Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

8 days ago

Beautiful Hike! Would love to go back on a nicer day to appreciate the 360 degree view

Alittle muddy and still has some ice.

Great 15 mile hike on May 9. Dealt with several different conditions: mud, snow (two feet), slush. Ice and running water. Conditions kicked my ass. Had to rest about 2 hours during hike which made my hike last 11 1/2 hours. That is 2 1/2 hours longer then I estimated.

Very scenic hike. Gill brook trail probably has the best stretch of water that.I have seen. One little waterfall after another. Great views from Colvin. Only views on Blake are if you turn around on the ascend. No view from summit.

Pretty amazing. This was a little challenging for me but fun. Love a challenge. Definitely felt it the next day in my legs. The 11-12 miles is long but so worth it. Going to be working my way up to even more difficult trails in the future. So this was a great start.

Still very icy, make sure you have proper shoes and spikes!! Challenging on the lake side, however, still beautiful. Weather condition for April 30 were still in the 40's-50's so cooler than normal.

1 month ago

Nice walk around the lake. Enjoyed the mountain markers on the sidewalk that dot the sidewalk

paddle sports
2 months ago

It’s a nice and easy hike around the lake. But the best way to see the lake is to paddle board, or kayak. Great views of lake placid!

Good trail, just very muddy in spring

outstanding views at summit. Trails well travelled. Spikes essential No need for snowshoes

Lots of wildlife. Partridge, big bear tracks in the snow. A beautiful hike.

5 months ago

Stunning 360 views.

One of the most beautiful hikes I've done!!! Isn't the easiest but far from the hardest.

5 months ago

Beautiful fall hike. Took Dad and I about 4.5 hours and we spent an hour or so at the top. Can see many of the high peaks from the top. Fell three times on the way down as it was more slippery once the temperature was warmer. This was a very popular hike with many kids.

East River Trail is clear all the way up with the exception of a couple downed trees, but nothing that you can't walk around. No spikes needed until really the last few hundred meters of trail up to Indian Head. Beautiful trail and great view from the top.

6 months ago

beautiful walk, run, or even drive around mirror lake . start the trail right in downtown lake placid. a beautiful walk, run or drive in any season. perfect for photo taking .

Hiked yesterday, skipped scenic route given conditions, snow covered and very icy at top. Nice gravel road walk into the trail. Trail was in good condition and easy to follow. Were only ones on the trail, snowed again last night.

6 months ago

If this is considered moderate, it's at the extreme end toward difficult. muddy, rocky, rooty, messy, not a typically moderate hike

hiked in mid July.
sawteeth to pyramid to gothics and the down gothics to beaver meadow falls and out.
beautiful hike. had a great partner.

Worth every second!!!!

We hiked this high peak in August with a group of 12- half taking the "scenic route" which is more difficult. It's challenging and varied and was a wonderful hike. Someone in our group saw a small bear on the scenic side- a yearling. Footwork takes focus; really takes your mind off "life"- which was refreshing!

actually closer to a 19 mile loop, and 6000ft cumulative elevation change. account for 10 hours. you will be hiking up Colvin twice. dogs are not allowed through the AMR.

Great hike, worth every step for the views.

Great ride on a fall day!

As another reviewer noted, this loop is closer to 12 miles. Beware that no dogs are allowed and this restriction is strictly enforced. The parking is across the highway from the Roaring Brook access to Giant Mt. and is at the southerly of the two junctions of Rt. 73 and Ausable Rd. (not "Ausable Club Rd.") On a busy weekend, you will likely have to park on the highway. From the parking area, walk 1/2-mile up the road past a golf course. Just before reaching he large clubhouse, turn left and down between two tennis courts to the gate house and trail register.

Long hike, but the view at the top was unbelievably worth it.

This is a very easy and beautiful hike. It's about 12 miles long but 3 of those miles are just on a dirt road. Easy in and out but so worth it for the glorious views!

7 months ago

Hiked after a rain storm and saw some snow on my way up. Brought my dog and she did well!

Instead of coming back through the road, we went through east branch and met bees (got stung, so be careful), still nicer than walking with cars, so I would suggest to change a bit the suggested itinary to avoid a little more having to step aside every few minutes to let car pass. It is really worth it to go to the rainbow falls, that place is beautiful with all the green. Pretty easy hike so even if it's long, could be done by unexperienced hikers

Nice easy hike with most of it being a road. Took my husband and I about 5 hours with a 45 min break at Indian Head.

Gill Brook trail is one of my favourite in all of the ADKs. It's soft and scenic. The last 1.1 miles to Colvin feel like twice that, and I bonked my head on a fallen log. Trail between Colvin and Blake is very steep but nothing too sketchy. My total time & distance is from the farthest spot in the parkinglot, not the trailhead.
Great view from Colvin, no view from Blake.

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