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    Jeremy P reviewed Mount Lafayette and Franconia Ridge Trail Loop

    10 months ago

    Wow. Was enveloped in clouds for most of the ridge, but when it cleared on the descent of Lafayette I was really amazed at the views. I believe it when they say its some of the best in the East. Definitely worth the hype. And definitely a lot of other hikers. Met caravans of people on the way to Greenleaf Hut. I went up to Lincoln and then down the Old Bridle Path, which I would recommend. The Liberty Springs Trail is not excessively steep but follows a brook with several waterfalls so could be slippery. Definitely bring a lot of extra clothes. Was in t-shirt and shorts in the valley and then switched to a jacket with tuque and gloves on the ridge. Mostly because of the wind, which was blowing at a steady 40 mph. The ridge itself is not too narrow and the footing is not too difficult. But you're completely exposed to the weather for quite a while.

    Jeremy P reviewed Table Top Mountain via Van Hoevenberg Trail

    12 months ago

    Went up in winter 2015 and was my first High Peak; wasn't too hard of an introduction. The ascent is never steep, and although it's officially a "trailless" peak, the herd path is easy to follow and was broken out when I went. The snow was deep so I was able to look above the trees and get a nicer view than I think there would be in the summer. The summit is wooded but there's a lookout a few yards past the summit sign towards Mt. Marcy.

    Jeremy P reviewed Wright Peak Trail

    12 months ago

    Jeremy P reviewed Ampersand Mountain Trail

    12 months ago

    Expect to see A LOT of people on this trail. Went on a fall weekend and must have passed by close to a hundred hikers, and probably almost that many dogs. And no wonder: the views are spectacular. A 360 degree panorama of many lakes and the High Peaks. Really scenic on the way up too: some sections of old-growth forest and huge glacial erratics. Really awesome hike if you don't mind being with the crowds.

    Jeremy P completed Ampersand Mountain Trail

    12 months ago

    Jeremy P reviewed Loon Lake Mountain Fire Tower

    12 months ago

    Really great view at the top; could see pretty far to the east towards Vermont. Firetower is not climbable.
    The hike to get there is mostly gradual until the last mile or so. From the parking area, the trail immediately joins a road, you go right on the road for a short while and then the trail goes off to the left. Soon you join another road and again go right on this road for a while. Much of the hike passes through a heavily-logged area so its not that attractive. The trail again goes to the left off the second road and makes its way to the summit. Saw lots of wildlife; including a fisher and hundreds of butterflies licking the minerals on the road. Also saw lots of moose tracks.

    Jeremy P completed Loon Lake Mountain Fire Tower

    12 months ago

    Jeremy P completed Azure Mountain Firetower

    about 1 year ago

    Jeremy P reviewed Avalanche Pass and Avalanche Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Really great hike to do if you don't want to climb up a mountain, though pretty popular. Didn't go on the lake as the ice wasn't thick enough, so took the trail on its west shore to get to the other end. The trail is pretty rugged along the lake; lots of boulders, ladders, catwalks and the "hitch-up-matildas". If you're taking the trail instead of going on the lake when visiting in the winter, be careful as there's a lot of places to slip and fall and there's holes that can be covered in deep snow.

    Jeremy P reviewed Poke-O-Moonshine Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Nice short hike with a firetower and great view. Unlike the old trail the new one is never steep. The cliffs are quite a sight from the highway.

    Jeremy P completed Poke-O-Moonshine Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jeremy P reviewed Hurricane Mountain Trail Southern Approach

    over 1 year ago

    This is not a hard hike by ADK standards, the ascent is pretty steady and short. Although when I went in the Spring there were big ice flows on the trail, making it tricky even with microspikes. View is amazing; to the west you have a great look at the High Peaks and to the east Lake Champlain. Only firetower I've been comfortable enough to go up as it's been newly renovated.

