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I did this trail in 11.5 hours, I didn't think I would make it as I didn't bring a head lamp but that was good motivation to move fast. It was raining and half the trail was flooded. Was tough but I was super happy I was able to do all 3 summit. Also the view was amazing and the best training mountain for high altitude if you in Ontario.

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.

I'm convinced this range is cursed. Our 2nd attempt. Hit Santa & Panther, not enough sunlight for Couch. Did Santa first, which wasn't bad. Stayed on Panther peak to watch the beginning of the sunset before hiking the 1.5/2 miles back to the lean-to area. We followed the herd path down from Harold sq and it seemed to come to a dead end. Backtracked to find where we went wrong, but got turned around. Tried to use the Alltrails app, compass, and paper map to get us on trail, but didn't have any luck. We ended up bushwhacking with our headlamps for an hour until we hit Bradley Pond. From there, we new we were close. Don't rely on ONLY the app. My compass was the only thing that brought me to safety.

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.

Great hike! The wooden stairs in the rain were a little iffy. But great views all the way up. My pup loved this trail!

2 days ago

Awesome hike!

Parking- I didn't realize the trailehead and parking lot is located on private property. Driving up Elk Lake Rd you'll come across many private property and posted signs. That confused me, but the parking lot is public. The lot was full by 6:30am. I spoke to a hiker who got there at 6pm the night before and he said there were only a few spots. Another hiker said the lot was full when he arrived at 4:30am. The overflow lot is 2 miles down the rd. from the trailhead.

I went up Macomb and down Dix. I did this simply because I wanted a view on my way up the mountain. Dix is all forest until you're at the summit. If you go up Macomb at least you have an awesome view if you take a break. The trail is great and easy to follow. It was pretty muddy. The only hiccup I ran into was missing the turn for slide brook trail. It comes on quick. It's right at the campsites about 50 ft. before the lean to. If you hit the lean to you've gone to far. Each summit has a great view. I was lucky enough to have each summit to myself for at least 10 minutes.

I left the trailhead at 7:30am and got back at 6pm. I spent 15-30 minutes on each peak. My Fitbit clocked the loop as being 20 miles not 14.3. I brought 2L of water. There is water on the descent from Dix in which I was able to fill another liter. Lots of rock scrambling- especially on the descent from Dix. I think I'm in pretgy good shape and was able to run a bit of the trail. I still found parts of it challenging but totally worth it. Met a lot of nice people on the trail but was able to be solo for most of it.

Perfect day hike, almost completely up hill to the summit of Cascade Mountain. The hike up to the Summit of Porter Mountain was a little muddy, but was well worth it. The view from Cascade Mountain is more scenic, but too windy for a lunch break. My suggestion would be to summit Porter Mountain first, and enjoy a lunch break there before continuing on to summit Cascade Mountain.

This was my second time hiking Allen. The hike in to the base was quick, but I was slow going up and down that last mile of elevation gain. I took nice pictures of the ponds just off the summit.

Amazing hike and amazing view and yes go counter clockwise as many recommended!

Peak number 4 for me. I felt it was easier than the Santanoni/Couch/Panther trio, but this mountain was still a hell of a climb. I completed the hike in 8:42, but after getting my ass beat on the other three I mentioned, I’ve been working hard to get into halfway decent shape before doing this one. All but the last mile is relatively easy. It took me about an hour to complete the last mile going up and about an hour to get down. It’s slick and you will get your feet wet. Take your time and you’ll be alright. As of middle September, bugs were pretty much nonexistent. The trail is fairly well marked and easy to follow.

Unless you are set on completing the Adirondack 46, I’d skip this one. I will not do this hike again.

I love trails that treat you to great views early and often! After the climb to the first brother things ease off a bit. I found myself stopping a lot in the Brothers area as the views just kept getting better and I wanted to take it all in. The top .3 miles is a little more strenuous, but not overly technical. Well constructed ladder helped. Great view across the valley from the summit to the Gothics and other peaks. Highly recommended! Well laid out trail that takes full advantage of the natural features. Plus we saw a marten on the summit!

This was definitely a tough hike. I left the ADj lot at 7:30am, and arrived back at 4:00pm. Tabletop was an interesting experience, and a nice introduction to the unmarked and unmaintained trails. That being said, I wouldn’t do it again, just got it for the 46 count. Phelps is tough from the start. It’s a long, steep climb with several challenging sections. Beautiful views. I chose to do Tabletop first, and then Phelps on the way out. Even with the difficulty, it was a great day!

Hello all you beautiful people!!! First time ever to the Adirondack park and I luved it. This was our 3rd day hiking and it took us 10 hours, lol. Now we are not particularly out of shape, but we took our time with lots of small breaks. Enjoyed the peaks of the brothers and the Big Slide to the fullest. I think i even had a small nap at one point. There were 3 of us: my 10year old son and a friend. We did the loop back via the slide mtn brook trail. All you hikers that made it back in 5 hours, WoW, amazing! We must the snails compared to you. Anyway, loved the scramble to the top, loved the cool damp forest between the Big slide and the third brother. and the crisp water of the mountain brook. Will definitely be back if it kills me, BTW, hiking sticks are a must. xoxox

Great view at the top but it is pretty crowded, especially this time of year.

