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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.

snowshoeing
8 days ago

A really fun and fairly easy winter hike. A great trail to snowshoe. Trail is easy to follow and the view at the top is amazing for the amount of effort put in.

hiking
scramble
snow
10 days ago

Hiking this in January meant lots of snow, ice, and negative temp windchill. It's a great hike that with fantastic views. Vertical starts right at the trailhead, so there's no long approach needed before vertical starts. There's a few spots that are steep due to large rock sections, might require some scrambling. Can be slippery with the ice and snow - recommend crampons/spikes. Took 2hr 40min to summit, 4:30 round-trip.. was just fine with one 32oz nalgene and a few snacks. Needed about the same in summer but quicker without the snow and heavier boots required. Bring some good gloves and a buff in the winter!

Hiked with a friend on 0108.

HIGHLY recommend crampons, snowshoes and trekking poles.

Both peaks round trip took us 8.5 hours.
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Crampons are a necessity and snowshoes would be a massive help.
We left our snowshoes behind to spare the weight on our backs when we weren’t using them, but then regretted it as we hiked to Esther in snow so deep that it came up to our waists in certain areas.

The views on the trail are breathtaking.
The climb up to whiteface was intense: icy, drop offs, wind... when we reached the wall, the amount of snow made it almost impossible, but a hiker before us carved out a bit of a path and our trek poles kept us steady.

Sunny ski, beautiful view. Do not consider it as a challenge. it's just fun. easier with microspikes

hiking
13 days ago

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

Completed this hike over the weekend. It was about 28 degrees out—perfect for a winter hike. The views were amazing. Very easy to navigate and microspikes were essential!

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.

My wife and I Hiked on this trail on 1/3/19, it was her first winter mountain climb. It had all the makings of a great adventure! I loved the water crossings, lots of blowdown and it definitely felt like a slog near the top, although we only made it to 3444’ and decided to turn around after the post-holing became too much and we started to lose day light.
If you plan to hike this in winter make sure you have at minimum micro spike and trekking poles to deal with all the ice/ water crossings
I’m originally from about an hr from this trailhead and I will absolutely be back to bag this one!!!

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.

Did this 2018.01.05. Great trail with gentle start that finishes with steep inclines. Temp about 32 F, nice snow, trails manageable.

hiking
16 days ago

Nice moderate grade with switchbacks to ridge line. Fantastic views but a bit tough finding the path to summit on the ridge. Cairns are small and many covered with snow.

Perfect day out for a winter ascent. No need for showshoes, although we brought them the whole way up and down with us just in case. Definitely need microspikes the whole hike (we did see two guys without but I’m not sure how well they managed descending without). Packed snow the whole trail - easy to follow. Took my husband and I 4 hrs, 15 min at a fairly leisurely pace (for us) and spending a good 15 minutes at each summit.

Hiked in 8/18/18. Id consider this hike pretty difficult. It kicked my 13 year old sons butt! Saw some neat mushrooms along the way but nothing overly spectacular, in comparison to some of the other memorable firetower trails. Great workout, but your eyes are on the ground the majority of the way because of the extremely rocky terrain. We had to stop mutiple times along the way because this hike works your legs!

Hiked 8/19/18. Blue is my favorite firetower hike so far! It was crazy steep and very rocky the majority of the way. Once you near the top, the entire environment is well worth it! I loved how green, and mossy and fresh it became , after a good deal of hiking over steep sheets of flat stone. The variety of mushrooms was phenominal and beautiful. The views, in places along the way were amazing! At times, when we thought we had finally made it, the trail would bend and just kept going. Other hikers along the way shared the same sentiments. Still A hike I wouldnt mind doing again.

hiking
18 days ago

Short and easy hike to one of the best views of the high peaks. Trail is very easy and flat for the first mile, but begins to ascend the second mile. Can be confusing crossing the marsh next to the beaver pond, but shouldn't be too difficult. Just pay attention to previous tracks!

