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Easy, beautiful hike! Took our two dogs and they absolutely loved it too! Walked in from center of town in Jim Thorpe via Broadway and walked to the entrance of Switchback Trail just off Flagstaff Road. Trail is straightforward, simple out & back with pretty scenery and a stream that runs along side for most of the way. There are a couple of smaller trails that break off, though we didn’t explore them. Trail ends in a HUGE open field with access to Mauch Chunk Lake. Gorgeous scenery, so peaceful and relaxing. From Jim Thorpe to the Mauch Chunk Lake and back was 6-7 miles total, took us about 3 1/2 hours with the pups in tow.

mountain biking
5 days ago

Had a great time on this trail. It’s in pretty bad shape for trail running or mountain biking but that works in you favor because not too many people want to do it. We had the whole day to ourselves which can be rare around Lake Placid. Good for dogs. Good if you want to take a picnic at pine pond. Expect some rugged trails with roots and rocks. Fat tire bikes would be great. Lots of mud so do it later in the season. It’s remote and lonely out and back so plan accordingly. Took my 11 yr old and two dogs with no problems.

Really awesome trail! I would say it is medium to difficult. If one has any back or knee issues I would not attempt this. The views at the top are amazing.

I htink this might have been the toughest of the Saranac 6. We took the Jack Rabbit trail because it as slightly shorter. It starts off going slightly uphill over a lot of ankle-rolling potential rocks. Nothing too tough and at the split we took a right. Once you hit the first climb you will be going up pretty quick! The map in AllTrails is not the actual trail (FYI). There are a few false peaks and then you get to the top with no view. We did go back and took a right at the fork to do Haystack. That was like a little hill travelling that way, much less steep than starting off 86.

This was my first of the 46ers. Though it was a challenging one to start off with, the views were absolutely worth it. Really cool mini stone castle at the top that includes a dining area, gift shop and restroom. I will be returning one day!

hiking
13 days ago

A very nice trail with paths that are very fitting to the name. It was my first time hiking there and I absolutely loved it.

Very easy 5 mile walk in the the great camp. I didn't like the fact that there is horse manure on the road going into Newcomb lake. Spent way to many steps zig zaging around the crap. Owner of the horses should have to clean up at least once a week. I give it 5 stars though for the historic value.

We hiked Esther via the ASRC in April. So we skipped her on our climb this week. That being said, our Esther hike prepared us very well for the Face. We took it nice and slow up Marble. After Marble, we progressively picked up our pace. Took a nice break at the ski lift before making the final push to the summit. The summit is pretty great... The hordes of tourists that drove up there.... Not so much.... Regardless, a very fun hike! A bunch of ravens were circling the summit!

Great hike. The only water on the trail is a couple of small springs between the trail to Ester and Whiteface. My dog loved it and we had no bugs. Glad to check those two off my list.

Wonderful place! I just wish the blazes were better marked. I got lost for 30 minutes, which isn’t long in the scheme of things, but it made me anxious. Eventually, I found my way out.

I tried some of this yesterday. Did just some up and back because here's my one complaint,there are no individual maps for each trail that I know of

The trek up marble mountain is really the toughest part, the rest goes by nicely and even in rain and clouds there was still some nice views from the top of whiteface.

1 month ago

Did this trail on a weekday in September and only saw a handful of people on it. Steady decline that didn't require too much hard pedaling and numerous places to take a break along with taking some incredible photos. I parked in Jim Thorpe and had someone drop me off at the White Haven trailhead , which worked to perfection. Looking forward to coming back.

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!

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.

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.

trail running
1 month ago

Nice little trail with rolling hills for trail running. Some street crossings but no traffic.

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)

fun hike and pretty easy

The trail had a lot of inclinations and some steep hills

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

hiking
1 month ago

Looked like a great hike but want able to go for a mile in because of mosquitoes. These bugs were everywhere and made it uncomfortable. They were biting and swarming around us. Also, beware of ticks.

great hike that pretty much anyone can do, just have to pace yourself. marble mountain is by far the hardest part but at least you get it out of the way right off the bat. once thats done is smooth sailing until the whiteface summit. I did it the day after a prettyy heavy rain storm so the trail was really slick most of the way, for at least a mile I was walking in somekind of a stream or mud. Make sure to take that quick detour to the abandoned chair lift at the summit of marble mountain, great place for a snack before the final push. GTX boots and poles highly recommended for this one...have fun!

Great hike.but mor technical as expected.It was very slippery and muddy as well.Should be rate Hard not Moderate.But super views and challeging .

Whiteface is a fantastic hike. As others have said, once the trail starts it is a constant uphill hike, which makes sense since it's a mountain..but still don't expect too much level terrain to rest your legs on. I started from the ASRC and it looked like parking filled up around mid-morning or so.

Beautiful views, however I would rate this as hard, not moderate. of the 6 ers in terms of difficulty McKenzie, haystack, scarface, ampersand, St Regis and baker as the least difficult. it is most certainly worth the trek though!

Climbed this June12, 2018 with my husband. Trailhead was actually on the left not the right for Jackrabbit Trail. Parking is roadside. I have climbed all but 4, 46 high peaks and I can say this mountain had outstanding views comparatively and was as challenging as a few of the 46. This is a GREAT hike. I would do it again for the views. I like that you have time to warm up before the steep part but then get a break again before the summit. Lots and lots of false summits and herds paths. Needed my map and compass at times on the way up as the trail was not marked well in spots. Marked better with orange blazes on the way down. Trust the app, it definitely gets you there. Enjoy and please remember to be respectful of the private land so we can continue to enjoy this hike. We only met 1 couple on their way up when we were almost back. If you are looking for some quiet this is a good pick. I am a slow hiker. It took us 6 hours start to finish with a 1 hour lunch break at the top.

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