Great Range Loop Trail is a 15 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Length15.0 miElevation gain5,495 ftRoute typeLoop
BackpackingHikingNature tripsBird watchingForestLakeRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersBugsMuddyScrambleNo dogs
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This is a challenging hike that starts out at the Huberts Parking area and follows the West Brook Trail to Wedge Brook Trail up through some beautiful woods to Lower Wolf Jaw. The trail from Upper Wolf Jaw to Armstrong can be a little challenging and includes a few rock scrambles 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 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.

St. Huberts parking area

St. Huberts Trailhead: The parking area is just off of Rte 73 just 7.5 miles west from exit 30 off of I-87. Or if your coming from Lake Placid just take Rte 73 down to Keene Valley and follow signs to Ausable Club.

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Giovanni Calle
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Robert Payst
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HikingGreat!MuddyRocky

Great trail, got Sawteeth as well, lots of mud and some rain and snow mixed

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Julie Dahlen
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We took the East river trail and did Sawteeth, Pyramid Peak, Gothics, Armstrong, and Upper Wolf Jaw. Weather was rainy, but trails were well marked. Highly recommend grabbing Sawteeth as it is only .5 miles from the Weld trail junction. From that junction, Pyramid was .7 miles, and from Pyramid Gothics was .5 miles. Coming down Upper Wolfjaw was brutal on the knees, but the foliage was spectacular. Running times from the trail register: to Sawteeth (3:24:08), pyramid peak (4:23:07), Gothics (4:47:44), Armstrong (5:35:06), Upper Wolfjaw (6:21:23). Total hike time 9:57:03, 15.3 miles

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Jason Cole
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Corine Pettit
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We did the loop on a clockwise direction taking the West River Trail then up to Pyramid, Gothics, Armstrong, Upper & Lower Wolfjaw in that order. The view from Pyramid absolutely stole the show - unreal! The hike definitely has its share of really steep sections, and some tight maneuvering is required at times too. Make sure you absolutely have the map downloaded for the trail before you get there because there are a lot of junctions and places to get easily turned around if you don’t have a map. The final descent from Lower Wolfjaw back to the West River trail was frankly miserable - 4.5 miles straight down and brutal on your knees - by far the worst part of the hike hands down. Bring poles if you want to walk tomorrow. Overall an amazing hike, just be prepared for the descent to be longgg and steep. Oh and lots of water. Went just over 2.5L on a cool 55 degree day. Total time: 11 hours. Total distance: 16.4miles

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Travis Olivera
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Caitee Smith
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BackpackingGreat!MuddyRockyScramble

I did this as part of a backpacking trip. We started the day out hiking to one of the primitive sites by Indian Head, then got a very late start to the day after setting up camp (around 10-11am.) We started at Indian Head, then went down and back up to the intersection in the trail between Pyramid Peak and Sawteeth. We hadn't planned to do Sawteeth but we ended up hiking Sawteeth, then Pyramid Peak, then Gothics, then Armstrong. We hit Upper Wolfjaw at sunset and decided against completing Lower Wolfjaw. The hike was great and overall not incredibly challenging. Would recommend this to anyone and everyone, including camping out! It's a very, very rocky hike with some technically challenging parts such as scrambles and ladders. Make sure you have shoes on with actual tread. Make sure your pack has a headlamp because this hike can definitely take longer than you initially planned.

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Josh Sears
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Very steep at times. Path down is very steep and long. AMAZING views though!

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Josh Sears
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Very steep but only a decent view

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Jordan McAdam
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This makes for a very long day! We clocked in at 19 miles...without completing lower wolfjaw (it's a steep climb! and we were running out of steam). Recommend going to Sawteeth/Gothics first because Armstrong down to the Wolfjaw junction is incredibly steep and rugged. Also, we had the last parking spot at Giant at 4:30 am on a Saturday. Unless you're a super early riser, I'd recommend having a non-high peak trail to hike as a back-up plan!

