Mount Redfield and Cliff Mountain Trail

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Mount Redfield and Cliff Mountain Trail is a 17.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Placid, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length17.9 miElevation gain4,603 ftRoute typeOut & back
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SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure in Winter. This is a long day hike from Adirondack Loj and Heart Lake to two 46er peaks without maintained trails to their summits. You'll pass by a lake, and a massive slide going up Colden on the way to the start of the herd paths. When you start to head off trail onto the herd paths please keep a close eye on the very accurate track in this guide and use it as a reference to stay on the right path. Cliff has a few views but Redfield has great views South over Allen.

Heart Lake Adirondack Loj Trailhead: From Exit 30 take Route 73 towards Lake Placid for 26.5 miles. Take a left onto Adirondack Loj Road and continue 5 miles to the Loj and the parking area. There is a $10 fee to park here for the day.

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Vic Mac
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P Patel
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Hireni Patel
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Casey Clark
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Jeremiah Squilla
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Cara O'Malley
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Did this from the Loj through lake Arnold and out through Avalanche Pass. In total, it took around 12 hours ( my recording is only for the way in). I found the floating bridges to be impassible, but had no issue walking around the bog. There's a very clear path to do so! Redfield is a fun hike up along the water, that I enjoyed very much. Cliff is incredibly muddy to start, but is a bit shorter and surprisingly fun!

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Bladen Reese
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The floating bridges aren’t that bad now, you just need to walk around the first one and the second you can manage without too much sketch.

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Sam Barton
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This was a very hard hike; definitely not for the inexperienced hiker. The hike towards the Cliff-Redfield junction was pretty lackluster. The only notable thing along the way was the floating logs, which are very sketchy (we both almost fell in because they're extremely unstable). I'd say the hike up Cliff is a lot more fun than Redfield: it's shorter, and there are a lot of fun rock scrambles. Unfortunately, there's no view at the top. I recommend taking a quick break at one of the rock scrambles so you can appreciate somewhat of a view. The hike up Redfield is really beautiful since it follows a stream most of the way, but it felt like an eternity, especially going down. There's a restricted view at the top where you can see Allen, the Satanonis, and the Sewards. The bugs were pretty bad at the top, especially compared to the rest of the hike (by far not the worst I've experienced though). On the way back, we decided to tack on an extra mile by passing through Avalanche Lake. It was a lot prettier, and we got to avoid the dreadful floating logs. Once we got past Avalanche Lake, the hike was again pretty lackluster for the rest of the way. To be honest, this wasn't a very memorable hike, and I definitely wouldn't recommend it unless you're trying to become a 46er. There just weren't a lot of cool sites or views, and the hike up and down each mountain takes so much energy out of you. Then, you have to walk 7 miles back to the Loj.

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Denis Thibodeau
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Redfield had OK views but if there are more then 4 people on the top at the same time. You will be crowded. I found Cliff to be extremely hard. The only views are when your crawling over the rocks to get to the top. On the summit the view is rated as zero. I was thinking, I worked this hard to get here and be rewarded with no views. Cliff is now my worst rated mountain.

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Jonathon House
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This is a fun hike. It’s buggy but I didn’t think it was too bad- the Sewards were much worse. Cliff is EXACTLY what people say, mud and cliffs. Not recommended for new hikers. Very fun though. Redfield is not a hard hike- the only tough thing is how far away it is from a trailhead. Neither has good summit views, though Redfield has some view. Cliff has nothing.

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Tom Lyng
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Sat 2/22/20 -- I Hiked in from ADK Loj; over Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden, to the uphill lean-to area and found both trails very much broken in and easy to follow. The trail is located very close to where the trail markers change from Red to Yellow. And the herd path forms an intersection (or very close to it) with the main trail and the short path to the Uphill lean-to. Going up Redfield was relatively easy, but Cliff was a little difficult in spots. I used snowshoes the whole way, but I should have switched to Crampons going up and down Cliff....I slipped and almost took a bad fall, but caught myself by grabbing a tree and in the process, I got a pull or strain or whatever in my forearm. (I'll take it compared to what the fall could have been) ... Quite a few people hiking, the Loj parking lot was almost full at 9:00 am. Total mileage was about the same as the other route by Lake Arnold. Took me about 12 hrs. Great day other than the one slip...be careful! I wouldn't recommend sliding down Cliff at all.

