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The trail was muddy in spots due to rain the night before. The day was sunny and cool. The summit offered limited views but there were views prior to summit. iWe had planned to hike on to Cornell but instead took an alternate trail (East Branch) for some nice views during our descent..

Summited Twin from Pecoy Notch. 6.8 miles round trip. The quarry and rock living room was so cool and had nice views of KHP and Twin. Right past the quarry are a number of cascading waterfalls, the biggest about 15-20ft. A few great scrambles and a number of open, expansive viewpoints up on the summits. My favorite Catskill hike so far

nice trail, with great markings and signs. More of a moderate trail aside from a few short steep sections going up Blackhead from the Batavia kill lean to side. no view on Blackhead summit, I would say skip it and just head straight up Black dome on the red trail, perfect rock ledge with views there. nice spring on the red trail to refill water bottles.

Great hike. I was happy with my decision to go counterclockwise. Hike starts out mellow and works up to a fun scramble up the west side if Sugarloaf. Trail was wet and covered with leaves which made it a little tricky. Once up and over the top of Sugarloaf the descent on the east side is steep but fun. I then hiked up to Twin Peaks. Another really fun scramble, challenging in a few spots. Great view from the top. On the way out I stopped and relaxed at the quarry for a few minutes. Nice view from there also. Hike took about 6.5 hours. I would recommend wearing a good pair of hiking boots as the ground is uneven on most of the trail.

Beautiful views, tough trail. Very muddy, and one particularly steep section (read: you must climb up a rock face). Overall, this trail is dedicated to my trekking poles, without whom I would have face-planted many times.

We also went up twin mountain from here: highly recommend. The view from there is breathtaking.

Great hike with beautiful views. Views from giant ledge are better than panther. Deff longer than 6.3 miles if you go up to panther.

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6 days ago

Very well marked trail. First mile is difficult, very steep, but after that it's quite easy. Just watch your footing. Lots of roots and muddy patches.

6 days ago

Beautiful view. Short trail but rather steep. Wear shoes with ankle support.

We went back to this beautiful trail yesterday. The trails were mostly dry views were amazing! Foliage should be peak by the weekend.

Amazingly beautiful, and the views from Hurricane Ledge are breathtaking, but very muddy, rocky and almost unmarked in the section up to High Peak and down to Hurricane Ledge. I was glad that I could use the GPS over the Alltrails map to track my location. I would not recommend to inexperienced hikers.

This hike isn’t easy, but it isn’t hard either. There just are points were you feel like you’re rock climbing rather then hiking. Just prepare for that. Also plan to get there either early or super late; the parking area fills up quickly!

Nice short sweet simple whack, but not necessarily easy. I went straight up and my calves were feeling it by the summit, and bombing back down my hamstrings were starting to sing. Only saw signs of herdpaths once up on summit ridge. From some prior research I was able to locate some great views up on top, from the ledges you have views south to spruceton valley and beyond as well as down to the west. Really nice lunch spot, and if you like solitude this is a great hike.

Just finished a trip from the Catskills and a hike up to the top of this mountain. Really fun, a few steep climbs, nothing a beginner couldn’t handle. A little challenging but worth it in the end. The view from the Fire tower was amazing! And your above 3500’.

I started off with no firm intent of doing all 3 summits, and Wright was a rough one to start with as it is pretty steep and extremely windy. But weather was otherwise great and I felt in great shape so off to Algonquin I went. There is a long portion above tree-line and thus fantastic views - you hardly notice you're climbing on that last part! Trip to Iroquois was fun and not very strenuous. To get there you need to turn right, instead of left, as soon as you drop below tree-line South of Algonquin. Round trip took me 8.5 hours with short stops on each summit.

Came up from Mink Hollow in Elka Park. 7.3 miles but all 1,700 ft are gained in the first mile and a half. It was intense and tiring but the summit walk was a long break. Beautiful views from the two main ledges, and the ledge looking south is way bigger than expected

Great hike, definitely challenging even for experienced hikers. Would recommend for backpacking. Be prepared to spend about 5-6 hours in total depending on how long you chill looking at the views.

Mileage seems like it’s a little longer than what’s listed, but that’s just me.

Great hike with beautiful views from the ledges!

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18 days ago

very nice trail. I love it!

This was a great hike. Strenuous at times (I agree with those who say it's more moderate/hard) the view was worth it and the Forrest itself was beautiful!

