hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
13 hours ago

This hike is nothing short of epic—the ridge trail, in particular, is rugged fun, with several scrambling puzzles to figure out. The views from Pyramid, Gothics and Armstrong are outstanding. Finished in about 9 hours and went through 3L of water. A few tips to make the hike even better: —Taking the road for four miles to start the hike, as indicated on this route, is a pretty uninspiring way to kick things off. I recommend taking one of the trails along the river to the north of the road. They’re much more interesting and the ground is softer. Also, as of this posting (early July 2020), the bridge on this route is out crossing the river north of Lower Ausable Lake, so best to get on the West River Trail when you’re able. —If you have the time, consider taking the scenic route up Sawteeth (not the Weld trail as indicated in this route). You’ll miss out on a waterfall but it wasn’t the most exciting thing. It would make the trip to Sawteeth feel more worthwhile since the view from the mountain itself is underwhelming. —Unless you’re a completionist, don’t feel the need to head up Lower Wolfjaw if you’re feeling tired. It’s also somewhat underwhelming.

walking
private property
19 hours ago

This is more of a walk along the lake.

hiking
bridge out
19 hours ago

Absolutely gorgeous. Snagged the last parking spot in the lot across the road at 7:30 AM. Instead of taking the Indian Head Crossover Trail, walked south half a mile, then west to incorporate Fish Hawk Cliffs into the loop. Phenomenal views. Asked permission from the workmen constructing the bridge and easily crossed the Ausable on the rocks a couple hundred feet upriver to head to Rainbow Falls. Then back to the Lake Road via West River Trail. Perfect weather and very few bugs. Superb hike.

Awesome trail , extra exploring to little waterfalls around the trail, views are amazing and rainbow falls were awesome

hiking
great!
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

BEAUTIFUL hike,this was my favorite by a land slide. Very long though, so it gets tiring. Not too steep, but has some intense sections, mainly just lots of walking on vines and rock scrambles. Rainbow falls was well worth the extra mileage. Took Gill Brook Trail was very nice, not too steep.

Great scenic trail.. well marked absolutely loved it

Hiked 7/3/20 We took Gill Brook trail to Indian head then took the Lake road approach on the way down. We didn't make it to Rainbow Falls but the waterfall on the way up was still really nice. I'll definitely go back to see the other waterfalls. We took our time due to the humidity but overall it was a relatively easy hike. You definitely need to get there early for parking though. We arrived at 6:45am & the AMR & Giant/Roaring Brook lots were both full. We had to park about a quarter mile down the road which wasn't too bad we got lucky. Definitely worth it, the views are breathtaking!

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

The first 3 miles is a complete breeze because you are walking on a dirt road, which is mostly flat. This hike is extremely intense at the top for both Colvin and Blake, but especially Blake. It was honestly brutal. Once you’re at the top of Colvin, you have to descend a lot and then ascend to get to Blake and then repeat to get back to Colvin. If you’ve done Giant and Rocky before, Colvin to Blake is comparable (maybe a little harder). It took us 11 hours round trip and we are slow hikers. It took 3 hours and 45 mins from the car to Colvin and then 1 hour 20 mins from Colvin to Blake. It was super buggy with black flies. Some spots were pretty muddy but nothing too serious. Overall it was a beautiful day, but one of the most challenging hikes I’ve ever done (this was #19 and #20 for the high peaks for me).

I would gladly go up Colvin again, but I think I will never summit Blake again...Holy Hera, that down and up fricking killed

hiking
private property
3 days ago

Hiked 7/2/20. Took me 3 hrs 45 min to complete with about 45min or so at the summit and a few breaks on the ascent. Would recommend for anyone, but it is a bit long. 3+ miles on a dirt road, then another 2 up. Breathtaking views, especially on a clear day!

hiking
bridge out
private property
3 days ago

Great trail, bridge was out in the middle connecting east and west ridge trail, but easily crossed. Spectacular views and very nice people hiking today.

hiking
bridge out
4 days ago

Hiked from Ausable Club to Lower then Upper Wolfjaw and Armstrong, then looped back down around to Lake Road. Doing it this way, the ascent was very manageable and almost enjoyable. But the descent down to Lake Road was unbearably steep for almost 1.5 miles. If i had to do it again, i would do it this way because i can’t imagine ascending up that. Didn’t add in Gothics as the extra incline and elevation gain wasn’t something we wanted to do. We parked at 530am and were one of the last cars in the Giant parking across the street from the hiker parking at the club, which was also almost full. IMO, Armstrong had the best views of the day, and the flattest rocks for a nap!

We took the lake road trail up to gill brook trail and from there took Indian head connector to see the views and took it back down to lake road trail. Unfortunately the bridge is out to cross straight over to rainbow falls which blows as it added 3 miles onto our hike. With that said I can see where you can cross the river very easily (not that your supposed to and they were doing construction when I was there) so we went back down lake road trail and connected over by using beaver meadow trail. It pops out near beaver meadow falls. We then took west river trail because East river is closed due to the bridge issue and followed it to rainbow falls. It is worth it though. The falls are beautiful and tall. I loved all of the hike except west river trail. It wasn’t particularly hard I just found most of the hike to be boring until you hit your views. Also I didn’t really follow the river as much as a swampy area. Still an amazing hike regardless. (Also there are signs posted telling you where to go so you don’t get lost for the detour)

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

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