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17 hours ago

Rough trail because of snow and ice but well worth the extra effort.

Beautiful monastery at the base of the trail you can tour and cool abandoned hotel towards the top of the trail with beautiful views at the fire tower! Steep wide trail.

Best hike in a while. Not too challenging but the views are well worth the trip.

great views and intresting history.

Am awesome hike today .

Do not attempt without micro spikes. 60% sheet of ice right now. Not much snow. Slow going but can't beat the views!

Not too much snow today, but the rock scrambles have ice on them. Definitely recommend micro spikes - made the icy rock scrambles and the general descent much easier!

I did this hike today. A few inches of new snow on the ground. This was a great hike. Lots of great views. Mini Waterfalls everywhere made for a lot of good pics and videos. 3/4 of the way up the hike does get harder but very doable. The view at the top is surreal. Can’t wait to do it in snowshoes once the snow gets deeper.

trail running
15 days ago

Epic views. It’s getting icy towards the top of the summit; you might want to bring microspikes or trekking poles.

15 days ago

This trail has been improved with switchbacks and stone steps to help avoid some of the wetter and icier sections. Traction required on colder days. Dog and child friendly. Nice view from the gazebo. After heavy rains like we had on 12/31/18 it gets very muddy however the waterfall gushes and is worth the extra effort.

Consistent incline. Good wide dirt trail. Hotel ruins are cool to see. Fire tower at top offers nice view as does another spot 50 yards away. Rattlesnake signs posted near top of trail. Ranger was knowledgeable and helpful.

Great hike, the ruins are wonderful. No views due to the weather.

Although the car park is of good size get there EARLY because its a popular trail. It was almost full when we got there about 9.30am.

The trail is a well defined single-track road which can only be considered "moderate" because of the sustained incline. I can see how some consider it boring. My only thought on the way up was how beautiful it must be in the spring when the abundant rhododendrons are in bloom.

Currently there is a deceptive light covering of snow on the trail. What it hides is the numerous thick sheets of ice which only become more frequent the higher you get. WEAR YOUR SPIKES, your body will thank you for it. I had many conversations with people who were asking me about my micro-spikes; hopefully taking the time to direct them to REI / EMS will inspire a couple of them.

The hotel ruins looked fantastic in the low cloud cover. Hauntingly so.

The firetower looked great against the pure white surrounding cloud cover. It was very blustery as weather started to move in but we found shelter behind the ranger hut to make lunch and coffee. Only saw two other people at the summit even though we saw many more on the trail.

CAUTION: BE AWARE, coming down the trail in winter was the slipperiest trails I’ve ever done. Fell down a total of 20 times. WEAR ICE SPIKES, or shoes with very good traction. Overall the view was amazing and the ruins were incredible, with an interesting story behind it. Would recommend for summertime!

love this trail. the view at the top is worth the hike. the waterfall is beautiful too if you are willing to go a little further.

Great hike that was super challenging for me. It’s a steady climb to the top, with lots of mud and some icy patches. Snow flurries accompanied me the entire way. Definitely would have benefited me to have some trekking poles on the way down. The view is amazing. I felt like I was kissing the clouds. The hotel ruins are both creepy and intriguing! Definitely an awesome hike.

I love Buck Mountain!
The views are delightful!!

A good mix, close to town and just hard enough for a quick, fun workout

long uphill hike. great views from the summit.

22 days ago

Great view from the top, from both the lookout and the tower and the ruins were interesting to explore. The hike is consistently uphill on a fire road, and as its a road not the most exciting hike. Quite icy in patches!

I feel like this trail gets overlooked a lot in favor of the various peaks; this is a GREAT trail to hike!

For the most part it's a fairly easy rolling hike along the shoreline, but offers a couple of more moderately challenging spots. The trail itself is clearly defined but the blue tree markers can be sparse, they are a mixture of bright and dark blue; the dark blue markers are very hard to see.

There are some really beautiful spots along this trail including a grove of pines that reminded me of an enchanted forest; a bog/marsh area with it's little hillocks of grass; and numerous water crossings that were swollen and running fast after the recent heavy rains.

Currently (12/23/2018) there are a few trees that have fallen across the trail which will involve climbing through/over. We came prepared for heavy ice cover, but the trail was basically clear except for some treacherous patches here and there; the only time we should have worn our spikes was from the Claymeadow trailhead to the trail junction. Some sections were VERY wet with flowing water which required some careful navigation across them.

A great hike in the winter. Great views of Lake George along with streams and ponds. Hiked it with my dog and she loved it.

Nice views from the top!

Great view from the top and the ruins are awesome to explore. It is however extremely congested with riff raff from the city. Even on a 0 degree day people were everywhere. That definitely takes the adventure out of a hike.

1 month ago

Easy and quick hike! Up in about 20 minutes if you’re in decent shape and kids love this. The gazebo up top is a nice touch and worth the little bit of lung breaking!

The first 30 minutes are tough it’s all uphill, there was snow which made it harder but the hotel and the view at the top were worth the hike!!!

Trail is well marked. Switch backs make the trek to summit tolerable. A bit slick in spots later in the trail. Views are incredible.

1 month ago

What a fantastic hike, the snow-pack just adds to the enchantment. Reminds me a lot of the way I felt about our hike up Pillsbury Mountain.

This is mostly a moderate hike with some more strenuous sections, and then some sections that were an easy forest stroll. Lots of water in the streams, much of which had formed ice falls. The trail, especially higher up, is currently well packed snow and ice; at lower elevation there was more forest floor.

Contrary to what the description says about mileage, we clocked in at 5.8 miles.

captain's log 10/21/18
light bits of snow and going into the dark.
beautiful absolutely beautiful.

1 month ago

great place near Saratoga/Glens Falls to test out you winter skills before tackling the ADK

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