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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

This was a little tougher than I thought it would be. The first overlook, when you turn around was magnificent. The top was cloudy and very windy. When the sun did peek through, the view was a 10 all around. This was my first high peak, I'm 61 and I am so glad I did it. No crowds, great people along the way. This years foliage was outstanding!!!

Hiked this on a beautiful sunny October 14th day. Ice had started to form on the trail when nearing the top of Giant, along with some snow on the trees. Awesome view at the top. The hike to RPR proved to be tough as there was some slippery sections with mud. By the time we turned around and went back, all the ice had melted on the trail and it was easier getting down. All in all a great shorter hike that we did in just over 7 hours, but just know it won’t be long until snow and ice start to form along the entire trail.

Short hike to top - 1:45 moving slowly. Amazing 360 views on top. Did it in the Fall - beware of icy rocks coming down. Crowdy but great hike if you have less than 4 hours.

Such a gorgeous hike! It was rainy, foggy, and filled with leaves. When you got the chance to see views through the clouds and Fogg they were worth the hike up, even the trees were gorgeous! Will definitely go again, just take your time and enjoy nature ☺.

If you are looking for views this trail is for you. However, plan on spending up to two hours going up and and two for going down looking at your feet! The rocks are unbelievable and very dangerous going down! I personally think this is not a great way to spend 4-5 hours. Would not recommend unless you are in very good shape and experienced on climbing on wet large rock. I've hiked all over country including Canada and this was one I would not do again.

The first 2/3 were a fun hike with the last bit steep and challenging but worth the view for sure.

Hiked up via the brothers on 10/5/18. Parked at the last free spot in the Garden which was super lucky considering we got there at nearly 11. It is definitely peak week for the leaves in the ADKs! Didn't realize how much elevation we gained in the first mile of that hike! Beautiful views of all sides of the park on our way up to and at the First Brother. Would have been a nice hike on its own if you weren't looking to make it all the way to Big Slide. The rest of the hike from here is pretty easy until the last half mile or so. The trail from the Third Brother to Big Slide is a charming shaded birch filled forest that we really enjoyed. As mentioned, the last .3 after the junction is a bit more strenuous, lots of scrambling and a few spots where we had to lift our dog up (she’s got short little legs). Ladders to the top were easier to go up than to come down, since they were steep and slippery. Big Slide offered an amazing view of the Great Range although the summit is very small compared to some other peaks. As we had began late, everyone left the summit to head back once we arrived and we ended up having the whole mountain to ourselves! We went down via what I believe is the Phelps trail to Johns Brook near the lodge and then back to the garden. Lots more people on this side of the trail than the Brothers, which is always comforting if you’re getting off the mountain later in the evening. Took us about five hours total and recorded as 9.4 miles. Definitely would recommend.

This was my first high peak hike. It took 4.5 hours. I found it to be extremely rocky and steep and totally worth it. Luckily my experienced hiking mate was patient. I have hiked Bald, Rocky and Black Bear near Old Forge and Inlet, these are cake compared to Cascade. Hiking shoes are a must to grip the rocks, poles are helpful. Snacks, water and layers are advisable. This weekend the DEC set up shuttle buses from Mt Van Hoevenberg, it was very organized and the rangers were very helpful. The roads are crowded with cars and hikers. Enjoy!

Great great hike. At the top of Giant you have an amazing view of just about nearly all of the other high peaks. Continuing on to RPR the trail down to the col is steep and brutal. Then it's a fairly simple, straightforward hike up to RPR. When we got there clouds had moved in but they cleared for a few minutes to give us a great view of the Dix Range. Then instead of hiking back up to Giant we bushwhacked down the col along a creek bed, popping back onto the Giant Trail just beyond the Washbowl. A totally insane thing I will never do again. Lost my phone, nearly lost my glasses, walked in water up to my knees on slippery creek rocks, got soaked by a passing storm. At least I have a good story to show for it.

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.

I’ve hiked Haystack three times, one of which was a winter snowshoe using the Jack Rabbit trail - my favorite way to come in. I don’t know the mileage but it seems a much shorter trail. Fall is also great, summer my least favorite due to bugs and wet areas. The last push to the summit, a steep but short run, coming from NYS 86 in Ray Brook was a surprise considering the trail is overall pretty easy. A great hike!

Amazing views all day on this hike. We went to Nubble before heading up to Giant which is overlooked by most but very well worth the .3 trip off the main trail. RPR took a lot longer than we expected and the decent from the Giant side was steep muddle and technical. It made for a long 1.2 Miles. Amazing hike but don’t under estimate the shorter mileage.

