Rooster Comb Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews
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Rooster Comb Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1840 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Views from the summit ledge and Valley View Ledge complete a 360 degree panorama of Mt. Marcy and the Johns Brook Valley plus Giant Mt. and the Ausable Valley. The trail offers mostly good footing and is a good choice early in the season or when it is wet. This 2.5 mile, one way, trail is over easy to moderate terrain. Starting from the trailhead in Keene Valley you will hike over a long wooden bridge to the trail register before hiking past a small pond to your right which is located behind the Keene Central School. As you move away from the pond the trail climbs steadily to a junction with one of the routes to Snow Mountain Trail at 0.7 mi. Bear right and continue a steady climb but never steep climb to another junction at 2.0 mi. (Straight ahead leads to Hedgehog and Lower Wolf Jaw. Left is an alternate return, which also connects to Snow Mt.) Turning right, the trail climbs to the crest of the ridge and a junction at 2.2 mi. Right is the 0.1 mi. side trail to Valley View Ledge. Left is the trail to the summit, which is reached after a few steeper pitches at 2.5 mi.

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1 month ago

Good afternoon hike if you don't want to get yourself into a high peak. I did it with my dog on a Wednesday in mid August and only passed 3 or 4 groups of people. It took us an hour and a half to summit and then 45 to get down but we basically ran down (I forgot I had a doctors appointment). After the first quarter of a mile the path is very sparsely marked so make sure to keep and eye where you're going - I only knew by footprints from the group ahead of me. The views are beautiful - not as good as a high peak but still really awesome. The top also has a big flat area to sit down and eat lunch on. Bring a jacket, it gets super windy at the top!

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2 months ago

Very nice trail with great views of the high peaks from the summit. Great for any skill level. Four different spots for views.

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3 months ago

Very nice hike, definitely one that a beginner could do technically. You're mostly walking through forest, no views to be had until the summit, which of course is an expansive, incredible view. Make sure you explore the different trails on the summit itself because they lead to beautiful views in different directions. It's a relatively small summit, you wouldn't have to worry about getting lost.

One reviewer a few weeks prior to mine mentioned getting lost several times. Although there were a few times I had to look around for a minute to make sure I was on the trail, there was never a time we had wandered off trail or came close to getting lost so I'm guessing that more markers may have been put up since that last review.

4 months ago

Nice trail. it takes 3 hours max

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

THIS TRAIL SHOULD BE BETTER MARKED, especially since it's easy enough that many beginner hikers will use it.
Hiked this trail 4/18/17 w/ family
Mostly wooded trails -- some rocky, some flat -- along a stream with pretty views at the top. Good beginner hike. My husband & I are mid-level hikers (out of shape and had to stop sometimes to catch our breath) but this is not a technically difficult hike. Patches of ice at the top are navigable with good shoes.
What is EXTREMELY difficult is following the trail! There are not enough trail markers up on the trees and we lost the trail multiple times during the hike. This was the only thing that made this hike unenjoyable (thus 2 stars instead of 4) and potentially dangerous. We confirmed this with 2 other groups along the way and with a friend of ours who said she got lost on this trail for 6 hours. Had to resort to using footprints and changes in leaf cover several times.

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6 months ago

Hiked Roostercomb 3/22/2017 Crazy windy. My tracks from the way up were almost filled in by the trip back down. Very blustery indeed. Easy hike though, some steeper looking spots towards the top but only because of the snow and ice which was still very managable. Did the spur trail to ledge for views of the valley as well, pretty cool. Didnt linger on summit and only saw two others along the way. The trail to LWJ was not broken out. Will tackle LWJ/UWJ very soon.

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10 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike
Unseasonably warm day for November views are great and a perfect way to find out if you want to REALLY hike in ADKS
Took us 5 hours round trip including lunch at the summit
Definitely worth the trip

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10 months ago

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10 months ago

Absolutely loved hiking this mountain. It is my favorite non 46er hike. It's 2.5 miles of gentle inclination the majority of the way up. The only part that gets semi-steep is the summit approach, but it is completely doable for a beginner hiker. I would actually recommend this hike for beginners who want to get a feel of the ADKs, as it is a great introductory hike.

Also! I did this hike today, Oct. 23, and the weather at the base of the mountain may seem like it's only fall, but as soon as you make your way up, it can change in an instant or already be covered in snow, as it was today. So dress prepared for wind/snow/rain and bring microspikes in case of ice. You'd be surprised at how many people don't prepare!

11 months ago

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Hiked this trail with my 1 year old Great Dane! He was able to get around the ladder steps closer to the top. Loved looking out on the Wolfjaw mountains and giant!

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Saturday, August 06, 2016

Lovely condition, tranquil surroundings.