Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

I did marcy in the outing of September. Although the trail was very long, it wasn’t difficult. Nothing crazy steep, or terribly hard. Very easy to follow. But not going on a busy holiday weekend, the trail was very busy which was annoying. I would highly recommend doing Indian Falls on your way up and down. It’s 5 seconds off the trail. I would also recommend doing Tabletop while you are right there. I didn’t do it but is only .7 mi away from the trail. Adding only 1.4 miles to your day and +1 to your 46er list. The top was beautiful. You hav ran amazing view of the MacIntyre’s and the Great Range and Haystack.

hit this on 10/16. solo it took me 6 hours to reach both peaks and return, I didn't stop very often except for the peaks. towards the top, things were a bit icy, and the descent from Giant to RPR was definitely the toughest; I went for a few tumbles. was able to get away without microspikes, but it looks.like those days are numbered. Bring layers, it was mid 50s at the base, but ~5 degrees with wind chill at the top.

A little icy at the top but amazing view. Could see many high peaks. Started trail at 7am was nice but muddy coming back down. Definitely waterproof footwear.

Short, quick and easy. First half in is flat, then an easy trek to the summit. I'd say this is great for kids and beginners.

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5 days ago

I love trails like this. It's a rock scramble almost immediately. The boulders you're stepping on, over, and around act like a natural staircase.

The short trails is short and steep. Before long you're staring at Algonquin, Marcy, and a few other peaks, with Heart Lake shimmering directly below.

We took the short trail back down.

Started from the lot at 6:40 and got back at 15:50. I was somewhat surprised it took me so long as I was really breezing down the last part. Upper sections were icy however, and the crampons were of great help. A lot of mud and water after Indian Falls; the ice started maybe 1.5 mile before the summit (not all over the place but enough to make you ponder your steps). Just a few people on top and met maybe 40-50 people going down - a manageable population for such a long hike.

Hiked this on a beautiful sunny October 14th day. Ice had started to form on the trail when nearing the top of Giant, along with some snow on the trees. Awesome view at the top. The hike to RPR proved to be tough as there was some slippery sections with mud. By the time we turned around and went back, all the ice had melted on the trail and it was easier getting down. All in all a great shorter hike that we did in just over 7 hours, but just know it won’t be long until snow and ice start to form along the entire trail.

We were bit nervous considering the other comments to complete this hike in November. However, we found this hike to be beautiful, diverse, and really achievable. We are in our late 20s/early 30s and are fairly fit. We reached the Summit within 3h30minutes, and completed the trip in 7 hours with about 30+ minutes of breaks.

Indian falls is only a few steps off the trail and beautiful. A rewarding trail, particualrly with kind people to meet along the way. You can do it!

parking payant
belle randonnée
première partie difficile car le sentier est en roche , nous avons pris le chemin court. cela monte à pic.
si mal aux genoux ou autre... passez votre chemin.
peu de monde sur le sentier en septembre.
balisage moyen.

hiking
6 days ago

Great little hike, it won't take you all day which gives you time to explore Lake Placid and everything around it.

This was the right hike for the busy Columbus Day weekend - only saw ten other hikers. The trail was not marked but fairly easy to follow. The brook was high enough that shoes off for the crossing was the right decision, and on the way back the water felt pretty refreshing. Some nice little lookouts from both Street and Nye. I've heard people say this hike isn't worth it unless you're going for 46, but I really enjoyed it and thought it was a pretty relaxed day compared to a lot of Adk hikes - "only" about 2500 ft of elevation gain. The gorgeous near-peak fall trees didn't hurt!

Good hike! The trail wasn’t too hard it was pretty flat until the very end and even still it wasn’t terrible! It was snowing halfway up to the summit and it was getting slippery towards the top. It was very foggy and there was very limited views. Don’t be fooled by the false peak on the way up!

Easy, quick hike. Went today, sadly it was cloudy, but they cleared just enough for a little bit of a view at the top! Also witnessed some small snow flurries when we at the top as well. Only one section where you really are going up, the rest is relatively flat. Was not able to find the true summit, we tried looking for 10 - 15 minutes for it.

Had a great time hiking this trail with one of my best friends. Perfect weather, and beautiful foliage. 10/10 would recommend

The second half of the trail is extremely muddy with many sections turning into a rocky stream. There are also a couple slippery waterfall climbs. The summit is beautiful with great views but I'm not sure it's worth the 4+ hours of slogging through the mud. The total distance is around 27.5km or 17 miles so a bit longer than what's listed here.

Did this hike Oct 07. Very challenging. Very wet. Running water on rock climb to summit. Rewarding to reach the summit, but unfortunately clouded in, so no views.
Hike back to LOJ via Lake Arnold trail is looooong! 11 hrs total.

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11 days ago

From South Meadow Road, this is roughly 2.25 miles each way. Mile 1 is flat all the way to the pond. You gain all of your elevation in mile 2. A bit of mud, wet rocks and some trash (downed trees) to pick your way through, but hey, you're in the Adirondacks, right? Took us 1.5 hours each way at a leisurely pace. Not a panoramic view up top, maybe 160 degree views WSW to ESE from multiple viewpoints. Overall very enjoyable, will repeat.

10/8/18 was a great hike and as you continued your climb it became increasingly more steep. It was almost like a warm up for what was to come. I decided to do Wright peak first which I think was a good idea since after I did Algonquin I decided to go the “extra mile” and do Iroquois as well. Not sure I would have had it in me after both of those peaks to come back and do Wright. All in all it was a decently difficult hike. Technically 4 peaks total but boundary isn’t recognized as a 46er because of its close proximity to Algonquin, nevertheless I like to make myself feel better by saying I tackled 4 peaks. Total time for me was 6 hours 15 minutes from trailhead to trailhead using my garmin watch it somehow clocked me at 16.1 miles total. So something might have been off between my watch and the trail signs. I don’t know. The views at each peak were obscured by total cloud coverage so I didn’t spend much time at any peak really but I did stop multiple times on the lower levels to see some foliage and enjoy the beauty of the trails. Would love to do them again on a clear day if I could.

There isn’t much that I could add to what others have said. This is a tough trek, but incredibly rewarding. Make sure you are prepared: water, food, layers, and water filtration. It’s long, but amazing!

Nothing too special about these two. There were no great views and the trail was a bit hard to find in one spot in particular after a major river crossing - but I’m going to blame that on the new fallen leaves obscuring the trail.

Unless you’re going after all 46 of the highest peaks, I’d skip this hike. It wasn’t too hard, there were no good rock scrambles, and all in all, it wasn’t a very noteworthy hike.

The trail is challenging due to the distance. Some scrambling but not super large boulders. The day was wet and muddy-careful not to slip. Once I reached the summit it was windy and cold. The view was limited due to the cloud cover. I will return on a clear day.

Easy for regular hikers, very pretty trail especially with the fall colors. Trail was a bit muddy. Rocky falls was cute. Not sure I would do it again though.

hiking
11 days ago

Stunning views of the high peaks columbus day weekend, despite the clouds. Short trail is fun, lots of boulders and some scrambling, will get your heart pumping! Long trail is far easier on the ankles and not difficult.. Five or so other groups on the summit, but within 15 m i had it all to myself. Would definitely recommend. Took about 1h up, 35m down.

Best East Coast hike I've ever done. The trail was wet most of the way which made for some tricky footing in the middle section, but even the steeper portions weren't technical to ascend or descend. Arrived on a Friday at 10 AM and plenty of parking was left. Got to the summit at 1:15, back to the car at 5:30 after lingering at the top and at Indian Falls (also a must-see) on the descent.

The crowds, that’s the only real complaint I have about this one and the only reason I’d skip doing it again. Get a super early start using a headlamp and it’ll be a lot more enjoyable. Just don’t plan on having the summit to yourself for long. Granted, it was Columbus Day weekend, but I easily passed 100-150people who were heading up as I was heading down.

As with all trails in the Adirondacks, this one has its muddy spots, but it’s not as bad as other trails I’ve been on recently. Also, if you’re looking for a challenge and some fun rock scrambles, you’re not going to find it with Marcy. Marcy is very consistent and gradual all the way up.

I will say the view at the top is great, even on a semi-cloudy day. The clouds on the day I was up there were coming and going and made for some interesting pictures and views.

hiking
13 days ago

Did this hike with my wife for our first year anniversary over the Labor Day weekend. Weather was humid, but the trail wasn’t too difficult to navigate. Great views from the top, even on an overcast day.

I am 49, an ultra runner and pretty fit. This hike took me 4 hours up and 3 1/2 down. I took zero breaks and only spent about 10 minutes on the summit because it was an incredibly cloudy with no view (and cold!). The last mile is strenuous as it pretty much becomes rock scrambling. This is a great hike but do not underestimate the elements and the time it may take getting up/back.

This hike is unbelievable. It was my very first time hiking any of the 46 ADK peaks, and I started right in with Wright & Algonquin! They were amazing to say the least. We did Wright first, very steep 0.4 mile from where the trail splits into Wright or Algonquin. The views were BREATHTAKING! Heart lake looked glorious from up there, and there’s the plaque in dedication to the helicopter that crashed there in 1922 (i think?). The way down was actually just as challenging, which I never took in to account! Very slippery!
Algonquin was 0.6 from trail split, not as challenging but not easy. Unfortunately by the one we got up there we were in a cloud, which was actually quite interesting, but you couldn’t see anything. Looking forward to doing it again, hopefully with a view!

Great great hike. At the top of Giant you have an amazing view of just about nearly all of the other high peaks. Continuing on to RPR the trail down to the col is steep and brutal. Then it's a fairly simple, straightforward hike up to RPR. When we got there clouds had moved in but they cleared for a few minutes to give us a great view of the Dix Range. Then instead of hiking back up to Giant we bushwhacked down the col along a creek bed, popping back onto the Giant Trail just beyond the Washbowl. A totally insane thing I will never do again. Lost my phone, nearly lost my glasses, walked in water up to my knees on slippery creek rocks, got soaked by a passing storm. At least I have a good story to show for it.

hiking
14 days ago

Easy hike for the beginner but offers you a magnificent view of the high peaks. There are about 3-4 spots on the submit you can enjoy the view and take endless photos. The trail is well marked and maintained.

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