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6 hours ago

We showed up early and trekked through muddy trails, rock-hopping and both passing hikers and pulling over to allow others to pass us by.

The rock scramble towards the end of the hike is sketchy. Both the false summit and the actual summit are beautiful views. The wind was whipping at the summit but the sun made our summit beer manageable.

On the way down we passed probably 100 hikers. I'm glad we went up somewhat early.

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.

hiking
9 hours ago

Trailhead parking off of State Highway 23A is limited—be prepared to walk 1/2 mile from the lower lot along blind curves and small shoulders. Follow the trail from Bastion Falls to the base of Kaaterskill Falls. From there, you can choose to enjoy from below and double back or hike up the stairs to a middle falls viewpoint. Be careful: a kid nearly skipped off the edge (loose rocks, mud, and waterfall spray make it very slippery). Continue up the stairs and through a short forest walk a Spruce Creek bridge. There are two viewing places after that: one fenced off (that many were ignoring to hang their boots over the top of the waterfall ledge—and whose feet are in my photos) and a viewing platform with beautiful views of Kaaterskill High Peak and Roundtop Mountain. Aside from blunt safety ignorances and the crowded parking/trail: I understand why everyone wants their photo in front of the falls. This is one of the few hikes I'd say go later in the day as the falls face West.

hiking
12 hours ago

I had hiked Pharaoh as a child so I was a little nostalgic in my idea of what I remembered. It was an overcast, drizzly day and when a black cat crossed our path on Crane Pond Road driving in I should have known something was up. We parked at the end of Crane Pond Road and walked the road in. We got to almost the end when we encountered a very large impassable swampy area. At the time we didn't know there was a way around it via a trail off to the side. Just then a pick up came by, black cat my arse.. We hopped in the back and voila we were on the way up Pharaoh. The trail was very wet and extremely rocky, but we persevered. Then near the top, it got very rocky and we lost the trail. My husband fell on his hip, and then I fell and slid down a large boulder. We decided, ok... I decided ,to go back. We made it down ok but couldn't find that elusive trail around the small pond in the road. My husband decided to try and play Jesus by walking on the side where the reeds and grass are. Nope, too deep. Good thing because no way was I attempting that. We turned around and there was the side trail not 50 feet from where we were. You couldn't see the trail head sign walking out , only walking in.
Disappointed that we didn't summit, but you can't mess with a black cat crossing your path after all.

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.

I made the mistake of hiking this one on indigenous peoples day when all the kids were out of school! The hike was really nice though :)

Gotta say, nothing beats a view like this!

Was a relatively challenging trail, picked a day during the August heat wave, big mistake. Did not make it to Nippletop, will have to do that one separate if possible.

A nice easy walk with a spectacular view of Taughannock Falls. Lots of people coming & going but never too crowded to get nice photos. The gorge is as spectacular as the actual falls.

Awesome trail. Well marked. Lots of mud.

Had a great time hiking this trail with one of my best friends. Perfect weather, and beautiful foliage. 10/10 would recommend

The first 2/3 were a fun hike with the last bit steep and challenging but worth the view for sure.

Definitely a perfect low effort high payoff hike. Hiked this on 10/9/18 and the foliage is definitely at its peak. Don't let the 11 mile length scare you, over half of this trail is a literal walk in the park. Once you actually get to the trailhead you follow the trail along the Gill Brook for some beautiful little waterfalls until you get to the last mile, where you gain enough elevation to call it a hike, but nothing you'll find daunting if you're accustomed to other hikes in the ADKs. Would hike this over and over again for the view from the summit because it is so SO easy! Took four and a half hours but me and my friend were doing quite a bit of stopping to identify some trees and check out the chickadees and kingfishers along the way, as well and enjoy the brook. We went out and back instead of looping and it measured 9.2 miles. Can’t recommend enough!

