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Long and challenging but well worth it. Doing this loop gives a nice diversity of things to see as opposed to the shorter out and back to top Algonquin. Highly recommend

Fantastic trail. Hiked with 8 & 9 year old, they did great. Beautiful view.

Some beautiful woods and a well maintained trail but other nearby hikes have better views. The trail goes downhill for the better part of the second mile - not fun on the way back! 3rd of the Saranac 6 for me.

hiking
3 days ago

This was a beautiful hike - I would strongly recommend this trail. Disclaimer - there is no view at the peak, but there are some decent ones near the top. The trail itself as it starts off through the woods and goes near a creek is very relaxing.

This is a great hike with a great view and fire tower at the top. Not too difficult for a Saranac 6 peak. Great trail and rewarding.

I completed Haystack previously from the Jack Rabbit trail which was a gradual incline and while it was over a lot of ankle rolling potential rocks it was pretty easy. The second time I followed this trail and was surprised to find it was a lot more challenging. Nothing too crazy but more than I was expecting. The wild blueberries at the top and the decent view made the effort worth it. We met some people at the top who thought they were on Mt Haystack - might have been a little off track. :) This is Saranac 6 Haystack not to be confused with 46er Mt Haystack (or even little Haystack - apparently people like the name Haystack!)

Started at Bisby entrance. Mostly level trail through woods. Once at the southern end of lake there are more challenges. At western side close to the campers ended up on road for a stretch. Nice hike.

The trail was clearly discernible and there were no bugs and not much mud. There was a view at the summit of approximately 40 degrees including Haystack, Marcy, and Algonquin. The trail became quite narrow at places--watch your eyes. It didn't seem too strenuous but it was challenging enough to be enjoyable. There were also some views on the descent. A nice one. Don't miss Indian Falls just beyond the turnoff--well worth the extra yards.

Longer than this states (18.5 by my Garmin), but great hike from the Garden.

A very enjoyable hike! We went to Indian Falls first (totally worth it!) and took a break before climbing Tabletop. A nice hike with a good view of Mount Marcy.

August 8, 2018: Completed Big Slide in 5.5 hours, with about 30 minutes of breaks. Parking: The trailhead at Garden Parking (off Adirondack Rd from the village of Keene) is very small. I arrived there at 9am on Tuesday and no spots available. I usually start my hikes earlier, but this time, I was driving from Ottawa the morning of. I quickly learned that if the parking is full, you are SOL. There are no other places to park, except in the village itself at a public parking, which is what I did. In addition to the 5.5 hrs, this added a good 1hour and 15 minutes. So arrive early :) Although I heard that on weekends there's a shuttle service - don't take my word for it though. The hike itself is a nice one, but tough. There is quite a bit of rock scrambling, which I personnaly like. The summit is great, but watch out for mice - one nearly got in my backpack. I didn't do the actual loop, I went right up from the three Brothers trail and came down the same. Cheers

A lot more rock scrambling than I anticipated! I loved the views on the way up, stopping every now and then to get a snapshot, catch my breath, or drink some water. The way back feels long but is a nice break for your knees. Pay attention to the yellow arrow on a boulder after the waterfall on your way back. There's a herd trail going into the woods that we followed that's not the trail! Overall a satisfying hike! I'm an intermediate hiker and I finished in 7 hours, including about 30 min worth of breaks.

Beautiful hike with wonderful views of Lake George! My favorite hike in the LG area and add will never get bored of it. Beautiful hike to do in all four seasons of the year. It gets a pretty steep at some parts so may be a little challenging for beginners

One of the best 46 high peaks hikes there is. Views and summits from all 3 mountains are fantastic. Haystack feels like another country on top. Total time 11 hours 10 minutes. We walked in to JBL from the garden. From there we went to Haystack first (***be careful if you want to go to Haystack first because the sign at JBL to Haystack is misleading as it points you left to Haystack saying 7 miles, but that is the way/mileage to Haystack if you END with Haystack and go over Saddleback and Basin first). We started the loop with Haystack so we went towards Marcy before splitting to Haystack. Go over little Haystack to Haystack. Then it was roughly an hour to Basin, and roughly another hour to Saddleback. Descent between basin and Saddleback is some of the most technical descents I’ve seen. Steep, rocky, slippery, and have to calculate every step. Getting to the col was very welcomed. Then climbing the cliffs just before Saddleback is a challenge as you’re actually doing some rock climbing (no clue how a dog would get up/down it without getting really hurt). Descent from Saddleback was nice and not bad on the body and there’s a super long wooden staircase down the side of a slide that’s really cool. Great trip with great views and terrain. 9 miles from garden to Haystack so it took 4 hours 45 minutes to get to our first summit then smooth sailing. Then we completed the loop at JBl and back to the garden.