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Brian Chew
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Did this loop without Indian Head. First 4 miles on Lake Road were very easy and made for a quick run. Going up to Sawteeth wasn't hard but also wasn't a cake walk. Nothing special on the summit of Sawteeth, but has a few outcrops with better views. They don't lie about the view from Pyramid, easily one of the best views in the ADK's. Very short hike from Pyramid to Gothics which provides even more incredible views. Easy hike to Armstrong. There's a big ladder between Armstrong and UWJ which is missing a couple rungs at the top, which can make it difficult for shorter people. Overall, the Wolf Jaws were decent and it was a long walk back to the car. Total time: 11 hours. Total distance: 16ish miles.

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Emily M
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7/29- Got to the parking area at 9:30 and all spots were taken, and the overflow parking is closed. The bridge at the end of Lake Road is closed due to construction, but it's easy to rock hop across. I filtered some more water to top off as I crossed the river, which was a good decision because there is no water anywhere else until Wedge Brook. This is a really nice loop! Both Weld Trail and Wedge Brook trails are pretty gradual. Very steep coming down from Armstrong, but a lot of fun. If I were to do it again, I would do it counter clockwise, as Lake Hill Road has a bit of a grade that would have been easier running down vs up and would have saved me a bit of time. All in all, took me a bit longer than anticipated at 6 hours exact.

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Alana Kornaker
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BEAUTIFUL VIEWS ON GOTHICS

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Allison Defibaugh
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Started at 4am, ended at 7:30pm. “Easy” part of the day is the Lake Rd walk in. 4 miles and 1,000’ of elevation. The hardest part of this trail is heading up the Weld. Take your time and plan to use Gatorade or similar to keep the cramps away and the hydration up. At the junction to turn toward Pyramid (didn’t need Sawteeth) at 8am. It’s one long slab, really. Lots of root grabbing and rock walking. Stunning (unmarked) peak. Down steep but easy and up to Gothics. Another absolutely stunning ridge-walking beauty. Marked summit here. Down and up quick to Armstrong. Can bail out back to Lake Rd after this... down Armstrong is steep and it goes down in a hurry. Way down. Little bit of a walk then steep ups to Upper Wolf Jaws - apparently I missed the true summit here... the high point is in the woods. Not at the view. A good vista but you’ve been spoiled with the earlier views. Round 1pm by now and it was the heat of the day. Down hard. Almost as steep and hard as Armstrong. There’s a 6-7’ drop and there’s a steep difficult ladder. If you came up from the Garden and have a dog hiker with you, I did not see a possible canine rock scramble. This would need to be a carried-down. My dog hiker is amazing and she could not have done this ladder. It’s basically straight down. There’s no way to do it head first. ...Some junctions and then a pretty quick up to Lower Wolf Jaw. Not a huge view here. Back down the way you came and the 3 hour slog out the river trails to the car. Tremendously enjoyable hike. 10:10 would hike again.

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Todd F
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This hike is nothing short of epic—the ridge trail, in particular, is rugged fun, with several scrambling puzzles to figure out. The views from Pyramid, Gothics and Armstrong are outstanding. Finished in about 9 hours and went through 3L of water. A few tips to make the hike even better: —Taking the road for four miles to start the hike, as indicated on this route, is a pretty uninspiring way to kick things off. I recommend taking one of the trails along the river to the north of the road. They’re much more interesting and the ground is softer. Also, as of this posting (early July 2020), the bridge on this route is out crossing the river north of Lower Ausable Lake, so best to get on the West River Trail when you’re able. —If you have the time, consider taking the scenic route up Sawteeth (not the Weld trail as indicated in this route). You’ll miss out on a waterfall but it wasn’t the most exciting thing. It would make the trip to Sawteeth feel more worthwhile since the view from the mountain itself is underwhelming. —Unless you’re a completionist, don’t feel the need to head up Lower Wolfjaw if you’re feeling tired. It’s also somewhat underwhelming.

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