Explore the most popular snowshoeing trails in High Peaks Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

The trail was great, extremely well groomed, however I felt 10 dollars to park was a bit ridiculous.

We really enjoyed this hike. Had our dog with us and she made the climb with no problems as well. We went up the short trail and down the long. Really enjoyed the views! All of the ice mentioned previously is gone now.

Best hike ive been on, beautiful and really challenging.

on Phelps Trail

14 days ago

great hike!

hiking
21 days ago

Hiked Big Slide today via The Brothers (5/5/2018) and it was amazing. The weather was mid-60s and slightly windy at the top. The posted sign at the trailhead said the hike was 3.9 miles to the summit, making the hike a total of 7.8 miles. The first hour or so of the hike is a total rock scramble up The Brothers, marked with blue foot trail signs and yellow markers on the rocks. There’s zero snow going up the rock scramble but once you begin the summit to Big Slide there’s a fair amount of snow and an uncomfortable amount of ice if you don’t wear spikes. But, if you don’t bring spikes, it’s not impossible; I saw several people summit without spikes although the struggle was real (especially coming down).

The climb to The Brothers is absolutely amazing because it’s an open view up the rock scramble. Once you start Big Slide, it’s all forest. You’ll know you’re close to the summit because you’ll hit a junction in the path that has a trail sign. The last 0.3 miles to the summit is relatively steep, but made much harder with all the ice.

Overall trail was fairly muddy/wet but that’s because it rained the day before. I met someone who summited Big Slide via The John Brooks trail and he was miserable. The John Brooks trail requires crossing a few streams which wouldn’t be all that bad in the winter or deep into the summer, but he ended up having to cross 15 foot wide streams/rivers because it flooded a ton. He ended up coming down Big Slide via The Brothers.

Lastly, parking at the Garden is very convenient and this early in the season, it’s free (although I think parking is 10 bucks in the late spring and summer). However, the parking lot is really small and if it’s a nice day (like today), you’ll want to hit the hike early so you can grab a parking spot.

This is my 5th high peak and by far my favorite (cascade, porter, Whiteface and Esther). The views are amazing and the rock scramble was something new. It took me 3 hours to get to the top and 2 hours down with a few minutes at the top of Slide and Brothers

ﹰGreat trail ! -- we went up the short trail and down the long trail --- both trails COVERED in ice. spikes on your shoes are an absolute must! Short trail has a few steep pitches with larger boulders - long trail is more mellow but even more ice right now -- long trail also follow a stream so be careful not to get your shoes too wet!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

the was an easy climb with a wonderful view. there are no views till the summit though. for snowshoeing stick to the long trail. the short trail is not good oon snowshoes.

Good hike. Not easy, but not hard. Nice pond.

hiking
1 month ago

Saturday was a perfect day for Phelps- low 30s and blue skies. I used my spikes, although I saw plenty of folks with snowshoes. The last mile is a straight incline. There were small sections of ice, but it wasn't bad. Overall, a wonderful hike with a great view!

Did this loop last week. Crossing-over Avalanche Lake saved a lot of time. Very nice hike with nice viewpoints.

I agree with previous posts, do this in the winter. It made life much easier when following the trail. The river wasn't bad at all. There were some really amazing views on Street. It was a fantastic day hike, knocking out 2 more high peaks!

Did this in snowshoes. Up short trail, down long trail. The sun was out when I got to the summit so I took a short nap. Out and back within two hours. Took my time. Pretty icicles along the trail.

Do these during winter. Seriously. They are notorious for mud/bugs in the warner months. Decently steep towards the top of the brook, the ascent to both peaks from the junction was relatively easy. Street has an awesome lookout just 30 feet or so from the summit sign, don't miss out. Nye has minimal views, but it's an easy walk from the junction. Water crossing is pretty easy when the ice is thick enough. If not, just make sure you're surefooted.

