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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.

This trail was a beast coming up from blueberry in the rain. Some steep sections. Would love to do it on a sunny day!

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

One of my favorite hikes for the simple fact you can see amazing views so early and often. Took our time, about 7 hours round trip. But we weren't rushing. Nothing too crazy mud wise, just walk through it and you'll be fine. Steep on the way up to the brothers, but it fairly steady after until the last part - which is steep. Saw some harmless snakes that still gave me chills, but great hike and recommended highly! My gps had us about 9.4 miles RT via the Brothers.

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.

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12 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.

Very strenuous but very rewarding. Hiked this trail 5/29, it was very muddy most of the way up. Definitely bring at least 2-3 liters of water.

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16 days ago

Hiked (5/31/18) One of the best hikes I’ve ever done. My 3rd high peak and first solo! Started at the Garden and hike via The brothers and then hiked out John Brooks trail back to the garden. Round trip was 10 miles. Trail up was in great shape for first couple of miles. As you got closer to the summit it became more and more muddy...but nothing horrible and it was only for tiny stretches. You have astonishing views from numerous exposed overlooks on the way up...at least early on. The last mile or so you are in the woods. The last 3 tenths of mile to the summit is the most difficult...by far!! It’s exhausting but so worth it when summit. The hike out was about 2 miles longer but relatively an easy hike out...all down hill and /or flat. Fantastic day hike and highly recommended!

Challenging hike, but very rewarding! The views were amazing. It was super windy at the top, hailed when we reached the summit, made for an awesome experience!

The trail was full of ice and it was definitely more difficult than it would have been without. But absolutely beautiful non the less.

Nice hike. Boulder strewn climb. Couple areas where you have to scramble. Continual steep uphill for the last 3 Miles. Great cardio workout. The summit was spectacular. Very little mud but moderate amounts of water on rocks. Definitely recommend trekking poles for descent. Enjoy!

My recording was at 14.8 miles. Don't know where the guy who wrote in a previous review got the 17.9 miles, unless he left from JBL or ascended via the lake Arnold trail and summited up the backside of the mountain. Clear and sunny day, shared the summit with about 8 other people. Hiked the mountain on the day after the Memorial day holiday. Going at this time was by design as during peak hiking season, the summit steward has reported counting upwards of 150 to 200 people on the summit- plan accordingly. Still a small amount of snow in spots but easily avoidable and spikes are not needed at this time.

Overall good trail hiked 05/29/2018 my 10th highpeak. Amazing views on the way up. After the first initial elevation gain it is pretty flat until the last 0.3 miles which is very steep rock scrambles, Be prepared for the steepness.

on Mount Jo Loop Trail

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18 days ago

Loved this trail. Not too crowded on Memorial weekend. A few muddy areas. Easy on some sections but definitely steep on the “short” side. I recommend going up the long side and down the short. It’s a beautiful view from the top with some nice stair/ladder sections to help you get up to the summit. Not as many bugs as on other trails. $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers to park but lots of trails are available once you’re there.

We camped at the MacIntyre Falls site so we could get an early start the following day. Everything above 4,000 was in a cloud and windy. At the top of Wright the wind was so bad we were crawling on our hands and knees so we could officially summit, but we got it and the picture. WORTH IT!

If you're staying overnight anywhere in the high peaks...bring a bug net and a wide brim hat...you'll thank me.

Did this trail 2018/05/26, had an awesome time.

1/3 is easy until the Marcy Dam.
2/3 moderate and long ride in the woods with some single track.
3/3 summit push, easier than your eyes will see.

A lot of mud and boulders/rocks. Be certain to bring at least 2-3L of water, this is a demanding run.

ADK

This was a great hike, but no true summit views. The trail was super muddy and the water was somewhat high so we stream crossing was tricky at times.

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21 days ago

This is the shortest, most direct route up Haystack. The trail is lovely and easy for the first 7 or so miles then gets quite tricky with water, mud, ice, etc for the last 1.5 miles.

Wow what a great trail! The rock scrambles are a challenge, but the views are totally rewarding! It’s a very nice balance though between walking through the woods and climbing. The last .3 miles to the Big Slide summit is definitely the most difficult as it is basically straight up slabs of rock. Took me a little over 6 hours round trip with time spent at the top of the second Brother and Big Slide. A great trail if you’re like me and on your way to becoming a more experienced hiker! (Also, my first 46er!) -Hiked 5/25/18

Just finished this trail over a 2 day trip. Hiked in about 3.6 miles and camped near Johns Brook Lodge. Then did the 8 mile loop, packed the tents and hiked out. The trail was very easy to follow and views at the top of both mountains were amazing. I ended up doing the loop the other direction than the one described here, so you summit the taller mountain second. It was very steep going down Saddleback mountain so there were a lot of fun rock scrambling opportunities. The trail was quite muddy so gaiters would be recommended. Overall definitely a great hike and a great physical challenge.

3rd high peak for me and one of my favorite trails I’ve ever done. I wouldn’t suggest this trail for beginners. It can be exhausting but it’s so much fun and worth it. The rock scrambles are a lot of fun and challenging! Muddy but walk through it to help preserve the trail. 100% do not recommend for young young kids or dogs. The Garden parking lot was packed by the time we got off the trail around 3:30pm (5 hours round trip) get there early. We crossed paths with a black bear! Be alert, make noise, get a bear bell and bear spray. Highly recommend this trail.

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