Lower Great Range is a 14.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
14.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5,495 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

In this epic loop hike you will climb Sawteeth, Pyramid, Gothics, Armstrong, Upper and Lower Wolfjaw grabbing five 46ers This is one epic loop climb that will gain you five more 4,000 foot 46er peaks as well as Pyramid Peak on the way to Gothics. You'll start off down the Lake Road to the beautiful Ausable Lake, take a detour to Rainbow Falls and then ascend a less traveled scenic trail up to the top of Sawteeth with great views over Lower Ausable Lake to Colvin and Nippletop. From there you will climb up Pyramid to Gothics with many views of slides everywhere on the mountains around you. From there you will travel north along the Lower Great Range over Armstrong, down steep ladders and ledges to the Wolfjaws to return via the East trail along the Ausable river on the opposite side of the Lake Road for a change of view. This trip is 17 miles of pretty tiring terrain with a lot of ups and downs between peaks. You can accomplish this in a summer day but be sure to get an early start.

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1 month ago

Epic! This is a special place. I did the loop clockwise and recommend this direction. First thing you want to do is take in the Rainbow Falls, I had breakfast there. Then take the Scenic Trail because, well, it's quite scenic with many marvelous ledge/cliff views of the south side of the lake and surrounding area. There is also a cool erratic at one of the vista spots, perched on the cliff, a must-see. This trail is steep and long, that's why I suggest going up this where the steep descending trails in the Upper Wolf Jaw area are relatively quick/short. Great views from each of the 46er summits and Pyramid too. I got slowed down a bit by some late rain so did not summit Lower Wolf Jaw. If you're tired at this point, save that for another day! This was GREAT! I want to join the Ausable Club too!!!

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3 months ago

Long day (roughly 12hrs) but worth every step for the awesome views!

3 months ago

As for a long day hike in the Adirondacks this range might be the most bang for your buck, but it will be a long and very full day. I completed this hike in 10 hours exactly car-to-car. I started off by walking all the way down to the Lake Road to the lake. Went up the Sawteeth scenic route to start the day. It began going along the lake for a while then started going up gradually. The scenic route includes 5 different “look outs” which were all great. Got to Sawteeth around 3 hours and 15 minutes from leaving my car. Next went to Gothics via Pyramid. Stayed on the range trail the majority of the day. Getting to Gothics was tiring but then going to Armstrong wasn’t too bad. Going down Armstrong to Upper Wolf Jaw was super steep with one extremely steep section including a ladder and cliff. Upper Wolf to lower wolf wasn’t as bad as it looked. Lower Wolf is wooded but still has lookout views. Went down the wedge brook trail to the west river trail out finishing the loop. Long day. All 5 (6) summits had great views. Some summits were bigger than others but all were good with at least a look out summit. Pyramid’s summit may have had the most unique views of the days due to its views of the slides. Great hike especially on a sunny blue sky day like I had. Full day, I’m beat.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

I don’t think think we would do it again, but what an adventure and hike! Amazing views on the first 4 peaks, with the last being wooded.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Me and my brother did this hike in Early September on a week day and had most of the peaks to ourselves. From the parking lot it's a 3 mile walk through the woods down a gravel road. after that you begin you Climb up sawtooth . In my opinion that's the toughest part of the hike and it doesn't offer much of a veiw at all. the next few peaks are pretty beautiful I personally found pyramid to be my favorite ,Gothics is also pretty cool . Upper and lower wolf jaw are the last two peaks are really tough up and downs that's ultimately lead to a very limited veiw. Very challenging but beautiful hike . Bring plenty of water

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Did this hike after a couple days of rain, so conditions were quite muddy and slippery, but certainly doable with good boots. The "scenic" trail up Sawteeth wasn't as scenic as I'd hoped, but how can you not take a trail marked "scenic" in the Adirondacks? This hike took me 10.5 hours from the St. Huberts parking lot, so I'd recommend leaving early so you'll have more light on the descent where the mountain blocks the sun. If you're not trying to get all 46 I might skip Lower Wolfjaw - a lot of work for a disappointing view through the trees. Then again, it's the journey - not the destination!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

As with any hike originating out of the St Huberts parking lot and using the Lake Road - there are NO dogs allowed. You can only access these peaks via private AMR property - which does not allow dogs at all. Just a word of caution.

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