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hiking
3 days ago

One of my favorite hikes in the adirondacks. Surrounded by high peaks, this is a beautiful and quick hike. Take the long trail for a more gradual incline, although personally I don’t find it much less steep than the short trail. On 12/10 the trail is completely covered in snow and ice, I wore spikes and had a pretty easy time. I’ve done this trail in all seasons and will always recommend to people who want to see the beauty of the higher peaks without having to climb them.

snowshoeing
8 days ago

Great trail for winter or summer. Note: the trail head is at the back of the school and google maps will take you to the front. we were a bit confused by this. Easy path was relaxing, great snowshoeing. Harder trail was fun, more work. Hand over hand, use of rope. I would recommend up the harder trail and down the easier trail, or inexperienced/younger snowshoers skip hard trail all together. perfect morning hike without full day commitment of a peak or tower.

hiking
22 days ago

SIGNIFICANTLY more difficult in the snow. Especially if you take the “hard way” do not attempt the hard way in the snow unless you have winter climbing gear. I got all the way up to the rock face and in 2 feet of snow and nothing but a backpack and hiking boots it is basically impossible. The long way is almost equally as difficult once it gets steep. Attempt this in the spring or fall instead for sure :)

snowshoeing
24 days ago

First time out in snowshoes. Had to take long way in and out due to trail conditions. Total time was a little more than 2 hours. Nice trail. As the climb got steeper it got harder but never really to bad. Was a great view at the top.

Went this past weekend, snow on the ground most of the way, nearly a foot at the top. Great hike, just the right length, and amazing view from the summit.

poorly marked or no markings in 3 different sections, fallen trees and debris makes it easy to get turned around.

on Cobble Hill

1 month ago

nice woodsy hike. We hiked it as it was snowing, and the whole forest was beautiful in the snow. We took the steep way up and the easy way down. Steep way was great, easy way was basically hiking through a river. Great views of the lake though!

1 month ago

A great hike with decent views despite the clouds. We even saw a frog in the snow. I would say that micro-spikes are essential here now as the open rock scrambles are treacherous, especially if you’re going down to Little Crow. I’d love to try this again in the summer.

Baxter Mountain is a great hike for anybody. I would suggest however wearing micro-spikes as it was dicey in spots. The views, although cloudy were good. I’m not sure most people, at least since the snow has fallen, have gone to the “true summit” as there were no footprints down the col and up the summit. It’s wooded with not much to see, but for the purists, lol.

My honey and I hiked this trail and enjoyed it. Very well maintained trail with a few fun rock scrambles. We will definitely hike it again in spring.

I loved this hike! Did on 10./18, already snow covered. We were the only ones at the summit. Did the shorter way up and longer way down. Absolutely amazing views of the snow capped high peaks.

hiking
1 month ago

Completed on 10/18. There was a dusting of snow on the trail. We did the "hard" up and "short" down, I recommend that way. You get a couple nice spots for views on that way up that you don't get the way down. I also found it easier to go the steep section than down it. Overall not a bad little trail, views would be harder to see if there were still leaves on the trees. Part of the Lake Placid 9.

An excellent hike! This newly rerouted trail (3.4 miles one way) is AMAZING in terms of footing and markets. It is well marked with red DEC markers. This is a very moderate hike, which meanders much of the way through hemlock groves and beaver ponds before peaking up to a bald summit. Note: on the summit there is a rather bold chipmunk who immediately ran up my boot when I sat down. Please, do not feed wildlife, as he clearly had been fed by hikers! Be sure to remember which way you came from, as there are no markers, blazes, or cairns on the summit, and there is another trail off of it.

Beautiful hike to the top, light traffic

Great hike! Easy to find trail head and well marked trail. Really nice views from a couple of spot on the way up and amazing views from the top. The fire tower was also quite fun to climb. Very windy and almost unbearably cold on the fire tower but worth the view! My dog and I had a great time on the mtn

We took the short hike up which was quite steep and mostly jumping over the big rocks. Don’t recommend if it is icy or snowing, could be dangerous. View at the top was very nice.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views! Take the ‘harder way up’; it is definitely worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Short, quick and easy. First half in is flat, then an easy trek to the summit. I'd say this is great for kids and beginners.

hiking
1 month ago

I love trails like this. It's a rock scramble almost immediately. The boulders you're stepping on, over, and around act like a natural staircase.

The short trails is short and steep. Before long you're staring at Algonquin, Marcy, and a few other peaks, with Heart Lake shimmering directly below.

We took the short trail back down.

what A great little challenge lots of rock scrambling ,the was socked in with clouds we waited a bit and it cleared reward us with a beautiful view.

parking payant
belle randonnée
première partie difficile car le sentier est en roche , nous avons pris le chemin court. cela monte à pic.
si mal aux genoux ou autre... passez votre chemin.
peu de monde sur le sentier en septembre.
balisage moyen.

hiking
2 months ago

Great little hike, it won't take you all day which gives you time to explore Lake Placid and everything around it.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice day hike today up Baxter. Many switchbacks and a relatively easy trail. Good trail to run up or down. Nice views but had some cloud cover and flurries. Foliage just past peak but still nice color!

hiking
2 months ago

Very family and dog friendly trail. A couple of scrambles but nothing too difficult. Well maintained with great views at and near summit.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy, quick hike. Went today, sadly it was cloudy, but they cleared just enough for a little bit of a view at the top! Also witnessed some small snow flurries when we at the top as well. Only one section where you really are going up, the rest is relatively flat. Was not able to find the true summit, we tried looking for 10 - 15 minutes for it.

great little hike ut was raining the whole time but still nice view at the top

hiking
2 months ago

From South Meadow Road, this is roughly 2.25 miles each way. Mile 1 is flat all the way to the pond. You gain all of your elevation in mile 2. A bit of mud, wet rocks and some trash (downed trees) to pick your way through, but hey, you're in the Adirondacks, right? Took us 1.5 hours each way at a leisurely pace. Not a panoramic view up top, maybe 160 degree views WSW to ESE from multiple viewpoints. Overall very enjoyable, will repeat.

hiking
2 months ago

Stunning views of the high peaks columbus day weekend, despite the clouds. Short trail is fun, lots of boulders and some scrambling, will get your heart pumping! Long trail is far easier on the ankles and not difficult.. Five or so other groups on the summit, but within 15 m i had it all to myself. Would definitely recommend. Took about 1h up, 35m down.

great quick hike

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