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Nice walk. Stroll or speed walk for exercise.

Went during mid-March. At least a foot of snow still present at the higher elevations. Really enjoyed the first half of the trail up to Perkins Tower. Beautiful views and you can even see the distant New York City skyline. Trail becomes more populous on the AT portion back to Hessian Lake. Not a fan of walking on paved roads or the many stone staircases to finish the loop but I guess no other safer way. I prefer a less groomed trail I guess. Still a wonderful hike!

Great view! Totally worth it.

Did this in snowshoes. Up short trail, down long trail. The sun was out when I got to the summit so I took a short nap. Out and back within two hours. Took my time. Pretty icicles along the trail.

Do these during winter. Seriously. They are notorious for mud/bugs in the warner months. Decently steep towards the top of the brook, the ascent to both peaks from the junction was relatively easy. Street has an awesome lookout just 30 feet or so from the summit sign, don't miss out. Nye has minimal views, but it's an easy walk from the junction. Water crossing is pretty easy when the ice is thick enough. If not, just make sure you're surefooted.

Official name: Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob a.k.a Pilot Knob Gazebo. My rating - slightly above easy. Trails are easy to follow, well marked. Great for beginners and kids, dog friendly. Trailhead easy to find, new-bigger and improved-parking. Gazebo can be hiked as a loop: in about 5 min hike in, you’ll come up to a JCT (well marked), go straight for more direct, steeper incline hike; or take right for more leveled (in comparison) trail with switch backs. Both trails marked orange. Good lake view, as well as of Cleverdale and Assembly Point. Past the Gazebo is blue trail to the seasonal waterfall. Semi-leveled trail in the woods, will bring you to small waterfall kids will adore. Return to the Gazebo same way. Round trip hike: 2 hrs in shape hiker, 3.5 hrs out of shape hiker. Round trip: 3 miles

2 days ago

Amazing scenery

2 days ago

Great snowshoe hike on to Cooperas Pond and back to the trailhead. From the trailhead to Owen is only 1/5 mile, on to Cooperas and back makes a 3 mile trip. Nice easy winter snowshoe hike.

My favorite of the Saranac 6ers. Took about 6 hours today, but I was taking my time and stopping to take in all view points. Went on snowshoes, trail is fully broken. Slid down for a good part of the trail. Very fun. Loved the snowy view of Lake Placid at the top.

2 days ago

We hiked this trail on 3/18/18. We were looking for a more challenging hike than our usual trails and road walks and Abbott did not disappoint us. There was still about 8” of snow in most places and it was a beautiful sunny day. Temp when we left was 28o. We’re pretty much newbies and liked the challenge of the stream crossings, a couple were a bit tricky. Good climb to the top of the hill with a rewarding vista. We missed the turn on the FLT, so had a muddy walk back to the car. Have maps on order. All in all a great experience for this 65 yr old couple.

Gorgeous views along the way but the final stretch of this trail (down to the point) is poorly, or not at all, marked. Very frustrating to find a trail that has had he markers removed. Glad to have finished my 12ster but would like to see the LGLC work on the markers.

3 days ago

Is this trail open for hiking now? March 2018?

Love the view and the easy to walk around

This trail has an easy start up until the old ranger cabin site. It gets steep after this, but very fun and challenging. This is a very good hike summer, fall or winter with 360° views. Springtime can be very muddy. There are several water sources along the way also.

Took the Coxing Trail up to Mel Brooks Mountain, this wasn't all too difficult, mostly a flat walk through the woods. Then off to Gertrude's Nose, this trail was completely snow ridden and involved quite a bit of scrambling. My party returned using the Mel Brooks Ridge trail. The trail was very, very difficult, involved much more scrambling, sliding down ice, albeit, the entire trail was ice and snow. Looking over the towns below at night, beautiful! The plethora of stars on the opposite side, breathtaking! It was fab.