Have a new appreciation for the stress the high peaks are under after climbing this Labor Day weekend as part of my daughters 46r effort. High Peak stewards did a nice job of talking to people but they still trod on sensitive areas. Ryan on top very friendly and informative. Did a great job. Glad trail will be changed to alternate route to let this trail heal. 650 people in a day is just too many to make the climb enjoyable for anyone.

This hike is beautiful! Perfect mix of interesting scramble, forest magic and lots of overlooks and ridge walking!

Great trail. Super easy to follow, pretty busy trail. Summited Giant in 2:15, made it to RPR and back in 2 hours, then summited Giant again. Descent from Giant to RPR is brutal, steepest part of the hike. Harder to navigate going down rather than up in my opinion. Summit of RPR is fun, amazing views + it's fun to build balancing rock art (tons of rock to choose from). Descent back to the trailhead seemed to last forever (had a slow buddy with me) but overall a very nice day with cool temps + beautiful views.

Very challenging hike. I clocked 18.2 miles. Gray had a much better view than I was expecting. The Four Corners was my favorite part of the hike; being able to shoot up Gray, Skylight, and Marcy in a short amount of time was very rewarding.

on Dix Range

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9 days ago

Day trip, all 5 Peaks. My iWatch logged 19 miles, which is far more than the OP’s 14.1 or other reviewers’ ~16. Went up the Macomb side which has a several hundred foot sandy rock slide that was steep but doable, could see it being challenging to unsafe as a down climb. First three miles are pretty flat but it gets steeper after the camping area, then moderate to flat once you get up into the range. Nothing so challenging as the rock slide before Macomb. Downclimb from Dix is steep but safer. Clear herd paths the entire way after the camp area both sides of the loop. Bring plenty of water — I didn’t and didn’t have purifiers for any of the streams in the last 3 miles back. 8am-6pm for a 10 hour hike total, with ample stops on Macomb and Dix and rests in other places (~1 hour total?)

This was one of my first difficult hikes I've done. After having done hikes in places like Sedona, Zion, the Rockies, and Grand Canyon, this is still my favorite hike. Maybe I have fond memories of this being the first hike that me and my new fiancee went on together. But it's more that this hike is just charming.

We did this hike in the winter, during November. Scrambling up felt incredibly dangerous and exhilarating in ice and wet granite, but was actually a ton of fun. Coming down the other side was a breeze compared to up. The views are stunning, being above the clouds.

Do this hike. Just do it.

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12 days ago

We did this back on 9/1. The forecast was only 15% chance of rain for the day and of course when we got out of our car at the Upper Works east trailhead lot at 5 am it started raining. And didn't stop for most of the day... so obviously the trail was wet and muddy. The trail was easy to follow and flat the majority of the way. Except that last mile-ish up to the top (after the waterfall with the cairn marking the trail to the right). Most of it really wasn't as bad as I had heard, and in fact I think there may have been nice views going up to the peak if it hadn't been cloud-covered and raining. We got to the big rock slide and went up the right side. Wrong choice. There is a very small cairn at the base of the slide, go up the left side here. We ended up having to bushwhack up to the peak because the right side of the slide doesn't bring you back to the trail. Other than that part of the hike we actually didn't mind this trail. It took us almost exactly 12 hours roundtrip, I think we were a little slow making our way up to the summit due to the rain making an already slippery trail that much more slippery, so we were trying to be safe/cautious. Also, the 2 new suspension bridges kept us out of the deeper water. Any other crossings were shallow enough to cross using just the rocks as steps.

We did this hike on Saturday, 9/1/2018. You must park at the end of Ausable Road at St. Huberts Parking area. You cannot drive up to the club and no dogs are allowed on this trail. We arrived at the parking lot around 6AM and it was about half full already. I think the chance of rain and overcast kept some people away. We started our hike at about 6:30 AM. In total it took us about 11 hours (back around 5:30 PM) to do the entire hike. The 11 hours includes time spent on the peaks, a lunch break, and the few resting breaks. I also pulled a muscle on the way down the mountain, so we stopped a lot on the way back. We also figured it to be closer to 15 miles. Our tracker died on the way back at almost 13 miles and we still had a good three hours of hiking after that.

I would say the hike to Colvin was easy to moderate, depending on your activity level. Colvin itself would be a good hike for a family or first-time high peak hiker. There were only a couple of rock outcrops to navigate on the way up. It was very wet due to the morning shower, but we have also heard that this trail is usually wet in spots. Just be prepared with extra socks or gators if you have them. From Colvin to Blake is much harder, but doable. You basically go straight down and then straight back up to Blake. It was difficult to navigate in spots due to being right down to the rock and very wet (this is where I pulled a muscle coming back), but it was fun hike! If you are an aspiring 46er you must hike Colvin to get to Blake anyways. You could also add any of the surrounding peaks (Dial, Nippletop, etc..) for a long day.

