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I'll continue the theme of 'spectacular' & 'stunning'! Today the trees were heavy snow covered and the firetower ice blasted. Come with some spikes, and be prepared for the firetower wind. Find yourself a clear morning & enjoy!

WoW What a day ! We were hoping to get a 360 view at the top of Gothic but unfortunately it was not meant to be. Left the parking at 08:40 ( should have left at 08:00). It took us 9hrs to do the loop via Pyramid. Last half hour we needed our headlamps but this was not a problem as we were on the road part. Winter conditions all the way. Crampons and snowshoes were a must. Beautiful winter sceneries. Much snow at the tops of Pyramid and Gothic. It was a difficult to find the trail going down from Gothic. There was a set of snowshoes tracks which we followed thank goodness . In the steepest parts down it was safer to slide down sitting . Overall a very strenuous day . Looking forward to repeating this hike in the fall .

Spectacular hike! Snow covered trails and heavy snow and ice draped pine trees made this a winter wonderland... amazing views at the top ..makes for a terrific sunrise hike. Spikes are a must!

This is the latest in the year that we’ve hike in the Adirondacks, leaves were down and there was a winter weather advisory for late in the afternoon. The down leaves made us slow down on the way up which was definitely a climb up and over rocks. Arriving at the pond outlet and seeing the pond reminded us of a mountain lake in Montana. The walk along the ridge and its views was spectacular. Flurries started to fall just as we started down and they accelerated into snow very quickly as we descended down the ladder. Snow and leaves slowed us down even more down the steep decent but we were glad that we didn’t have to backtrack given the weather. We’ll be back in the spring/summer. Though it was challenging and all of 4 hours it was worth it. Glad we were prepared for the weather and glad we had the app.

Very muddy trail. Was expecting ice but there wasn’t any this time around. Well marked trail up and down. There is a lot of rock scramble which was interesting coming down haha. Incredible views all the way up. The Brothers offer a good challenge on the way up to Big Slide. Overall an awesome and challenging hike. Took about 7 hrs with lots of short stops.

Fantastic 9 hour trek in November. Bring crampons - icy on top.

An exceptionally beautiful area and stunning views. The tower and summit were frozen and with ice along the upper parts of the trail on the rock scrambles, microspikes are a necessity. A great hike all around.

Hiked this today, to Fish Hawk Cliffs and it was as stated in previous reviews. Super easy until the side trail to the cliffs. In the summer, drier months is would probably be easy/moderate, but with all the water and mud it made the hike a bit longer since I had to take my time. Regardless, it's worth it ten fold. I drove in from Cleveland specifically for the hike and was not let down by any stretch of the imagination. No need for poles, just take your time in the slop. Will be back many more times.

backpacking
1 month ago

Very scenic and easy hike

I’d recommend this during mid summer, before the leaves start falling, and the herd path is more visible. A 6 mile or so hike to the bottom of grace to set up camp, is the only way to not end up on icy peaks at dark when the days are shorter. Fill up water before you start the climb, and pack up camp early to get walking by dawn. Have water proof boots, gloves, a wind proof shell and layers to shed to avoid sweating too much. Stash your heavy items at s. Dix to get Malcolm a little lighter footed. Marked mileage is as the crow flies, don’t underestimate the increased distance with grade. We clocked 22 miles coming out at round lake after midnight. Challenging hike, keep up on weather beforehand and have a emergency plan. A twisted ankle between peaks could make for dangerous situation.

short, with some what of a steep hike with an amazing view. would be nice for a picnic.

Low effort walk in the park (literally - the first few miles are such a gradual incline and the surroundings are beautiful) that have an awesome payout in the lookout. It’s an easy hike or a good recovery hike if you’re just wanting to be outside on a nice day!

Actually icy spots on the trail today. Time to start getting the winter gear in the pack. Very enjoyable hike. Some steeps but not too long. Great views from the tower. The communication towers nearby detract from the natural beauty although it is nice to have a signal.

Absolutely ridiculous. I was denied at the tail head by the most rude man I have ever encountered. I was with my service dog and he claimed absolutely no dogs on trail. He has no sympathy or understanding of how a service dog worked. They do not comply with state and federal laws concerning service dogs. I would recommend no one ever attempt this hike within this Nazi “reserve”.

Great hike, good family hike.

Challenging climb with amazing views. We went up and back the 7.9 miles. Ice and snow made the climb up more challenging and going down the brothers was fun! Took us about 5 and a half hours round trip

This was a beautiful hike all around!Not too technical, just steep climbs and rock scrambles towards the summit. Started the hike at JBL and almost reached the summit but had to turn around 200 yd from the top due to impassable sheets of ice. We took Phelps trail down to descend, and I found a red mossy rock near a waterfall to where I proposed to my fiance. (she said yes!) The only reason I took one star away was because Phelps trail needs better blazes in the areas that need it most and less in the more obvious spots. Highly recommended hike!!

Very icy conditions. It took much longer than it would’ve if the trail was clear. Be very cautious. Not too hard of a hike in general though.

Great views from 4/5 mountains. Once you gain the ridge is moderate. Trails are not marked. Pay close attention when heading over to Dix, the trail is at the top of Hough to the left. It doesn’t look like a trail initially. Not too muddy. Would suggest going up Macomb first to gain the elevation.

