Upper & Lower Wolfjaw Trail

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Upper & Lower Wolfjaw Trail is a 10.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

10.9 miles
3,920 feet
Out & Back





bird watching





wild flowers





washed out

no dogs

3 months ago

Did this as part of a loop with Armstrong and coming down Beaver Meadow trail. Took me 9.75 hours, including short stops. Toughest part was coming up UWJ, LWJ is not difficult. Crampons needed above 3600'. Only 1/2'' of snow.

4 months ago

This was a beautiful trail. Cascades, deer, lots of moss. It was definitely challenging towards the last mile up lower wolf jaws and then to upper wolf jaws. Very muddy along the way to upper.
Some climbing over rocks that requires hands as well, but fun.
Was going to do Armstrong with them but didn’t gage our time properly and thought we’d have more.
Took us 11 hours for lower and upper.

5 months ago

Tolling trail on a hot day. Completed this last summer, never reviewed it. Beautiful river + bridges to start out, very easy wooded walk at the start. Waterfall along the way makes the whole hike worth it. Took off my boots + socks and cooled my feet off in it on the way back. Very cold! Lower wolfjaw trail to the summit at the split is definitely tiring but a nice little summit. Nothing special. Back on track to upper wolfjaw and there is a pretty prominent false summit prior. Huge boulder on the false summit, fun to climb on for a picture or two. Last stretch of trail before upper wolfjaw is pretty steep, lots of climbing. Works your hands pretty good. Descent wasn't bad at all. Overall a nice trail, if you have the stamina I highly recommend turning this trail into the Great Range Loop and add Armstrong, Gothics, Pyramid and Sawteeth. Some of our group last year didn't have the stamina but I wish we could have done those as well.

5 months ago

Great hike with great views from Upper Wolfjaw and more limited views from Lower Wolfjaw. We did Lower Wolfjaw first, then Upper Wolfjaw and looped back. The first mile and a half from the parking area runs along roads, partially through a golf course, then crosses the stream and heads into the woods. The bulk of the hike is a forest trail, with scrambling at the top of both Wolfjaws.

7 months ago

Great hike. Started out from the ausable club. Took the west river and wedge brook trails. Did lower wolfjaw first. Fairly easy hike with a little scrambling. Most say there are no views on summit. Not true. A few bigger rocks that you can sit on for some views. Did upper wolfjaw second. Two tricky spots to navigate. 180 degree views on summit. Nice water features through the lower part of the trail. I recorded just on 13 miles on this hike. I got turned around a couple times which added about a half mile to the trip.

rock climbing
7 months ago

We didn't take a trail up Lower Wolfjaw... We took the route with an amazing view all the way up. Bushwhacked to the Range trail just below the Summit. We were only planning on LWJ... But, since we were on the summit before 11AM, we decided to tag UWJ as well. Upper Wolf's chin is pretty mean. The summit of UWJ is pretty great!

7 months ago

My goal was to do Lower Wolfjaw followed by Upper Wolfjaw & Armstrong. The lesser ascent trail wasn't marked clearly enough to follow so we took the higher ascent... on the way up it was beautiful, very difficult too, but the waterfalls made it worth it. We decided to do Lower first & were beyond disappointed by the view! It was nonexistent!!! So we made our way to Upper Wolfjaw but unfortunately that trail wasn't marked well either & we made a wrong turn.
So definitely make sure you have a map!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

You really earn your money between mile 4 and 6. The day was very hot, we were on the trail from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a stop at the River on the way out to cool down. My wife and I are in good shape, and I was surprised it took us this long. The heat made this tough. Make your way to Upper first, by the sign that says 0.9. Then back down to the same sign, and up to Lower, 0.5. From there, you can get back down to the trail using a shortcut, just follow the sign at the top of Lower.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Nice day for the hike, LWJ was not great. What made the day was going to Armstrong and Gothics and returning down the Gothics trail and seeing Beaver Meadows falls for a nice loop.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Only did Lower Wolf Jaw, big mistake, but we ran out of time. The view from Lower Wolf Jaw is completely obstructed, unless you hang out on a tree like I did. I'm an aspiring 46er, so this was a required hike. If you're not an aspiring 46er, just looking for an outstanding view, hike Noonmark mountain instead.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Great trail. We packed in from garden parking lot and camped near JBL. Hiked Big Slide and Lower Wolf Jaw.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Hiked on 5/28/2017. Started from the Roostercomb lot. A longer, not as popular route. An extremely steep spot before LWJ summit that will make you think twice. Extremely muddy and slippery, requires a lot of caution. We hiked back to The Garden and walked the 2.5 miles out and back to the Roostercomb parkig lot. Walked around 15 miles. Very challenging. Be prepared when you go, its no joke.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I started this trail from Rooster Comb off of Rt 73 in Keene Valley via the Great Trail ridge. It is a longer hike than the Wedge but offers better views from Rooster comb summit which is 2.5 miles from the Trailhead. I ascended Lower Wolfjaw from Hedgehog and upon reaching the Wolf's chin 0.5 miles from the LWJ summit you get awesome views across Johns Brook valley of the Brothers and Big Slide. The trail descends ~ 1000 feet into the notch where the Great Trail meets up with the St. Hubert's wedge trail and Wolfjaw Brook trails (which head over to John's Brook Lodge). The climb to Upper Wolfjaw is extremely steep and offers a false summit at 4085 feet, marked with a huge erratic at its summit. The actual UWJ summit is another 0.5 mile climb and marked with a trailhead sign 20 yards from its rocky ledge summit. The UWJ summit offers some pretty amazing NE to NW panoramic views. The overall hike is ~ 6.4 miles from the Rooster Comb trail. The return home is an out/back along the same trail for a total of 12.8 miles, or a loop trail to the Garden via the Wolfjaw Brook trail and the Johns Brook Lodge Trail for a total of 14.6 miles if you prefer the option of camping or staying in any of the Lean-to areas on your way through Johns Brook. It makes for a long day...but the views are incredible...well worth the hike!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Lead a group of 5 guys to upper wolf jaw 4 of the guys 1st high peak. We started and meet at 645am at hubert parking signed in at 7am. For december I was over dressed no need for snow clothes what a warm day. go AMR and follow to the West River Trail to the Wedge Brook Trail. This will bring us to both upper and lower wolf jaw. Then go back same way

Hike Distance: 11 miles
Vertical Gain: 4000'
Hike Time: 8 hours
He did it in winter and started at 8am and was able to get both in and be done by 4pm . The bottom was great started off easy then got steep only took 2 hrs to get to the crossing. Once we got the last mile well it took a lot longer then planned and very steep and icy needed spikes for it. It was very warm on top. Going down guys had hard time and i had hard time going up fun so we wide up not getting in lower wolf but got out and back to parking lot by 330

Friday, November 13, 2015

Did it with 70 lb packs. Would not care to repeat the experience except maybe without the packs. But the views aren't great, they are more of a necessary crossing to get to the better parts of the great range.

Friday, August 07, 2015

My husband and I did Upper Wolf Jaw along with Armstrong on the Great Range. We took the WedgeBrook Trail up and it was beautiful but the trail was extremely wet. This was our 11th and 12th High Peak but the hike was difficult because of the conditions. The WedgeBrook Waterfalls was pristine and beautiful, but this added to the extremely, persistent rain for weeks before really slowed us down. We came down the Gothics Trail with was even more difficult. We figured almost 15 miles out and back to where we parked in 13 hours.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

This hike is listed as "dog friendly", but the starting point as shown is at the AMR trailhead where dogs are positively prohibited - even on a leash

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