This trail is currently impossible to do without winter traction due to flow ice. With microspikes you are still unlikely to make it to summit without proper skill. Crampons definitely recommended. Otherwise the trail is wonderful and very enjoyable. Some very tricky and treacherous sections towards the top because of the ice. Be careful and don't do this one alone!

Just completed this hike yesterday. Trail is very straight forward and took about 5 hours to complete with moderate amount of breaks. I didn’t have micro spikes nor snow shoes so the amount of ice on the trail made it very challenging. Crampons would be too much but I’d say micro spikes would have helped significantly. Views at the top of both mountains were amazing. Recommend to anyone looking for a moderately challenging day hike in the Adirondacks.

Be prepared for icy trials. Overall great winter hike.

hiking
19 days ago

Easy hike that pays off great views of the surrounding High Peaks. We took the short trail out & back 12/30/18. Microspikes were necessary in some spots. We saw one group carrying up their snowshoes because there was definitely not enough snow to need them. About halfway in it gets fairly steep. Nothing technical, just enough to get your heart pumping. Took us 45 min to get up, spent 15 min on top, and maybe 25 min to get down.

Did both summits today. New Years Day. Microspikes are needed. Make sure they are sharp. Lots of ice. Glad I had this app as the summit of Porter is nondescript. Cascade was ridiculously windy,icy and somewhat dangerous on top. No views today. Took me 4 1/2 hours for the 6 miles. Probably only a 20 minute break.

This is an excellent hike. We split it up into two days and did a few of the side trails. Spring thru fall you will get wet and very muddy. It’s a tough trail and unfortunately I did see a lot of miserable faces on the way back. It is not a flat perfect gravel trail. If you are in poor shape or have bad knees this hike is not for you. But the views are amazing, the trails diverse. And you are required to carry a large heavy bear can that takes up a lot of space. Even if you never see a bear at least you have a nice stool to sit on?

We did this in early winter, with ice and snow. It’s relatively easy if you’re experienced until you get to the slide. The trail that runs alongside the slide is like climbing up a wall, it’s so steep. The ridge line at Dix however is absolutely incredible with panoramic views that include the whole Great Range. An awesome adventure!

Loved it. Hard walk up. Spikes are a must! We were essentially walking up a frozen stream the whole time. Everyone we met was so friendly.

hiking
21 days ago

Went up Mt Jo Loop NYE. - trailhead is back by the entrance FYI. Park and walk. Pretty moderate in the snow/ice to about half way then an ice twisted push to the summit. But a short hike up - so nothing serious. Just a careful scramble up with mandatory YakTrak or similar. Nice summit.

Completed this trek 12/28 as a warmup before hitting Algonquin the following day. Definitely recommend snowshoes and crampons this time of year. A lot ice traversing the summit. Fun route if you are looking for a challenge.

Trail had a lot of flow ice, definitely recommend crampons.

hiking
21 days ago

Great short but steep trail to a summit with amazing veiws. Trail was very icy but some areas had a nice snowpack. Would say micro spikes were essential here.

This was my first time up Whiteface and Esther, attempting to complete the Adirondack 46. Steep climb to start for the first two miles. Once you reach the junction about two miles in, the walk to Esther is fairly easy compared to the beginning of the hike. The hike to Whiteface is steeper, but crossing and old ski lift and the wall breaks it up a bit with some cool views. The ridge over to Whiteface was a windy one, winds up to 40mph and -11° on the summit. The summit was set in the clouds but made for an awesome setting! Definitely wear the microspikes and bring snowshoes just in case! Loved this hike!

Great hike.....definitely needed micro spikes.... for someone like me coming to terms with my fear of heights (actually it’s a fear of falling) the top of Cascade offered beautiful views but challenged my phobia ... very exposed .. very open... I imagined sliding off the top but then got over myself.... that’s the point of all of this isn’t it? And it always helps hiking with your very best, very experienced friend.

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