This trail is great and really pretty. Would've given it the full 5 stars except Nun-Da-Ga-O is NOT dog friendly. We went up to Big Crow and started around the loop, only to have to turn around right before getting up on the ridge because there is a rock scramble that dogs absolutely should not do. Maybe with a little dog you could help them, but my two big dogs who are pretty fearless and hike a lot were not able to climb what is a nearly vertical rock face. Maybe going the opposite direction around you could help them down, but up was not an option.

A quick hike up to Big Crow with great views. It was a bluebird day with outstanding views of the Great Range

The views are beautiful from the Ridge. I hiked this out of shape so it seemed long with lots of ups and downs. I brought my athletic dog and there was one spot he needed help with. Other than that he had no problem with the terrain. I was surprised to see bits of ice still on the trail. Mud season is definitely upon us in the Adirondacks. The trail is not well marked and sections resemble a narrow herd path. Still a beautiful hike!

Winter hike after a fresh snow on the trail is very dangerous. The trail is NOT MARKED. After a fresh snow, while it is somewhat fun to look for the trail at first , it becomes pretty hard and slow with a lot of false trails up on the ridge. What seemed to be an easy , less than 6 mi hike turned for us into a dangerous outing of 12 hours in midst of winter , and after the sunset with temperatures rapidly dropping close to -20F. I'm an experienced hiker, but once again this is a good reminder to take any hike especially in winter very seriously. After sunset we were very close to finishing the loop, but I could not locate the trail in the dark anymore . We turned around and traced our steps back which was very hard and exhausting in such low temperatures . Family called for the rescue which was very appreciated. Our phones didn't work in cold , but forest rangers were able to pick a ping from one of the phones at some point on the trail and came to meet us. Next time you go there bring some tape to mark the trail, you might save a life!
On a good note, the trail is really beautiful!

The directions to the trailhead at Crows Crossing is spot on and can easily be found at the very end of O'Toole Road. It is 0.7 miles to the summit of Big Crow with moderate climbing. We chose to continue on 0.5 miles through the col to Little Crow. We had to follow cairns at times when we could not see the red trail markers. We retraced our steps back to Big Crow and started our descent. When we got to the junction for the Nun-da-ga-0 Ridge we decided we didn't have 5+ miles left in us. We will save the full adventure for next time. Crow Crossing to Big Crow to Little Crow and returning via the same route was 3 1/2 hours.

It was a terrific excursion. I would be wary of a couple drop-off points when considering children.

snowshoeing
Monday, April 03, 2017

The hike up to Big Crow was nice with great views to be had. We only hiked half of the ridge due to losing the trail at times. The ridge trail is not marked and was hard to follow at times in the snow. We had to snowshoe the whole hike. The road up to the parking was plowed all the way, so we had an additional .4 miles added to the hike.

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

9/17. Hiked this in reverse order. Started out by hiking to lost pond. Our lab,Stella wanted a bath, but it was muddy and the water was low. She enjoyed it, and shook mud on us both. Continued on to the summit of Weston mountain. Easy hike until the last 3/10 or so mile. This section of the trail was very eroded and steep. Had lunch on top. Lovely views and quite windy. Continued on over the nun da ga o ridge. Nice hike with great views along the rim of the ledge. A bit tricky finding the trail after hiking on the rock ledges. Had to look for scrapes in the rocks from crampons of winter hikers. Really a nice walk thru the forest and at times out on the ledges. However, there was a few scrambles down some rocky cliffs. Had to go ahead to find the trail; than backtrack and in a few places lift the dog off a steep ledge. Slow and steady...
Finished off the hike with a climb up big crow mountain. Well worth the half mile or so hike up! Really great views!!
All in all, a great hike, it is dog friendly; but your best friend will need a helping hand at times!

hiking
Thursday, August 11, 2016