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The most amazing view I have seen in the Adirondacks! My girlfriend and I did this hike on Saturday. It was definitely a little strange walking through the country club, but it is a pretty place and nice to look at. The road up to the trailhead is nice too, just keep an eye out for cars/buses coming and going. We finished the hike in about 5.5 hours with a long ~45 minutes at the top. It was hot as hell so we took the road back once down to the boat dock area. My girlfriend is not a regular hiker so it took us a little more time than more experienced folks. Somehow we had the overlook all to ourselves for about 10 minutes. It is definitely a popular hike, but once you get up there it makes sense why! Highly recommend!

Fantastic view on top - nice easy walk next to a river.

9 days ago

Nice walk. Definitely not a hike. Expected it to be more scenic.

We did this hike on Saturday, 9/1/2018. You must park at the end of Ausable Road at St. Huberts Parking area. You cannot drive up to the club and no dogs are allowed on this trail. We arrived at the parking lot around 6AM and it was about half full already. I think the chance of rain and overcast kept some people away. We started our hike at about 6:30 AM. In total it took us about 11 hours (back around 5:30 PM) to do the entire hike. The 11 hours includes time spent on the peaks, a lunch break, and the few resting breaks. I also pulled a muscle on the way down the mountain, so we stopped a lot on the way back. We also figured it to be closer to 15 miles. Our tracker died on the way back at almost 13 miles and we still had a good three hours of hiking after that.

I would say the hike to Colvin was easy to moderate, depending on your activity level. Colvin itself would be a good hike for a family or first-time high peak hiker. There were only a couple of rock outcrops to navigate on the way up. It was very wet due to the morning shower, but we have also heard that this trail is usually wet in spots. Just be prepared with extra socks or gators if you have them. From Colvin to Blake is much harder, but doable. You basically go straight down and then straight back up to Blake. It was difficult to navigate in spots due to being right down to the rock and very wet (this is where I pulled a muscle coming back), but it was fun hike! If you are an aspiring 46er you must hike Colvin to get to Blake anyways. You could also add any of the surrounding peaks (Dial, Nippletop, etc..) for a long day.

We did not have a view from either peak due to the overcast. We had originally planned to do the 2 miles extra from Blake to Lookout Rock since we knew that Blake didn’t have much of a view, but due to the overcast we opted not to add the extra miles. To sum it up, this was a fun and scenic hike. Although wet and tricky to navigate in spots, it is definitely worth it!

hiking
21 days ago

Colvin was the best of the 18 peaks I've climbed. Moderate challenge for a remarkable view. Then we went to Blake (mostly just because I want to hit all 46) and it was much more difficult and without a good view. Unless you are determined to do all 46, Blake is not worth the adventure.

Side Note: Access via Ausable Club is a drag. Upon letting my wife and daughter out of the car (at Tennis Courts) a nasty woman aggressively approached my car, knocked HARD on my window and proceeded to verbally abuse me for breaking a rule I didn't know existed, letting people out of the car. Cant figure out why they have so much hate.

What a day!! Absolutely loved this hike!! Decided to go up Sawteeth via the scenic trail which was rather grueling but well worth the views of Ausable Lake. Thought the view from Pyramid was the most beautiful stayed on the summit for a half hour enjoying it.

It took us 4:30 hours to finish the loop (actually we cut short the second half as many other hikers by taking the road back) and the views from Indian head did not disappoint us.

Absolutely beautiful and breathtaking views!!! Rainbow Falls was gorgeous! This trail was pretty easy, with the exception of the last mile (or so) to the view point, then it was moderate. As 2 experienced hikers, it took us about 5.5 hours to complete including a 30 minute stop at Indian Head and 15 mins at Rainbow Falls. There was really no guidance as to how to get to the trail from the parking area. You have to walk a pretty good distance through a golf course before actually getting to a trail, then it’s about 3 miles of steady gravel road (with bus traffic) before getting to a small sign that says Indian Head to the left. Once you get to the wooded portion, it’s much more interesting, with little falls sprinkled throughout. The views are definitely worth the hike! The most difficult part of this hike is it’s longevity. While Indian Head was beautiful and peaceful, Rainbow Falls made everything worth it for me. It was so serene and beautiful! Highly recommended!

Beautiful trail. I loved hearing and seeing the the water all along the trail. Very peaceful!

Hiked it on August 19, 2018...just beautiful. Lots of amazing mushrooms and views. My friends and I are making it an annual hike

great hike for all levels, very pretty trail(once you get on it) and the view from Indian head is iconic! Had perfect weather today with no black or horse flies. can't wait to do it again in the fall :)

It is pretty. Very fjord like for sure. It is also getting very popular. I watched 2 tourists posing for 10-15 mins taking (what seemed like) hundreds of photos of themselves. Their faces were buried in their phones, saw them look up at the view maybe twice. There was also another group of French Canadians playing their music pretty loud at the top. I understand everyone has a different idea on what makes a hike enjoyable and I'm usually okay with it, but only as long as it doesn't interfere with anyone else's trail experience.

Definitely the best non-46er view in the ADK's but word seems to be getting out about this place. Do Not expect to be alone on this hill. With the increased foot traffic comes increased trail debris as well unfortunately. I had to carry down 2 shirts, a gatorade bottle, a flip flop?, and countless food wrappers. Very disappointing.

