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Great overall hike for some perfect views! Take this recommended Loop and you wont be disappointed. No part of this trail is too hard that a family cant do. We got to the top in 45min, & continued on to bushwack to Erebus (that takes some planning). Feel free to send me a message for best recommended route. Enjoy!

Really beautiful spot, great view
Wanted to do
The loop but couldn't find the red trail from the top
So next time we will start on the red trail

Began at the Hogtown parking lot and did the trail to the summit, then the pond and back. We take our time so it took all morning. First time that we had done a mountain summit and it was incredible! Plan on going again in the fall as the view must be wonderful then.

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike! Outstanding views up to Giant, at the peak and at Rocky Peak. Probably the most difficult portion is the initial descent to Rocky Peak (.3mi?) and then back up towards Giant. We left the trailhead at 5:45 am; views on the way up were great but the summit of Giant was overcast. Views from RP were great and you can see Lake Champlain and beyond. The ceiling was clear on the way back so we hit Giant's summit again for outstanding views. It is a very short walk back to Giant from the trail to RP so worth a 2nd look, 8 hours total with a total of 30 minutes on Giant and 20+ on RP

August 8, 2018: Completed Big Slide in 5.5 hours, with about 30 minutes of breaks. Parking: The trailhead at Garden Parking (off Adirondack Rd from the village of Keene) is very small. I arrived there at 9am on Tuesday and no spots available. I usually start my hikes earlier, but this time, I was driving from Ottawa the morning of. I quickly learned that if the parking is full, you are SOL. There are no other places to park, except in the village itself at a public parking, which is what I did. In addition to the 5.5 hrs, this added a good 1hour and 15 minutes. So arrive early :) Although I heard that on weekends there's a shuttle service - don't take my word for it though. The hike itself is a nice one, but tough. There is quite a bit of rock scrambling, which I personnaly like. The summit is great, but watch out for mice - one nearly got in my backpack. I didn't do the actual loop, I went right up from the three Brothers trail and came down the same. Cheers

A lot more rock scrambling than I anticipated! I loved the views on the way up, stopping every now and then to get a snapshot, catch my breath, or drink some water. The way back feels long but is a nice break for your knees. Pay attention to the yellow arrow on a boulder after the waterfall on your way back. There's a herd trail going into the woods that we followed that's not the trail! Overall a satisfying hike! I'm an intermediate hiker and I finished in 7 hours, including about 30 min worth of breaks.

Beautiful hike with wonderful views of Lake George! My favorite hike in the LG area and add will never get bored of it. Beautiful hike to do in all four seasons of the year. It gets a pretty steep at some parts so may be a little challenging for beginners

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

I didn’t think this trail was hard, but by husband did as he has bad knees. Summited in 3 hrs and about 2.5 hrs to descend. The views were nice although it was a cloudy day, I’m sure on a clear day it would be incredible. I would recommend poles if prone to knee strain.

Most of the trail is in direct sunlight.

Great hike and this route, though a long approach (like every ADK loj hike), is probably the “easiest” route up. Took me 2 hours to get to the Colden trail split at Lake Arnold, and 1 hour to summit. Nice rocky summit with outstanding views everywhere. The lake Arnold trail is a long, gradual but very steady climb so by the time you get to the Colden trail you’ve already ascended quite a bit so that trail is quite simple. One false summit so be aware of that but a great hike albeit long to get to, but makes for a solid day and has loop potential as well if you go down the Lake Colden trail.

Loved it and can’t wait to go back

A great hike- we went up Cat on the blue trail first, then took the yellow trail to Thomas and back down. Blue trail up to Cat is easy to follow and well marked. The yellow trail to Thomas was also well marked but was relatively ‘rough’ meaning lots of ups and downs, lots of roots and mild bouldering. Def a challenge for a beginner... but well worth it! Lots of fabulous views. When I go again I will go up the yellow trail and down the blue, I like the rough stuff while I’m still fresh!
Highly recommend this hike- you can just do the blue trail for a quick up and back or do the loop for a great workout.

on Castle Rock Trail

hiking
13 days ago

This is the 2nd time I have done this hike. The trail is VERY well marked and maintained. The path has a mixed terrain in areas with larger rocks to maneuver. There are two areas with a steeper incline and some people may need an assist depending on their skills/abilities/comfort level. The view from the Sumit is a beautiful sight of Blue Mountain lake.

Fun hike, a bit rocky at times, great view at the top. Would definitely hike again!

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
17 days ago

I loved this trail. hiked it in July 2018, and it was an easy-to-moderate walk in the forest culminating in an awe-inspiring view. When you get to the trail you get an option of doing it as a back and out or a loop we did the latter, which added a little more distance, but it still took only about 2 hours to finish.

Excellent views and a super easy hike.

Fantastic view from the summit!

Just want to say be ready for deer flies, I wasn't so had to leave.

Cat has amazing views! The trail between the two was really fun too.

The total distance is a bit more than 9.8 miles.

If you have more than one person in your car drop the passengers off at the garden trailhead so you only have to pay for one shuttle ride.

There is potable water at the Johns Brook Lodge.

We have done this Loop hike a few times over the years. It is the most stunning in the fall. Nothing like fall colors over the Lage George area! It is even a wonderful winter snowshoe. It is sad that the observer's cabin at the top of Thomas Mountain had to be removed because there are people who just need to deface and damage.

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.

Took our kids and they loved hiking up through the trees and over the small streams. This was a moderately difficult hike, I wouldn't say hard. The views are stunning.

hiking
23 days ago

Great easy trail, very well marked! AMAZING views at the top

Hiked up for sunrise, still an amazing hike which reward u with a fantastic view. Continue the hike to Erebus, which is kind of muddy and lack of view

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

Absolutely stunning views!

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

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