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Great trip. Very rocky and hard on the old knees but worth every step.

Very fun and great view at the top! Some steepness but not too difficult. Beautiful all around.

2 days ago

Great little hike. Consistent elevation gain over the length of the trail. No scrambling. Nice views at summit.

2 days ago

Great hike with my 7 year old daughter. We started at South Meadow. Walked to Marcy Dam & then up Phelps. Wonderful weather and a very nice view. The trail isn't very demanding but it's pretty beat.

2 days ago

Fantastic loop to do if you wanted to squeeze one in after a long day! The views were amazing, was pretty easy but there are steep parts that can be difficult for a novice hiker.

This is not for the faint of heart!

It is a brutal 17 miles whether it’s from the heat, the mud, the ice/snow at the top etc. You will not get a break here.

All that hard work pays off in the end with absolutely gorgeous views from the summit, waterfalls, and wildlife. It is definitely one of my favorites.

It took my group about 12 hours to complete this hike and we are experienced and relatively swift hikers. (Who also stoped for 3 lunches along the way

A really nice hike reviewed by a couple novice hikers :) We hiked on 6/16/18 and really enjoyed the nice easy climb from the Loj for the first 3 miles but the last mile was certainly steep with some bigger rocks toward the summit. The views were rewarding and the false summits on the way up even offered lovely views - I think you can definitely see Marcy, Colden & Algonquin. About a 9 mile round trip, it took us about 6 hours with a long rest at the summit.

Hike! The view was incredible, the trail unbelievable. DEC dodo a lot of updated work at Avalanche lake pass!

The views from Giant are good, both along the way and at the top, but from RPR it's pretty spectacular-- walking around the open, rocky peak you can see 280 degrees. The backside of Giant taking you down to head up RPR is a bit of a bear-- parts of it are very steep, open rock. Some were slick with mud/water as well. And since this is an out and back you do get that part coming and going (it's a bit easier going up). Our mileage clocked in at 8.4 rather than 7.5.

Great hike, great views at the top!!! First 2 miles were easy, 3rd mile started to feel the incline. The last mile up was strenuous, but we took it slow and kept going. We were super cautious on a couple climbs up rock, but there were spaces to step into the rock or roots/branches to grab. We were glad we had hiking poles, but also used our hands at a couple bigger rocks. We were able to do this with our two kids, ages 12 and 14. The 12 year old is fit, but gets a bit tired when it’s steep, and the view was rewarding to her. Our 14 year old loved it and even did tabletop afterwards while I hung out at Indian falls. Indian falls was wonderful!!! Everyone loved their accomplishments!!! Bring more water than you think you’ll need, or a filter, especially when it’s a warm day!!!

Great hike with impressive views of the high peaks.
We started around 6:45 AM (early start to allow for a leisurely break at the summit). Walked about a million (5) miles on the road to reach the trailhead. Before beginning our ascent, we stopped at Rainbow Falls. Highly recommended, only a few minutes off the main trail.

The next couple miles up to the junction between Pyramid and Sawteeth was a steady incline, but not too difficult. The final 0.6 push to Pyramid was challenging but the views are worth the effort. At 4500 feet, I’m counting it as the 47th high peak, even though it is considered too close to Gothics to qualify.

The trail from Pyramid to Gothics looks intimidating but goes quickly. Views on Gothics are also very impressive offering 360 views and a large, mostly bald summit. Ideal spot for a lunch break if I do say so myself.

Descended down the beaver meadow trail, with a quick stop to cool down at Beaver Meadow Falls before our 5k stroll on the road to the car. Finished around 4:30 PM. All in all a fantastic hike with rewarding views. Highly recommended. 10/10 would hike again.

Incredibly steep for an unseasoned hiker, but that said it was so worth the effort. It took 2 in shape hikers and 1 out of shape non hiker about 2.5 - 3 hours to climb to the summit. The climb has tons and tons of rocks and rocky terrain. It hadn’t rained in a few days when we hiked but the trail was still mucky. The summit was astounding, however. I’m from the Midwest so I have never seen anything like that mountain range of the Adirondacks. I highly recommend going to either Wright’s Peak or over to Iroquois from the summit of Algonquin.

Take the shorter steeper trail up and the longer trail down to save your knees. There are definitely some steep sections with little shade leaving you exposed to the sun. Wonderful view at the summit making it one of my favorite hikes in the region. If you are a camper check out the heart lake campground!

HIKED THIS TWO YEARS AGO. Hiked this and was very out of shape but had quite a bit of hiking experience. A lot of great views to be had while hiking and a wonderful trail. Took me around 12.5 hours round trip (once again extremely out of shape so PLENTY of breaks). Quite a steep grade going up with minimal break in the elevation. Make sure to bring plenty of water and a water purifier as you may need it.

Beautiful hike ,but long ! I didn't do saw teeth peak ,

I'm currently here at Colden headed to Mt. Iroquois then lastly Algonquin. Then home to develope my collection of new pics.

did this hike towards the end of May, the weather wasn’t the best, nor the visibility (it was very foggy) at the summit; but the hike itself was challenging and very rewarding!

