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Adirondack 10 Peak Tour is a 29.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 29.6 mi Elevation gain 11,902 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

Cross country skiing

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This backpacking trail includes the following mountain peaks: Phelps, Table top, Mount Marcy, Mount Skylight, Gray Peak, Mount Redfield, Cliff Mt, Iroquois Peak, Algonquin Peak, Wright Peak

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John Detty
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HikingOff trail

This is a very hard trail. Hiking most of these peaks with a full multi-day pack is not very feasible. Not all of the trails are still being used or don’t exist anymore. We started it backwards with Algonquin peak. It was enough for day just by itself. We base camped at Cold Brook campsite next to the lake. Day two we did Marcy, but missed two other peaks because their trails aren’t being used from the loop as shown. Day three we did avalanche pass and out through the Marcy Dam trail. It was quite beautiful, as were the other peaks. Rangers there advised us that trying to do this tour in completion has caused several evacuations and rescues in the last year. Only attempt this in its entirety, if you are a diehard backpacker with impeccable physical shape. Day hike loops from a base camp is much more safe and less wearing on the body. It is great to test your endurance and physique, but don’t be dead set on it as written/drawn. Get a paper map and plan this out with current trails.

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Randy B.
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Hiking

DO NOT attempt this trail with snowpack on the peaks. I used microspikes and trekking poles and had 4-5 ft of snow thawing on Mt. Marcy on May 23. Very slow and difficult. Also, don't attempt to use the Ski Trails! To begin clockwise, take Van Hoevenberg Trail, NOT Mr. Van Ski Trail. Views are spectacular, totally worth a few days in late June-early September.

Chris Buchleitner
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownRockyScramble

Tough trail strait up the mountains

Tim Lagnese
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

We were unable to complete all the out and backs to all the peaks. That being said, the peaks we did hit (6 out of 10) were well worth it. We went counter-clockwise hitting Wright first. The trail down from Algonquin was really rough and I was glad to get that out of the way on the first day. We camped out near Lake Colden which gave us about 9 miles on the first day. The following day was a lot easier. That was when we started skipping some of the out and backs - We only hit skylight and marcy. After that we finished the rest of the route avoiding out and backs. One note is that we did not take any of the ski trails and instead took alternative trails.

Noémie Prudhomme
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HikingMuddyRocky
First to Review

Nous n’avons pas fait cette randonnée tel que proposée. 10 sommets représentent un défi quasi-impossible vu la lourdeur de notre équipement et ce bien que nous soyons jeunes et entraînés! C’était notre première fois en rando-camping et dans les adirondack, voici ce que nous aurions aimé savoir... Le route est très achalandée, si vous êtes du type à rechercher la tranquilité, ce n’est certainement pas l’idéal. Prenez note qu’il n’y a pas de terrain de camping entre un peu avant Phelps mountain et feldspar brook à moins de faire un détour par le lac Arnold. Vous ne pourrez certainement pas faire Phelps, tabletop, Marcy, skylight et Greypeak avec votre équipement en une fois; Marcy à lui seul est un mastodonte. Sa pente n’est pas raide, mais longue. D’ailleurs, le sentier principal de la boucle est intéressant même sans faire tous les monts adjacents, et devrait vous prendre environ 3 jours, 2 nuits. Si votre défi consiste à grimper toutes les montagnes, allez déposer votre équipement d’abord, ou voyagez léger, car vos articulations ne s’en remetteront pas. Prévoyez plus de vêtements chauds que vous ne l’auriez cru necessaire: malgré une journée ensoleillée, une fois en haut, une tempête de verglas nous est tombée sur la tête en début d’Août et le sentier était boueux et mouillé. Il est interdit de faire un feu sur tout le territoire donc impossible d’y sécher nos vêtements ou de se réchauffer les pieds. N’amenez-pas trop d’eau, c’est lourd! Des pastilles de chlores et une bouilloire sont préférables, il y a des sources partout! Il faut mettre la nourriture dans des « bearCannister » que vous pourrez louer sur place. Pour ce qui en est de notre expérience globale, nous y retourneront certainement car nous avons bien apprécié malgré tout! Ce n’est pas un petit hicking du dimanche, c’est une belle aventure que nous recommandons, mais allez-y avec flexibilité et ne soyez pas trop sévère avec vous même ou déçu si vous ne suivez pas cette belle boucle tel que prévu.

Christopher Venezia
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Christopher Venezia
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Tres Taylor
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Joseph Vidarte
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