We hit the trail around 4pm. The hike to Porter was a bit wet but nothing terrible. Porter had a couple of nice views. The hike to Cascade was fairly easy from Porter. The sunset on Porter was nothing less than amazing. Highly recommend for sunset. 360 views. It got windy and cold very quickly as the sun set. Make sure to dress warm and bring a headlamp if you decide to hike in for sunset. Overall a great trip!

There has been a bit of rain so the trail was very wet - made for a challenging descent. The views from the summit of Cascade were spectacular. The trail connecting Cascade and Porter was a soggy mess. Overall great hike. Took us about 5 hours with about 30 minutes spent between the two summits (20 cascade, 10 porter).

Great trail but tougher than We expected. We hike a lot and always bring our dogs with us. I would say this tail is moderate to hard but the views at the top are worth the work!

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Wonderful views from this peak. Highly recommend. The final portion of the hike was fairly steep and challenging. Great Hike!

nice trail, great summit but tough to follow after dark, we did haystack first then to McKenzie via the herd path...if I knew then what I know now we would have used the jack rabbit trail heard path to summit instead of the rt86 trail head, would have saved several hours

This was a beautiful trail. Cascades, deer, lots of moss. It was definitely challenging towards the last mile up lower wolf jaws and then to upper wolf jaws. Very muddy along the way to upper.
Some climbing over rocks that requires hands as well, but fun.
Was going to do Armstrong with them but didn’t gage our time properly and thought we’d have more.
Took us 11 hours for lower and upper.

I can see why this trail is so popular. It is easily accessible, pretty short, and without any difficult rock scrambling. Because of the fires in 1903 the summit is open and completely bald with an alpine feel without actually being an alpine zone. My dads first high peak, and although the easiest, still a high peak..he was hurting afterwards..

Got to the Loj at 7:50 - parking was full, but we did not miss by much. Parked at the end of South Meadows lane, which adds 0.7 mile each way. Trail was quite muddy starting mid-way between Marcy dam and the lake. Took a lot of pictures with my good camera and stopped a number of times, so we were out for about 8.5 hours. Trail along the lake is very slow - a lot of rocks/ladders. There were 2 places where you actually had to put a foot in 2 inches of water - hopefully trail will be repaired soon. Saw some rock climbers on the face of Avalanche Mountain. Nice waterfall down Colden. Beautiful lake - this is a must see.

Overall, a great hike. Extremely rocky and a straight incline but doable if you pace yourself. I am a novice to the high peaks and moved very very slow. We made it up in about 2.5 hours up and 1.5 hours down. I thought going down was almost as hard because of all the rocks but again, I am slow and clumsy af!

The trail is really nice. It is easy (we are 34 and experienced and did it in 3.5hrs with two young kids and two dogs) and short.
The only negative is that it is very very crowded. We did Algonquin in july and it was less crowded (but it is also waaaay harder)
That being said the view is amazing and since it's the easiest of the High peaks i get why it's so popular :)

We came early in the morning which was good because this is a really popular hike. There were a lot of people and dogs coming in as we were leaving. This hike is exactly as described: Cascade has a few rocky shambles to get to the top with a breathtaking view as your reward. It’s also very cold up there with the wind, so be prepared. Porter is very muddy, especially for us because we came the day after it rained. Porter is a much less scenic summit. We actually walked passed it without realizing. There is a privy at the split leading to both summits for your convenience. (Here is where I forgot to resume my recording up to Cascade, doh!) All said and done we completed both sides of the hike in 4 hours and 45 minutes with two less experienced hikers and a lot of breaks.

Hiked Sept 19, 2018. High temp 64 real feel 70, Wind 5mph. Weather was cool and perfect for a hike. Wore fleece jacket at start and while resting at lake, shorts and shirt while hiking. No bugs at all, it was an unusually dry trail all the way. Gradual ascent on rocky trail after Marcy Dam. Ladders and boulders were a challenge for 75 year old legs; took 7 hrs round trip including half hour break. Consumed 1.5 liters of water.

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!

This was my first high peak, and thought it was a challenging trail! Once you reach the Phelps Mountain Trail, The slick rocks made it a tough climb up, and an even tougher climb down. The view at the top made it all worth it, and not a lot of traffic!

we were dead tired afterwards, but loved it! made it in 5.5 hours of moving time and 6 hrs. and 20 mins
total time. Not bad for our first hike in over a year!

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.

The view from Whiteface is fantastic! Walking around the summit you'll get a 360 degree view that on a clear day lets you see Montreal. There's a short dip from the parking lot after which the first mile or so is a steep incline following a tow path. There is some scrabbling toward the top of Whiteface after you pop up by the road, but otherwise it's a path with some rockier sections. The spur off to the summit of Esther is the easiest part-- it's a rolling forest path. No view from Esther, just the plaque letting you know you got there.

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