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amazing trail! definitely set aside an entire day to do this hike. we spent 10 hours hiking although had to park at south meadows lot instead of the lodge. trail is best done counter clockwise where you walk along avalanche lake and the hitch up mathilda’s on the way in and go back via the lake arnold trail

Awesome trail! Really fun. If you do both Cascade and Porter it's actually 7.8 miles. My 8 year old collie did great and loved the trail. There are steep rocky surfaces so not all dogs may be able to make it, but there were a lot of dogs on the trail doing fine.

Porter is hella muddy but still lots of fun! Super dope to see the other hikers over on cascade before making it over there. Our border collie loved climbing the steep rocks

Well trafficked but worth the views. The rocks at the top of Cascade are awesome!

First peak for my boy! Beautiful day lots of sun and hikers and pooches.

Mt. Colden is the gift that doesn’t stop giving. It actually starts off pretty easy as far as high peak hiking is concerned. Do yourself a favor and ascend through avalanche lake/avalanche pass then come down through the loop. There are tons of ladders and quite a bit of scrambling up rock on the way up, but you’ll be glad you went up this way and not down as it is very very steep. We hiked it after the region experienced two straight days of rain so everything was wet and slippery. Even still it took us 10.5 hours round trip, and I imagine if it had been dry we could have done it in about 9. It is a fun trail though with all of the technical spots and quite beautiful on the way up. Avalanche lake was my favorite spot. We went through 4 liters of water each plus two gatorades. This was our second peak, Marcy being our first and the wife and I both agreed that it was easier and more fun than Marcy. Be prepared for the scramble at the end, there are some hand and foot holds to go off and it’s a short section but if exposure isn’t your thing maybe try to hit some other peaks first to get used to it

I just hiked this trail on Thursday of this past week. It was great ... and despite the description, there are beautiful views to the south if you follow a short little trail behind the "Mt Marshall" sign on the big rock at the summit. We encountered some mud towards the top, but by no means impassable or difficult, the waters were generally low along the brook and it wasn't buggy at all. The steepest climbing took place right before we reached the summit. We actually clocked our trek at 19.2 RT from Upper Works trailhead. A fun day ... albeit long! Great views of Iroquois as we descended!

8/18/18: very foggy from storms the previous night. Left from the S Meadows lot (Loj was full by 8AM). We followed the Truck trail to Marcy Dam. This was easy and mostly flat. There were a bunch of people at Marcy Dam, as expected. Continue around the Dam and to the left to find the trail towards Marcy/Phelps. The hike from the Dam towards the Phelps split was very straightforward, nothing technical. We hit TT first, so we followed the VH trail (vs the VH Ski trail) towards Marcy/TT. Once on the TT trail, the trail itself changes from dirt/rock to roots, bedrock, and running water. You basically follow a run-off stream to the top. Ascent wasn't anything crazy compared to other High Peak hikes. The summit was covered by clouds so after a snack and pics, we descended and headed towards Phelps. Phelps trial had less running water, but much more standing water/mud, especially towards the summit. Phelps summit was just under the cloud cover, so we had some decent views. Rested a bit on the summit (shared with 3 other groups) then headed down. Would like to revisit Phelps on a clearer day. Left car at 9:30AM, returned around 6PM. Recording was started/stopped at odd times due to phone battery.
Trail itself: moderate - hard
Views: average (given the fog)
Privacy: not much, saw several groups

Great hike.the views from the top are awesome.

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3 days ago

Solid day of hiking, completed all 5 peaks in the Dix Range. Started from the Elk Lake trailhead at 6am. Going up the slides of Macomb wasn't too difficult, just had to be very careful of each step as rocks could become loose and cause you to slip and fall possibly. Macomb was steep but offered great views. South Dix & East Dix (Grace Peak) were easy to get to, Grace had the better views. Hiking up Hough was tough and very steep. Hough to the Beckhorn & Dix was steep in a few spots but overall not too bad. Summited Dix by 12:30pm. Went down the trail via the Beckhorn, steep going down and a bit slippery. Total time of 10.5 hours (including an hour on top of Dix), 15.8 miles round trip.

