Mount Redfield and Cliff Mountain Trail

HARD 7 reviews
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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, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

17.9 miles
4,603 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers




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 herdpaths 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.

7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

This was a long and time consuming hike. We started our hike from Avalanche Pass and summited the two peaks and came out through Feldspar and over the floating logs. I will say so far out of the peaks that I've done for the 46er, I would say these are 2 of the hardest ones.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

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.

4 months ago