    Jeremy P reviewed Lake of the Falls

    over 1 year ago

    Amazing hike, breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and a pretty remote area. Didn't make it all the way to the lake, stopped about a mile short of it and made camp because the rest of the way was under waist-deep snow. This was during the last week of June. Trail is pretty hard to follow in places; had to bushwhack to find the trail after the Landslide Lake trail junction. There's also a couple stream crossings; one crossing was about knee-deep. Saw some mountain sheep on the hoodoos by the Cline River and a moose. Woke up the next morning to find fresh cougar tracks near my tent.

    Jeremy P completed Lake of the Falls

    over 1 year ago

    Jeremy P reviewed Barron Canyon Hiking Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Short and sweet; the views down into the canyon are awe-inspiring and the surrounding forest lovely. Watch out for little kids that they don't get too close to the edge.

    Jeremy P completed Barron Canyon Hiking Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jeremy P reviewed Street Mountain and Nye Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Not much in terms of views at the top of these two mountains, but it's still pleasant and you get great views of Algonquin Peak at a few spots on the way up. Did this in the winter and the route was packed the whole way and easy to follow for "trailless" peaks. The herd path junction is marked with an N and an S carved into a tree. From here each peak is not far, with Street being a bit longer. The top of Nye is pretty bland; all there is is the summit sign on a tree in the middle of a forest. Near the beginning of the hike you cross a wide stream; when I went it was iced over but other times it may be hard to cross.

    Jeremy P reviewed Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    I've only done Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge as an out-and-back on the ridge trail so can't speak about the trail after Rocky Peak on the Rte. 9 side. There's a lot of climbing involved just in that portion, about 4,600 ft according to my GPS. It allows you to gain elevation quickly though. Not long after the trailhead you break out of the trees and have breathtaking views. I went during the peak of fall colour on the foliage and it made it even more spectacular. Don't underestimate the portion that continues to Rocky Peak Ridge; it's a pretty big drop between the two peaks. I did the hike in 6 hours and jogged on the way down because I had to be back at a certain time. Definitely want to revisit and take more time to enjoy it.

    Jeremy P reviewed Jay Mountain

    over 1 year ago

    Jeremy P completed Jay Mountain

    over 1 year ago

    Jeremy P reviewed Azure Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jeremy P completed Azure Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jeremy P reviewed Saint Regis Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    A mostly gradual climb on a well-maintained trail. Have done this in autumn and winter. Both times there was lots of people. Magnificent summit view of the Saranac Lakes area. The firetower can be climbed but I was too nervous to go all the way up.

    Jeremy P completed Saint Regis Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jeremy P reviewed Ha Ling Peak

    over 1 year ago

    Had breathtaking views from the summit. Looking over the edge down to Canmore thousands of feet below was exhilarating. A short hike with little hands-on scrambling yet gets pretty high up. A lot of exposure to potentially bad weather though, I got back below treeline in the nick of time when a hail storm hit. Just minutes before the skies were clear.

    Jeremy P completed Ha Ling Trail to Ha Ling Peak

    over 1 year ago

    Jeremy P reviewed Mizzy Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    A really nice walk that traverses a variety of habitats, such as ponds, bogs, hardwood forest, spruce groves and pine barrens. I went at a very leisurely pace to look for wildlife and did it in about 6 hours; it can easily be done in half that time but then you'd miss out on what you could see.This is the longest of the park's interpretive trails so I would suggest to make a day of it and enjoy.The guide here says the elevation gain is over 2000 ft; that is far from true. The walk is mostly level with minimal ups and downs. Part of the trail is on an old railroad bed and boardwalks are placed over the wet areas. I would still wear a heavy pair of boots as other parts of the trail can get pretty wet and muddy. Be sure to take the side trail near the north end of the loop, it's about a 30 minute detour that goes to what are called "bear's nests", explained in the guide you get at the trailhead. On my walk I saw Spruce Grouse, a Red Fox, a bull Moose and literally hundreds of turtles basking in one of the ponds. Note that dogs are not allowed on this trail so as not to disturb the wildlife.

