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    Justin Elwell reviewed Castle Rock and Chub Pond Loop

    about 1 month ago

    The loop is relatively easy, with a short steep section up to the final .1 mile to the top. The final push to the summit has some challenging spots, but nothing impossible for the average climber. The view from the summit is amazing, and overlooks Blue Mountain Lake, Blue Mountain and nearby peaks. Very enjoyable.

    Justin Elwell completed Castle Rock and Chub Pond Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Justin Elwell reviewed Rocky Mountain Summit

    about 1 month ago

    A nice short hike to a beautiful open overlook of Eagle Bay, and surrounding mountains and lakes. A nice hike for the whole family.

    Justin Elwell completed Rocky Mountain Summit

    about 1 month ago

    Justin Elwell reviewed Mount Marcy via Van Hoevenberg Trail

    2 months ago

    There isn’t much that I could add to what others have said. This is a tough trek, but incredibly rewarding. Make sure you are prepared: water, food, layers, and water filtration. It’s long, but amazing!

    Justin Elwell reviewed Stewart Lake & Indian Lake

    3 months ago

    I did this hike after doing the Kane Mountain climb. It is a nice hike, with small elevation gains. The lakes provide some beautiful views and some much appreciated quite.

    Justin Elwell reviewed Kane Mountain North Trail Loop

    3 months ago

    Overall a nice hike with fantastic views from the tower. The east trail is short, .6 of a mile, but not terribly steep. The north trail is slightly longer, 1.2 miles, but provides a much steeper climb. It’s sad to see the old caretakers cabin in such poor shape and covered with graffiti. The tower is in good shape. I also did the trail to Stewart and Indian Lakes, which was a nice time. A pleasant hike, and a nice workout!

    Justin Elwell reviewed Phelps and Tabletop Mountains Trail

    3 months ago

    This was definitely a tough hike. I left the ADj lot at 7:30am, and arrived back at 4:00pm. Tabletop was an interesting experience, and a nice introduction to the unmarked and unmaintained trails. That being said, I wouldn’t do it again, just got it for the 46 count. Phelps is tough from the start. It’s a long, steep climb with several challenging sections. Beautiful views. I chose to do Tabletop first, and then Phelps on the way out. Even with the difficulty, it was a great day!

    Justin Elwell reviewed Hurricane Mountain Trail Southern Approach

    3 months ago

    Nice hike with great views. I parked at the trailhead at the end of O’Toole Road, then followed Gulf Brooke Trail, to North Hurricane Trail to the summit. If you take this route watch for the signs. At the fork 1.1 miles in stay to the right, and .9 miles later make a hard left up the stream bed. The summit is beautiful. The tower is nice. And the views are spectacular! Enjoy!

    Justin Elwell reviewed Wakely Mountain Trail

    3 months ago

    As mentioned in other reviews, the first two miles are easy, with relatively small elevation gains. The last mile is a moderate climb with some tricky spots. The fire tower has been repaired - and provides the best views as most of the peak is wooded. I was unable to climb into the tower cabin as the wind was very strong and the tower was vibrating, a bit spooky on such a tall tower. The views from the top landing were just as good. Before making your way down, stop and see the helipad constructed for the tower repairs - there you will find another decent view. A nice hike.

    Justin Elwell completed Wakely Mountain Trail

    3 months ago

    Justin Elwell reviewed Cascade Mountain and Porter Mountain via Cascade Mountain Trail

    4 months ago

    My son and I did Porter first, which was muddy in spots, but otherwise a really nice detour before going up Cascade. The views from Porter were better than expected. Cascade was spectacular! The rock scramble at the end was a good time. We stayed longer on Cascade, and had some food. The path from the trailhead is uphill from the start, with only a few very short level areas. It is also very rocky, and on the trek down this was a bit of a challenge. There were people of all ages and skill levels on the trial, and most people were very friendly and encouraging on the way up and down. The parking areas around the trailhead were packed by 10:00am, so get there early. We spent about 5 hrs on the trail, 4:19 minutes of actual hiking time. Two of my apps agreed on mileage, 7.1 for Cascade and Porter. Great hike and amazing views!

    Justin Elwell reviewed Good Luck Mountain and Lake Trail

    4 months ago

    This is a very enjoyable hike. The first 1.5 miles is very easy, some rocks and mud here and there, but nothing terrible. Once you see the lake from the trail you are nearing the turn to the cliffs. There are a couple of side trails to campsites and the shore of the lake as well. Once you continue on you will cross a small snowmobile bridge, and shortly after you will see a second one, the turn to the cliffs is just before that second bridge on the right. It would be easy to miss the sign pointing to the cliffs as it higher than expected. The trail up to the cliffs is what you might expect from any Adirondack mountain trail. Nothing terrible, roots and rocks, and some soft muddy spots and blow downs. The trail up is not well marked, but is well worn and easy to follow. I saw three blue trail markers on the way up and down. Take a mental note of where you arrived on top, as nothing is marked and you could start to descend in a different spot. The location of the cliffs is obvious, and very nice. Overall a nice 4 mile hike. Gets the heat pumping.

    Justin Elwell reviewed Snowy Mountain Trail

    5 months ago

    The first three miles were easy, nothing strenuous. The final push to the summit is steep and very tough! It is nearly a mile of serious climbing. It was a challenge for me, but my son basically jogged up to the summit, arriving 30 minutes before me. The view from the cliff face is spectacular. Push on to the tower about 50yards further, and take in the 360 views. The tower needs a little work, as some fencing was missing from this higher levels, but it’s strong otherwise. We did the climb after 5 days of rain, a little slick and muddy, but not terrible. The descent was difficult in the steepest section, after that it’s an enjoyable walk back to the vehicle. My app said it was 8.1 miles round trip.

    Justin Elwell completed Snowy Mountain Trail

    5 months ago