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    Matt O'Brien reviewed Mount Jo Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This is a nice hike if you want to stay close to home. It was extremely hot when I was on the Lake and wanted to be close for comfort so this was a great choice. The short ascent is relatively challenging but rewarding at the top as you’ll have views of some of the high peaks to the south and the lake and some nice views to the east. I chose to go back down the way I came but the loop is a more gradual decent. Total moving time can be anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour or two depending on your pace.

    Matt O'Brien completed Mount Jo Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

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    about 1 month ago

    Matt O'Brien added Crane Mountain

    3 months ago

    Matt O'Brien reviewed Fifth Peak Trail

    4 months ago

    I ended up liking this hike more than I expected. It has views of a beaver dam, running streams, some rock walls and two nice viewpoints on the summit. It was a steady incline the entire way and is probably more around 5.5 miles total. We made it to the top in 2 hours with several breaks and back down all within an afternoon. Good hike.

    Matt O'Brien completed Fifth Peak Trail

    4 months ago

    Matt O'Brien added prospect

    5 months ago

    Matt O'Brien reviewed Peebles Island Perimeter Trail

    10 months ago

    This trail is hidden where you’d least expect it! Very nice views around the main trail on the perimeter of the island and there’s several trails that intertwine and connect through the woods in the middle.

    I like places like this because you get a touch of the woods, good views of the cliffs and water, and you can walk anywhere between 1 to 4 miles depending on the routes you take.

    Matt O'Brien added Thacher escarpment

    11 months ago

    Matt O'Brien reviewed Prospect Mountain from Lake George Recreation Area

    12 months ago

    The other reviews are accurate. It is a more gradual journey to Prospect mountain summit coming from this trail. I found it a bit hard to figure out which trail was which at the beginning as it seems more like a network of paths that all connect but once I made it to the trail that follows the stream it was a straight shot from there. There is really only 1 or two tough stretches for a few hundred yards. You'll be walking through the woods completely until you hit the parking lot with the view before the summit.

    Matt O'Brien added Through the woods

    about 1 year ago

    Matt O'Brien reviewed Moreau Lake Overlooks Trail

    about 1 year ago

    We took the shorter route from the parking lot near the beach. It's only about 2 miles round trip from this point as you'll pick up the trail halfway through.

    But just because it's short doesn't mean it's easy. It's a pretty steady incline the entire time until you reach a pretty nice little lookout.

    Great short hike to take if you want a quick sweat before dipping in the lake!

    Matt O'Brien completed Moreau Lake Overlooks Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Matt O'Brien reviewed Cat and Thomas Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    The full loop is a bit of scrambling and watching markers as the trail can be a bit narrow and winding at times. It was muddy and the flies were rather bad at the summit of Cat mountain.

    With that being said, it was an enjoyable hike and challenging at certain parts. The views at the peaks are fairly rewarding.

    You can also choose to do a much shorter hiker by not taking the full loop and just going right up the dirt road at the fork to the cabin. The cabin is a nice little secluded spot on Thomas mountain. It is rather unique.

    Matt O'Brien completed Cat and Thomas Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Matt O'Brien reviewed Crane Mountain Loop Hike

    about 1 year ago

    I enjoyed this trail a lot because it's relatively short and challenging. It's a steep rocky incline from the start right up until you get to the summit a little over a mile in. It's very rocky and there are some ladders to climb up as you follow the red trail markers. It's possible to lose exactly where to go without following these.

    The view at the top is very rewarding as you have a nice panoramic view. I would suggest taking the full loop because for the next quarter of a mile or so you have a few more lookouts on the way back down.

    Before long you'll follow a yellow trail around a pond which is very serene. Take a minute, or a few, to soak it all in and continue back down the trail. The trail is still very rocky on the way down but not quite as steep.

    You'll run back into the red trail markers again and it levels out a bit again before reaching the lot. The road up to the parking lot is very steep and rugged.

    Matt O'Brien completed Crane Mountain Loop Hike

    about 1 year ago

    Matt O'Brien reviewed Indian Ladder Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Nice view along the entire trail. You start from lookout point and follow the escarpment passing various campgrounds on the left. It's fairly straight and simple until the way back where you can follow the trail below and under a few waterfalls. It's a nice change of pace but can be a bit slippery. It's closed off during the winter. Overall simple but enjoyable hike.

    Matt O'Brien completed Indian Ladder Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Matt O'Brien reviewed Black Mountain and Lake George Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Fairly easy feel-good hike. It can be a bit muddy because you're following a stream the entire way up but the view at the top is totally worth it. Won't take longer than a few hours as there's a few steep spots but otherwise pretty simple.

    Matt O'Brien reviewed Sleeping Beauty Mountain and Lake George Trail

    over 1 year ago

    My review might be a bit bias as I went on a strange day in February. It was a windy 65 degree day that was filled with ice, snow, and mud. I went in shorts, spikes, and short sleeves and it roved to be the right choice as I was never really cold or warm.

    The trail was a good mile and a half or two of road (icy) until the official trailhead with the option to go right or left to make the loop. I went left which was a steady incline, making its way back around a small frozen pond.

    The trail then switched from yellow to blue markers around the pond and up a few more hundred feet for the wooded summit in the snow. From there it started to descend down towards the rewarding view a few hundred feet down on the right.

    The view really is the best part as it gives about a 180 angle of the lake and mountains near it. Because it was a cloudy and windy day, I didn't spend much time up there but I could have as it really was nice.

    From there I went back down and finished up the loop on a gradual decline back down to the trailhead at the road. Then it was another 2 miles or so to the lot.

    It was about 7.5 miles round trip but 3.5 of it was walking straight on the road in. During the summer that road is open and if you do the hike (unless you want to walk more) I would advise to wait until summer to park there and do the loop.

    Matt O'Brien reviewed Phelps Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Doing this trail in mid February became my first winter hike. Microspikes were definitely needed as there was plenty of snow. Snowshoes weren't needed but that was mainly because of the trails being beaten down and packed heavily from warmer temperatures beforehand.

    This hike is exactly as it's mapped out. It's a pretty straight shot for the first 2 miles to Marcy Dam. This proves to be a little less than halfway, but certainly a good spot to take a nice little break.

    From there is where the trail gets a bit more difficult with a steady incline. Again, doing this hike on a 30 degree clear day with plenty of snow proved probably a bit easier than if you had to scramble rocks.

    The last mile is the hardest and the steepest. It can be pretty icy but we took our time and made it to the summit in about 3 hours total. The summit has a few different points you can get some pretty amazing views. The last half mile or so has views of Marcy, Colden and Algonquin on the way up.

    The summit was surprisingly not windy at all (probably because of the wooded center area blocking most of the wind). We retreated the same way back down sliding part of the way down the frozen snow.

    Overall the hike isn't too difficult until the last mile and can be split up nicely into 3rds to keep pace. 1/3 to Marcy Dam. 1/3 with a gradual incline towards the turn. 1/3 sleep to the summit. The lineage isn't split up in exact 3rds but it's easy to use these as a point of reference. It will take anywhere between 4 1/2 - 6 hours to complete, depending on pace.

    Matt O'Brien completed Phelps Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago