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The “Lollipop Loop” hike to Mt Colden via Avalanche Pass is remarkable! The ladders and boardwalks make it easier for sure.Avalanche Lake area is outstanding!A must see ! Huge towering ledges, boulders, and the water itself. The hike up to Mt. Colden is fairly steep but has actual stairs for part of it. View from top are great! Many peaks are visible. Need to be in decent shape to do the whole 12 plus mile hike.Worth it if you can stick it.

The trail to Algonquin starting from the ADK Loj is relatively easy from the trailhead to the Marcy Dam area but gets increasingly difficult as it progresses. Plenty of cobbles to traverse.Continues to ascend quickly. Fun though. The final approach to the summit offers some great views. As does the summit itself.We hiked down off Algonquin over to Boundary then up to Iroquois. Back to Algonquin then down to the base of Wright. Wright is fairly tough as it ascend quite quickly. Great views. Check out the plane crash plaque and debris.The hardest part of Wright was that it was our third summit of the day.But why not get all three while right there. Be in good shape for this hike.

This was my first high peak, and thought it was a challenging trail! Once you reach the Phelps Mountain Trail, The slick rocks made it a tough climb up, and an even tougher climb down. The view at the top made it all worth it, and not a lot of traffic!

we were dead tired afterwards, but loved it! made it in 5.5 hours of moving time and 6 hrs. and 20 mins
total time. Not bad for our first hike in over a year!

I'm convinced this range is cursed. Our 2nd attempt. Hit Santa & Panther, not enough sunlight for Couch. Did Santa first, which wasn't bad. Stayed on Panther peak to watch the beginning of the sunset before hiking the 1.5/2 miles back to the lean-to area. We followed the herd path down from Harold sq and it seemed to come to a dead end. Backtracked to find where we went wrong, but got turned around. Tried to use the Alltrails app, compass, and paper map to get us on trail, but didn't have any luck. We ended up bushwhacking with our headlamps for an hour until we hit Bradley Pond. From there, we new we were close. Don't rely on ONLY the app. My compass was the only thing that brought me to safety.

This was my second time hiking Allen. The hike in to the base was quick, but I was slow going up and down that last mile of elevation gain. I took nice pictures of the ponds just off the summit.

Amazing hike and amazing view and yes go counter clockwise as many recommended!

Peak number 4 for me. I felt it was easier than the Santanoni/Couch/Panther trio, but this mountain was still a hell of a climb. I completed the hike in 8:42, but after getting my ass beat on the other three I mentioned, I’ve been working hard to get into halfway decent shape before doing this one. All but the last mile is relatively easy. It took me about an hour to complete the last mile going up and about an hour to get down. It’s slick and you will get your feet wet. Take your time and you’ll be alright. As of middle September, bugs were pretty much nonexistent. The trail is fairly well marked and easy to follow.

Unless you are set on completing the Adirondack 46, I’d skip this one. I will not do this hike again.

Great trail. Super easy to follow, pretty busy trail. Summited Giant in 2:15, made it to RPR and back in 2 hours, then summited Giant again. Descent from Giant to RPR is brutal, steepest part of the hike. Harder to navigate going down rather than up in my opinion. Summit of RPR is fun, amazing views + it's fun to build balancing rock art (tons of rock to choose from). Descent back to the trailhead seemed to last forever (had a slow buddy with me) but overall a very nice day with cool temps + beautiful views.

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12 days ago

Was easyer then expected shounld b rated as easy not moderate only took 4 1/2 hours views from top were beautiful

This was one of my first difficult hikes I've done. After having done hikes in places like Sedona, Zion, the Rockies, and Grand Canyon, this is still my favorite hike. Maybe I have fond memories of this being the first hike that me and my new fiancee went on together. But it's more that this hike is just charming.

We did this hike in the winter, during November. Scrambling up felt incredibly dangerous and exhilarating in ice and wet granite, but was actually a ton of fun. Coming down the other side was a breeze compared to up. The views are stunning, being above the clouds.

Do this hike. Just do it.

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14 days ago

We did this back on 9/1. The forecast was only 15% chance of rain for the day and of course when we got out of our car at the Upper Works east trailhead lot at 5 am it started raining. And didn't stop for most of the day... so obviously the trail was wet and muddy. The trail was easy to follow and flat the majority of the way. Except that last mile-ish up to the top (after the waterfall with the cairn marking the trail to the right). Most of it really wasn't as bad as I had heard, and in fact I think there may have been nice views going up to the peak if it hadn't been cloud-covered and raining. We got to the big rock slide and went up the right side. Wrong choice. There is a very small cairn at the base of the slide, go up the left side here. We ended up having to bushwhack up to the peak because the right side of the slide doesn't bring you back to the trail. Other than that part of the hike we actually didn't mind this trail. It took us almost exactly 12 hours roundtrip, I think we were a little slow making our way up to the summit due to the rain making an already slippery trail that much more slippery, so we were trying to be safe/cautious. Also, the 2 new suspension bridges kept us out of the deeper water. Any other crossings were shallow enough to cross using just the rocks as steps.

