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Awesome views, challenging hike! The view was beautiful! It was worth the efforts to the summit.

The rock scrambles up were fun but a near nightmare on the way down. You need good shoes with good traction to be safe. Because of the tricky (and possibly dangerous) descent, may not want to hike this again.
We also had a dog, who was well trained but created extra anxiety especially during the descent.

Would only recommend this peak for fairly experienced hikers or those familiar with these types of trails.

A friend and I are considering hiking Wright, Algonquin and Iroquois this summer. We’d like to pitch a tent and camp overnight on the trail somewhere - that way we can take our time and do all three peaks over a two day period. Anyone know a good camping spot somewhere on the trail?

Summited both Algonquin and Wright today 1/15/19. Just short of 9 mile RT. Trails were all packed down. I used crampons the entire way. Good sharp microspikes would also have been ok. First mile is easy. Second mile moderate. Third mile moderately difficult and after that steep and difficult. Algonquin summit is hard to follow. Back down I went up Wright. Steep up but only 4/10ths of a mile. Well marked with cairns. 7 hours for the round trip.

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Hiking this in January meant lots of snow, ice, and negative temp windchill. It's a great hike that with fantastic views. Vertical starts right at the trailhead, so there's no long approach needed before vertical starts. There's a few spots that are steep due to large rock sections, might require some scrambling. Can be slippery with the ice and snow - recommend crampons/spikes. Took 2hr 40min to summit, 4:30 round-trip.. was just fine with one 32oz nalgene and a few snacks. Needed about the same in summer but quicker without the snow and heavier boots required. Bring some good gloves and a buff in the winter!

Hiked with a friend on 0108.

HIGHLY recommend crampons, snowshoes and trekking poles.

Both peaks round trip took us 8.5 hours.
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Crampons are a necessity and snowshoes would be a massive help.
We left our snowshoes behind to spare the weight on our backs when we weren’t using them, but then regretted it as we hiked to Esther in snow so deep that it came up to our waists in certain areas.

The views on the trail are breathtaking.
The climb up to whiteface was intense: icy, drop offs, wind... when we reached the wall, the amount of snow made it almost impossible, but a hiker before us carved out a bit of a path and our trek poles kept us steady.

Sunny ski, beautiful view. Do not consider it as a challenge. it's just fun. easier with microspikes

Completed this hike over the weekend. It was about 28 degrees out—perfect for a winter hike. The views were amazing. Very easy to navigate and microspikes were essential!

incredible hike with breathtaking views.
We were lucky enough to choose to hike Giant Mountain on a mild winter day.
Crampons are a must for this trail as the trails are steep and icy.

Perfect day out for a winter ascent. No need for showshoes, although we brought them the whole way up and down with us just in case. Definitely need microspikes the whole hike (we did see two guys without but I’m not sure how well they managed descending without). Packed snow the whole trail - easy to follow. Took my husband and I 4 hrs, 15 min at a fairly leisurely pace (for us) and spending a good 15 minutes at each summit.

Just completed this hike yesterday. Trail is very straight forward and took about 5 hours to complete with moderate amount of breaks. I didn’t have micro spikes nor snow shoes so the amount of ice on the trail made it very challenging. Crampons would be too much but I’d say micro spikes would have helped significantly. Views at the top of both mountains were amazing. Recommend to anyone looking for a moderately challenging day hike in the Adirondacks.

Completed 1/2/18. Was only able to summit Algonquin peak and had to pass up Wright due to time- so round trip was a little over 7 miles for me. Took me about 2 hours to reach the top of Algonquin and the same headed back- little over 4 hours round trip. Micro spikes or something of that nature is absolutely necessary for winter hiking here, pretty icy and steep grade at times. Easy going hike to the base of the mountain and then it gets tough. I’m a moderately experienced hiker in decent enough shape and this was a very challenging hike for me- there are some extremely strenuous portions and the ascent can be unrelenting at times. That being said, it’s difficulty wasn’t over the top and any one looking for a very challenging but do-able hike should consider this route. Summiting Wright would obviously have made this hike much more difficult so keep that in mind. Absolutely one of the most rewarding hikes I’ve competed, ever. The 360 view of the surrounding Adirondacks and the above tree line scenery is breathtaking. The path is a little hard to find near the summit, so take your time finding it and DO NOT STRAY OFF. The vegetation there in some cases are thousands of years old and incredibly slow growing. Very memorable hike.

Did both summits today. New Years Day. Microspikes are needed. Make sure they are sharp. Lots of ice. Glad I had this app as the summit of Porter is nondescript. Cascade was ridiculously windy,icy and somewhat dangerous on top. No views today. Took me 4 1/2 hours for the 6 miles. Probably only a 20 minute break.

Loved it. Hard walk up. Spikes are a must! We were essentially walking up a frozen stream the whole time. Everyone we met was so friendly.

This was my first time up Whiteface and Esther, attempting to complete the Adirondack 46. Steep climb to start for the first two miles. Once you reach the junction about two miles in, the walk to Esther is fairly easy compared to the beginning of the hike. The hike to Whiteface is steeper, but crossing and old ski lift and the wall breaks it up a bit with some cool views. The ridge over to Whiteface was a windy one, winds up to 40mph and -11° on the summit. The summit was set in the clouds but made for an awesome setting! Definitely wear the microspikes and bring snowshoes just in case! Loved this hike!