10/8/18 was a great hike and as you continued your climb it became increasingly more steep. It was almost like a warm up for what was to come. I decided to do Wright peak first which I think was a good idea since after I did Algonquin I decided to go the “extra mile” and do Iroquois as well. Not sure I would have had it in me after both of those peaks to come back and do Wright. All in all it was a decently difficult hike. Technically 4 peaks total but boundary isn’t recognized as a 46er because of its close proximity to Algonquin, nevertheless I like to make myself feel better by saying I tackled 4 peaks. Total time for me was 6 hours 15 minutes from trailhead to trailhead using my garmin watch it somehow clocked me at 16.1 miles total. So something might have been off between my watch and the trail signs. I don’t know. The views at each peak were obscured by total cloud coverage so I didn’t spend much time at any peak really but I did stop multiple times on the lower levels to see some foliage and enjoy the beauty of the trails. Would love to do them again on a clear day if I could.

excellent hike. walk along road to trail is nerve wracking but is short. initial rock scramble is fun and some challenge. stairs at top are long. I would rate as moderate since involves plenty of rocks, mud, and road. beautiful large trees.

This hike is unbelievable. It was my very first time hiking any of the 46 ADK peaks, and I started right in with Wright & Algonquin! They were amazing to say the least. We did Wright first, very steep 0.4 mile from where the trail splits into Wright or Algonquin. The views were BREATHTAKING! Heart lake looked glorious from up there, and there’s the plaque in dedication to the helicopter that crashed there in 1922 (i think?). The way down was actually just as challenging, which I never took in to account! Very slippery!
Algonquin was 0.6 from trail split, not as challenging but not easy. Unfortunately by the one we got up there we were in a cloud, which was actually quite interesting, but you couldn’t see anything. Looking forward to doing it again, hopefully with a view!

Did this hike on 10/6/18. Weather was cool limited sun only in the afternoon. Did the loop counter clockwise going up elk pass to nippletop first. Got a late start due to the parking situation. The lots at the AMR hiking lot was full had to park on highway about .5 mike away. Note don’t park along the roadways but n the AMR hiking parking areas. There were about 20 or so cars parked in no parking areas that got tickets. By the time we got to Nippletop’s summit it was socked in by fog and clouds. Very windy and cold. Had a quick lunch. Made out was over to Dial . Views were better but clouds came in. Made our way done and out via Bear Den . Trails were very muddy . It’s hard for me to say what direction is easier because I was tied from a long road trip the day before and a little under the weather. I would say doing elk pass first because it’s steep. Over all a great hike wish the weather was better. Might have to return and do this one again.

Starting from The Garden Trailhead in Keene Valley. We followed the trail toward the Lodge and spent the first night in the Orebred Brook lean-to. We summited Gothics, Armstrong, Upper, and Lower Wolfjaw the next day. Once you climb Gothics it’s pretty much a traverse to the next 3. Camped on the far side that night. The next day we looped around and hiked back out. Gothics was an awesome climb, challenging in spots. These 4 peaks make a great long weekend trip. Can’t wait to get back and explore the other peaks along The Great Range. I will update this review with more detail once I have my other map in front of me.

I’ve hiked Haystack three times, one of which was a winter snowshoe using the Jack Rabbit trail - my favorite way to come in. I don’t know the mileage but it seems a much shorter trail. Fall is also great, summer my least favorite due to bugs and wet areas. The last push to the summit, a steep but short run, coming from NYS 86 in Ray Brook was a surprise considering the trail is overall pretty easy. A great hike!

We did this on 9/29. We skipped Lower Wolf Jaw, but did Upper Wolf Jaw, Armstrong, Gothics, Pyramid, and Sawteeth. Going up Armstrong from Upper Wolf Jaw is the steepest climb I've done in the ADKs. Some sections were more rock climbing than hiking. The views are amazing, with the views from the Gothics being some of the best in the ADKs. It took us about 10 hrs and is a great hike.

Amazing view at Indian Head summit and the multiple water falls along ausable river!

I did the loop clockwise and I’m glad, the trails are so wet and muddy that coming up from Elk Pass the water would be running down your sleeves. The promised clear sky never happened so I skipped Indian Head, no views. I loved the ups and downs of this loop, and the easy run back on Lake Road.

Beautiful view of the waterfall from the begin to the big water fall at the end. The trail walk was easy but make sure to go early so that you get parking space close to the trail since it gets packed and it's right on the highway.

hiking
13 days ago

Easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. you can get close enough to feel the most off the falls.

Easy to follow, very muddy, non-technical hike with Nippletop showing the best view of the entire great range without actually being in it. Our group enjoyed Nips’ view even more than Algonquin’s. Dial is nice but not amazing and Noonmark shoulder is less than Dial but still enjoyable.

After a lot of contemplation we did the loop clockwise and were so happy we did. The views only improve this way giving you something to look forward to. The ascent is more gradual with only a 40 min stretch up to Noonmark shoulder being steep. It’s as steep as Elk Pass but much shorter and way less rocks. We left Nippletop with lots of energy still from a pretty easy morning climb and feeling fresh and rested from lunch at the summit. Descending Elk Pass was pretty non-technical (only 2 or 3 bigger rock slabs) and totally fine for us. If your cardio isn’t very strong but you have good knees definitely do clockwise. Going up Elk Pass will hit your lungs and legs hard, it’s steadily steep and long. If you have any issues with knees or pain descending normally, then take the loop counter clockwise.

We added on Indian Head and it is a must for this loop being so close. Its a stunning and perfect ending with Lake Road being an easy cool down to a long day instead of descending that steep section down from Noonmark shoulder, tired, with mediocre views after Dial. 10.5 hours from the car with an hours worth of breaks but we moved slower than average with everyone passing us that day. Hiked with 2 newbies with no hiking experience but good physical strength.

hiking
15 days ago

Colors were starting to come out (9/28/18) clouds obscured the view initially but cleared a few minutes here and there providing a beautiful view of the lake. Fun uphill well marked trail. Began the hike at 10 am and finished around 2:30/3

This hike will spoil me for other hikes. The Gill Brook Trail in particular was just one spectacular waterfall after another, and the trail surface was soft and grippy for the most part. The view from Indian Head was stunning, as advertised... however, if you do this hike any time that’s not a hot summer day, I would recommend packing a windbreaker (both jacket and pants) because it really whips out there on that ledge; I wish I’d had one so I could have stayed up there longer and drink in the views in comfort. We never did get around to Rainbow Falls. The return trail gets narrow and not well blazed in places; we got the sense as we hiked up that everyone else was doing an out-and-back rather than a loop, since we didn’t see any of our fellow hikers after the summit. The whole thing took us 7 hours total. The Adirondacks are beyond compare. (I should mention that there had been quite a lot of rain the week before we went, so that may have made the waterfalls even more dramatic!)

What a great hike, I took the Gilbrook trail up to Indian head. The trail was fairly easy, it was a bit more work at the top, right after the ladders, but not that bad. The falls were spectacular and the views at the top were amazing. FYI, when they say don't-they mean it, am now the proud owner of a parking ticket!

Unbelievable hike! Starts off relatively flat and gets increasingly harder as you make your way up. There is a lot of big boulders and rocks as well as big flat rocks that can be quite slippery coming down. The last little bit starting at the fork between Wright & Algonquin peak is quite strenuous, but the views make it totally worth it! We did both Algonquin & Wright which took us about 6 and a half to 7 hours. We did this hike without hiking poles but I would probably recommend them due to the scrambling/slippery rocks. Don’t forget to pack warmer clothes because it is very cold on the top of the mountain. We had our dog with us and she did great! We were advised it can be tough for dogs but it is definitely do-able for anyone wondering! Overall this hike is a very fun one, although quite difficult.

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