Maybe posting up a Summit steward on peak days throughout the summer? I'd volunteer lol.

Amazing hike.
good marked and easy to find. Difficult climb so now and then but thats how it should be. The views on the top where amazing and totally worth it

Great hike , awesome view , really recommend it to anyone who loves pretty scenic and waterfalls.

Relaxing walk/run around Mirror Lake. Lots of tourists and busy place but very nice.

Beautiful hike. Not the most interesting or challenging trails, but the payoff at Indian Head is one of the prettiest views in New York in my opinion. A great hike

camping
1 month ago

The view from MT Colvin is absolutely Amazing. So what if it is a little muddy at parts, its a mountain hike, that comes with the territory. There are some really fun scrambles. There is also a nice stream for a decent ways up the mountain to refuel. There are also about 4 spaces that you can camp in about 2 miles from the top. The best place to park is at a country club. It is right before a church on your left or after it on your right. Its a little sign with an A and another letter on it as a symbol. You drive up that rode until you pass by tennis courts. The foot trail begins a little down the road once you pass between them. So many high peaks to access from that trail.

Easy trail, also went to Beaver Meadow falls. Rainbow falls is absolutely lovely and the view from Indian Head is amazing. Weather was perfect as well. Would do this again

Rainbow falls and the view from Indian head both well worth the trip.

Beautiful hike ! Long but easy. I took three non hikers and we all had a good time. The pictures really don’t do it justice. We decided to walk all the way on Lake Rd to intersect the trail to Indian Head and save some mileage. Will definitely visit again!

Did this hike Sunday, nice weather. The trail was muddy , easy going early up to Colvin. Colvin had good views. Ate a early lunch and headed over to Blake. The effort needed to get to Blake is not worth it. Not much at all to see. There is a view of Elk lake through the trees. Total trip was about 15 miles and took 10 hours. Guess that’s not too bad for my age. Lol

This was a hard hike. I tried in March and it was too icy between Colvin and Blake, especially on the ladders. Today it was pretty muddy, we added Indian Head and it took 9 hours. Indian Head was the best part for me.

relatively easy, but amazing views and add some difficulty doing it during full blown winter season

hiking
1 month ago

This is a nice stroll around the lake not a hike.Good restaurants along the way,smoke signals is our favorite,and you have some good views of mirror lake from the other side.

Really likes this hike. I wouldn’t really call it moderate. I barely broke a sweat. It gets a little steep towards the top but only for like 20 minutes. Everything before that is easy. The views are incredible. Lots of bang for your buck. Spent about an hour and a half at the summit. The only gripes I have about this hike is the boring road walking in the beginning. From the trailhead at the parking lot to where you’re actually start walking in woods is 3 miles and it takes you through a golf resort. Very strange. I went 7/21/18 and it’s been an extremely dry July so rainbow falls was kind of a bust. It was trickling. But it did allow us to hike up the trail on the boulders that would normally be covered in water

Colvin was great. Best view just past the peak. Going down Colvin and up Blake looks more daunting than it is. Advice from a couple that past on the trail, “if you want to be a 46er, definitely do both, if you don’t care about being a 46er definitely don’t do Blake.” I’m glad I did both but I didn’t really see a view from Blake.

I took my 11 year old sister on this hike and it was FABULOUS. I parked on 73 right by the end of Ausable Rd. There is parking on Ausable Rd. as well for hikers (follow the signs). The first half of this hike is flat, basically a road through the ADK woods. Lake Rd has multiple trail options to hike to other areas as well. We took the gillbrook trail as this suggests and on the way back we took the "lake road" trail back to lake road instead of going back down gillbrook which was an easy & fun descent. This post implies that there is no rock hopping or scrambling but there is, however not much and pretty easy. BRING BUG SPRAY of some sort. There were quite a bit of gnats and such on the gillbrook trail bc you are basically hiking along the creek most of the way. All in all, this was an enjoyable hike & the views at the top are AMAZING. No picture you've seen of the look out will compare to when you're there in person. Also, we went on a Wednesday. The trail was not very populated & we had the entire look out to ourselves for a bit.

Nice and easy walk around the lake.

We did this trail on a bright sunny July weekend. We started from the parking lot(Ausable road, right off the main road). We went to the Indian head and back, which was around 11 miles round trip. We took about 6 hours 15 minutes with a good 45 minutes stop at the top and a few stops on the way as well, and one of us was a beginner. On the whole, the hike was very easy, I found the final ascent to be quite easy as well, as compared to several other Adirondack hikes. It was jus ta bit long, but the views were marvellous, and the lake was beautiful. I would certainly do this hike again.

Gill Brooke Trail is a classic ADK trail and so scenic. Colvin has fantastic views and make sure to go past the summit 150ish feet to a little lookout that has a great view of Blake. Thought the hardest part was going down Colvin toward Blake, but definitely not as rough as some reviews make it out to be. Much easier on the way back. Loved this hike so much, will definitely do Colvin again but probably not Blake. (Hiked 7/8/18 Nos. 6&7 for me!) ALSO on the way down take the Lake Rd. cut off trail to save a bit of mileage and time- it takes you to the road and it’s about 3 miles from there. Wonderful people on this trail.

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