Great hike.....definitely needed micro spikes.... for someone like me coming to terms with my fear of heights (actually it’s a fear of falling) the top of Cascade offered beautiful views but challenged my phobia ... very exposed .. very open... I imagined sliding off the top but then got over myself.... that’s the point of all of this isn’t it? And it always helps hiking with your very best, very experienced friend.

Hiked with my bestie Susan on her first HPs.

Did this trail in winter, easy if you’re prepared for it as it certainly requires some mild athleticism towards the top. If hiking in winter bring microspikes or snowshoes and definitely goggles for the summit push. Be prepared to break a sweat. Extremely rewarding.

This was my first attempt at hiking a high peak in the Adirondacks. I thought I was hiking Wright peak, but took a wrong turn at the sign at base of the mountain. I was told by another hiker once I reached the peak. It was MUCH MORE DIFFICULT than I ever imagined, but am soooo glad I did it!! And don’t believe these other hikers when they say it was easy!! It wasn’t!!!

Great hike and with clear skies the view is fantastic.

Spiks were required ( some people without them had to turn around). Couldn’t really use snowshoes even if i wanted. I suggest to do Porter first ( uneventful). Top of Cascade was covered with clouded and couldn’t stand ( at the top) due to strong winds ( lost my orange heat ;( )

Had a great time going up to Summit. Spikes up and down. Took almost three hours to reach summit. Only the first half hour was easy. The three thousand feet up and one thousand climb per mile in winter is moderate to difficult depending on your fitness level. Did this December 18th 2018

used snowshoes but microspikes wouldve been better had amazing views and wasn't to difficult took about 1hour and 45 minutes up for a pretty experienced hiker

Hiked up to the summit with snowshoes the day after thanksgiving. This was our first time using snowshoes, and it took us much longer to summit than had we used spikes.

11/17/18 - fun hike, definitely glad to follow the route here and save cascade for last as porter was great but much less climactic. Lots of wind at the top of both so either don’t spend more than a minute or be prepared. Brought along snowshoes because we were told by a worker at EMS that you can be fined for not carrying/wearing them but we just carried them the whole way and wore crampons and gaiters. Mountain got fresh snow the day and night before but by 9 am the trail was pretty packed down. Started later than we would have liked and ran into 2 or 3 10+ groups so if you want solitude definitely go early. Make sure to constantly take sips from your camelback to keep it from freezing! Especially when up on the summits. Started around 9:10, stopped multiple times for food/equipment/layer changes, flew down after both summits and got to the car around 3:00.

2 months ago

J’ai fait le Giant le 11 novembre. Déjà bien enneigé et glacé, le sentier demeure ardu et peu balisé. Les crampons sont requis. Les conditions météo étaient idéales. J’ai pris 2.5 heures pour la montée et 1.5 heure pour la descente, le tout sur un bon rythme. Sous réserve de courir, il est difficile de faire plus rapidement. Le temps était magnifique et la vue au sommet est extraordinaire. À refaire...

Did this as part of a loop with Armstrong and coming down Beaver Meadow trail. Took me 9.75 hours, including short stops. Toughest part was coming up UWJ, LWJ is not difficult. Crampons needed above 3600'. Only 1/2'' of snow.

We took this trail October 12 the weather was cloudy and rainy but the views from rocky ridge unparalleled. I would consider this moderate at best not as difficult as others said.

I really enjoyed this hike, lot of ice (Nov 4th), should havé worn better shoes with spikes

My brother ( age 50) and I ( age 52) hiked this yesterday November 4th and a lot of it was covered in ice and mud and snow . It was my first time hiking Giant and my 3rd high peak and most challenging yet . We were warm enough but should have worn some kind of chains on the hiking shoes . We each fell on our butt once but just enough to hurt our egos and laugh at each other . Hike time a little less than 7 hours ( including about 1/2 at the summit ) the trail is not marked very well and we took a few unplanned detours . I would do this hike again in the warmer months .

Hiked on 11/4, it was a nice day,sun was shining a little cold but no wind. Did the loop scenic trail first. Excellent views from the look outs. The scenic trail was hard to follow for the first half mile or so, mostly due to all the leaves down. Once above the 3000 foot mark (give or take a few feet) there was snow and ice. Rocks were covered in ice . Had to stop and put on the spikes to continue on. Snow did get deeper in some spots toward the summit, but was doable with spikes. We had the summit to ourselves the entire time. That is unheard of in the high peaks!! We did hear voices getting close but no one showed up. I am guessing they did not have the spikes to make the final push up the ice snow covered rocks and had to turn around. Over all a great day. The trail down was easier than the scenic trail up. The only down side if there was any was the long walk on lake road. The feet were hurting !!
Now that the weather is heading into more winter conditions it would be great if more people would post the trail conditions when a review is posted . Also it would be cool if the all trails app. Would show the elevation on the map when in use. That would be cool

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