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Loved this hike - gorgeous scenery, steep ascents, both open and covered terrain, and 360 views from the peak. Very few hikers, one of whom was an elderly man climbing with the aid of a cane.

3rd time doing this. Stunning views at the summit. But don’t let the low milage fool you. It gets the blood flowing quickly!

I took my 11 year old sister on this hike and it was FABULOUS. I parked on 73 right by the end of Ausable Rd. There is parking on Ausable Rd. as well for hikers (follow the signs). The first half of this hike is flat, basically a road through the ADK woods. Lake Rd has multiple trail options to hike to other areas as well. We took the gillbrook trail as this suggests and on the way back we took the "lake road" trail back to lake road instead of going back down gillbrook which was an easy & fun descent. This post implies that there is no rock hopping or scrambling but there is, however not much and pretty easy. BRING BUG SPRAY of some sort. There were quite a bit of gnats and such on the gillbrook trail bc you are basically hiking along the creek most of the way. All in all, this was an enjoyable hike & the views at the top are AMAZING. No picture you've seen of the look out will compare to when you're there in person. Also, we went on a Wednesday. The trail was not very populated & we had the entire look out to ourselves for a bit.

Chose to do the Avalanche Lake/Lake Arnold loop counterclockwise. Would not want to do it the other way with that steep part. Trails were dry, no bugs. Clear skies, great views of Algonquin, etc. to the West and Marcy, Giant, etc to the Southeast. We did miss the turn left/up from the lake (the sigh is high and pointed the other way) and had to backtrack a bit.

My climbing partner (16 yr old daughter) struggled with the ascent. Seemed longer than advertised. Summit was gorgeous, great views on an awesome day. She descended non- stop though.

Started at the ASRC, clocked only 3.6 miles to the summit. 9.77 including a detour to summit Esther.

Challenging incline at the beginning but worth it!

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The hike was ok

5 of us including an 11 and 13 year old did this hike 2 days ago. It took us 8 hours and 45 minutes with quite a few breaks and a longer stop on the peak.
Hike was quite easy aside from the ascent from avalanche lake to the summit of Mount Colden which is rocky and steep.
Was very glad to have done the hike counterclockwise as this would have been a treacherous descent.
The hike around avalanche lake was fantastic with ladders, and hitch up Mathilda’s - fun for all.
Doing an out and back to mount Colden via Lake Arnold would be easier and a bit shorter but not nearly as interesting or fun.
This was a fantastic hike - one of my favourites in ADKs.

Excellent views but you really have to work for them. The trail is very steep and requires some “Adirondack Ninja Warrior” skills at times. Definitely glad to have hiked it when it was dry, as the trail is eroded and there are plenty of rocks that would be slippery when wet.

Some deer flies but a great day. Beautiful views.

My girlfriend and I departed at 9:30am from the Jackrabbit trailhead on Whiteface Lodge Lane. We reached the summit shortly after 11:00 am and were back at the car at 12:20. We hiked a solid pace, spent 5 minutes at the summit and hammered back down. The hike started off very moderately along the wide ski trail and at the four way intersection, we turned right for Mt. McKenzie - there was a sketched in sign directing to Mt Mckenzie. Soon after began a steep grinding ascent, the most challenging terrain of the hike. It mellowed it and we reached a false summit continuing to gain elevation but much more gradually. After another false summit, we could see the Summit, so we descended through a small pass to finish a pretty steep last climb to reach the summit. Beautiful views from the top! Challenging hike but super fair and rewarding.

I did this trail as part of my Saranac 6r ultra yesterday! Good day to do it since it was dry! Taking jackrabbit to MacKenzie and Haystack is a better option than the trailhead on Rte 86. From Whiteface Inn Rd, take the jackrabbit until the four-way intersection, turn right to summit MacKenzie (a difficult, poorly marked trail with lost of herd trails and false summits. It helps that people have put sticks blocking the herd trails in some places to indicate not to go that way if you keep an eye out for them.)Then I returned back down to the jackrabbit intersection and turned right (instead of following the sign to Haystack) to find a herd trail about .4 down the path. There's a small cairn on the left that marks it. It's a well-defined and direct route up Haystack! It's about .4 and an easier summit than the marked trail up Haystack. I then returned down and hiked back out to Whiteface Inn rd. This definitely saved a couple of miles off of both mountains to help me get the ultra done.

Beautiful hike, especially on a hot day, since almost all of the trail is shaded by the tree canopy. Trail is well-maintained and marked. Lots of variety in both terrain and vegetation. A little steep at the top, but no scrambling, and the views of Giant and Marcy are spectacular. Valley View Ledge spur is worth the detour, overlooking Keene Valley and Marcy Field. At a leisurely pace, it took me about three hours, including lots of photo stops and a lunch break on the ledge.

