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Great hike! Three pretty easy miles to start off, then a mile up! It had great views on top! 3 down 43 to go!

Moderate difficulty with great views of lakes. Don’t take fishing gear- no fish. You will see lions on all the lakes and moose tracks everywhere.

on Mount Jo Loop Trail

hiking
3 days ago

Use the “short” at least for half the hike.

camping
5 days ago

The view from MT Colvin is absolutely Amazing. So what if it is a little muddy at parts, its a mountain hike, that comes with the territory. There are some really fun scrambles. There is also a nice stream for a decent ways up the mountain to refuel. There are also about 4 spaces that you can camp in about 2 miles from the top. The best place to park is at a country club. It is right before a church on your left or after it on your right. Its a little sign with an A and another letter on it as a symbol. You drive up that rode until you pass by tennis courts. The foot trail begins a little down the road once you pass between them. So many high peaks to access from that trail.

Decided to stay an extra day after doing 4 of the Saranac 6 to get a High Peak in. We got a later start than we would have like and had to park about a mile down the road from the LOJ. It was overall a great hike the water was refreshing and the top had some good views. The top can be a little confusing because there are a lot of trails right at the peak but nothing to crazy.

The hike up to Marcy Dam and then to the Phelps Trail cut-off is easy. The sign to Phelps at the cut-off reads 1.0 miles, but it is actually 1.2 miles. The 1.2 miles are a bit challenging, but nothing too difficult. At the top, there is a small trail to the right of a boulder that runs along the left side of the trail - take the trail (very short) for some very nice views.

My husband, son and I hiked this trail up and back in 1.5 hours. Took the short trail up and long trail back. Small summit, but still beautiful. Our almost 5 year old had no issues at all navigating the climb. We avoided the crowds by starting out around 4PM on a Saturday. Nice hike overall. Enjoyed the quiet and views of the trail throughout.

Definitely not an easy trail for some, but my 8 year old made it through. I suggest the Short, steep, rocky trail up, and then the Long, less rocky, less rough on the knees way down. I can't imagine the short trail down with all those rocks. View was not great, weather wasn't clear (hence only four stars). Not a lot of room up top, but a decent amount to chill for a bit.

The trip was incredible, however we were disappointed to find no Macy’s at the summit

on Mount Jo Loop Trail

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail for beginners and families with kids. Suggest taking the long trail up and the short trail down.

Hiked in to Phelps from the Loj. I really don’t see any reason to do this mountain unless you are a trying to get all 46 High Peaks. Took 2.5 hours from the Loj and less than 2 to get back. The hike in is a lovely walk, but the trail up Phelps is a bit boring and pretty difficult, lots of roots and stones ......no views till the very end. I agree with another reviewer.... it IS a unique view of Marcy and the other high peaks in the area once you are on the summit. Of course I had a great time, I was hiking! But I would not climb this mountain again.

The last mile is a lot of work but lots of opportunities to take breaks to catch your breath and well worth the effort. Very unique view of the high peaks from the summit

Great hike, but pretty crowded on the trail. I would only recommend for weekday when it’s slightly less busy. Parking lot fills up early on the weekend.

This was my 3rd time hiking Giant, but my first time hiking this trail. Nice trail with a few rock scrambles here and there but I enjoyed this way up to Giant.

Challenging relatively short hike with a wonderful view at the top. We took the longer route up and back. Some areas with rocks to navigate and some wooden ladders to reach the summit. There were some slippery rocks due to recent rain but overall the hike is very do-able with some careful attention to footing. We added on the south camp loop around the lake which was easy.

This was an amazing hike the last mile took me about 1 hour because it was my very first time at an high peak! My back bother me some but I would do it all over again.

Did this hike Sunday, nice weather. The trail was muddy , easy going early up to Colvin. Colvin had good views. Ate a early lunch and headed over to Blake. The effort needed to get to Blake is not worth it. Not much at all to see. There is a view of Elk lake through the trees. Total trip was about 15 miles and took 10 hours. Guess that’s not too bad for my age. Lol

This was a hard hike. I tried in March and it was too icy between Colvin and Blake, especially on the ladders. Today it was pretty muddy, we added Indian Head and it took 9 hours. Indian Head was the best part for me.

Everyone always takes the Van Hovenberg Trail when they go up Marcy... You are missing 95% of what the area has to offer. Avalanche Lake is stunning and is one of the most beautiful places in the world. This should be the one and only trail to take when going up Mount Marcy.

The trail is long and difficult. It would be preferable to do it as a 2 day trip. Avid, athletic, and experienced hikers however can get it done as an 11-12 hour day hike.

My new favorite way up Marcy. Highly recommended.

hiking
20 days ago

Followed previous reviewers advice and went up short trail first and took longer trail down.A lot of rocks heading up but nothing too hard.We were fortunate enough that today there was only about 5 people on the trail besides ourselves so it was nice and quiet and we got to enjoy the summit.

My first hike ever, it was *amazing*! Great difficulty.

Did this loop on July 21/22, 2018 with two friends. This is not a 16.7 mile loop as this app claims. It is 18.4 miles. That’s per the Adirondack Mountain Club trail maps, not an inaccurate GPS tracker.

