the steep way up and the easy way down. Steep way was great, easy way was basically hiking through a river. Great views of the lake though!

hiking
15 days ago

Easy hike, short spurts of inclines. Gorgeous views especially in the fall!

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.

What a Great Hike! One steep part but lots of trees & roots to hold onto. The waterfalls along the way are Gorgeous!

hiking
19 days ago

Snowy, muddy and slippery today but still a great hike. Gradual climb with lots of bridges and stairs.

Awesome hike today on this trail! As a beginner it was a bit challenging but my buddy and I got through it. It was well worth it at the summit very nice views!

Baxter Mountain is a great hike for anybody. I would suggest however wearing micro-spikes as it was dicey in spots. The views, although cloudy were good. I’m not sure most people, at least since the snow has fallen, have gone to the “true summit” as there were no footprints down the col and up the summit. It’s wooded with not much to see, but for the purists, lol.

My honey and I hiked this trail and enjoyed it. Very well maintained trail with a few fun rock scrambles. We will definitely hike it again in spring.

backpacking
21 days ago

Very scenic and easy hike

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.

We did this hike in possibly the worst weather conditions. Pouring rain so bad the trail became a stream. At the top it was mixed rain and sleet. On a nice day I would rate this trail moderately easy, under the conditions I did it in , it was all but easy.
I would do this again when conditions are favorable.

Did this one today, later in the afternoon, so I finished in the dark. I like a hike that lets you warm up your legs before you hit the steep pitches. This hike is ideal for that. Today, even at lower elevations, there is snow and ice, so micro-spikes are essential, especially going up that final pitch to the summit. The views are totally worth it, although the lower set of stairs have been removed, so access to the tower is nil. Again a great hike, but micro-spikes are a must.

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.

A nice short hike to a beautiful open overlook of Eagle Bay, and surrounding mountains and lakes. A nice hike for the whole family.

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