If you’re hiking Allen you’re typically trying to hike all 46 high peaks. This hike took me 9.5 hours car-to-car. The first 7 miles is flat terrain getting to the base of the mountain. It’s boring but at the same time is kind of neat and unique and a lot of time can be made hiking this portion quickly. There aren’t other trails like this while hiking the high peaks. Lots of open meadow-type clearings, hiking along old abandoned roads, lakes, going over multiple suspension bridges, and an abandoned cabin. It’s actually cool just really long. Going up Allen however is super slippery (the Red slime is real and very slick). Trekking poles and/or micro spikes are very useful on this trail due to climbing all the slippery slides/slabs. Fully wooded summit with summit sign. A few clearing views throughout the hike but there’s a reason people often don’t care for this hike; a lot of work/miles with little payoff. But it’s not as bad as some people make it out to be in my opinion.

Street and Nye are trailess peaks. However, the herd path is fairly easy to follow. There are several split offs that go around obstacles in different ways but they all seemed to meet up. The beginning of the trail is fairly easy. The trail is fairly level ground for about the first mile to mile and a half. Start out at the ADK Loj trail to Mount Jo, sign in and follow the Street and Nye trail sign. Cross Indian Brook a little less than a mile in. You will see the creek then follow the path to the right and in a few minutes you will see the crossing marked with several cairns. The trail picks up right across the creek with a short, but steep climb. Follow the trail along the edge of the embankment. We accidentally followed a different trail, but it met up. You'll see a large beaver pond. Past this you will have a stream on one side of you or another and cross it several times as you make your way up the mountain. After this there is a fairly steep climb up a rocky path, not quite a boulder scramble, just rocky. After this there is a steep winding path. I didn't realize how steep it really was until I was coming back down. There are fallen trees and debris to climb over throughout the trail because it is not maintained. You'll reach a die-back area of old spruce trees, you're almost at the junction of the two mountains then. There is a cairn and a sign scratched into a tree at the junction. We took the trail that goes more to the left and went to Street first. This is a narrow, winding trail that drops to the col first and then up to the peak. It's not as steep as the earlier section. The best views are off the back of Street. There are herd paths on the top of the mountain going to different views. There is a small sign at the top. We went back down and up a very short climb to Nye. There is a ledge on your way to Nye on the left side of you're headed up. This has the best views. There's wasps, there's rocks, there's a lot of up, there's trees to climb over, but they are 46ers. It took us about 8 hours and we're not fast hikers.

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18 days ago

Slippery and some large rocks, but a really nice hike with - what I’m sure is usually - a lovely view. It was too misty to see anything, but that had its own allure.

A great day hike, but don’t let the relatively short distance fool you. There are great views from both Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge. The hike from Giant to RPR and back is steep and challenging but worth it.

It’s a long hike just to get to the base of Allen. The trail is easy to follow. The hike was generally boring, with not too many views. The climb to the top followed a stream that was filled with slippery wet rocks. The summit had a few nice views, but to effort to get here should only be done if you want to complete the 46ers. There are many better hikes with much less effort that offer a greater wilderness experience.

Started the trail from parking lot 1 at Loj info center. Start time 7:30am. The first three miles are pretty and simple. Next, headed towards avalanche pass/lake. Fun section of trail especially around the lake (ladders and bridges). I will note I have a fear of heights and none of this phased me. Ladders weren’t scary in that way. The day we went it had rained, so muddy/sloshy trails, and some boulders were slippery. No real danger was present, just be careful not to twist an ankle on rocks. The 1.5 mile ascent to Mt Colden was brutal. An unrelenting steep upward climb with tall ladders. Again, not a scary height thing, just a hell of an exhausting trek up. There was only one area right near the summit where I could not look down due to height and danger, but if I can make it up, anyone can. We actually passed through the peak, not realizing it was the top because it was a smaller area than expected, but as promised, the hardest climbs end in the best views. Started the decent via lake Arnold. Hiking down is hard on the knees, so I’d recommend trekking poles. It was a long hike back, where the initial easy parts of the trail now feel never ending. All in all, we did survive the 13.6miles. Arrived back at 5:00pm, so it was a 9.5hr round trip. Happy Hiking! :)

hiked this on 8/24/18 and had a awesome day hiking. coming out of avalanche pass is just amazing a must hike and the new trail work is great hope they add some more its a sketchy first hop. Looking up the trap dike is pretty cool. the 1.6 miles up from the lake is a butt kicker the view's are worth all the work. we stayed an hour on the summit enjoying the day down the lake Arnold trail went on and on. back at the trailhead 6pm 12 hours, 14.2 miles, 3300 feet gained.

Mount Colden is not a hike to be taken lightly, but though it's long, strenuous and exhausting, the payoffs are absolutely worth it.

The summit itself is beyond spectacular and includes views of numerous other High Peaks including Mount Marcy - but in addition to that, the hike offers numerous other benefits including the truly inspiring pass at Avalanche Lake. You also get the washed out former Marcy Dam, Lake Colden, a fair amount of bouldering, several ladders to help you through the steepest sections and varied other scenery as well as, at times, a whisper quiet forest.