We hiked in on a Friday evening, starting just after 6:30P. First couple miles are pretty uneventful up until Marcy Dam. Some very modest ups and downs on some very gentle terrain. Shortly after Marcy Dam, where the trail splits between Van Hoevenberg and Avalanche Pass trail(name?), things start getting both tougher and steeper, but still not what I
would consider particularly difficult. This continues for another mile or so. Once you pass the sign that no camping beyond this point, things get steeper still. At this point the trail is moderately challenging unless you’re in good physical condition.

We ended our day 1 journey after just over 4 miles, as darkness was setting in at 8:45, and at that point we had made it to Indian Falls. Indian Falls is a very short distance off the trail, and provides a gorgeous rock bluff with a small water feature and beautiful views of Algonquin, Wright and Iroquois across the way.

Indian Falls is not open to camping anymore, due to erosion. It used to be a designated camp area, and it shows as there are clearings throughout the area. I am not one for breaking park rules, but we were extremely respectful of the land, left no trace, and hammock camped as opposed to setting up tents on the vegetation, so I don’t feel bad about it. The views were just too stunning to pass up. And the night sky was incredible.

From there, we rose at 5:00A to pack up, have a quick bite and push on to the summit. The remaining 3+ miles to the top were mostly steep and rugged, but very little in the way of any exposure or scrambles. Pretty vanilla stuff. But the views to the east as you enter the alpine zone are nothing short of spectacular. I’ve hiked the biggest peaks in all parts of the northeast states and these views take the cake. The volume, depth and density of adjacent high peaks on a clear day make for and absolutely stunning panorama that quite literally takes your breath away. It is well worth the 12 mile out and back trip to this point just to take this in, even if you didn’t go any further. Someday I will catch a sunrise from this spot. It became an instant bucket list item.

The last stretch to the summit is a bit rocky and has a couple interesting parts. But nothing like what you’ll find for scrambles on a Katahdin, Adams or even Monadnock. But the 360 views at the top are excellent. Very little crowds when we were there. We summited just before 9:00A.

Heading down toward Tear of the Clouds, Lake Colden and Avalanche Pass from there, the first couple miles of descent are rough on the knees. You lose a lot of elevation in a short amount of time, putting a ton of stress on knee joint stabilizers. If you have knee problems, this will trigger them, no doubt. From there it levels off and is very moderate for the remaining 9 or so miles, with a few short exceptions. However the terrain is very rooty and rocky for the entire duration. It’s a tough one on the feet. But a very serene setting. Very peaceful wilderness with endless eye candy in the way of mountain and lake views. Avalanche lake is a treat. Gorgeous setting. Great place to stop for lunch and dip your feet in the cool waters. The ladder and ramps offer some interesting play along the way.

From Avalanche Lake back, it’s a 5+ mile slog to the trail head in which your feet and knees are begging for mercy. But it was all well worth the pain.

Great trip, great trails. Would definitely do it again, pain and all.

This trail has some of the most amazing views and some of the hardest terrain you’ll find in the East Coast but it’s all worth it when you get to the highest point in New York State

Very steep and Rocky ascent. An exhausting trip to the top. Nice rock outcroppings when you get to the top but don’t stop there. Go another 15 minutes for full 360° view

Hiked this last Friday! It was a challenging but shorter mileage hike. It is the first of the year so we went pretty slow took us about 7 hours for the entire hike, with hanging on top for a while. Amazing views and the trail was dry. Have to go back and do rocky peak ridge though! Will probably go up the other side (shorter trail) to hit that one. Loved it - ready to hike again 落落

Awesome and easy high peak. I cruised the first three miles and the last one caught me - but the views are totally worth it. A couple different trails at the very tip top and I missed the first sign that said “trail —>” but found it after only a few mins. Lots of good views when you get to the last quarter mile. Most folks I met were hiking this and Table Top, but I did Phelps solo. 6.5 hr day for me with a 45 minute break on the summit. My aussie loved it as well - plenty of swimming breaks for him up and back around Marcy Dam.

Colvin was great. Best view just past the peak. Going down Colvin and up Blake looks more daunting than it is. Advice from a couple that past on the trail, “if you want to be a 46er, definitely do both, if you don’t care about being a 46er definitely don’t do Blake.” I’m glad I did both but I didn’t really see a view from Blake.

Great hike! Took my 5 month old Vizsla and made it all the way to Mt. Marcy and back with no problems. The receptionist at the camping office was super rude but other than that it was a great weekend.

Hiked this July 1, 98 degrees after hiking Gore mountain. This loop is incredible but difficult. Shoes with some grip are a must. Would not do alone. Very steep and rock climbing is part of it. It was extremely adventurous and can’t wait to bring others on this hike. Views were amazing from many look out spots. The pond on the other side is beautiful and wonderful to cool off in. Proved to be a lifesaver on such a hot day. Hiking down just as hard as going up. Will definitely do again.

I live within the reaches of Crane's shadow, & as a frequent High Peaks climber, I foolishly overlooked Crane, thinking 'what's so special about that?' Needless to say, I learned my lesson. Elevation doesn't equal charm!

A great blend of sharp & steep with views of the Southern Adks; and oh yeah, a fancy pond.

Overall a moderate 3.5 mile hike, great for any day.

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