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My first high peak! Loved it and the view was awesome!

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.

This was a little tougher than I thought it would be. The first overlook, when you turn around was magnificent. The top was cloudy and very windy. When the sun did peek through, the view was a 10 all around. This was my first high peak, I'm 61 and I am so glad I did it. No crowds, great people along the way. This years foliage was outstanding!!!

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.

Short hike to top - 1:45 moving slowly. Amazing 360 views on top. Did it in the Fall - beware of icy rocks coming down. Crowdy but great hike if you have less than 4 hours.

Gotta say, nothing beats a view like this!

very nice trail. done in 3 1/2 hours. this trail is amazingly pleasant but could use more markers. super view up top! it snowed at the top!

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4 days ago

Great hike but thank God that we downloaded the AllTrails (Pro) maps because they were needed. Heavy coverage of leaves shielded what otherwise (I’m sure) was a well worn trail, and the map kept us from getting well off the trail - we felt that the trail was not well marked. You’ll love the views - DO IT!!

Such a gorgeous hike! It was rainy, foggy, and filled with leaves. When you got the chance to see views through the clouds and Fogg they were worth the hike up, even the trees were gorgeous! Will definitely go again, just take your time and enjoy nature ☺.

If you are looking for views this trail is for you. However, plan on spending up to two hours going up and and two for going down looking at your feet! The rocks are unbelievable and very dangerous going down! I personally think this is not a great way to spend 4-5 hours. Would not recommend unless you are in very good shape and experienced on climbing on wet large rock. I've hiked all over country including Canada and this was one I would not do again.

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!

This was my first high peak hike. It took 4.5 hours. I found it to be extremely rocky and steep and totally worth it. Luckily my experienced hiking mate was patient. I have hiked Bald, Rocky and Black Bear near Old Forge and Inlet, these are cake compared to Cascade. Hiking shoes are a must to grip the rocks, poles are helpful. Snacks, water and layers are advisable. This weekend the DEC set up shuttle buses from Mt Van Hoevenberg, it was very organized and the rangers were very helpful. The roads are crowded with cars and hikers. Enjoy!

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

15 days ago

We only made it to Blueberry Mountain for this hike, but this had great views and was still quite a climb. This trail had a lot of small round rock.. but no scrambling.

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16 days ago

Nice view of Giant and other high peaks. Rated moderate but compared to Ampersand and Cascade I thought it was on the easy side of moderate. Well worth the trip

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!

We hit the trail around 4pm. The hike to Porter was a bit wet but nothing terrible. Porter had a couple of nice views. The hike to Cascade was fairly easy from Porter. The sunset on Porter was nothing less than amazing. Highly recommend for sunset. 360 views. It got windy and cold very quickly as the sun set. Make sure to dress warm and bring a headlamp if you decide to hike in for sunset. Overall a great trip!

There has been a bit of rain so the trail was very wet - made for a challenging descent. The views from the summit of Cascade were spectacular. The trail connecting Cascade and Porter was a soggy mess. Overall great hike. Took us about 5 hours with about 30 minutes spent between the two summits (20 cascade, 10 porter).

Hard and wet with nice but short-lived vistas.

Hands down the most beautiful hike I have ever down. The views are unreal

Great trail but tougher than We expected. We hike a lot and always bring our dogs with us. I would say this tail is moderate to hard but the views at the top are worth the work!

Hiked this trail last Sunday, so many things to see! Throughout the day we stumbled upon many waterfalls and bridges. Once you get to Indian Heads peak, breath taking! Awesome views! Great hike:)

hiking
22 days ago

Wonderful views from this peak. Highly recommend. The final portion of the hike was fairly steep and challenging. Great Hike!

I can see why this trail is so popular. It is easily accessible, pretty short, and without any difficult rock scrambling. Because of the fires in 1903 the summit is open and completely bald with an alpine feel without actually being an alpine zone. My dads first high peak, and although the easiest, still a high peak..he was hurting afterwards..

I did this hike with a group on Saturday 9/22/2018. We got the Ausable Club around 9:30am and we took the last legal parking spot. Another car in our group had to drive up 1/4mile and park in the next parking lot. The NYS Conservation Officer was giving tickets and redirecting people away from the full lots.

The trail is follows the Ausable Club private road for 3 miles. The signage is clear. We walked to Rainbow falls, and thanks to the heavy rains the night before the falls were incredible! Our guide (ADK 46er) said this was the best he'd seen the falls in 20+ years. Just awesome. The spray was refreshing. We passed a few people on the tight pass going to/from the falls, and we stayed for a few minutes. We had a snack overlooking the lake and took in all the beauty. We headed back on the trail and followed signs to Indian head.

The trail to Indian Head was easy only steep towards the end. Lovely trail, lots of offshoots to other trails - easy to follow and understand. The view at Indian Head was breathtaking. Just perfect. Can't say enough about it. The overlook was crowded, but still amazing. Maybe 30+ people, we were all enjoying the same view of the wilderness in our own ways.

We followed signs to Gill Brook Trail and walked along the stream for miles - that was beautiful as well.

We had some slower hikers in our group, from start to finish it was 7 hours. We also saw tens of cars with tickets on them when we returned; all the cars with tickets were indeed parked around 'no parking at any time' signs.

Overall an excellent hike and I can't wait to hike it again!

Overall, a great hike. Extremely rocky and a straight incline but doable if you pace yourself. I am a novice to the high peaks and moved very very slow. We made it up in about 2.5 hours up and 1.5 hours down. I thought going down was almost as hard because of all the rocks but again, I am slow and clumsy af!

The trail is really nice. It is easy (we are 34 and experienced and did it in 3.5hrs with two young kids and two dogs) and short.
The only negative is that it is very very crowded. We did Algonquin in july and it was less crowded (but it is also waaaay harder)
That being said the view is amazing and since it's the easiest of the High peaks i get why it's so popular :)

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