But leave no doubt that you will be challenged. Principally on about a 1950ft. ascent in 1 1/2 miles from Lake Colden. A good chunk of which is sheer, flat rockface. And if you go after recent rains - as I did - it becomes somewhat precarious as those rocks are glazed over by running water. Bring hiking poles! Not only will they help (somewhat) on the ascent - but the trail has plenty of mud and standing water to navigate as well.

Lastly - Do the hike counter-clockwise (Up through Avalanche Pass and down the Lake Arnold side). If it has rained recently, and you have gone up the other way, the descent from the summit becomes miserable - and borderline dangerous - and multiple people I met on the way up were cursing (literally) the fact that the went up the Lake Arnold side.

All in all, this is a fantastic and highly recommended hike. I clocked it at about 15.5 miles from the Adirondack Lodge (not 12.8) and at just about 9 hours in total.

Couldn't ask for a better day on the trail. Weather was perfect. Fair amount of people, but I started early enough to get a parking spot. And most of the folks (and dogs) I saw were on their way up as I was going down.
There is no easing into this one. As soon as you leave the registry its a steady uphill to the summit. You jump right into switchbacks, scrambles, slides. This trail has it all. With beautiful views along the way as well. The summit has a beautiful 270 degree view of the southern high peaks.
The trail to Rocky peak was surprisingly technical on the Giant descent side. Huge slides and a fair amount of climbing. Couldn't imagine doing that portion of the trail on a wet day, up or down. Great views from Rocky peak. Could definitely see Lake Champlain to the east. As well as a great view of Giant. The climb back up to Giant was, to me, far easier than the descent.
Entire hike of both peaks took 6 hours exactly. And I tracked it at being 8.5 miles total. It was difficult but it is so worth it for the views alone. Time to ice my calves

Great Southern view of most 4k footers on Street if you stay right on all the spur trails going past the summit. Nye has a nice lookout. Took 4.5 hours total (2 to Nye, 1 to Street, 1/2 for lunch, 1 down), but I’d imagine 6 hours rt if you take breaks and hike carefully going downhill. Pretty well maintained/trafficked for a herd path.

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25 days ago

Good hike overall. A lot of traffic up until the Phelps trail. A nice perspective of some of the higher peaks.

Pretty easy except the last mile which is rocky and very steep. Wet rocks can be treacherous. The view from the summit is nice but not breathtaking.

This is a great hike, but I would not call it easy or even moderate unless you are regularly climbing high peaks.
The view at the summit of Mt. Marcy is breathtaking and well worth the effort.

8/11/18 my two sons and I started early arriving at the trailhead 640 am and was packed and still arriving knew that it was going to be a busy day. took are first break below the cutoff to the expressway enjoyed the brook. up and up we went we let four groups pass.so really great views on the way up, summited 1030 met two Canadian people who were going to finish on panther. love the ridge trail tightness it bites,but gives you a preview of the day to come.1230 time square and off to couchsachraga went in with a positive attitude, arrived at couchsachraga with good attitude arrived at times square hating couchsachraga back at 420pm spent ten minutes at herald square on to panther for 23 of 46.4 others were finishing up their 46 nice job. 5pm told the boy's we needed to get going down to Bradley pond and out to trailhead at 9pm long day ps bog was not bad got muddier elsewhere on the way.

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1 month ago

Awesome hike. Easy hike except for the last mile to the summit. Summit had great views. No summit button, at least that I could find.

Nice day. Took 11.5 hours round trip. I went Panther/couch/sant. Very well defined herd paths. Couch was basically a 3-hour trip (time square, couch, back to time square) for me. The hike as as muddy as I heard it was and the Couchsachraga bog was for real. But overall this range was far better than I anticipated it to be. Would love to come back just to swim in the river pools. Great views and summit on Panther, couch was forgettable, Santanoni was ok at the lookout.

amazing trail! definitely set aside an entire day to do this hike. we spent 10 hours hiking although had to park at south meadows lot instead of the lodge. trail is best done counter clockwise where you walk along avalanche lake and the hitch up mathilda’s on the way in and go back via the lake arnold trail

Mt. Colden is the gift that doesn’t stop giving. It actually starts off pretty easy as far as high peak hiking is concerned. Do yourself a favor and ascend through avalanche lake/avalanche pass then come down through the loop. There are tons of ladders and quite a bit of scrambling up rock on the way up, but you’ll be glad you went up this way and not down as it is very very steep. We hiked it after the region experienced two straight days of rain so everything was wet and slippery. Even still it took us 10.5 hours round trip, and I imagine if it had been dry we could have done it in about 9. It is a fun trail though with all of the technical spots and quite beautiful on the way up. Avalanche lake was my favorite spot. We went through 4 liters of water each plus two gatorades. This was our second peak, Marcy being our first and the wife and I both agreed that it was easier and more fun than Marcy. Be prepared for the scramble at the end, there are some hand and foot holds to go off and it’s a short section but if exposure isn’t your thing maybe try to hit some other peaks first to get used to it

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