This was a nice hike with great views from the ledges. The trail was like a mini river and muddy in most places. Overall not a bad hike but the trail was busy with people.

This trail was tough but so rewarding. I was able to complete it in 7 hours, and I am a decently experienced hiker. I could see this taking 10+ hours, so plan accordingly!
I started with Wright which was the toughest ascent in my opinion because it had just rained and the steep rocks were hard to get a grip on. Algonquin was great, definitely tiring but doable, and the stretch from there to Iroquois was pretty easy as there is not much elevation change. There’s one large waterfall and several small ones on the way up. All in all a great hike - probably the hardest ADK I’ve done yet but spectacular scenery!

No view here. And we kinda found it hard to find the trail from Devil's path.. But we eventually found the trail to SW Hunter. Not difficult at all. Very easy trail.

view was amazing definitely a challenging trail, but well worth it. Didn't get to do Cornell because of time

Amazing, amazing. The view from Wittenberg will make even the naysayingest Catskill naysayers smile.

Great hike. The beginning is leisurely and includes views of waterfalls / a stream. Once you get to the bridge take a quick right and head on the other side of the stream (I went left at the bridge initially). The hike up is steep at points and decently challenging - there is some climbing involved and felt a bit longer than 6 miles total. The view at the top is worth the trek but note this is a moderate to hard hike on the way up.

Took us just about 10 hours, with moderate length breaks on multiple of the peaks and short scattered rests while hiking. Views were excellent, but the summits were a LOT colder than the woods so be sure to dress in layers! Definitely bring gloves, even if it is warm out. There is a lot of up and down in this hike, with very few flat sections. You essentially have to summit 6 times if you do Wright, Iroquois, and Algonquin in the out and back method shown here. I'd definitely do Wright first, because after that the rest of the hike seems easier.

Also, something that we did not know before we started is that there is a 4th mountain (in between Algonquin and Iroquois) that you have to hike called Boundary mountain. It isn't considered a high peak due to distancing rules, but it still has decent views and since you have to go over it twice, it does add some difficulty to the hike.

Here's a more detailed timeline of our trip:
Started at 8:00 AM from the Loj trailead.
Got to the sign splitting the Wright and Algonquin trails at about 10 AM. From here it took us less than an hour to summit Wright, but it was steep. The views were not that great, since it was early and too cloudy.
Reached the summit of Algonquin at about 12:15 PM, excellent views at this time. (As expected, the clouds from the morning tend to clear up by around noon.)
From there, we stayed on the peak for a bit and then left for Iroquois. It took us about a full hour (a little less) to get from Algonquin to Iroquois, and then the same to get back to Algonquin again.
We then left the peak of Algonquin at just about 2:40 pm, and arrived at the Loj at about 5:40 PM.
We were going pretty slowly on the way down due to fatigue from the constant ups and downs of the trail.
Also, worth noting that if you have never hiked out of the Loj before and are going on a weekend, try to get there early. We arrived at 7:30 and barely got a parking spot. Also, be prepared to pay $10 cash for parking.

I had to rush this one due to poor time planning on my part with commitments in the afternoon, I rushed through and did the roundtrip in 5hrs, however both mountains were totally socked in the morning I went so I had no views at all so i want to go back anyway. Trail is well marked, lots of fun scrambles, i imagine if you go when its not completely socked in you will have great views with the apparent amphitheater-style seating rocks at Witt summit looking out at something that i couldn't see at all the day i went, and after the cornell crack there was an apparent viewing ledge over at Cornell's summit. I was lucky to start out early in the am and had the mountains to myself the whole way up and part way back to Witt's summit. Some of the scrambles could be difficult for a newer hiker, and while there are flats along the way to rest your legs and lungs there are quite a few up sections that might burn your legs if you aren't really ready for this one. Have to pay for parking at the campground but the few bucks weren't enough to take a star away for me, and by paying you have access to restrooms/showers/etc at the campground for the day anyway. I often hike with my akita mix but was glad i didn't bring her on this one, as the crack and at least one other scramble between Witt and Cornell i would have needed to help her up and by oneself with your 4-legged friend it would be pretty difficult i imagine, and she has needed no help on the scrambles she has previously done on many of the adk and cats peaks.

Very doable. Did it ccw and the way up (red) was rockier and the way down (red to blue) was muddier. Pretty easy otherwise. Views from the tower, one view spot on the way down. Good hike for a half day activity (drive from 17 included).

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