Explore the most popular birding trails in Adirondack Mountain Reserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
12 days ago

Very nice trail, very Icy but OK with spikes. Went with my dog, awesome ride with awesome views (but very windy) at the top

WoW What a day ! We were hoping to get a 360 view at the top of Gothic but unfortunately it was not meant to be. Left the parking at 08:40 ( should have left at 08:00). It took us 9hrs to do the loop via Pyramid. Last half hour we needed our headlamps but this was not a problem as we were on the road part. Winter conditions all the way. Crampons and snowshoes were a must. Beautiful winter sceneries. Much snow at the tops of Pyramid and Gothic. It was a difficult to find the trail going down from Gothic. There was a set of snowshoes tracks which we followed thank goodness . In the steepest parts down it was safer to slide down sitting . Overall a very strenuous day . Looking forward to repeating this hike in the fall .

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. The snow on the trail was packed which really helped out. I had zero issues following the trail. I was also lucky to have clear skies at the top and 360 views. If you want close parking to the trailhead, it still had spots available at 0800.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this 11/10. Went counter clockwise. Broke trail trough 4” and then 12” getting closer to the ridge. It was difficult in a snow storm. The nice thing about this trail is that if the weather gets too bad, you can always take a trail breaking east to the river and come back another day.

beautiful hike

Did this as part of a loop with Armstrong and coming down Beaver Meadow trail. Took me 9.75 hours, including short stops. Toughest part was coming up UWJ, LWJ is not difficult. Crampons needed above 3600'. Only 1/2'' of snow.

Fantastic 9 hour trek in November. Bring crampons - icy on top.

Hiked on 11/4, it was a nice day,sun was shining a little cold but no wind. Did the loop scenic trail first. Excellent views from the look outs. The scenic trail was hard to follow for the first half mile or so, mostly due to all the leaves down. Once above the 3000 foot mark (give or take a few feet) there was snow and ice. Rocks were covered in ice . Had to stop and put on the spikes to continue on. Snow did get deeper in some spots toward the summit, but was doable with spikes. We had the summit to ourselves the entire time. That is unheard of in the high peaks!! We did hear voices getting close but no one showed up. I am guessing they did not have the spikes to make the final push up the ice snow covered rocks and had to turn around. Over all a great day. The trail down was easier than the scenic trail up. The only down side if there was any was the long walk on lake road. The feet were hurting !!
Now that the weather is heading into more winter conditions it would be great if more people would post the trail conditions when a review is posted . Also it would be cool if the all trails app. Would show the elevation on the map when in use. That would be cool

Hiked this today, to Fish Hawk Cliffs and it was as stated in previous reviews. Super easy until the side trail to the cliffs. In the summer, drier months is would probably be easy/moderate, but with all the water and mud it made the hike a bit longer since I had to take my time. Regardless, it's worth it ten fold. I drove in from Cleveland specifically for the hike and was not let down by any stretch of the imagination. No need for poles, just take your time in the slop. Will be back many more times.

backpacking
2 months ago

Very scenic and easy hike

The longest ever hike! Loved it! Not sure I’ll do it again!

Low effort walk in the park (literally - the first few miles are such a gradual incline and the surroundings are beautiful) that have an awesome payout in the lookout. It’s an easy hike or a good recovery hike if you’re just wanting to be outside on a nice day!

Absolutely ridiculous. I was denied at the tail head by the most rude man I have ever encountered. I was with my service dog and he claimed absolutely no dogs on trail. He has no sympathy or understanding of how a service dog worked. They do not comply with state and federal laws concerning service dogs. I would recommend no one ever attempt this hike within this Nazi “reserve”.

hiking
3 months ago

Seulement à 2h15 de Montréal, la route est facile, le stationnement au bord de la route est gratuit et le hike est parfait! nous y sommes allés avec notre chienne husky et nous avons passé une journée sensationnelle. il y a tellement de hike cool dans les Adirondacks...

We did this trial backwards. We went over a bridge from the gravel road to take us to the Beaver Meadow falls but before we reached that we hit a small cascade and walked over a gushing river. We continued down the Lower Lake Trail (believe that's what it's called).This was the trail that had the yellow markers and then decided to do the Lost Lookout trail (red markers) and then at some point it turned blue. This was a steep incline! We basically did a loop and ended up back at the Beaver Meadow falls. We basically had to the Lower Lake trail again (HAHA). By the time we reached the dam, we were pooped but nonetheless, hiked up to Indian Head. Please beware that it was muddy due to rain, WEAR BOOTS. No sneakers please. The leaves create a slippery situation, especially damp ones and oh MUD. After Indian head we did the walk in the park gravel road back which was much needed after our backwards start and detour. Either way, this is a beautiful trail and hike! Highly recommended however NOT BACKWARDS!