The sign for the turnoff was missing. First hike of the season and so a little struggle for me--very beautiful at the top. I'd thought of doing this on the same day I did Marcy but I'm probably glad I didn't. It's definitely more than just a quick side trip--well worth it on its own.

Perfect day, perfect hike!

This is a long trail...my fit bit registered 34,000 steps and over 16 miles. That said, totally doable as a day hike, but be prepared for multiple ups and downs. And, for the record, I drank the last of my 100 oz. hydration pack water with probably 2 miles left on the trail. Trail is ridiculously well marked and it's basically impossible to get lost. There are people around here and there too, so if you have questions on distances or difficulties, you'll likely get the answers you require.
Views are on a different level, even from Wright.
I did Wright, then Algonquin, then Boundary, then Iroquois, then back, skipping Wright on the return of course.
Couldn't find geo markers on any summit except Algonquin. Super windy. On what ended up being an 83 degree day, I left the Adirondack Loj at 6:30 when it was 45 degrees. Two hours and 10 min later I'm at Wright summit and my hands were freezing... it was that windy. I literally wished I'd had light gloves.
Bring clothing to combat the high winds and possible low temps up top. You'll be glad you did.
Some pretty sketchy rock scrambles on both Wright and Iroquois, but especially Iroquois. You'll definitely need to push yourself up in many, many spots.
This is not a trail for beginners and I heard from some dog owners that their dogs were having difficulties with some of the rock scrambling. On your way to Iroquois the trail splits and there's a sign saying Iroqouis to the right...take it...it puts you on a super narrow herd path that will take you to Boundary and then Iroquois. No worries; you can't miss this sign.

Be prepared for climbing, descending, climbing, descending, climbing, descending, and on and on. I spent maybe 20 minutes or so at summit of each (other than Boundary) and didn't arrive back to Loj till 3:30 but I wasn't hustling at all.

I had some trepidation about tackling this unmaintained and unmarked trail, but I found that the path is decently apparent. That being said, doing some research, packing a GPS device (as well as a map and compass ) was handy. I checked my GPS a few times, mostly as a second opinion that I was on the right track. I actually had more difficulty locating the trailhead in relation to the parking lot. (For the record, it’s to your right as you pay for parking at the kiosk.)

A few things...

Indian Pass Brook was no problem to cross on 6/12/18; my boots got wetter on the trail.

You will step over/crawl under approximately 346 instances of blowdown.

There’s plenty of water along the trail for the first 2.5 miles or so. I started off carrying 4 liters for myself and canine companion and regretted it. If stopping to filter is your thing, you’ll be passing by a lot of water that you wouldn’t have to carry.

Very strenuous, but worth every step. You’ll pass multiple waterfalls, beautiful views. You might be too exhausted to appreciate them, however. I recommend (if you’re doing a multiday trip) to leave your heavy packs down at the base and climb up with daypacks.

All three mountains have incredible views, and the trail itself is well maintained.

What an epic weekend of hiking (Fri June 8th & Sat June 9th) with amazing weather conditions. We hiked Marcy, Giant, & Algonquin in about 28 hours with a little down time to eat and nap.

After sleeping in our cars for 4 hours we tackled Algonquin (8.5 miles) as the last of the three we planned.Sat morning. We started early like 6am and this was another awesome and challenging hike as well. The trail itself was very picturesque with streams, waterfalls, woods, etc. There is a lot more technical rock climbing on this hike. There was only a handful of people on the summit and it was the windiest of the three we did (pack a windbreaker for sure). Just more beautiful and breathtaking 360 degree views. I’m tall (6’ 1”) so the constant stepping up and climbing put a little beating on my legs but coming down was much easier and fun to be honest (jumping, hoping and butt sliding). The trail was much busier and congested going up as we were descending and we probably passed close to 75-100 other hikers. Round trip it took us about 6 hours.

What an epic weekend of hiking (Fri June 8th & Sat June 9th) with amazing weather conditions. We hiked Marcy, Giant, & Algonquin in about 28 hours with a little down time to eat and nap.

We started with Marcy (14.9 miles) first around 8am and we probably saw 10 other hikers the entire time, 4 of which were on the summit. The trail was empty and mainly dry and it was a breeze to Marcy Dam. After the dam you do a few miles in the woods and start the climb. Then the final push to the summit is pretty strenuous but it’s so worth the reward and looks a bit more challenging than it really was. There was still a big patch of snow near the top that we spotted and it was much colder and very windy as can be expected. Breathtaking 360 degree views. It’s without a doubt a difficult and hard hike but doable for most people If your even remotely in shape. I drank my entire 3L of water also FYI. Roundtrip took us just under 7 hours!

The coolest high peaks trail in my opinion. Great exposure moving up the cable or the summit. Beware of the false summit, because when you think you’re done, you’re not.

17 days ago

Great hike!! Doesn't take long, 1.25 hours to the top. Fairly steep climb. Pretty wet in places, especially around the swamp, since it has been raining for a few days. Great views from the top.

Beautiful views from both Pyramid and Gothic. Unfortunate that you have to walk on the road so long before getting onto the trail (nearly 3 miles) but I suppose I'll take that instead of more uphill hiking. Closer to 14 miles round trip, took almost 9 hours with stops on both peaks.

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