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    Jonathan Szabo added Glen Falls Trail Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Jonathan Szabo saved City of Rocks Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Jonathan Szabo added Glen Falls Trail Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Jonathan Szabo completed Glen Falls Trail Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Jonathan Szabo reviewed Mount Colden via Avalanche Pass Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Mount Colden is not a hike to be taken lightly, but though it's long, strenuous and exhausting, the payoffs are absolutely worth it.

    The summit itself is beyond spectacular and includes views of numerous other High Peaks including Mount Marcy - but in addition to that, the hike offers numerous other benefits including the truly inspiring pass at Avalanche Lake. You also get the washed out former Marcy Dam, Lake Colden, a fair amount of bouldering, several ladders to help you through the steepest sections and varied other scenery as well as, at times, a whisper quiet forest.

    But leave no doubt that you will be challenged. Principally on about a 1950ft. ascent in 1 1/2 miles from Lake Colden. A good chunk of which is sheer, flat rockface. And if you go after recent rains - as I did - it becomes somewhat precarious as those rocks are glazed over by running water. Bring hiking poles! Not only will they help (somewhat) on the ascent - but the trail has plenty of mud and standing water to navigate as well.

    Lastly - Do the hike counter-clockwise (Up through Avalanche Pass and down the Lake Arnold side). If it has rained recently, and you have gone up the other way, the descent from the summit becomes miserable - and borderline dangerous - and multiple people I met on the way up were cursing (literally) the fact that the went up the Lake Arnold side.

    All in all, this is a fantastic and highly recommended hike. I clocked it at about 15.5 miles from the Adirondack Lodge (not 12.8) and at just about 9 hours in total.

    Jonathan Szabo added The Flume Fall

    about 1 month ago

    Jonathan Szabo added The Flume Fall

    about 1 month ago

    Jonathan Szabo completed The Flume Fall

    about 1 month ago

    Jonathan Szabo reviewed North Fork Mountain Trail to Chimney Top

    3 months ago

    The effort you expend on this hike is well rewarded with not just one, but two separate spectacular overlooks. Majority of the hike is through the woods and the lower part consists of some relatively simple switchbacks, but becomes strenuous - and rock laden - as you progress. (Trekking poles will prove very helpful) The first overlook is a little over 2 miles in and is a great spot to take a break and have a snack. Keep going along the ridge and ultimately you'll need to really work for the summit, as the last third of a mile or so is very steep.

    The payoff at Chimney Rock is definitely worth it - and you'll be rewarded with an absolutely amazing summit! Take some time and soak it in! As an added bonus, the day I was there I got to watch a pair of peregrine falcons searching for prey in the forest below.

    A highly recommended hike!

    (Remember to bring plenty of water and sunscreen, as the sun rips though the forest for a good chunk of the hike)

    Jonathan Szabo completed Rose River Trail

    3 months ago

    Jonathan Szabo reviewed Mount Lafayette and Franconia Ridge Trail Loop

    4 months ago

    Best hike I've done and well, well worth the effort, but know what you're signing up for.

    I'm a 40yr old guy in pretty good shape and found it to be quite challenging. Went up the Falling Waters side, which was absolutely beautiful - though a little slick from the previous days rainfall. Temperature dropped pretty significantly once I reached the summit of Little Haystack and the wind was intense. (Consistently 40-60mph). Was absolutely worth every ounce of effort though, because the views were simply incredible - and the hike along the ridge to Lafayette was breathtaking.

    Wind calmed down as I summited Lafayette and came down to the Greenleaf Hut (pretty spartan, but a nice place to rest for a bit) and took the Bridle Path down - and this, for me at least, was the toughest part. It's all downhill, but it's also almost all rocks and boulders. Which ruined my knees (still feeling it two days later). Should have brought hiking poles. May not be necessary for younger folks, but if I had them, would have saved me ALOT of pain.

    All in all an amazing hike, but know that it's ALOT of climbing over small, medium and big rocks, as well as some scrambling (either way). Be prepared for the change of temperature at the top. Bring plenty of water and know that it's an all day hike.

    Then go do it. Seriously. One helluva an amazing day.