We did not have a view from either peak due to the overcast. We had originally planned to do the 2 miles extra from Blake to Lookout Rock since we knew that Blake didn’t have much of a view, but due to the overcast we opted not to add the extra miles. To sum it up, this was a fun and scenic hike. Although wet and tricky to navigate in spots, it is definitely worth it!

I can't lie, this one kicked our butts! Started at the reservoir at 7am, before the parking lot gets full. Marble Mt. seemed like it was never going to end! The little break at the top of Marble was much appreciated, and the going to Esther was much easier after that. Made it to Esther in 3 hours. Not much to see from the top of Esther and the trail was VERY muddy. Trail back up to Whiteface wasn't bad. We made it to the summit of Whiteface at 5 hours. Cloudy with no views, unfortunately. Headed back down and made it back to the car at 9 hours after a slow downhill- we are very cautious on the downhills. I never know how people go so fast! Total time: 9 hours Total Distance: 13.5 miles

Great introduction to the high peaks. Not that difficult with just a couple of short steep climbs. Great view from the top which is a large bald open area. Lots of room to sit, eat a bite, and take it all in. Lots of people.. even a 5 year old girl who made it. 4-5 hours max time for anyone in decent shape. Round trip.

Nice but lots of rocks and very crowded. Many dogs, not always on leach. Parking full. No view as it was overcast. Would do other peaks now that it is done.

Finished my 46 on this mountain and it was a perfect choice. It’s a light and quick day (in terms of high peaks hiking that is). Took 5 hours on the dot including a half hour on top. A great hike because the views are constantly showing themselves on all the slab climbs so it’s a lot of fun. Each brother has great views and cool spots on each to hang out. Trail immediately climbs from the start then chills out a bit after getting up the first brother. One of my favorites would do again for sure

If you’re hiking Allen you’re typically trying to hike all 46 high peaks. This hike took me 9.5 hours car-to-car. The first 7 miles is flat terrain getting to the base of the mountain. It’s boring but at the same time is kind of neat and unique and a lot of time can be made hiking this portion quickly. There aren’t other trails like this while hiking the high peaks. Lots of open meadow-type clearings, hiking along old abandoned roads, lakes, going over multiple suspension bridges, and an abandoned cabin. It’s actually cool just really long. Going up Allen however is super slippery (the Red slime is real and very slick). Trekking poles and/or micro spikes are very useful on this trail due to climbing all the slippery slides/slabs. Fully wooded summit with summit sign. A few clearing views throughout the hike but there’s a reason people often don’t care for this hike; a lot of work/miles with little payoff. But it’s not as bad as some people make it out to be in my opinion.

I found these to be pretty easy for being 46ers. The best views are from Cascade. There's some climbing over rocks, but it's not too bad. I wouldn't say that Porter isn't worth it as there is a bit of a view (though not as stunning as Cascade) and it's very close. Unfortunately they are closing this trail, and the garden parking lot one is already closed. There will be a new trail from the Mount Van Hoevenberg visitor center that is currently being built. I'm glad I got a chance to do this trail and climbed up Van Hoevenberg before they build that center as I'm sure it will become very crowded. It's difficult for a regular trail but not bad for ADK. This took us about 7 hours, we stopped to eat and the rain slowed us down a bit.

Street and Nye are trailess peaks. However, the herd path is fairly easy to follow. There are several split offs that go around obstacles in different ways but they all seemed to meet up. The beginning of the trail is fairly easy. The trail is fairly level ground for about the first mile to mile and a half. Start out at the ADK Loj trail to Mount Jo, sign in and follow the Street and Nye trail sign. Cross Indian Brook a little less than a mile in. You will see the creek then follow the path to the right and in a few minutes you will see the crossing marked with several cairns. The trail picks up right across the creek with a short, but steep climb. Follow the trail along the edge of the embankment. We accidentally followed a different trail, but it met up. You'll see a large beaver pond. Past this you will have a stream on one side of you or another and cross it several times as you make your way up the mountain. After this there is a fairly steep climb up a rocky path, not quite a boulder scramble, just rocky. After this there is a steep winding path. I didn't realize how steep it really was until I was coming back down. There are fallen trees and debris to climb over throughout the trail because it is not maintained. You'll reach a die-back area of old spruce trees, you're almost at the junction of the two mountains then. There is a cairn and a sign scratched into a tree at the junction. We took the trail that goes more to the left and went to Street first. This is a narrow, winding trail that drops to the col first and then up to the peak. It's not as steep as the earlier section. The best views are off the back of Street. There are herd paths on the top of the mountain going to different views. There is a small sign at the top. We went back down and up a very short climb to Nye. There is a ledge on your way to Nye on the left side of you're headed up. This has the best views. There's wasps, there's rocks, there's a lot of up, there's trees to climb over, but they are 46ers. It took us about 8 hours and we're not fast hikers.

Difficult and rocky montagne ⛰, breathtaking view from the top , a lot of hikers !
Porter is so muddy and not really worth the trouble.

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