The entrance to the trailhead is crazy. We came in a jeep so it was a lot of fun, but I don't know how some of the smaller cars made it, there are some pretty big pot holes and none of it is paved. This hike was a lot harder than I had expected. I had read the reviews, but still figured it wouldn't be too bad since it was such a short hike. The trail was is good condition, but the tower needed some work. Toward the top of the tower it was completely open no chicken wire, etc around the stairs. The tower was locked but you can still climb up for great views. The bottom of the tower is all rock so it's a nice spot to sit and eat lunch before your way down. It had just rained all week before we went so it was a little slippery but overall a fun hike!

Perfect day for a hike. Very few bugs. Mostly dry, very well maintained trail. A bit of a steep scramble at the end, but doable. Enjoyed it!

This was a difficult hike mostly up steep terrain. Coming down is slippery -bring walking sticks. I would call this more than moderate difficulty.

I actually veered off towards McKenzie and came back on the backside of the trail which connects to the Jack Rabbit trail. The entrance was actually a bit tough to find and looks like that side isn’t travelled as much... a bit wilder and actually kind of nice. Glad that I went that way too because the climb isn’t nearly as straight up as the way this trail is showing which I took down. Well worth the trip as the view is great.

Most of the trail is in direct sunlight.

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike! The last part is definitely a bit challenging, but fine if you take your time. We had the mountain to ourselves at 7:30 AM on a Friday — just passed a few groups on our way down. My 12 year-old son wanted me to warn you all about the cobwebs this early though!

Beautiful place to hike. Definitely recommend!

hiking
13 days ago

For sure one of the more difficult hikes we have been on. It was a challenging hike but very rewarding and beautiful at the summit. Prepare to get your heart rate up. Great for older kids...not for younger ones....and our King Charles loved the hike....recommend for all but bear in mind...this is no cake walk!

A great hike- we went up Cat on the blue trail first, then took the yellow trail to Thomas and back down. Blue trail up to Cat is easy to follow and well marked. The yellow trail to Thomas was also well marked but was relatively ‘rough’ meaning lots of ups and downs, lots of roots and mild bouldering. Def a challenge for a beginner... but well worth it! Lots of fabulous views. When I go again I will go up the yellow trail and down the blue, I like the rough stuff while I’m still fresh!
Highly recommend this hike- you can just do the blue trail for a quick up and back or do the loop for a great workout.

this was a family day hike for us to Middle Settlement Lake. We brought our dog and hiked the red to yellow to blue trails to get to the lake. very beautiful view of the lake when we got there. we tried to come back by looping to clear pond, but the yellow trail crossed a stream that would have required us to remove our shoes to cross shin deep water and the family voted to come back the way we went in. overall a nice hike, but nothing breath taking.

mountain biking
16 days ago

Me and my 6 year old daughter did the trail on mtn bikes. For the most part she was able to ride all of it except the big hill. We had fun. Well marked. More of a hiking than biking trail though.

This hike kicked my butt. awesome hike. took 11 hrs cause I'm out of shape but working on it! great time!

Just want to say be ready for deer flies, I wasn't so had to leave.

Cat has amazing views! The trail between the two was really fun too.

The total distance is a bit more than 9.8 miles.

If you have more than one person in your car drop the passengers off at the garden trailhead so you only have to pay for one shuttle ride.

There is potable water at the Johns Brook Lodge.

We have done this Loop hike a few times over the years. It is the most stunning in the fall. Nothing like fall colors over the Lage George area! It is even a wonderful winter snowshoe. It is sad that the observer's cabin at the top of Thomas Mountain had to be removed because there are people who just need to deface and damage.

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