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backpacking
1 month ago

Hiked from Twenty-mile ranger station to Road to Nowhere, using the lost cove shortcut. Great hike. Very little traffic, lots of water and good campsites. There were more cultural sites (mostly cemeteries) than any other long hike I have done in the park. We were on a rushed schedule (three days, two nights), so I didn't get to fish. If you have longer, be sure to bring a rod. Oh, about that rushed schedule, we made far worse time than usual. There is a fair about of elevation change as you go up and over the various fingers of land that go into the lake. My hiking partner and I generally hike a 20 minute mile. Tired legs and sore feet had us struggling to get 30 minute miles. I'm glad I did it, but it's not a trail for someone expecting grand vistas or a trail along a lake. The lake is there somewhere and you get glimpses of it, but this trail is for someone that wants to get away from the masses while backpacking and exploring GSNP. (Oh, and if hitting Lost Cove, beware of lots of little water crossings)

Difficult hike, but about as good as it gets! Diehards can do it in a long midsummer day, but between the AMC huts and AT campsites, as well less established campsites, there are plenty of places to spend a night. If the weather is good, it is a great way to spend the time.

Favorite hike in Oregon!

Hiked in from gate on 10/30/18. 3 miles to 4 Corners and to the right to the ponds. We were the only ones in except the forest ranger who stopped to give us an overview and update of plans and progress. The hike was easy as it follows the road.
There was snow on the landscape and it was a bit cloudy, but it started to clear so we had a superb view of Marcy, Gothics, Saddleback, Haystack,.. from the second pond. DEC is doing some work for a parking lot just before the split to the second pond and former lodge; the only muddy spot! Moose tracks there were very noticeable. Once all trails are in, this will be a Mecca!

backpacking
3 months ago

Hiked on 10/13 and DEC has put in a few extra launches for canoes and kayaks with bathrooms. Hopefully they won’t keep adding as more and more people are visiting and littering. All in all, it’s an awesome place and by far the most secluded place I’ve found in the peaks. Plenty of loons and otters to see from time to time!

Very rocky trails, there are lean to’s at echo lake and right before the beginning of the Indian head trail. Tough hike though definitely recommend for a weekend

Excellent hike! Beautiful views from each peak which are worth the effort. The hike was very rugged and it pays to have good spirits and strong legs. We completed a counterclockwise loop starting both days around 4:30am. Day 1 was a successful 18+mile day, which set us up for a shorter second day. Garfield was slow going and easily the most difficult part of the hike. We finished day 2 before noon as we were able to cruise after summiting Flume. Water was very accessible; we carried at least 3L and refilled at Guyot, Galehead, and Garfield. Overall, a phenomenal experience with even better friends.

Very good backpacking trail to Echo Lake. I spent the night there and it was very beautiful. The initial part of the trail is very difficult as it is all uphill. Once you get to the old ruins, it levels out. Echo Lake has a bunch of campsites designated around the lake. There is one lean to, but I didn’t need to use it as I brought my own tent. I highly recommend it. However I do consider the trail hard as the initial uphill climb with all of your gear on your back does make it difficult. Although it’s only about 1.9 miles, then it levels out.

We walked down to Echo Lake—definitely challenging enough to work a sweat, but not as difficult as you may think.

Yea me and my friends are idiots who decided to start with Avalanche lake and then go to Mt. Marcy. Also we were also stupid and decided to do it all in one day. It took us 16 hours to complete the hike.

Because of the timing and which way we started, our descent of Mt. Marcy was after sunset-

***side note*** the sunset on top of Mt. Marcy moved me to tears

- and we had to hike another 6 miles in the dark. I’m not the epitome of fitness but I’ve been able to keep up on my fair share of hikes, but this was definitely the toughest I have done so far.

If you are not a highly seasoned hiker who is in incredible shape, DO NOT do this all in one day or you will end up in the same situation me and friends were in.

Also, AllTrails may say it’s only a 3k elevation gain, but its way more than that

hiking
4 months ago

Google maps sends you through private property. Perch Pond Lane is private and is gated. The ONLY way to access Boreas Ponds is from Gulf Brook Road. It is quite beautiful but there are no signs in place yet and the road is still closed at the gate from Gulf Brook Road parking area. Enjoy and please do not trespass on the private property that borders the Boreas Tract.

I parked up by the train station and brought my bike. I rode 3.5 miles downhill to the Ripley Falls, where I had dropped off my friend. I chained my bike there. We went in where the Appalachian trail crosses the road. The cliff has multiple areas with has some great views. Even saw the train pass down in the notch. The section down from Mt. Jackson is not as easy as described. We ended up helping some people that were fooled by the moderate rating and had a hard time getting down. The rocky trail is what made it more difficult for some. For avid hikers, it’s not difficult, but there are easier trails listed as moderate.

