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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.
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.
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
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!
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.