Lower/Upper Wolfjaw, Armstrong, and Gothics Loop Trail

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Lower/Upper Wolfjaw, Armstrong, and Gothics Loop Trail is a 15.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

15.2 miles
5,065 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly




nature trips






This trail is a great way to tackle 4 ADK 46ers in one single day hike. This trail takes you to the summits of lower and upper wolf jaw, Armstrong mountain, and Gothics. There are opportunities to camp overnight near Johns Brook Lodge in order to break up this trail in multiple days.

3 months ago

We parked in the Rooster Comb parking lot and walked to The Garden parking lot. A fantastic day hike, especially the climb up Gothics with the cables. Not much to see at the top of LWJ but its a nice steep climb, or at least feels steep after doing 3 other high peaks. We walked back to Rooster Comb parking lot which was a nice trail.

4 months ago

did this trail on a monday and the lot was nearly full at quarter to 7 so get there early if you're worried about finding a spot.

hike was rough, went up the gothics and down the wolfjaw and can't imagine doing the alternative route. real steep going up the gothics and by steep I mean climbing and sliding down rock face and using the provided rope and steps. gothics had a real nice view and was lucky to have three hawks/falcons circling looking for some grub when I summited.

continued to armstrong and upper wolfjaw was some what tedious. skinny trail, muddy and climbing down and up rocky creekbeds was not necessarily pleasureable, especially considering the gothics had by far the best view and summit yet a ways to go.

didn't want to do lower wolfjaw as I was running low on water and the streams and creeks past john brooks lodge were small. I brought somewhere around 3.5L's and ran out at the end so I definitely recommend bringing a filtration system to keep you moving.

Took me about 8 hours total and it was brutal from the ascent up Gothics. hard to say if it was worth it past the Gothics so I hope the ADK's offer more worthwhile hikes than this, at it was my first.

5 months ago

Really hard but great trail!

6 months ago

We started and ended our hike from John's Brook Lodge (highly recommend!) and cut our Lower Wolfjaw, for reasons discussed later. The best way to complete this loop if starting with Gothics and ending with the Wolfjaw(s). It is much more enjoyable to go UP the cables/ladder sections on Gothics than to come down them. Once you reach the long wooden Ladder/Stairs on Gothics, that is when the climbing starts! Gothics offers some of the best views anywhere in the Adirondacks, for a significant portion of the ascent. Be sure to take time on the cable section to look out at the views, as well as all along the ridge/summit. When you reach Armstrong, it is just a quick detour off the trail to a small rocky ledge- that is the summit! Many hikers miss this summit altogether, but you'll have great views of Gothics and much of what you have just hiked from here. Continuing along the ridge will bring you to Upper Wolfjaw, and a sign marks the small jaunt to its summit- a similarly small rocky outcropping with decent views. You can decide to add on Lower Wolfjaw when you come to the next junction with a sign. We did not, as there are no views of significance from here, and the last 1/4 mile of the ascent is a fairly steep scramble. I would only recommend adding this on if you are getting your 46. Overall an AMAZING day hike, with some of the best views the Adirondacks have to offer- be sure to take your time ascending Gothics to really appreciate the 360 views! You'll be able to see Mt. Marcy in the distance, as well as Saddleback, and upper and lower Ausable lakes.

9 months ago

This way is the best route if youre going to do all of these peaks versus going from the other way! So glad we did the loop as wolfjaws first then down the line and even added on saddleback at the end too as just a mile detour!

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