    Jeremy P completed Mizzy Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jeremy P reviewed Jenkins Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    A long but mostly gradual uphill walk. Summit was nice but for me the sights on the way up are more interesting. The trail passes by some beaver ponds and winds a long the top of a series of eskers. I'd recommend going up from Keese Mill road and taking the trail that goes along Black and Long Ponds; it's more scenic and passes by two lean-tos. I have seen lots of pink lady's-slippers growing along the trail.

    Jeremy P completed Jenkins Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jeremy P reviewed Catamount Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    A short, fun scramble to a bald summit with great views of Whiteface. I have been up twice, the last time I was there in summer of 2016 there was a new parking area so the trailhead is now easy to find. You go through a tight rock chute and then scramble up a series of ledges to the false summit. From the false summit you can see the true summit, which is not much farther. Keep your eyes peeled for trail markers and cairns as it's easy to veer off trail. I missed the trail at one spot and found myself going up 4th class rock. Shorter people might need a boost up some spots. I wouldn't recommend going up if the rock was wet or icy. When you're done your hike drive a little farther west past the trailhead to a field where you have a great view of the mountain's rocky slopes.

    Jeremy P completed Catamount Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jeremy P reviewed Cascade to Porter Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    The easiest of the High peaks, these two are great for beginners. The climb is short, mostly gradual and the views are amazing and you get a great look at some of the other High Peaks. The trail tends to get pretty crowded though, when I climbed them in April with over a foot of snow on the ground there were still many people. The top of Cascade can get very windy; it was blowing pretty hard I was there.

    Jeremy P reviewed Balanced Rock

    over 1 year ago

    Did this in the winter during a blizzard so didn't get much views except of Cascade Falls across the highway part way up. It was really windy when I got to the boulders.There's some steep bits but overall it's a short and easy hike. When you get to the trail junction with the sign on the tree the way right goes to the boulders. If you go left you can extend your outing and climb the rest of the way up Pitchoff.

    Jeremy P completed Balanced Rock

    over 1 year ago

    Jeremy P reviewed Seward, Donaldson, Emmons Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jeremy P completed Seward, Donaldson, Emmons Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jeremy P reviewed Mount Skylight Mount Marcy and Gray Peak Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    An amazing hike but pretty challenging. The loop incorporates some of the most impressive sights in the High Peaks. Plan on being out for a full day as its a long hike (it's more like 19 miles round trip) with a lot of climbing. It took my group about 12 hours. It was April when we did the hike so there was still a lot of snow. To do the loop, take the Avalanche Pass Trail past Marcy Dam and then go left on the trail to Lake Arnold. After Lake Arnold, the trail descends into a valley with many wet areas. At one place you walk across floating boards in a bog; this section might be troublesome after heavy rain. Past the Uphill Lean-To you go left and climb up to Lake Tear-of-the-Clouds. Gray Peak is trailless but the herd path is easy to follow. Just look for it on the other side of the stream right at the lake's outlet. It's steep but not too long. The spur trail for Skylight is much easier, and the views from the summit are spectacular. The ascent of Marcy from Four Corners is exhilarating and almost completely above treeline. From Marcy's summit we could see hundreds of miles in every direction. I was awed looking towards Mt. Haystack and seeing the really deep Panther Gorge that separates the two peaks. The descent on the Van Hoevenberg Trail was comparatively easier and was a respite after a hard, but rewarding day. Don't forget to visit Indian Falls on the way down, we didn't go see it but it's a really short detour where there's supposed to be a nice lookout.

    Jeremy P reviewed Debar Mountain

    over 1 year ago

    A nice hike to do if you're staying at Meacham Lake Campground. I did this in the summer and saw lots of bear signs. From the trailhead you follow an old road and then after about a mile the trail branches to the left. The grade remains gentle until you come to a lean-to.After that, for the last half mile or so, its a steep ascent to the summit. There are good views north towards Quebec but trees just below the summit rock obstruct the view right below.

    Jeremy P completed Debar Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Jeremy P reviewed Elephant's Head

    over 5 years ago

    I started near the highway and walked up the access road to the actual trailhead. From there it's a short, easy jaunt to a hilltop, with a view of Lake Titus. There's a picnic table at the top.