We did it in 2 days, 53km (we went the wrong way for 5km ). Very nice hike but not that easy as we did a lot of km each day. Views on the 7 summits are breathtaking. Don’t worry for the water, there’s a lot of place to refill all the way to Galehead Shelter. Make sure to have enough water at this point because the next water supply is on the way down. So you must have at least 2L from galehead to the end of the hike ( if you do it in 2 days ). Many campsite are available all the way. Make sure to not have to much weight in your backpack and hike sticks. For the rest, you must be in shape to do this trail. Definitely recommend.

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

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.

update: 7/21/18

Spent four days backpacking in Baxter State Park. Stayed one night at Russel Pond at lean-to 5 which is the most secluded, one night a Wassataquoik Lake lean-to then one night a Wassataquoik Stream lean-to. Hike out to Roaring Brook Campground where I parked.

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

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.

I did this as a two-day backpacking trip with an overnight at Unknown Pond in early July. I went up Bunnell Notch and down Mill Brook Trail. Going up the trail was moderately difficult and well-maintained. From Unknown Pond out, however, the trail was in only fair condition with many blow downs and waist-high vegetation. The trail does not offer much scenery; the side trip to Roger’s Ledge offered the best (180-degree) views by far. The little pond a couple miles east of Unknown Pond was a wonderful surprise. With the sun rising and all the birds in top voice, that was what I came to find.

Top 2 most difficult hikes I have done; I would not attempt this unless you’re in good shape and are an experienced backpacker. The reward for the difficulty are 7 amazing views atop some of the most gorgeous peaks in the north east. Did it two days highly recommend.

Tip: water is scarce between lafayette and last tent site so be prepared before you summit lafayette

Great 3 day hike. Took a couple guys out there for their first time backpacking and they had a blast. Make sure you have enough water containers and know where to refill. And remember leave no trace!!

The original rating for this trail was moderate, and unfortunately misleading. We brought our good friends here for a backpacking trip the weekend after the solstice in June. We knew it would rain and involved steep elevation but were not expecting the rock scrambles and rockiness of the regular trail on the ascent and descent, made harder by the rain. We camped .5 miles in after hiking the 3 miles on 302 then were planning to camp on the other side of Mt Jackson for the night—however we didn’t make good time on the ascent and got caught in the rain on the ridge part of the trail which dampened spirits (and clothes). We decided to hike through the night and go to a nearby hotel rather than camp out another night. It took us 12.5 hours to hike that 7 mile stretch (with overnight packs) in the rain (7.5 hours of rain) and dark (4 hours in the dark with low visibility due to mist). Overall a beautiful hike but be prepared for it to be HARD!!

We started this trail at Crawford Notch and went up to Jackson, back to Webster, and down from there along the AT, coming out where the AT crosses US 302. The views were gorgeous from Jackson, Webster, and the cliffs/views along the ridge down from Webster. I would say, though, that this trail was VERY difficult for me. I wasn't prepared for the amount of scrambling near the ridges and just general scrambling along the trail - this is a VERY rocky trail. I'm no mountain goat, and always have to take those areas slowly. This trail took us 7.5 hours and we only did 7 miles! I can handle the distance and elevation, but all the big steps and rocks did me in. My companion says that this is pretty typical of the White Mountains, so that's good to know.

hiking
7 months ago

The road in is rough. We gingerly did it in a Honda Odyssey until there was a gate we could not pass. We hiked in on the road. Expect to walk on a primitive road for most of the hike. The view over the dam is great (albeit with lots of mosquitoes). We only went 15 minutes past there because of the baby on our backs. Evidence of moose. Stories about a charging turkey.

Amazing hike with the best views coming from MT Garfield.. .Not recommended for newbies or out of shape hikers. .My hiking partner and I started clockwise finishing coming down the 4.9 mile trail off bond cliff then the long 8 miles on the Lincoln wood trail to the Parking lot...Next will be the Presidential Traverse

Nice hike with my Jack Russell she loved the adventure.

great first backpacking expirence with my dog! bunell notch trail to kilkenny ridge summiting cabot, bulge & the horn. fair amount of friendly people until you get beyond cabot, views at the horn were great. camped at unknown pond tentsite then carried on to rogers ledge first thing in the morning with great views, which was the trip highlight! there's a decent amount of blown downs but they're easy to navigate & the mud isn't too bad. finished with mill brook trail which was luscious with growth & signs of moose. kilback pond was another gem to the trip. & the fish hatchery on the way back to the car was a nice end to an amazing adventure. 10/10

fishing
8 months ago

Camped here for 3 days and the weather can be very unpredictable. Awesome hike and it’s about 3.1 miles from the parking lot to the main pond with views.

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