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It was a very challenging trail, it took 4 hours to get up in 3 hours to get down. Snow shoes are a must with the snowy and icy conditions. Over all it was a great hike and I would definitely do it again.

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3 months ago

Hiked Gilligan for the second time this year. Last time I did it in the rain and got no view. This time I did it on a chilly day with all the leaves on the ground. Really impressed with the view. Really fun little mountain!

Challenging but great.

Tried to summit giant with my wife but only one of us had the micro spikes needed for the steep icy parts around ~3000 ft up. We turned around and followed the trail to the nubble and the view was still great!
Definitely bring micro spikes, goggles, and some kind of ski mask for this time of year to go higher....lesson learned!
In short, nubble is beautiful. A terrified vole ran over my foot.

Steep in spots but beautiful views from several different spots. My very athletic little 6 year old loved this hike.

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3 months ago

This was an unplanned hike, due to the trail we were going to hike being closed for hunting. This hike did not disappoint. The trail was nicely marked, and was in fact quite easy. There are a few places to take in some views as well. It was a short hike, and perfect for an impromptu trip!

3 months ago

Would definitely not recommend as a first hike.

Interestingly, I used this trailhead by accident...I was actually aiming for the primary trailhead and the ridge trail. About 2/3 of the way up, I'm asking my wife and daughter "Where are the views that were supposed to be all along this route?" But, even so, we weren't disappointed. And yes, the last .7 mi is a killer. But well worth the views at the top!

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3 months ago

Great hike with some amazing views!!!

wonderful hike. beautiful view!

A nice hike, beautiful views. VERY busy, and while descending were pushed by Canadians. While hiking with our child, we don't go as fast as others, and the Canadians have NO trail etiquette at all. The trail itself is lovely, and we had a good time. Would have LOVED to take more photos, but we were in some very thick foggy clouds. So dense, we more often than not had no views at all, but it was still incredible!

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4 months ago

Nice short hike! Well maintained trail with a number of ledges offering views. Great for kids or first timers!

Awesome fall foliage views

Amazing! Husband, our dog and I hiked with full gear from New Russia and spent the night at the campsite just east of Mary Louise Lake. Anyone hiking in to camp should know that the yellow sign about 400 feet prior to the Lake stating Privy will lead you to where the primitive campsite is. There are about four sites.

Best hike yet. Amazing views the whole way.

One of the most beautiful hikes in the Adirondacks.

This was a nice traverse that paid off in nice views along the ridge. The trail wasn't muddy at all and we ended up hiking Giant also. I'll definitely do this hike again.

Spectacular climb to the summit of Giant Mountain. Its a steep and long climb but breathtaking at the conclusion.

This trail goes nowhere. I went in both directions at the fork. To the left (south) it deadend, the trail just disappears. To the right (WNW) it continues toward Dix etc... but there is no spur to take you up the peaks. This only exists if you are going to bushwhack the entire way, which is not a trail.

Good trail. Pretty rocky terrain, but nothing too steep. Great views near and at the top.

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