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This map, unlike the other All Trails maps, show the parking at the wrong junction of Ausable Rd. and Rt. 73. Also, the trail map takes one over Armstrong and Upper Wolf Jaw in addition to Gothics and Pyramid. And to respond to the earlier comment by Brent Corr, I am very familiar with these trails and only made my comment so that the error would be corrected. It has, mostly, although the parking area is mislocated.

As of 11/18, snowshoes are necessary. There’s upwards of 2’ at treeline and drifts up to 4’

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8 days ago

Awesome hike. Heavy snow at the top which was amazing. Very cold at the top so be prepared! Microspikes necessary.

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9 days ago

Super nice trail! Did Gray->Skylight->Marcy. Gray was kinda hard not gonna lie! I don't know why. Had to break trail for most of the hike wich was super fun. Carefull for the ice poddle, the ice seems thick enough but you'll break it, at least I did a couple time.

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10 days ago

Hiked this peak yesterday, about 3 inches of snow at the summit. Very icy at times, definitely needed spikes. Took us 6 hours and 20 minutes due to the conditions.

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11 days ago

Completed on 11/6/19. Going into winter this is NOT for average hikers if you don’t know what you’re doing. It was a beautiful day out high 30s at the base. The hike starts easy and slowly gets more technical. The last 2-3 miles are the most intense. There was about 6-8 inches of snow until you reach the tree line and it was about 10-14 inches. It was easily -10 with the windchill at the peak so you need to dress accordingly. Crampons are essential (didn’t use them much till above the tree line) and snowshoes wouldn’t hurt. Took 6 hours to assent with periodically stopping for water and 4 hours to hike back (we were hauling a** down) start as early as possible or you WILL be hiking down in the dark and it’s not fun. I will post some photos on my instagram @baily_marsh

I solo hiked the trail in mid September and it was a rainy day. Despite that, the trail was still gorgeous but it was very challenging with constant stepping up/down on large rocks that comprise the majority of the trail. Because of this I would recommend hiking poles. While I solo hiked it, it was a heavily traveled trail so as a woman I always felt safe. The hike took me much longer than anticipated due to the weather but it was worth the time and effort.

I did this hike back in August and only was able to summit Wright Peak due to a late start but it was a great hike. The view from the peak were fantastic but it was not an easy climb as you get closer to the summit. I consider myself a casual hiker and I felt challenged on this hike. Quality hiking shoes or boots are a must! Getting there early helps as well unless you want to add an extra mile each way to get to/from your car as the parking lot / road leading up to the trailhead fills up very quickly.

I had to revisit this amazing trail to climb Gray. We had orphaned it earlier this summer when one of our party developed leg cramps. I spoke with some hikers yesterday who had trouble finding the unmarked trail for Gray. If coming up the Marcy trail from the lake Arnold trail, as soon as you see Lake Tear, the trail for Gray is just across the narrow outlet on the left. If coming from the four corners, when Lake Tear comes into view, continue past the boulder, like you are continuing on the trail, and about 50’ on the right you will see the same narrow outlet described above. The herd path up is easy to follow. When you come to the first opening on the summit, keep going on for about 20 yards. The true summit is wooded. The summit sign will be on your right as soon as you enter the small clearing. Enjoy!

Mount COLDEN

This was a great hike. It’s really only steep for two miles but it’s a really tough and demanding two miles that you’ll feel the rest of the hike. Avalanche pass is beautiful. Lots of fun rock scrambles, Matildas, etc. I wouldn’t bring my dog but I saw a few on the trail so it’s doable. The climb to Mt Colden is worth the effort. It ended up being a little over 15 miles for us, but some of that is because we parked at the South Meadows trailhead instead of the Loj.

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