Not as easy as the local reviews say it is! Definitely a challenge, but so worth it!

Did this on 8/5, one of the hottest days of the year. It was more difficult than I had remembered the first time I had done it but I haven’t been hiking as much lately. Took us 7.5 hours, including at least 30 minutes at the top mingling with the tourists and enjoying the stellar views.

Not short or easy but it’s gorgeous and worth the effort

It wasn’t terribly difficult. I found the first half to be quite a bit of a workout but nothing terrible for those in shape. We summited Esther after around 2.5 hours and hit Whiteface an hour and a half or so after that. The views on Esther were some of the worst I’ve seen on a hike. The mountaintop is entirely wooded. It was very muddy the day we hiked it making this trek somewhat less enjoyable, but that’s part of the journey. Whiteface would have had some great views if it wasn’t for the fact that we were inside a cloud and couldn’t see more than a few feet in front of us. I wouldn’t do Esther again and wouldn’t recommend it at all unless you’re going for 46. I wouldn’t mind doing Whiteface again but I’m much more looking forward to skiing down it than I am climbing again.

My son and I did Porter first, which was muddy in spots, but otherwise a really nice detour before going up Cascade. The views from Porter were better than expected. Cascade was spectacular! The rock scramble at the end was a good time. We stayed longer on Cascade, and had some food. The path from the trailhead is uphill from the start, with only a few very short level areas. It is also very rocky, and on the trek down this was a bit of a challenge. There were people of all ages and skill levels on the trial, and most people were very friendly and encouraging on the way up and down. The parking areas around the trailhead were packed by 10:00am, so get there early. We spent about 5 hrs on the trail, 4:19 minutes of actual hiking time. Two of my apps agreed on mileage, 7.1 for Cascade and Porter. Great hike and amazing views!

Loved this hike!!! We hiked on 8/12. We went up Lake Arnold Trail and down around Lake Colden/ Avalanche pass. I actually think this is the best way to do the hike (though as someone whose knees generally start hurting coming down- I get why people are recommending the reverse). There were a lot of steep slabs and some of the hikers we met commented on how it was hard for them coming up. The hike was ~16.2 miles to and from Adirondack Loj. We stopped for about an hour total between the summit and Lake Colden. Very beautiful. The water on Lake Colden perfectly reflected the sky. Took us 9 hours total. This was one of my favorite high peaks (I’ve done 24 now) mainly because of the incredible summit views and hiking along the Matilda’s.

Great hike with many views along the way. Hike down Giant to RPR was much more difficult that I thought it would be but, well worth the trip. Took us 9 hours with about an hour at the top. Our time might have been a bit faster but, we had a little rain which made the rocks slippery. Bring plenty of water as there are no places to fill up along the trail. Happy Hiking!!!

Great, steep hike, fun rock scramble at cascade, porter was super muddy

13/10 would do this hike again, though not with my dog again.

This hike was amazing. Definitely agree with previous reviewers to do this loop counter clockwise, I wouldn't have wanted to go down the mountain on the Lake Colden side. Not an easy hike by any means, but the views were absolutely beautiful.

That being said, I would STRONGLY advise against doing this hike with your dog, at least if you have a larger dog. There are a lot of ladders that are practically impossible for a dog to traverse on the path around Avalanche Lake, but those are doable. The worst one was at the top of Mount Colden, over 10' high with no way for a dog to travel around it. My advise would be to do an out and back on the Lake Arnold side of Mount Colden if you'd like to bring your dog.

Always a favorite. Great with my kids. We went early to beat the crowds and was worth it.

All in all a beautiful hike. We stayed true to Cascade. If you are new to hiking ( like many we passed as we made our way down) preparation is key. It’s definitely a hike, not a stroll. Wear appropriate footwear! I’m incredibly proud of our 4.5 year old son who made it to the summit and back with no assistance. Took us 4 hours car to car, with a nice break at the top and a few on the way up. We cruised down with ease. Parking was not an issue for us as we arrived early enough. View at the top was beautiful.

