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The trail was pretty easy besides all of the elevation gain at the end. Everyone says there are no views but the lookout on Street and Nye had decent views.

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2 days ago

Buck is a great day hike for those who are in reasonably good shape and looking for about 2000 vertical feet of elevation gain in about 2.5 miles. We went on a mid-summer Monday and were joined by about 10 other groups of hikers. Definitely popular, but not for those with small kids. We found lots of bolete mushrooms on our hike and they were quite tasty when we cooked them up on our return.

Not short or easy but it’s gorgeous and worth the effort

Loved this hike!!! We hiked on 8/12. We went up Lake Arnold Trail and down around Lake Colden/ Avalanche pass. I actually think this is the best way to do the hike (though as someone whose knees generally start hurting coming down- I get why people are recommending the reverse). There were a lot of steep slabs and some of the hikers we met commented on how it was hard for them coming up. The hike was ~16.2 miles to and from Adirondack Loj. We stopped for about an hour total between the summit and Lake Colden. Very beautiful. The water on Lake Colden perfectly reflected the sky. Took us 9 hours total. This was one of my favorite high peaks (I’ve done 24 now) mainly because of the incredible summit views and hiking along the Matilda’s.

13/10 would do this hike again, though not with my dog again.

This hike was amazing. Definitely agree with previous reviewers to do this loop counter clockwise, I wouldn't have wanted to go down the mountain on the Lake Colden side. Not an easy hike by any means, but the views were absolutely beautiful.

That being said, I would STRONGLY advise against doing this hike with your dog, at least if you have a larger dog. There are a lot of ladders that are practically impossible for a dog to traverse on the path around Avalanche Lake, but those are doable. The worst one was at the top of Mount Colden, over 10' high with no way for a dog to travel around it. My advise would be to do an out and back on the Lake Arnold side of Mount Colden if you'd like to bring your dog.

Trail was easy enough to follow along and despite the concern for the trail being unmaintained it was manageable for kids (11 and 13) and dog. I’d like to rate it higher but there really wasn’t much in the way of views or good resting/lunch places to make the day a memorable one. Love the 46! This one is not one of the best.

The fam did this hike yesterday. It was a nice day for it, warm but not hot and not really buggy at all. Started at the loj using the Mt Jo trail signs. The 'trailless' path was easy to follow from there for most of the hike. Crossing over the Indian Brook was no problem, water was low. I think it'd have to have literally just rained to not be able to cross in your boots. We reached the junction tree with St & Nye carved into it and decided to get Nye done first since there is zero view. It was a quick walk to the peak, then back and moving on to Street. This was also not a terrible ascent, most of the path is fairly flat until the final ascent to the peak. The peak itself didn't have a view but if you walk around a little bit you can find an opening with a decent view. From start to finish it took us 6 hours. I enjoyed the hike itself, I only gave 4 stars because the views are not great.

Great hike! Lots of steep inclines. Well worth it, though, the view at the summit is amazing!

If you enjoy hustling up a rock scramble incline, this is the hike for you. The effort is worth the view at the summit! Fairly wide trail for most of the route. The first view is stunning, especially after staring at so much greenery for 3 miles. But don’t forget to continue in the the summit about 3-5 miles further on the yellow trail.

A good moderate hike with a very beautiful summit.
There are many steep patches and getting down was especially difficult for me

Nice views of Lake George! A little steeper than some of the other climbs around. I took the trail over the mountain and down to Shelving rock rd. The backside is quite technical with a more narrow trail. Great way to connect to the Sleeping Beauty trails.

Breathtaking views of Lake George! This hike was difficult but doable. It gets pretty steep at some points. Will 100% do again!

Longer than this states (18.5 by my Garmin), but great hike from the Garden.

This was so much fun all around.

hiking
7 days ago

Excellent herd trails, decent views. 6 hours including 20 minutes on Street's and 10 minutes on Nye's summit

August 8, 2018: Completed Big Slide in 5.5 hours, with about 30 minutes of breaks. Parking: The trailhead at Garden Parking (off Adirondack Rd from the village of Keene) is very small. I arrived there at 9am on Tuesday and no spots available. I usually start my hikes earlier, but this time, I was driving from Ottawa the morning of. I quickly learned that if the parking is full, you are SOL. There are no other places to park, except in the village itself at a public parking, which is what I did. In addition to the 5.5 hrs, this added a good 1hour and 15 minutes. So arrive early :) Although I heard that on weekends there's a shuttle service - don't take my word for it though. The hike itself is a nice one, but tough. There is quite a bit of rock scrambling, which I personnaly like. The summit is great, but watch out for mice - one nearly got in my backpack. I didn't do the actual loop, I went right up from the three Brothers trail and came down the same. Cheers

A lot more rock scrambling than I anticipated! I loved the views on the way up, stopping every now and then to get a snapshot, catch my breath, or drink some water. The way back feels long but is a nice break for your knees. Pay attention to the yellow arrow on a boulder after the waterfall on your way back. There's a herd trail going into the woods that we followed that's not the trail! Overall a satisfying hike! I'm an intermediate hiker and I finished in 7 hours, including about 30 min worth of breaks.

