Peter E. on Lake George to Deer Lakes
Great hike!! Recommend going early to avoid lots of other hikers
I went as far as Deer Lakes, took about 5 hours in, 3.5 back (I'm a moderate hiker, & I pause fairly frequently to take pictures). A good amount of elevation gain. I went in early July & there were a bunch of great wild flowers at the upper elevations. There's a lot of varied scenery & a fair amount of exposure. It's cool to look up at the imposing monolith you see when you start & then be able to look down on it when you're up near the top. There were no streams along the way, so only water was at Deer Lakes. Make sure to go up to the top one, you can barely see it when you view the lakes from the trail as you start descending into the valley. It's absolutely stunning, that cool green color. You see mature trout just cruising through the pristine water. Great to jump in as it's deeper than the lower lakes & fewer mosquitos. Had the whole thing to myself for an hour before heading back.
Melissa T. on Up Dragons Back to Seven Lakes Point
The first time I took this trail I got lost as the trail was not clearly marked due to fallen trees and whatnot. I had to turn around and make my way back down as I couldn't find the correct trail. The second time I tried the trail, it was much more clear and I was able to make it to the top. It was a fun trail both times regardless of being lost. The views during the hike are gorgeous and, once at the top, it's a beautiful scene to behold! I absolutely love this trail and it's never crowded which is another plus!