Hiked this loop from the grace mountain trailhead finishing at round pond trailhead on 73 October 13th. Started at 6:00 am. Trail conditions were wet and cold, snowing at times and very muddy; perfect weather for a long ass day hike! This trail is longer than 15.7 mi. The trail up the east dix slide seemingly disappears and I had to bushwhack the last two hundred vertical feet to the summit after climbing straight up the slide, which was pretty sketchy, due to the very wet and cold conditions. Once on top of east dix the herd path became easy to follow. My garmin recorded this hike as being closer to 22 miles. Took me and my girlfriend 14.5 hours moving at a fast pace and bagging all five peaks. I probably could have done it in 12 hours if I had found the trail at the top of the slide, and was by myself. We ended up hitchhiking back to the car in the dark. This is a challenging but doable day hike that I would only recommend to more advanced hikers. Be prepared for some dense, uphill bushwhacking at the top of East dix slide and bring an extra pair or two of dry socks as there are many stream and river crossings not to mention the mud pits, I'm super glad I did! Spectacular views the whole way!!!!

We did this trial backwards. We went over a bridge from the gravel road to take us to the Beaver Meadow falls but before we reached that we hit a small cascade and walked over a gushing river. We continued down the Lower Lake Trail (believe that's what it's called).This was the trail that had the yellow markers and then decided to do the Lost Lookout trail (red markers) and then at some point it turned blue. This was a steep incline! We basically did a loop and ended up back at the Beaver Meadow falls. We basically had to the Lower Lake trail again (HAHA). By the time we reached the dam, we were pooped but nonetheless, hiked up to Indian Head. Please beware that it was muddy due to rain, WEAR BOOTS. No sneakers please. The leaves create a slippery situation, especially damp ones and oh MUD. After Indian head we did the walk in the park gravel road back which was much needed after our backwards start and detour. Either way, this is a beautiful trail and hike! Highly recommended however NOT BACKWARDS!

4.5 hours down and back. The walk from the parking lot to the trail alone takes about 35-40 minutes. Pace yourself at the beginning of the hike until you surpass the waterfalls and streams to your left on the way up. The hike gets vigorous but is very well marked. The scenic route is not much different than the easy route so don’t be afraid to go on the daring side to be closer to the water. The entire hike is filled with beautiful foliage and there is not a singular sight on the way up worth missing. Heading toward the top near the overlook, ensure you stop on the large rock ahead to take some pictures above the trees the views are much different from below. As you approach the overlook the payoff of the entire hike fills you with this sensation of joy. The view spectacular, absolutely awe inspiring and worthy of the 11.1 mile trip. 5 out of 5, will do again.

Hiked this on Saturday October 13, at the trailhead at 0730. Started out on Lake Road, Rainbow Falls, Indian Head, Fish hawk Cliffs and Gil Brook.

The trail was not crowded until we turned to go back via Gill Brook.

The overlook at Indian Head is amazing, colors were just past peak. Fish hawks cliffs was not crowded and somehow we had Rainbow Falls all to ourselves.

Excellent hike, this was my second time in the last 30 days. Can't say enough good about it. Not difficult - except, the night before there were heavy rains and the trail was covered in fresh leaves, since we were early there was a few spots by Fish Hawk Cliffs that we were unsure which way the trail went. Other than that - such a fun hike and awesome colors and waterfalls for miles.

Gotta say, nothing beats a view like this!

hiking
1 month ago

Dynamite hike, View after view the entire way. Check out my full write up with pictures and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/bigslideadk/

Did it yeaterday (october 13th)! I had the first snow of the year up there! It was super muddy and wet. But not so many hikers, especially on Dix Mountain. I was alone! I started at 7h40 at the North Noonmark Trail head, and ended with this “sketchy in fall season trail”, because leaves eere hiding the trail, called Bosquet Forks Trail, Nut I really ejoyed it! I did aproximatly 30km (according to Stepz app), but I think in general it is less than that! Although it was a bit technical with all that mud!

Great hike! Trail conditions were a bit rough due to recent rains (i.e. lots of mud and big puddles), in addition to some snow we hit at the higher elevations. Winter is coming to the high peaks region, so use caution if you're planning on doing this hike anytime soon. It wouldn't be safe to climb Pyramid Peak and Gothics without proper winter equipment once it ices over. The top of the peaks was probably about 30 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill making it feel like single-digits.
Although it is very wet and muddy right now, this route is really easy to follow and well-marked. The walk in from Ausable Golf Club is a bit long and boring, but once you hit the trail, you get a bit of everything-- bridges, switchbacks, scrambles, ladders, etc. The descents between peaks can get a bit dicey, especially in rain/snow, so use caution. The views from all four peaks are good, but you can't see as much from Sawteeth as you can from the others on a clear day. If there is any percent chance of rain or snow in the forecast (even just 20%), however, you likely won't get much of a view because it will be blocked by clouds. Regardless, I highly recommend this loop for any experienced, well-seasoned hikers. It took us about 10.5 hours with minimal stops (the longest being only about 20 minutes) to get the whole 15.4 miles. Be sure to plan accordingly for daylight as well-- we barely made it back by dark!

Always enjoy this hike any time of year except spring but only because the black flies will eat you alive.

the leaves and recent rain made this steep trail very slippery in spots but the view was beautiful.

This was our 2nd Fire Tower and our favorite so far. We brought along our friends, so we had 2 five year olds, who handled it fine. This was the steepest fire tower we have done yet, but there are plenty of cool spots along the trail to stop, take a break, and explore.

View is fantastic. Make sure that you take the foot path to the right when you are at the summit to go over the the balancing rock.

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