Great Range Loop Trail

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Great Range Loop Trail is a 16.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
16.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5459 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

scramble

no dogs

A challenging ADK hike starting from Huberts Parking area to the West River trail to Lower Wolf Jaw, Upper Wolf Jaw, Armstrong, Gothics and Pyramid. Returning via the Wedge Brook trail. This is a challenging hike that starts out at the Huberts Parking area and then follows the West Brook trail to Wedge Brook Trail up through some beautiful woods to Lower Wolf Jaw (ADK High Peak @ 4175'). The views from LWJ are very limited during leaf on conditions. From Lower Wolf Jaw you will head over and average terrain trail including an intermediate peak to Upper Wold Jaw (ADK High Peak @ 4185'). The summit of UWJ includes a small outcrop that offers some nice views. The trail from Upper Wolf Jaw to Armstrong (ADK HIgh Peak @ 4400') can be a little challenging and includes a few rock scrammbles as well as a very fun ladder. The view from Armstrong is excellent. Armstrong to Gothics is fairly easy and the view upon arrival is fantastic. Gothics to Pyramid (not an ADK High Peak - 4515') may look daunting while standing on the summit of Gothics but it is worth the effort to get over to it as the views are the best out of any of the four you just summited. As you crest over Pyramid you can choose to go on to Sawteeth or you can descend on the trail to Rainbow Falls Trail which will take you to the falls along your way. This is an all day hike of approximately 15 miles with significant gain and it is very challenging. Cell service is very limited in the ADK's as well as water sources so you should be prepared with a properly packed daypack, a map and a compass (and know how to use them) and always sign in at the trailhead and let someone know where you are going. It is never recommended to hike alone. Beware that no dogs are allowed and this restriction is strictly enforced. The parking is across the highway from the Roaring Brook access to Giant Mt. and is at the southerly of the two junctions of Rt. 73 and Ausable Rd. (not "Ausable Club Rd.") On a busy weekend, you will likely have to park on the highway. From the parking area, walk 1/2-mile up the road past a golf course. Just before reaching he large clubhouse, turn left and down between two tennis courts to the gate house and trail register.

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1 month ago

sawteeth pyramid gothics and armstrong loop. awesome. left parking lot at 830am and back to parking lot at 6pm. forgot to turn off recorder when back at parking

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Beware that no dogs are allowed and this restriction is strictly enforced. The parking is across the highway from the Roaring Brook access to Giant Mt. and is at the southerly of the two junctions of Rt. 73 and Ausable Rd. (not "Ausable Club Rd.") On a busy weekend, you will likely have to park on the highway. From the parking area, walk 1/2-mile up the road past a golf course. Just before reaching he large clubhouse, turn left and down between two tennis courts to the gate house and trail register.

1 month ago

Great hike, even in the rain. We started at St Hubert’s and followed Lake Road out to Pyramid. We summitted Pyramid, Gothics, and Armstrong in the rain and wind. Even though we missed out on the views this time, it still felt like a great accomplishment. The weather broke around noon, so we had sunshine on Upper Wolfjaw and Lower Wolfjaw. We took our time and were cautious in the rain and wind, so it took us about 12 hours. Excited to hike this loop again in better weather.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Didnt hit the entire range this trip but did create a lolly pop loop with Saddle Back and Basin. Started early at the Garden trailhead, hiked along Johns Brook and then cached my gear at a campsite just past JBL on the right. The hike along JB is a peaceful easy climb, about a 1000ft in 3 miles. Good warm up for the steeps ahead. After lightening the load, headed upstream about a mile then turned left at Bushnells Falls. This is where the pitch starts to steepen a bit. Steady climb to Slant Rock then another left toward Haystack and Basin. Some cool views of Marcy and Haystack along this section. Turning left again at a trail split is the final ascent up Basin. Some ladders and super steep sections then summit. The climbing is hard although its worth it! The views from Basin are some of the best. Haystack, Marcy, and Skylight are front and center. Johns Brook Valley sits below and the rest of the Great Range is laid out like dominos to the right. Its breathtaking and at the same time daunting, glimpsing the rugged path ahead to Saddleback. Its another mile to Saddleback, culminating at the infamous Saddleback cliffs to summit. Steep, exposed, and definitely anxiety provoking. The sights from Saddleback are great as is the view of Gothics sheer face as you make the descent to the Orebed Trail split. After summitting 2 peaks, i pointed toward base camp. Orebed trail follows the path of a newer slide which allows some nice views of the valley and Big Slide in the distance. I crashed at camp for the night, then hiked out in the morning. Long and challenging but an awesome hike.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

