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Great hike. About 1 inch of snow. Wore microspikes entire trail. Some sections had hard ice.

I did the entire traverse loop. Blackhead, Blackdome, Thomas Cole and Camels Hump.

Decided to go down to the road rather than go back up the trail. About 5 miles from Camels Hump trail head to Big Hollow parking lot. 10 miles in total.

Some sections were steep but nothing like the whites...

Gread day, just cloudy. Not a soul on the trail today.

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

Attempted to summit Mt Mansfield with a friend today, but the snowdepth (26" last 24h) and the steep slopes made snowshoeing almost impossible. Do not attempt this trail right now, I'd say to wait for the snow to compact and for someone to break trail. The white paint marks on the trees are easy to miss, so follow your topo and avoid the cliffs on your left near the summit (above the resort side). It's a beautiful area nonetheless, so I'll give it 3 stars and I'll try again for sure later in the winter.

The trail in you could bareboot in but once you started climbing in elevation microspikes were warranted. There was a lot of thick ice on the ledges up to the summit which made coming back down tricky.

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
21 days ago

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

Nice trail!

I love Buck Mountain!
The views are delightful!!

The trail is extremely well marked and relatively easy for the first mile and a half or so. We had to use crampons on the steep sections, but microspikes would suffice. This trail is definitely not for those who are unequipped for winter conditions. Came across some bear prints so be aware of that. It was a fun little day hike.

amazing....that sums it up :-)

Nice views from the top!

Nice long hike (6.5 hours). Used spikes almost all way. Nice top but no visibility.

This was definitely one of my favorite hikes while visiting the Adirondacks! It’s a difficult hike, but it’s worth it. The views are amazing along the way and get even better when you reach the top of the mountain.

Difficult hike, but about as good as it gets! Diehards can do it in a long midsummer day, but between the AMC huts and AT campsites, as well less established campsites, there are plenty of places to spend a night. If the weather is good, it is a great way to spend the time.

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

My 8-year old and I did this last weekend after a pretty significant snowfall. We ascended up Jimmy Dolan and that was pretty easy for us. We really didn’t need our microspikes for it. Coming down the the other side was much more challenging.

One spot that is pretty well photographed here is about 30 feet down and steep. I ended up just lowering off my son with a 50’ section of rope I brought just in case and it was much safer. It could be climbed down safely with an axe by most people.

The rest of it was pretty straightforward, but challenging. We ended up walking more like 7mi and the snow makes that a little tougher. Would only recommend this for people who know what they’re getting into (my kid climbs, etc. and is pretty good).

You’ll find a couple good spots to take in a view, although not on the peak. Enjoy!

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail! Make sure to wear the proper shoes though!

strenuous and gorgeous. Pack your winter gear, it's really icy out!

Great intro trail! A little wet after a rain since it follows creek beds for a while.

Awesome hike today on this trail! As a beginner it was a bit challenging but my buddy and I got through it. It was well worth it at the summit very nice views!

awesome hike and not even the easiest in October (25.10) but I did it in 5 1/2 hours.
In the beginning very beautiful view. later just snow in the air and ice on the ground.

Awesome hike . It was quite wet and muddy , fairly challenging in mid October . We hiked for about 8 hours

A tough one, but also very enjoyable. There is some scrambling and waterproof shoes or boots would be a good idea.

Would echo another reviewer's comment to take the loop clockwise. That means that the ascent is shorter and steeper but we were glad not to have to have to climb down that steeper way, particularly through any wettish sections.

On the midweek day in October we did the hike we saw no-one else.

Awesome hike! I did this with my dog last week, for the most part it was pretty easy terrain, towards the top it did get a little rocky and I did have to lift him up at some points because he couldn’t jump that far. It was very cold and windy at the top as well which he wasn’t a fan of. Overall the hike was great! So beautiful. It got pretty muddy half way through so make sure to wear appropriate boots for it!

The photos that people are posting of the lake are false. That is a different hike in Keene, NY. Don't let them mislead you.

Hiked sleeping beauty today. Trail was a little wet in spots as is typical. Views were beautiful. The trail is moderate by comparison with its neighbors Black and Buck especially if you can park at Dacey clearing. That shortens the hike by about 3 miles. Although the road fromHoggs Town parking to the trail head is very nice in winter when closed. Great views, beautiful scenery just challenging enough.

Not to difficult of a hike and the view is breath taking.

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