We took the long trail up and down on 3/17/18 with our Golden Retriever. Beautiful winter hike. Most people were using snowshoes but we used crampons and had no issues. There are definitely some steep icy areas that would be difficult to pass with just hiking boots. We recommend Pawz disposable waterproof dog booties if you’re bringing your pup. They make life easy and avoid having to worry about injured paws. The hike up was a little bit harder and icier then we anticipated but it was still lots of fun and the views from the summit were well worth it. The hike down was slightly sketchy and quick due to some slipping and sliding but it was an absolute blast. I’d definitely recommend this hike to anyone looking for a quick easy/moderate winter hike.

Did this on Sunday. Wow, it was icy ! In winter snowshoes are a must and for what it’s worth it would have been impossible with my dog. Nice view and the loop made for an interesting hike both in and out.

Loved this hike! Went at the end of January , high 30’s and it was perfect. I used my spikes and my boyfriend used snowshoes. The view from the top was beautiful along with some great views as you are reaching the summit. The first three miles is an easy walk but the last mile is fairly challenging. Really enjoyed this hike, my only suggestion is leave early so you can hit tabletop too!

Amazing view during the winter and an even more interesting hike up after a snow fall so beautiful

Saw bear tracks, wet on the rocks along Slant Rock trail. Beautiful views.

Not the best trail for snowshoeing as there’s a lot of rocks and not a lot of snow to cover them. The view is nice and the hike didn’t take us super long (about 1.5h).

I see this trail was recently changed from moderate to hard. Shout out to who ever changed it as this trail was far from moderate. I would consider myself an experienced hiker and would not classify this as moderate. I would recommend taking a GPS or researching this trail before hand as at times it can be hard to follow (not maintained trail). Keep your eyes out for the few cairns as they will help you stay the course.

Also whoever said there are no views from either of these mountains is absolutely wrong. Yes, technically the actual peak is filled with trees but take a quick look around and you will find beautiful views of the surrounding mountains/area.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Not going to lie, I “Phelps” this one! I went on a relatively mild winter day. Temp was high 30s. Snowshoes were required since there was 8 in (or more) of snow on the ground. Although, I saw a few who were hiking with just microspikes. I did too, i am not used to hiking with the snowshoes and I felt awkward in them. From the Loj, I followed the blue trail. The first 3 miles were pretty straightforward, the last mile was intense. The views were spectacular! If I had a time (maybe 2 more hours of sunlight), I would have climbed Tabletop Mountain which was 2 miles away from Phelps.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this hike Jan-15-2018 as my first winter high peak. -19 degrees at Marcy Dam. The trail itself wasn't overly technical or hard, but keep in mind that climbing these mountains in winter, with added clothing and gear, drains your energy much faster than in the summer. Wore snowshoes until i got off the van ho and onto phelps trail then switched to microspikes. the trail is too rocky/icy/ narrow to wear snowshoes safely. Beautiful views in the last quarter mile and at the rock shelf at the summit. There is a rather steep ice-filled section towards the top that will require decent spikes and steady foot/hand work, but it is climbable without special gear. Keep moving and you'll stay warm, but bring extra layers if you plan to stop for more than a few quick pictures.

hiking
4 months ago

Took the short trail, make sure you’re warm! -8F at the top. Might need snow shoes if going the long way. Lots of snow on the trail right now.