My daughter and I hiked the loop July 16th, left parking lot at 8:45am & returned to car at 8:45pm as planned with just enough daylight. We traveled up the lake road abd cut right to cross river at the canyon bridge (sweet crossing) then on and crossing 2nd bridge by the waterfall (another sweet spot and worth the detour) whenever I can avoid the lake road and walk in the forest I take it. Traveled up to the split and to the right up to lwj, then back down and to the right to and up uwj (slightly better view than lwj) theses 2 you just have to do to check them off the 46er list then down and across and up to Armstrong(some fun climbing and scrambling, gives one the inspiration to try rock climbing) and @ the top some sweet 180 views, then down across and up Gothics sweet view then on to Pyramid which I just don't understand isn't a 46er although it's the highest peak on the loop, nice drop offs and views, have to say the weather was clear, sunny, warm and a but humid in the trees, but a cooling mild breeze to dry up the sweat. Down Pyramid (I hate having to go fown, cause you know it's going to cost you on the next accent up to Swateeth. We then back tracked down the Cascade Brook to Rainbow Falls, then onto the dreaded never ending lake road and down to the parking lot. Although there are a good number of wet, muddy areas nothing so great that can't be out maneuvered if. not jumped over and considering all the rain we've been getting it was drier than I had expected. The week before we did Dix and that was mud city. The views of the lake from atop the peaks was fabulous. It was a long hike for the day, plus we stopped often at the tops for photos and conversation with a few of the other hikers, given a summer weekend for the most part we felt almost alone in the wilderness so quite peaceful you just feel the awesomeness of God's creation. I wouldn't consider the loop as difficult but we did break a sweat, so challengingly moderate simply because of the total distance.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

muddy but totally worth the hike. View is awesome on Gothic and Armstrong. But so so for upper and lower Woftjaw. Totally doable for a day hike

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3 months ago

Not a bad hike at all. Climbed the 5 on a mildly warm and sunny day. Didn't start until 8 am- a late start for me. As some people had mentioned, the 3 miles out to the base of Sawteeth/Gothics can be a bit tedious. Sawteeth offers a good view of Pyramid, Gothics, and the upper Great Range (basin, haystack, etc). Pyramid is where most of your elevation gain on the range seemed to be acquired going up. Gothics has an amazing view in all directions and is the highlight of the 5. Armstrong has a small lookout. Upper WJ has a small balcony facing east towards Giant and Noonmark. Lower WJ with little to no view has a wooded summit.

Wasn't as difficult as I was expecting. Maybe having just recently finished the Sewards, Santanoni's, and Marshall- I was a bit spoiled with a comfortably wide and (relatively) dry traverse. Took a little over 9 hours (including summit time) from St. Huberts back to St. Huberts parking lot. I would definitely do the traverse again- minus Lower WJ.

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4 months ago

Crazy long hike. My favorite peaks for the hiking were Sawteeth and Lower Wolf's Jaw. Views were wonderful through much of it. Walk back on the road was really long.

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4 months ago

Toughest trail I've ever taken. I run about 30 miles a week and go to the gym regularly so I'm not out of shape and this trail kicked my butt. The up and down that this trail presented was the hardest part and there was some very minor rock climbing to do on this trail. I started at 7:45am and didnt end until 6:00pm. Granted I also climbed Saddleback and Basin. I talked to some 46ers on the trail and they all agreed that this was one of the hardest trails that the ADKs have to offer. Views are worth every second of hiking! This is one trail everyone should try in their spare time.

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

We camped a few hundred feet away from the park, on the reserve, got woken up and ticketed for trespassing, despite the late start we repeated our 3.5 mile walk down boring road and started up sawteeth. Then pyramid, gothics, Armstrong, and upper wolf jaw. Would have run out of daylight on top of lower wolf jaw, so we headed back down. Bring at least 4 liters of water and plenty of food. And make sure to camp on state land not private reserve land, bill o'Connor the mall cop in the woods is a real nozzle.