Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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

paddle sports
1 month 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!

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

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

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.

walking
4 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.

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!

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!

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.

Rainbow falls is a great side spur trail stop to check out! Moderate for a high peak, but challenging enough ( if you don't go up or down the scenic trail part). Great views of Gothics, Saddleback and Basin!

awesome day climb. 5 hours round trip with the summit/iconic view right at the halfway mark. parking was easy to find thanks to the app. half a mile easy walk up past a beauty golf course, through a gate and onto the trails which there are tons of. walk about 20 minutes until you see the signs for indian head/gill brook trail which is a hard little climb up along the waterfalls/creek for about 2 hours. apparently we could have taken the easy walk up down the huge main trail (while dodging a random bus every half hour) but the gill brooks trail was fun so we were happy to do it that way.

wish the trail was marked a little better, a few spots got confusing. also there was no distance noted on any of the signs so we had no clue how much further we had to walk at any point. no dogs/bikes allowed. yay for the adk!

hiking
7 months ago

A nice walk through the woods. Some cool wildlife and mushrooms. The Flow itself is pretty neat!

Researched for hours and selected this hike for my first in the Adirondacks - well worth it!! It was incredible and we actually enjoyed it more than our high peak hike the next day :) We skipped Rainbow Falls and just did an out-and-back to Indian Head (~9.6 miles).

Trailhead - across the street from Roaring Brook Falls Trail so would plug that into your GPS

Trail - starts with 3 miles on road (paved near golf course, then dirt once you enter park), then take Gill Brooks Trail (dotted with waterfalls!) and follow signs for Indian Head. Skip the "Outlook 75 ft sign" and keep going (even when it dips downhill - confused us) to end up at the stunning view.

Arguably the most iconic view inside the Blue Line. A long hike but not very difficult. Lots to see and hear along the way. Amazing in the fall.

Magnifique randonnée dans les bois d'abord, longeant la rivière (sortir du sentier principal, vers la droite). Il y a une belle cascade proche de l'ascension. La vue est superbe. Excellent rapport effort/plaisir des yeux. Autorisée au chien (tenus en laisse)

Done this mountain in the fall, winter, and summer and it's beautiful every time. One of my favorites and very much worth while. Be sure to take the scenic route for more beauty!

Because of the recent rains, some parts of the trail are swampy- be warned. Apart from that, the trail has a great combination of flat, slightly uneven, and very steep terrain that makes it a fun experience to climb! The view from the top of Indian Head Mountain is absolutely stunning as well. I totally recommend it to anyone who has good joints and is looking for great scenery!

Mostly a low intensity hike. Took about four hours round trip but we stopped at the top for about 30 minutes to enjoy the view. Most of the hike is flat until the last 30 minutes where the vertical climb becomes more prevalent. If you're looking for a hike with a view that makes the climb and time worth it this is the hike for you. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for great views and a relatively easy hike.

The only hike I've ever been on that I will do again and again. I love it.

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