Explore the most popular waterfall 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.

17.9 miles!!! BRING SPIKES!!!!!!! Again it was not 14.1 miles it was 17.9!!!!!

I'm thinking of going up there tomorrow 5/20/2018. Any idea if there is any ice up there now and if crampons are needed? Also, I'm thinking of camping overnight somewhere on the way. Any recommendations?

Mid-May ice and snow on the paths (particularly bad between Colvin and Blake) made this longer and more difficult than expected—didn’t have microspikes so a good bit of slipping and sliding. A good 10 hours out and back. Still, the views from Colvin were great and very rewarding, and the lack of foliage in early spring meant we had some good views even from the forested trails.

A challenging and rewarding hike. We had the summit of Iroquois to ourselves and it was gorgeous. I’m glad I had poles for my knees on the way down. Absolutely do this hike if you have the opportunity.

I didn’t realize this was a loop you could do. We originally were going to do Algonquin, Wright, and Iroquois but we ended up going back down because of thunderstorms in the region.

This is one of the hardest hikes I’ve done. It’s funny how hiking out wear 3,000+ elevation gain feels like nothing with switchbacks but not in the Adirondacks! Straight up boulders and stepping up endlessly. So worth it though.

We did Wright on the way down from Algonquin. Wright is a simple off shoot, if you make it to Algonquin you’ve done the hard part. Great views on both.

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Planning on hiking Allen this weekend, May 12. Noticed the post by David Lovelace. Curious David, if you recommend making the hike this weekend from a safety perspective. I am concerned about water crossings. Were any of the water crossings difficult or potentially dangerous? We have crampons and micro-spikes. Do you recommend snowshoes?

Lots of snow melt. Crampons recommended for the steep ascent. Snow waist deep on top. Post hole frequently. Beautiful rivers. An excellent hike and took 13-hours. Less time, had I brought crampons.

Definitely need crampons. Very icy. Wanted to do both peaks, but I got a late start. I began going down Blake and decided best to turn around. Still took a solid 10 hours..

Bring trail map and start early. Very steep in spots.

A long hike but much quicker than one would expect. The 14 mile length is deceiving, a slow hiker like myself being passed by most on the trail took about 9.5 hrs. Not a problem for a summer day hike.

Trail is crowded in the summer but well maintained and of a modest grade as far as high peaks trails go. Few to no views until you get to the alpine zone. Great views from the baren summit of course.

Done in February 2010

Awesome hike. Really hard, steep and soooooo windy at the top!

Great trails but really need snowshoes in the avalanche pass , be well prepare in winter . A lot of « lean-to » near the trails. Enjoy !

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

Surreal! Went backpacking for 3 days and enjoyed every moment. One foot in front of the other was my mantra for a whopping 30 miles in 3 days. Getting to the top was incredibly rewarding in many ways.

4 months ago

Fabulous stay in the lodge and an amazing and unforgettable hike up Marcy. A long, but not as strenuous as I expected. I would do this hike again in a heartbeat!!!

4 months ago

17 miles!! Longest hike in one day! This was a great accomplishment!(May 2017)

Wow, what a hike! As an amateur hiker I hardly knew what I was getting into when my family and I decided to take the trip up to the Adirondacks and hike Mt. Marcy. It was nearing the end of May 2016 and I was wearing my old, worn-out, “banana-peel” bottom sneakers that I soon learned was a big mistake once we discovered the top third of the mountain was snow-covered and icy. It was quite an exhausting trip up the mountain, especially with the snow, but well worth the view at the top of the mountain range. While waiting for some of my family to get to the summit I ate my lunch and took a 30 minute nap. The trip took about 10 hours and was about 17 miles total.

Strenuous hike, but not too much so. Was my friend's first high peak! Took us about 6 hours round trip.

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4 months ago

Attempted on 1/10/18 and had to turn back right at the base of the slide. It took me 4.5 hours to make it that far due to the snow. I had to break trail the whole way and in some places I sunk in over 2-3 feet deep even with snow shoes so keep in mind. Very difficult trail with snow. Know your limits and don't try and overdue yourself because even at the summit you'll have 9 miles left to go back.

Great hike, especially in the winter. Nice trail, amazing views, three high peaks, and it only takes about 6 hours.

super hard 9 hours total awesome

super hard 9 hours total awesome

super hard 9 hours total

Ice climbed to the summit.

Did this yesterday...Lots of ice but so fun. This hike was not for the faint of heart though.

not the easiest with icy conditions , beautiful waterfalls on the way up to the main trail.

I've hiked all over the country, and this is by far one of my favorite hikes. The complaints below are laughable and should be disregarded. "A lot of stones and mud on the trail"? Really?

Great Hike. Recommend getting there early, limited parking near trailhead. We did Basin 1st then Saddleback. Going up Saddleback was a little dicey since you have to climb rock face, we were glad that we didn't have to climb down Saddleback!!

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