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Zak Carter
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Solid hike. Clocked in over 19miles from LoJ. Cliff has fun rocks scrambles on the way up. Redfield has a nice creek to rock hop thru. Both herd paths are super easy to navigate and took about 40min to reach each summit. 10hrs 42min round trip at a decent clip. It was mid 80s w no wind... the bugs were on a next level 7/20/19. Long hike start early bring xtra water.

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Zak Carter
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Amy Bateman
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Started from the Feldspar Lean-to. From there, it's a half mile to the Uphill Lean-to, then the trail to Cliff/Redfield is right across from the trail to the lean-to. After a short way, the trail splits (there's a cairn with an old, rusty pot on it): right to Cliff, left to Redfield. Cliff's trail starts out super muddy. It is possible to sink in up to your knees. It isn't long before you encounter the cliffs of Cliff, which are doable and kind of fun. There's a false summit, then you descend a bit before ascending to the summit. There isn't much of a view from the summit Cliff, but there are amazing views all the way up at every scramble. Redfield is an unrelenting uphill that follows a stream for the first half. There are multiple pools along the way for a splash break if you need it on a hot day. The summit of Redfield has a great view of Allen.

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James Appleton
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Not one of my favorite hikes. The trip in/out takes as long as the actual hikes do. It took me 3 hours to go from the loj to the cairn for these two mountains via lake Arnold trail. Each mountain is only a mile and change from the cairn so it was roughly an hour up, hour down each (give or take) and the herd paths are easy to follow. Redfield is ok as you hike along (and in) the river for 3/4 of the trail before woods to the top. The river is the best part of this hike in my opinion. Trail is easy to follow and weaves in and out of the woods along the river and in the river. Easy to navigate in the river thanks for all the scratches on the rocks from micro spikes and trekking poles. Summit has a sign and views over the trees but nowhere to hang out. Cliff on the other hand is now my least favorite high peak (and yes, I’ve hiked Blake). The amount of mud on this trail is just plain stupid and worse than anything I’ve experienced yet. Lose your boot in the mud type of mud, deep, wet, and unavoidable. Then when you finally leave the “swamp” that is the first section of this trail you climb literal cliffs (hence the name?), to a false summit only to get to the top and go over the ridge down into a col and up to the actual summit. Wooded summit with a sign and no views or places to hang out. This mountain has zero redeeming qualities in my mind.

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Mary Zajaczka
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This is a really, really wet trail, complete with mud ice if you hit it in the wrong season. The final push up Cliff is a steep scramble with slimy rocks, and of course, no views.

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Jacob Avery
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A pretty great day overall. I think I was more intimidated by these two then I should have been. They are very well marked until the uphill lean too. REMEMBER TO TAKE THE FIRST LEFT (unmarked). Yes, there are no markers, however you can follow the footprints of others. The leaves covered some of them, just keep going straight. I did get lost a few times, but that was totally my fault (deep in thought). So, yes, a much more pleasant day than anticipated. It was long as hell, and I am sore today, but my fantastic.

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Beau Comeaux
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I camped at Lake Colden to get these two peaks and Marshall. Great places to camp along the lake, 6 miles in from Upper Works trailhead - mostly flat hike.

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Forrest Deak
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all in all, a good review, but i read this after having done it myself. a few crucial pointers: DO NOT start from the adk loj. its much longer. just go to the upper works parking lot, which you can easily get directions to anywhere. . also, while you hike past colden dam going towards marcy and you pass by some river gorges from the opalescent, keep an eye out for a small rock cairn marking the start to cliff and redfield herd paths. it will be on your right, and directly across from a marked tent campsite. follow the trail with the cairn for a minute, and you come to another cairn with a piece of rusted metal on it. to your left is redfield, to the right is cliff. redfield follows the brook called "uphill brook" on your map, in case you get lost keep following the brook up. cliff is easier to find, and has some spray paint whenever it gets confusing. after 15 minutes of scrambling up rocks, dont think you have reached the top yet. keep following the herdpath down and up. I got to the cairn at around 9:30 with my dad, who is almost 70 and kind of slow. got back to upper works parking lot around 9 at night. this trip makes for an excellent overnight, and a very ambitious one-day.

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Jay Wells
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Noah Sausville
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Allison Defibaugh
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Emily Noel
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Jason Garone
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Mike Dean
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