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2 days ago

Short climb to a small clearing on the summit. Views in mainly one direction but peaceful at the top. Kid friendly more sandy than some but still steep in short stretches. You do get noise from the road but it’s still a nice accessible hike for those without much time or looking for multiple climbs in one day.

Not a long hike but definitely a challenge! For most of the way up, it’s a steady incline to keep the heart pumping. The last quarter or so of the trail is quite steep. There are a few tall rocks to climb over. The view is definitely worth it! The way down is a bit challenging in spots. I would do it again.

hiking
3 days ago

Steep and rocky but short. Hiked this with my 10 and 11 year olds. Took about 20 minutes to reach the pond. Very beautiful. Nice place to swim. There were some rocks to jump off of. Didn't stay long because we were trying to beat the rain. Hoping to do it again before we leave Lake Placid.

hike was great,as were the views, but the fire tower was locked when we reached the summit at around 430pm. I would have given it 5 stars if it was open

Nice, short hike that became steep at times but fun with beautiful views of Schroon Lake.

Got to the parking at 7:30 AM on a perfect Friday morning. I recommend the early start. By 9:30 I had the spectacular summit to myself! Loved this mountain. Definitely challenging for that last half mile. More climbing than hiking particularly at the end. 2nd of the Saranac 6 for me.

9:30am start with a clear shot to the top on an overcast (by beautiful) day. Just pretend you’re going to spend an hour on the Stairmaster, and you’ll be fine

Lightly traveled foot path with fun rock scrambling up the brook trail. On the easier side of moderate. Loved it!

This is a nice quick day hike, not difficult at all. what great views at the top just wish the tower was open.

This is not a moderate hike it was quite tough. My group is pretty fit and we had to take multiple short breaks before we reached the peak. It took around 2 hours to get up and a little over 1 to get down. This trail is almost vertical from the start. There's a few false peaks that provide great views. The peak is very rewarding. 360 views and plenty of areas to check out once you get up.

The view at the top is beyond beautiful but the hike up is tough! My boyfriend and I are not avid hikers but we are athletes so we thought we would be able to do it pretty easily. Well, it took us 90 minutes to get up.. maybe more and we took a lot of water and resting breaks. The first 1.9 miles are fine but the last .5 up are hard. A lot of rocks. You need to wear hiking shoes because Nikes were not supportive and we were slipping everywhere. We got there at 7:30 and we were one of the first ones up which was special. Definitely an amazing workout and like I said, the views and the big rock up top were phenomenal!

Gorgeous views, a few steep inclines but not too bad. Very kid friendly. The fire tower is better maintained than most, and there was even an informative steward at the top! Definitely worth seeing.

hiking
13 days ago

The trail starts very easy: a walk in a forest for about 3 km. The last 3 km are pretty steep, lots if climbing on cliffs. Advise for people with dogs: i saw some dogs blocked on the way down because they were afraid to jump off cliffs.
Beautiful view on top.

Second time up Blue in July. Did this on a Monday morning. Trail was quite busy with families and summer camp groups. Trail etiquette was not very good with lots of candy/gum wrappers, groups with music playing on speakers, failure to yield trail to descending hikers. But I guess that comes with the territory, with a short hike to a fire tower so close to vacationland.

I dashed up the trail and made the summit in 57 minutes, and descended in just about 30 minutes.

hiking
14 days ago

A nice short climb to a decent view. You never do get away from the road noise, though. 2.5 stars

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike! Some areas were challenging but overall a fun heat pumping hike! The views from the summit were outstanding! Very dog friendly as well!

Great choice for a good workout and excellent view at the summit. The hike is almost entirely in the woods until the summit. It is uphill the entire way but no technical challenges. Close to the summit you will need to do some relatively easy scrambling and a wooden staircase. We had no difficulty finding trail signs. The trail was well marked.

hiking
15 days ago

This is a doozy, but the 360 degree views on the top are worth it! We arrived at 7:30 AM on a Tuesday and had the trail to ourselves all the way up. We passed LOTS of people on the way back down though. This hike is hard work and feels further than 2.7 miles up (that’s the mileage on the trailhead sign), but slow and steady is the way to go.

Very pretty views top and an easy trail with a fun rock scramble on top.

Hiked 9/27/17. It was unseasonably hot that day, even around 5:00 pm. There was no one else on the trail this day, so I had the mountain to myself. There are some very steep sections but the view at the top is beautiful. My garmin showed a total of 2.5 miles and it took me about 90 minutes round trip.

Great trail. Definitely steep uphill but good workout. Some scrambling near the top but do—able for anyone in good shape and who is comfortable with scrambling. Views from the top were fantastic

hiking
17 days ago

My favorite hike! It’s nice and short. A perfect hike for a little work out that anyone can handle.

Beautiful views of Schroon Lake from the top.

hiking
17 days ago

great 360 view from top . leave in afternoon and have the whole summit to yourself . a great hike for all experience levels . very shady all the way to peak , great on a hot day . definitely recommend hike

hiking
18 days ago

Nice hike, trail was in very good condition and well marked. Appreciated the trail Steward's information and recommendations.

hiking
18 days ago

This sign at the trail says .6 to the summit though I checked in at the sign and was on the summit at .4 and the round trip came in at .9.Was actually more challenging than I had anticipated for such a short distance though not much of a view at the summit.Had it taken longer I would have been disappointed but for a quick 30 min or so hike it’s ok

Boy did this trail kick our butt. We hiked this trail the morning after hiking two high peaks. I thought it would be a nice easy hike before we headed back home, but the second mile and it gets really steep. Your legs really get a work out. It was such a great feeling reaching the summit. We were the only ones at the top and we spent about 30 mins just enjoying the breeze and the views from the fire tower. It was pretty foggy when we first reached the top, but cleared up a bit by the time we hiked back down.

This trail was innocuous at first, with the first part of it fairly flat... then came the climb. It was like climbing steep stairs! But when you finally get to the top, it was breathtaking. I pulled my shoes off and went along the rock face. There were pools of water up there too that were refreshing to my bare feet. The streams on the way up and down were essential to staying refreshed and cool, so take advantage of them!

Hiked this today with my 14-year-old son. We are both in considerable shape, but the last mile is absolutely 40 to 50% grade. Both of our legs were burning and we wondering if the summit was worth it. Once we got up there it definitely was. There’s a 360° view of the Adirondack mountains. If the weather is a bit cloudy may have trouble seeing the surrounding area but on a clear day it is amazing. Very glad that we chose this one.

hiking
20 days ago

Super easy and nice trail. Did it with my 15 and 10 year olds, before you realize it your at the top. No real climbs or obstacles. View was nice but you can hear the car traffic all the way to the top. Parking across the road is a bit sketchy.

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