We hiked this trail (7th of the 46) on a sunny day in August. After the first half mile, the trail gets a bit more challenging up to the Brothers, but nothing too difficult. The hike across the 3 Brothers is mostly slides and a few steep rock assents, but take your time and they are fine. The final .3 miles to the summit is the most challenging, but again take your time. They have a newly installed ladder that helps a lot and the view is very good. Look for the survey marker (brass circle) towards the rear of the summit.

Amazing trail!! Gorgeous hike along ausable lake...many viewpoints as you get higher in elevation as well. Long hike in on Lake Road..was roughly 4 miles and took me a little over an hour. Hike up was challenging but not too difficult. Glad I chose the scenic route like I always tend to do!!

Excellent hike even with no views at the summits; windy and misting as soon as we hit 4,000ft. The first 0.9 up Marble Hill was unrelenting with one long steep pitch littered with small rocks. After that the rest was a breeze, until having to descend the last two miles or so got pretty rough on the knees. Esther was a magical detour, peaceful, quiet and easy to follow the unmarked trail. After a quick ascent things start to descend a while and after consulting the map we confirmed we were still on the correct path. Not terribly muddy on 8/1 as we've had the very dry summer. All in all, I consider this more of moderate hike despite length (8.5 hrs including an hour worth of food and summit breaks.) I'm not the most experienced hiker and haven't trained for this but didn't once feel like this was insurmountable. Giant Mountain made me doubt my abilities but Whiteface and Esther were completely doable without making me nervous.

Great great hike. Completed on 8/11. Pretty rocky on the way up (and down), but the views from Cascade are otherworldly and the rock scramble at the end is really fun. Lots and lots of people up there on a good weather Saturday. The trail to Porter was pretty muddy in places, but there are some nice, though less spectacular views at the top and along the way. Two of the 46 down!

We consider ourselves to be average hikers in decent shape. This was a 20 mile day that took us 13 hours. I’ve done a few multi peak hikes in the ADK but this has the most elevation I’ve done in a day. Pretty steep everywhere. We parked in the Ausable club hiker parking near 73 and went up the Gill Brook Trail to hit Colvin first. Lots of waterfalls for the first mile or so.
I can see why most people say to skip Blake if you’re not trying to be a 46er. Although there are some views during the hike down there isn’t much to see at the top. To do Blake you also need to summit Colvin twice. The back side of Colvin is a very steep climb.
Lucky we had our water filter with us too. We were out of water by the time we hit the Elk Pass campsites. The two lakes and streams looked big on the map but are actually small ponds. There is no other opportunity for water nearby.
The longest uphill climb of our day was Nippletop but we were also rewarded with the best views of the day.
It’s only 6 miles out from Nippletop but you have to go over 3 other mountains on the way. Dial, Bear Den, and Noonmark. I haven’t seen Aspen Groves on any other peak like the ones on Noonmark.
The final 3 miles were steep and pretty brutal on our tired legs. We were very happy to be done and felt pretty good to have conquered this hike

Have not been up cascade in 10+ years so when I decided to make a trip up I made sure it was a Wednesday to avoid the crowds that clog up this trail on the weekends. Hit porter first so I could sit and enjoy myself longer on Cascade. View from Porter was pretty stellar. Took me about 20 mins to get to Porter from the trail junction and vice versa to get to cascade. Cascade summit is gorgeous with 360 degree views.

Start early and the crowds will be fine. Brought my beagle-basset and we had a blast.

9 days ago

Took 11 hours truck to truck. Would say I'm in OK shape. Get there early to get a spot to park. Did Macomb first, would recommend that way, wouldn't like going down the slide. If you went all the way to the bottom of slide you'd miss the trail too. Made it to Hough by 1145am started at 630am. On the way from Hough to Dix but before the intersection of Beckhorn trail you will find two large rocks forming a V shape. Don't go to the right or left go straight up the V.

Longer than this states (18.5 by my Garmin), but great hike from the Garden.

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