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Big Slide Mountain via The Brothers

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High Peaks Wilderness

Big Slide Mountain via The Brothers is a 7.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 7.6 miles Elevation Gain: 3,126 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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no dogs

A fantastic hike with great High Peaks views, elevation gain, rock scrambling, and a well marked trail. This is a real gem. The Brothers Path is a rocky ridge for the first 1.5 miles. Then the ascent to Big Slide Peak. A local favorite and staple in the High Peaks area. Parking will definitely fill up on weekends, and hikers will need to park 3 miles down the road and pay for a shuttle. Well worth the cost (start early to get a parking space!!).

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21 hours ago

We found this hike relatively easy compared to other high peaks we’ve done - but still very difficult for an unseasoned hiker. Beautiful views all the way up, and quite a bit of scrambling. Ladders towards the top assist with scaling bald rock faces. A great day hike!

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2 days ago

Not sure why Big Slide is rated moderate because it’s pretty challenging. Took us about 3 hours to get to the top. Lots of mud and steady run off and some rock faces that are fairly steep. We had sun, snow, hail, rain but when we got the summit, the clouds had moved out and the views are amazing.....worth the effort for sure. Total distance is about 8 miles and took us 6 hours including a few short breaks and 15-20 mins at the top.

Amazing views coming up Brothers trail! Was a little muddy, but that’s expected for spring hiking. Luckily no ice or snow left on any of the trails. The weather was pretty wild with snow, rain and sleet throughout the hike. Took a wrong turn on the way down and ended up coming down Phelps trail. Would definitely say brothers trail should be rated hard going up. Might be too difficult for the not so avid doggy hiker.

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3 days ago

Great trail. Was still icy and very muddy for the last mile or so but offered consistently great views throughout. Would definitely do again.

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3 days ago

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4 days ago

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9 days ago

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9 days ago

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9 days ago

Fantastic hike! Crampons are helpful in the last mile, not necessary if you have poles. Or or the other suggested as remaining ice and mud is slick.

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11 days ago

A great hike today! Multiple spectacular views as you ascend the brothers and take in the beauty of the Great Range. Still a decent amount of ice and snow as you make your way from the brothers to Big Slide, but we never used our spikes. A perfect hike with a little bit of everything along the way.

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