We did this trail on a bright sunny July weekend. We started from the parking lot(Ausable road, right off the main road). We went to the Indian head and back, which was around 11 miles round trip. We took about 6 hours 15 minutes with a good 45 minutes stop at the top and a few stops on the way as well, and one of us was a beginner. On the whole, the hike was very easy, I found the final ascent to be quite easy as well, as compared to several other Adirondack hikes. It was jus ta bit long, but the views were marvellous, and the lake was beautiful. I would certainly do this hike again.

One of my favorite adk hikes that many are unaware of. It’s a little bit of a drive to but it’s well worth it. This hike has it all from woods trails to scrambles to climbing a chimney and false summits. It’s a fun hike just be mindful to pay close attention as the trail can be tricky to follow towards the top so just watch for trail markers and cairns. Many spots to stop and hang out with views along the way as well. Hike took 4 hours round trip with about 15 minutes up top (would have stayed longer but the bugs were fierce that day)

A unique hike. The first 0.9 miles in is pretty flat then a steady climb for the next 1.4 miles to the top of marble mountain. At that point the climbing continues up and up as you approach the trail split to Esther (marked by a large boulder and enormous pile of Small rocks, can’t miss it). Esther to the right, Whiteface is straight. I’d recommend hitting Esther and then coming back for Whiteface since it’s a much better place to spend more time. Esther is muddy and unmarked but you’ll see a plaque at the summit. Wooded with partial views. From there going up Whiteface is a gasser. Once you come to the memorial highway road you’ll walk along the back of the wall for a while before a long rock scramble to the top. Views on Whiteface are unbeatable. You’ll be there with people who drove up, except it’s much more rewarding for you. The ascent down whiteface is pretty relentless on the toes in the boots but the hike overall with a 30 minute break on Whiteface took us 7 hours round trip.

2nd highest summit in New York State. Mostly Full Sun. Bring water, spf 40 and bug spray. Steep grade is challenging, but slow and steady wins the race!

There are some parts of this hike that I absolutely loved and would do again in the heartbeat, but Marble Mtn really gets you right off the bat. I found the trail to be really dusty and slippery with pebbles, but once you get past that it’s not so bad. The trail to Whiteface is beautiful and lots of different terrain keeps it interesting. Definitely check out the ski lift to the left, it’s really neat and a good time for a break before the last hurrah. Summit is crowded but lots of interesting people to talk to. And now, Esther. I absolutely loved this trail and this mountain. So beautiful, quiet, and lovely. Trail is wicked easy to follow.
Hiked 7/2 (4&5 46ers)

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17 days ago

Our first hike in the Adirondacks, and a great warm up. Hot day, departed from Trails End Inn around 9:00. Trail completely under canopy, which made the hike cooler. Fairly easy climb, nothing technical. The summit was beautiful with views to the west and the east looking into Keene Valley.

It’s a grind up the loop from avalanche lake but you will be glad you climbed up it and not down. Views are incredible.
Took us just about 8 hours with a 30 minute detour.

Amazing View! Just beautiful! Can’t wait to hike it again!

Anyone and everyone should make this hike. Absolutely amazing views all over. Definitely worth the time and effort put in.

Great way to start off hiking season. Short, fairly easy trail with not very many people.

Beautiful hike! Avalanche pass was amazing!!!! Loved being able to hike right along the water, looking up at the giant mountainside. The route along Avalanche Lake is truly a fun obstacle course of ladders, planks, boulders, Mathilda’s, making this so enjoyable. The climb up Colden was steep from this direction, but I’d rather go up this way than down. A fair amount of sheer rock, but doable. ADK workers have done an amazing job of building stairs to climb the steepest of the sheer rock. Be sure to look back and catch incredible views towards the top. There was only one spot towards the top where I really felt I needed a hand hold. Views were amazing, clear day and we could see mountains for miles! Going down towards Arnold lake was much easier. Arnold lake truly is more of a buggy pond, so not a great spot to stop, in our opinion. Then, it was just a pretty unremarkable hike back to Marcy dam and the lodge. Made me almost wish we had taken the longer route back by Rainbow falls, but my legs were tired and appreciated taking the most direct route back. Loop is 13.6 miles, my very imperfect watch had it closer to 14.5/15. Took us about 9 hours of actual hiking. My son is fast, but had to hold up for me, I’m more of a moderate pace, I think. And enjoyed taking it slowly through Avalanche Pass area. With 1+ hours of stops, back at the Loj in about 10 hours. Loved this one!!!! Will definitely do it again!!!

Incredible view. One of the most unique in the whole park. Long and flat up until Indian Head. Then it is a quick but steep ascent. We went straight down to the end of the road, then made a sharp left and ascended to the outlook. DO THIS HIKE!

My favourite hike by far. Gorgeous scenery the whole way. Long but definitely worth it.

Very fun and great view at the top! Some steepness but not too difficult. Beautiful all around.

beautiful hike with many false peaks. most seem to stop before reaching the true summit. it gets much more difficult.

29 days ago

Great little hike. Consistent elevation gain over the length of the trail. No scrambling. Nice views at summit.

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