4.5 hours down and back. The walk from the parking lot to the trail alone takes about 35-40 minutes. Pace yourself at the beginning of the hike until you surpass the waterfalls and streams to your left on the way up. The hike gets vigorous but is very well marked. The scenic route is not much different than the easy route so don’t be afraid to go on the daring side to be closer to the water. The entire hike is filled with beautiful foliage and there is not a singular sight on the way up worth missing. Heading toward the top near the overlook, ensure you stop on the large rock ahead to take some pictures above the trees the views are much different from below. As you approach the overlook the payoff of the entire hike fills you with this sensation of joy. The view spectacular, absolutely awe inspiring and worthy of the 11.1 mile trip. 5 out of 5, will do again.

Hiked this on Saturday October 13, at the trailhead at 0730. Started out on Lake Road, Rainbow Falls, Indian Head, Fish hawk Cliffs and Gil Brook.

The trail was not crowded until we turned to go back via Gill Brook.

The overlook at Indian Head is amazing, colors were just past peak. Fish hawks cliffs was not crowded and somehow we had Rainbow Falls all to ourselves.

Excellent hike, this was my second time in the last 30 days. Can't say enough good about it. Not difficult - except, the night before there were heavy rains and the trail was covered in fresh leaves, since we were early there was a few spots by Fish Hawk Cliffs that we were unsure which way the trail went. Other than that - such a fun hike and awesome colors and waterfalls for miles.

Gotta say, nothing beats a view like this!

Definitely a perfect low effort high payoff hike. Hiked this on 10/9/18 and the foliage is definitely at its peak. Don't let the 11 mile length scare you, over half of this trail is a literal walk in the park. Once you actually get to the trailhead you follow the trail along the Gill Brook for some beautiful little waterfalls until you get to the last mile, where you gain enough elevation to call it a hike, but nothing you'll find daunting if you're accustomed to other hikes in the ADKs. Would hike this over and over again for the view from the summit because it is so SO easy! Took four and a half hours but me and my friend were doing quite a bit of stopping to identify some trees and check out the chickadees and kingfishers along the way, as well and enjoy the brook. We went out and back instead of looping and it measured 9.2 miles. Can’t recommend enough!

Starting from The Garden Trailhead in Keene Valley. We followed the trail toward the Lodge and spent the first night in the Orebred Brook lean-to. We summited Gothics, Armstrong, Upper, and Lower Wolfjaw the next day. Once you climb Gothics it’s pretty much a traverse to the next 3. Camped on the far side that night. The next day we looped around and hiked back out. Gothics was an awesome climb, challenging in spots. These 4 peaks make a great long weekend trip. Can’t wait to get back and explore the other peaks along The Great Range. I will update this review with more detail once I have my other map in front of me.

We did this on 9/29. We skipped Lower Wolf Jaw, but did Upper Wolf Jaw, Armstrong, Gothics, Pyramid, and Sawteeth. Going up Armstrong from Upper Wolf Jaw is the steepest climb I've done in the ADKs. Some sections were more rock climbing than hiking. The views are amazing, with the views from the Gothics being some of the best in the ADKs. It took us about 10 hrs and is a great hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Now one of my fav hikes! Loved all of the rock scrambles ; such a stunning view!!! Absolutely amazing.

Amazing view at Indian Head summit and the multiple water falls along ausable river!

This hike will spoil me for other hikes. The Gill Brook Trail in particular was just one spectacular waterfall after another, and the trail surface was soft and grippy for the most part. The view from Indian Head was stunning, as advertised... however, if you do this hike any time that’s not a hot summer day, I would recommend packing a windbreaker (both jacket and pants) because it really whips out there on that ledge; I wish I’d had one so I could have stayed up there longer and drink in the views in comfort. We never did get around to Rainbow Falls. The return trail gets narrow and not well blazed in places; we got the sense as we hiked up that everyone else was doing an out-and-back rather than a loop, since we didn’t see any of our fellow hikers after the summit. The whole thing took us 7 hours total. The Adirondacks are beyond compare. (I should mention that there had been quite a lot of rain the week before we went, so that may have made the waterfalls even more dramatic!)

What a great hike, I took the Gilbrook trail up to Indian head. The trail was fairly easy, it was a bit more work at the top, right after the ladders, but not that bad. The falls were spectacular and the views at the top were amazing. FYI, when they say don't-they mean it, am now the proud owner of a parking ticket!

Hands down the most beautiful hike I have ever down. The views are unreal

Just noticed some erroneous information in Yuri Korondze's post about camping. There is no camping on this route because that is all private land. Otherwise, camping at that elevation is permitted on public land. There are no designated campsites on this route, and very little flat land where one could pitch a tent. The site Yuri identified is illegal because it is well above 4,000 feet.

Thank you All Trail for correcting the parking information for this hike.

Hiked this trail last Sunday, so many things to see! Throughout the day we stumbled upon many waterfalls and bridges. Once you get to Indian Heads peak, breath taking! Awesome views! Great hike:)

Incredible. My first high peak as well - I’m so glad I came up the Gothics and down Pyramid. The views from across the ridge as you approach the summit are great, and of course the 360 degree view from the top is wonderful. Be prepared for a lot of mud - it hasn’t rained in several days but the trail seems to have mud puddles constantly. Otherwise you really can’t beat the view, plus there are two really nice size waterfalls and a few smaller ones on the loop.

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