Not a review...I'm new to the site and am curious if the distance is one way? I assume it is but wanted to make sure. Thanks in advance!

One of the best 46 high peaks hikes there is. Views and summits from all 3 mountains are fantastic. Haystack feels like another country on top. Total time 11 hours 10 minutes. We walked in to JBL from the garden. From there we went to Haystack first (***be careful if you want to go to Haystack first because the sign at JBL to Haystack is misleading as it points you left to Haystack saying 7 miles, but that is the way/mileage to Haystack if you END with Haystack and go over Saddleback and Basin first). We started the loop with Haystack so we went towards Marcy before splitting to Haystack. Go over little Haystack to Haystack. Then it was roughly an hour to Basin, and roughly another hour to Saddleback. Descent between basin and Saddleback is some of the most technical descents I’ve seen. Steep, rocky, slippery, and have to calculate every step. Getting to the col was very welcomed. Then climbing the cliffs just before Saddleback is a challenge as you’re actually doing some rock climbing (no clue how a dog would get up/down it without getting really hurt). Descent from Saddleback was nice and not bad on the body and there’s a super long wooden staircase down the side of a slide that’s really cool. Great trip with great views and terrain. 9 miles from garden to Haystack so it took 4 hours 45 minutes to get to our first summit then smooth sailing. Then we completed the loop at JBl and back to the garden.

Did this on August 2nd. This was a great hike, the views weren't the best since it was raining, but the trail wasn't that hard to follow for it being unmarked and unmaintained. Crossing the brook was easy and after crossing that you cross another about 5-10 minutes later (we didn't realize that at first). The first 3 miles is easy to moderate and after that it gets pretty steep and muddy, nothing to worry about. We went to Nye first and then Street. The street mountain sign is to the left up on a tree and then there are about 3 different places to look out from. Wish we could have seen more summits, but my friend and I would say this is easier than Tabletop/Phelps!

Did this one on July 30th 2018. Enjoyable day, glad it was sunny most of the way, maybe saw 5 other people all day.

I would suggest when you first encounter the creek to avoid the temptation to cross right away, but instead follow along downstream a couple hundred feet to where the cairns are - not because it is easier to cross but because it will line you up with the trail on the other side. The crossing involved a couple of bold rock hops, but nothing dangerous and no wet feet.

When you get to the summit of Street, take a few minutes to find a trail through the pines (no more than 50 yards) to get a stunning view of both the Santanoni Range and the Seward Range. This is one of the 3 or 4 best views in the Adirondacks simply for its uniqueness - you can’t see these ranges so close from any road or mountain

Easier than I thought get it would be to navigate a trail less peak. Beautiful summits and blessed silence along the way.

This was not an easy hike, but absolutely worth it. Getting to Avalanche Lake was pretty easy going and it is so gorgeous. Even saw a couple of people scaling the rock face of Mt Colden! Got to the end of the trail and decided I wanted to go ahead and do Mt Colden. The climb on this side (south) was a lot of climbing straight rock face. Not horrible, but very precarious since there is water running down most of it and it is a steep angle for most of it... so much so that they have built stairs on a handful of sections. Towards the top of that climb, I could really feel the elevation starting to affect my breathing, had to take breaks more often, but otherwise fine.

The final scrabble near the top is straight rock face which, in parts, has no foliage on the down side of the mountain; one of the only climbs I have done where I was a bit worried about sliding off. No problems though. The view at the top... there are really no words... you just have to see it... pictures don’t even do it justice. It was clear when I got up there and you can see for miles in most directions.

Climb down was much less steep and followed a river bed for a good bit, making you rock jump (which is hard after you just climbed ~2000 feet). Lots of water on the way, so plenty of places to cool off and refill, including one waterfall with a good size pool under it just off the path (on the left just before the Lake Arnold Trail veers to the left, so keep your ears open as you can barely see it from the trail).

Even though the views were limited, I really enjoyed this hike. There were no issues with insects or muddiness--my boots were drier than most days. I did change into sandals to cross the stream but barefoot would have been fine. Trekking poles help. The trail was narrow but easy to follow for the most part (overcast July day). Look for piles of limbs to warn you away from wrong turns (or add them yourself when you go). No view from the summit of Nye and a narrow window of a view from Street. It was not crowded at all even on a Saturday.

Took my wife and 10 and 9 year old boys up today. Great views on the summit. Bring extra water and snacks. Everyone was able to make it up and back.

the first half of the hike is casual and easy, steady and gradual inclines. the second half the hike is where you'll really start to feel it due to steeper inclines and rougher terrain.

definitely worth the effort

I chose a cloudy day knowing I wouldn't be looking forward to much at the summit. Considering there was a lot of rain this week, the mud wasn't bad, nor was the stream crossing.

The total distance is a bit more than 9.8 miles.

If you have more than one person in your car drop the passengers off at the garden trailhead so you only have to pay for one shuttle ride.

There is potable water at the Johns Brook Lodge.

A challenge but very rewarding- coming down took just as long as going up

beautiful view!

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