Hiked Street & Nye Mountains on 12/26/2017. Set out from Adirondack Loj at 7:30am. Arrived at the Old Nye Ski trail shortly after and began the trail break. The trail appeared to be unused for at least a few days. Trail was defined but had probably eight to twelve inches of powdery fresh snow. We arrived at the first water crossing to find no defined way across and lots of fresh white snow. Long story short, we went very slow but not too slow and made it across without incident. It is frozen but was still mid level sketchy. I weigh around 225 and heard no cracking. Still sketchy though. Would hate to fall in there. Probably wouldn't be hurt but your hike would almost certainly be over. We continued up a relatively defined path and crossed a few more simple water hops. As we gained in elevation you could definetly see the difference in snow volume. Lots of snow, very narrow, very untouched. It was actually quite an experience for us. This was by far our snowiest outing to date. Had to crawl under a few trees over the course of the day but the blowdown was more than manageable. We broke good trail for approximately seventy five percent of the trip and felt great about it. Then out of nowhere the trail literally dissappeared. No sign at all of any possible trail. I walked maybe fifty feet and felt odd of it so turned around to regroup quickly. Literally as soon as we turned around another very friendly couple came walking up behind us and looked as lost as we were. I took a compass reading while they checked their phones. Turns out we were all walking the right way after all. We now had four snowshoes. Yay! It couldn't have come at a better time because we were now leaving "trail breaking" territory. This now looked like a straight bushwack to me. Snow was at least two feet deep. Probably five minutes later another came up from behind and joined in the fun. Six snowshoes! Even better! Again, it couldn't have come at a better time. Everything really felt like it happened for a reason to all of us for the rest of the day. Shortly after we reached the junction. Everyone waited while everyone else regrouped and drank and organized. Everyone was incredibly friendly. More friendly than I've seen. We all seemed to be in this together now. It was nice. Me and my partner hung our packs at the junction and headed to Street. More and more narrow snow hallways all the way to the summit. We hung, took a few pictures, took pictures for others and left. We were actually cold today and not ready to linger up top at all, haha. Made short work of the descent and then headed to Nye. Made even shorter work of that, did our photo stuff and left even quicker than we had at Street. We arrived back at junction and we all kinda said our "nice to meet ya's" and headed down at our own paces. We were last out at about 4:30pm. I know thats not a stellar time compared to some but we were happy. We walked basically a mile an hour which is where I'm usually at regardless of weather. All in all today was a totally different experience than we've ever had. All snow, no visible ice, cold as hell! It was awesome. We were definetly feeling it when we got down but it was a good burn. No slips, no falls, no submerged feet. That's a good day in my book. Street & Nye is good to go again. :)

hiking
4 months ago

Did this hike 2 days ago in -20 degree weather. If you’d like to attempt this hike in the winter, definitely bundle up with a lot of layers and I’d recommend snow shoes. There really wasn’t any need for crampons on this hike. The hike is well marked and relatively straight forward. The view at the top is amazing and definitely pays off the effort to get up there. Took about 5 hours for the entire round trip. Definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a moderately challenging day hike in the Adirondacks.

The closest I’ve been to rock climbing without actually rock climbing. I’ve only done four of the 46 high peaks, but this was definitely my favorite so far. There were constant challenges which kept things interesting.

5 months ago

I went up on Nov 14th to bag another of the 46 high peaks. It had been a couple days after the first snow fall of the year, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m still new to this peak climbing , and hadn’t done any in the snow/ice. On the drive up from Buffalo I climbed Arab Mountain as a warm up for the following day on Phelps. Arab Mountain wasn’t too bad...a gradual climb and though a little icy in spots, it was doable....The 4.1 mile hike to the base of Phelps wasn’t bad at all. Gradual up and down paths through the woods... crossing a river...good views at the opening near the river beds....The real work started at the initial ascent to the peak. The first 10 minutes or so was your typical rock scrambling, then the path started to get really icy. I didn’t have any micro spikes, so had to move very slowly. I scaled ( bypassed) 2 ice walls on the way up....bushwhacking through the trees on the side of the path....then when I was within 200-300 feet of the summit, I ran into an ice wall that was impassable. I don’t think spikes would have helped, I didn’t have climbing rope with me, and I was hiking solo. So after analyzing it for 10 minutes or so, ( and pissed that I was so close),I had to start my descent back down. I’ve been told that climbing in the snow is easier, as it takes a lot of the rock climbing out of the equation, but I’ll have to research that a bit more before I try to attempt that. Any input????? Drop me a tab....Kiernanfam96@aol.com... thanks, and happy and safe hiking!!

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