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Rooster Comb Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and 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: 1,794 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

hiking
1 day ago

Excellent trail overall, although, it was very warm today, 84 at the start which made it extra challenging. Great views at the top. It took 1 hour and 45 mins to complete the hike up. I wish I had a good camera, cell phone doesn’t get it done.

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blowdown
rocky
13 days ago

Highly recommend this shorter hike! Completed on 5/14/20. Great views of Marcy and Giant. Took a little over two hours with a nice stop at the summit. Take the time to do Snow! Enjoy!

hiking
14 days ago

great hike. 4 hours to complete. no ice or snow, little mud. great views of giant at the top. gradual incline with more steepness and rock scrambles at the very end. recorded 6 miles round trip on the apple watch

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muddy
21 days ago

Nice trail and beautiful view. It was a little muddy, mostly towards the end. Some harder rocky scrambles towards the end.

hiking
blowdown
21 days ago

Clear, sunny day at the top and could see such a variety of mountains. Trail wasn’t too muddy just a lot of trees and brush in the path.

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muddy
rocky
24 days ago

Great trial, very easy to follow and well maintained. Pretty muddy, more so towards the top. Steady incline the entire way up, gets much steeper towards the last bit at the top. Took about 3 and a half hours total.

hiking
24 days ago

Ice gone, small amounts mud (I was expecting more) but overall has great trail conditions in early season. Great view at top. Incline up is steady, moderate rating is right on. Great 1/2 day hike, beautiful weather. Canadians can’t get across border so presume less hikers for entire season up here in high peaks area

hiking
24 days ago

So beautiful. Very fun once you get up near the top.

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icy
1 month ago

Hiked this on Wed, 4/15/20. Thought the trail markers could’ve been spaced a little closer together. It was still VERY icy at the top!! View at the summit was amazing. Worth the hike to see it!

1 month ago

terrific moderate hike.. last .2 mile a bit icy.. great 270 degree view atop.

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of my favorite hikes to do if I am not doing a hight peak. It has a beautiful summit and its a challenge but not overly difficult. Hiked on 4/11/2020 and there was close to 5 inches near the top. I did not bring micros (didn't plan on snow or ice) but would not have hurt to have. Enjoy the outdoors!

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muddy
snow
2 months ago

Lots of mud, ice, and snow on the trail. Yaktraks or crampons highly recommended. We had hiking poles as well, and managed well.

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scramble
snow
2 months ago

Powder!! Packed snow at start but expect 4 inches powder near upper junction and up to 10 above that near peak. Be ready to ski down a bit :). Lost trail at points due to powder but well enough marked that it just took some patience. Need poles and snowshoes

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icy
snow
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike. There is a quite steep section in the last .25 miles. Thank goodness the people in front of us had rope to get down! It’s not needed but definitely felt safer than sliding! It’s a pretty steady climb the whole way up.

icy
4 months ago

2hr round-trip, save for a 15min break at top. very nice! spikes are crucial, imo. I've worked much harder for much less of a view, so I'm happy! stay safe and enjoy.

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icy
muddy
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Stunning views. Icy, but I was able to jog back during the descent for an added workout. Wear spikes.

hiking
6 months ago

Third time hiking RoosterComb. I have to say hiking this in the winter( winter came early this year) was easier and so beautiful. Wondrous view of Giant Mountain to the East. 2/1/2-3 hour hike - at a moderate speed. Nothing too strenuous. Bring your spikes.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike on the shorter side!!

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snow
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail & nice open woods throughout hike. The view at the summit is nothing short of amazing. Conquered my first sunrise hike this morning & couldn’t have asked for more. We started at 6:10 & arrived at the summit around 7:15, a little over an hours time. Leaf are still very pretty!!

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