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Awesome trail! Really fun. If you do both Cascade and Porter it's actually 7.8 miles. My 8 year old collie did great and loved the trail. There are steep rocky surfaces so not all dogs may be able to make it, but there were a lot of dogs on the trail doing fine.

Porter is hella muddy but still lots of fun! Super dope to see the other hikers over on cascade before making it over there. Our border collie loved climbing the steep rocks

Well trafficked but worth the views. The rocks at the top of Cascade are awesome!

First peak for my boy! Beautiful day lots of sun and hikers and pooches.

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It was a tough climb, but we had awesome views most of the way up, we also added RPR. Check out my full write up with pictures and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/giantandrockypeak/

8/18/18: very foggy from storms the previous night. Left from the S Meadows lot (Loj was full by 8AM). We followed the Truck trail to Marcy Dam. This was easy and mostly flat. There were a bunch of people at Marcy Dam, as expected. Continue around the Dam and to the left to find the trail towards Marcy/Phelps. The hike from the Dam towards the Phelps split was very straightforward, nothing technical. We hit TT first, so we followed the VH trail (vs the VH Ski trail) towards Marcy/TT. Once on the TT trail, the trail itself changes from dirt/rock to roots, bedrock, and running water. You basically follow a run-off stream to the top. Ascent wasn't anything crazy compared to other High Peak hikes. The summit was covered by clouds so after a snack and pics, we descended and headed towards Phelps. Phelps trial had less running water, but much more standing water/mud, especially towards the summit. Phelps summit was just under the cloud cover, so we had some decent views. Rested a bit on the summit (shared with 3 other groups) then headed down. Would like to revisit Phelps on a clearer day. Left car at 9:30AM, returned around 6PM. Recording was started/stopped at odd times due to phone battery.
Trail itself: moderate - hard
Views: average (given the fog)
Privacy: not much, saw several groups

do not go up the gothics. it's better to go up pyramid and down the gothics. that said, amazing views and well worth the journey.

We did the whole range except for Macomb. Took about 12 hours. Took a few breaks mostly on the summits. Best views were on Grace and Dix but there are many good views along the range around the summits. Quite steep going down Dix. I recommend bringing two cars and parking one at Round Pond and one at the Trailhead for Grace (formerly East Dix).

Great hike.the views from the top are awesome.

Not as easy as the local reviews say it is! Definitely a challenge, but so worth it!

Hiked on 8/15/18. Conditions are great with a few muddy and slippery spots. I went up Beaver Meadow Falls and came down the way by the clubhouse at the lake. Didn’t spend a lot of time at the top because of a storm coming in but overall one of the best views. Definitely recommend. Took me 3 hours to reach the summit and I’m in fairly good shape. BRING WATER!!

Did this going up A.W. and down Beaver Meadow. Pyramid peak has incredible views.

My son and I did Porter first, which was muddy in spots, but otherwise a really nice detour before going up Cascade. The views from Porter were better than expected. Cascade was spectacular! The rock scramble at the end was a good time. We stayed longer on Cascade, and had some food. The path from the trailhead is uphill from the start, with only a few very short level areas. It is also very rocky, and on the trek down this was a bit of a challenge. There were people of all ages and skill levels on the trial, and most people were very friendly and encouraging on the way up and down. The parking areas around the trailhead were packed by 10:00am, so get there early. We spent about 5 hrs on the trail, 4:19 minutes of actual hiking time. Two of my apps agreed on mileage, 7.1 for Cascade and Porter. Great hike and amazing views!

was it hard?!
yes it was one of the hardest trails I ever did but keep in mind I'm a heavy guy and amateur hiker.
would I ever do it again?! yes 100% in fact I'm planning to work hard to make full great range loop in the future.
it was an amazing experience!!!

Great, steep hike, fun rock scramble at cascade, porter was super muddy

Great trip!! View from Pyramid is amazing and the Gothics view is pretty stellar. Large chunk of the hike is along Lake Road. Sawteeth summit is a short distance from Pyramid...worth a trip as well

Always a favorite. Great with my kids. We went early to beat the crowds and was worth it.

All in all a beautiful hike. We stayed true to Cascade. If you are new to hiking ( like many we passed as we made our way down) preparation is key. It’s definitely a hike, not a stroll. Wear appropriate footwear! I’m incredibly proud of our 4.5 year old son who made it to the summit and back with no assistance. Took us 4 hours car to car, with a nice break at the top and a few on the way up. We cruised down with ease. Parking was not an issue for us as we arrived early enough. View at the top was beautiful.

Great great hike. Completed on 8/11. Pretty rocky on the way up (and down), but the views from Cascade are otherworldly and the rock scramble at the end is really fun. Lots and lots of people up there on a good weather Saturday. The trail to Porter was pretty muddy in places, but there are some nice, though less spectacular views at the top and along the way. Two of the 46 down!

Have not been up cascade in 10+ years so when I decided to make a trip up I made sure it was a Wednesday to avoid the crowds that clog up this trail on the weekends. Hit porter first so I could sit and enjoy myself longer on Cascade. View from Porter was pretty stellar. Took me about 20 mins to get to Porter from the trail junction and vice versa to get to cascade. Cascade summit is gorgeous with 360 degree views.

Start early and the crowds will be fine. Brought my beagle-basset and we had a blast.

Great hike. Amazing view from the top of cascade and porter.

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.

Agree with previous reviewer. We set out to do this only to discover we'd be adding 3.5 miles one way (total of 7 miles) to what was going to be a nice 6.7 mile hike. You have to park at this trailhead: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/new-york/indian-head-and-rainbow-falls as you can't park at the country club and the access road you walk on for 3 miles does not allow cars or bikes. One thing to note there is a garden hose to the left of the sign in book in case you didn't bring enough water... since preparing for a 7 mile vs 14 mile hike are very different things. Beautiful views and a hard hike but giving it a low score due to the inaccurate mileage/start location.

Mount Sasquatch was a treat. We ran out of candy corn as we reached the peak which was very sad. We met the Sasquatch and he told us in reality he was a yeti. That’s fine. Not as cool. He offered us more candy corn in his white van and we gladly accepted. Great hike for anyone who likes to look at objects, preferably trees or rocks.

Première ascension en Montagne pour mes filles et moi, (14 et 12 ans). Nous avons monté en 1h30 et redescendus en 1h10. Vue spectaculaire au sommet. Parcours un peu plus difficile a l’approche du sommet ⛰

Beautiful views and relatively easy trail!

Relatively easy trail, usually busy. To me it feels like one big long staircase! Good for kids, nice view from the top
Porter is nothing special, though.

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