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The Adirondack Park is a protected park in the U.S. state of New York. It’s known for its fall foliage–viewing and forested mountains, with hiking trails crossing the Adirondack High Peaks near Lake Placid. Whiteface Mountain’s ski runs are nearby. West, paddling routes weave through St. Regis Canoe Area. Rapids swirl along Ausable Chasm canyon to the east.

What a beast she is! An incredibly exciting and challenging hike with the first 3 miles ascending 2,800 feet roughly. Now to me this trail gets 5 stars and it deserves a hard rating. The 3 of us hiked it July 4th weekend and the trail was so wet and muddy because of the rains the prior weeks, it made it that much more challenging that's for sure! We initially had planned to do the loop which starts in garden, brothers, big slide, yard, back down Johns brook trial. However we got a late jump on the day (lot is almost always full by 5:30am). Good news is that there's a shuttle that runs every 20 minutes from the airfield that's like a few miles away so don't stress it actually was really simple and quick.

Ok back to this beast. We just ended up doing the out and back (about 10 miles) The way down was just as hard and challenging and the views were awesome! The good news was that on that Sunday July 2nd the weather was amazing with nothing but sun and blue sky which made the views going up and down the brothers some of the best I have seen! This trail is not for everyone as we saw a few people really struggling coming down (just as an FYI).

I love adventure and would hike anything and this trail is a must on the to do list for those of you out there that haven't yet. Definitely going back to compete the entire loop either in the fall or next summer!!

Great hike for those in between beginner and intermediate, gradual incline and is lengthier than most Fire Towers. As stated by others, the loop is well worth it. Someone stated below to beware of a mountain lion, this is NOT TRUE. One was spotted in 2010 and later located in Connecticut (deceased). The northeast has not had eastern cougars in 70+ years.

Great views! You definitely want to do the entire loop. Waterproof boots a must.

Did the loop as an clockwise overnighter staying at Feldspar after summiting Mt. Marcy. Was a beautiful hike and the views from atop Marcy are breathtaking. Liked the clock-wise direction because it gave us plenty of time to enjoy Marcy and then having more time at gorgeous Lake Colden and Avalanche Lake the next day. Wasn't easy and it's not a hike if you're looking for solitude during the summer months, but it's a trip that I'd happily do again.

18 hours ago

18 hours ago

Brilliant stuff! We just completed this loop over 2 days camping near Lake Colden.

As many reviews state, this is a very challenging hike, especially with 30lb backpacks on. The loop is beautiful including a lot of different landscapes and highlights along the way. The loop is quite a leisurely adventure heading through Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden. Be prepared for a long and steep incline and decline heading to Algonquin and back with proper footwear and enough water. We really didn't expect it to be as challenging as it was. But 1000% worth it!

Went from Garden over the Brothers to Big Slide. There are amazing views going up and you can't help but stop to soak it in. The last climb up to Big Slide was steep and fun. It got a little crowded on top but not too bad. Skipped the Yard loop and went south down the rocky creek to Johns Brook trail and then looped back to the Garden trail head. This is a longer hike so bring enough food and water. Also, get to the trailhead early, I was there at 0530 and got the second to last parking space.

Beautiful climb with few lookout points on a way. Definitely a good workout and bit challenging. Beautiful view of high peaks as it sits in the middle of Giant, Mount Marcy and the Great Range. Highly recommended.

We hiked the range via Caulkins Brook. This was a gentle approach to the ridge line IMO. The views were limited on the range with only a few lookout points. The ridge was very muddy in places, but overall it was a great hike.