Currently about 2 feet of snow on the nose trail. Hiked here through millbrook mountain from the west traps there was only a covering of snow everywhere else. But, once you hit the Gertrude’s nose trail it is rough if you’re not used to the snow. Still, beautiful views and an exhilarating hike although if not experienced I would say wait out the snow.

3 days ago

Easy, wide trail perfect for beginners, kids. One of the best views of the lake. Popular and maybe crowded. 20 minutes (in shape hiker), 45 min (out of shape hiker).

Hiked to the overview with my son yesterday it was a good hike .
Enjoyed the snowman. Trying to get in shape to go up Marcy this summer this hike seemed to be a good start. Enjoyed it.

Hiked the Rock Trail on a Sunday in March. Still lots of snow on the trail but what a beautiful trek along the crest at the back of the park. Tough climb back up the stairs to Spy Hill, not made any easier because of downed trees and snow. Also visited the site of the old Fire Tower (no real view) and Indian Rock Shelter. Tons more to see that I didn’t get to. Will definitely be back!

Took nearly 5 hours on snowshoes. It was a nice day barely any ice, and trail was broken.. as previous reviewer said false summit has nice views. Actual summit is in the woods. Someone wrote on the marker so you know when you’ve hit the top.

Went there recently with my son while the trails were snow covered. A bit challenging due to the ground conditions but worth the hike to see the view from the top. We went up to the Wheel House and plateau and didn’t go to the Fire Tower which was about a mile further hike. We plan on going back in the warmer months and explore more of this areas.

Absolutely stunning. A picture perfect day. Trail is broken in despite several feet of snow. I used my poles and micro spikes and didn’t have any problems slipping/sliding. Can’t wait to go back!

Started 9am at trailhead and it was -4 degrees, about 15 when we returned. Trail was packed down really well but still wore snow shoes all they way until reaching summit where we switched to crampons. Summit of cascade was very windy with strong gusts but clear blue skies and sunny. Couldn’t be up there longer than 5 min with wind chill. Headed to porter where the views were just as spectacular with heavy snow on trees. Less wind on porter. Used snow shoes all the way down back to trailhead by 3pm. Winter hiking a LOT more physical than expected but well worth the experience and views.

Nice little walk between the river and a canal. It was a little too suburban for me but I liked the dam at the beginning.

We took the long trail up and down on 3/17/18 with our Golden Retriever. Beautiful winter hike. Most people were using snowshoes but we used crampons and had no issues. There are definitely some steep icy areas that would be difficult to pass with just hiking boots. We recommend Pawz disposable waterproof dog booties if you’re bringing your pup. They make life easy and avoid having to worry about injured paws. The hike up was a little bit harder and icier then we anticipated but it was still lots of fun and the views from the summit were well worth it. The hike down was slightly sketchy and quick due to some slipping and sliding but it was an absolute blast. I’d definitely recommend this hike to anyone looking for a quick easy/moderate winter hike.

4 days ago

Busy streets on both ends. Not sure why when you are next to the parkway there isn’t a barricade. That being said, when you’re not by the busy streets, it’s actually peaceful.

4 days ago


4 days ago

Started the hike on the yellow blazed Menominee Trail to the left (lake side) of the old ski slope. Fairly flat along the lake with packed snow or mud. The trail starts to climb after about a mile toward the AT shelter. We ended up taking the AT away from Black Mountain, doing the clockwise loop to the southwest of the lake. On the well-traveled section of the AT, the snow was fairly deep but there were enough tracks from other hikers so we didn't sink into the snow too much. The last section connecting Seven Lakes Pkwy back to Menominee Trail had not been used much so it was slow going. No clear views from "peaks" on this stretch of the trail as you are in the woods. Did not see anyone on the trail when we started at around 10:30 but there were a lot more people on the Menominee Trail when we came back (after noon). Hope to come back to do the rest of this trail.

Road to and parking lot are plowed. Trail is nicely packed, fire tower is in good condition and the views were spectacular! Enjoy!

Fairly easy trail with a nice view of the bridge.

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