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Hiked this loop from the grace mountain trailhead finishing at round pond trailhead on 73 October 13th. Started at 6:00 am. Trail conditions were wet and cold, snowing at times and very muddy; perfect weather for a long ass day hike! This trail is longer than 15.7 mi. The trail up the east dix slide seemingly disappears and I had to bushwhack the last two hundred vertical feet to the summit after climbing straight up the slide, which was pretty sketchy, due to the very wet and cold conditions. Once on top of east dix the herd path became easy to follow. My garmin recorded this hike as being closer to 22 miles. Took me and my girlfriend 14.5 hours moving at a fast pace and bagging all five peaks. I probably could have done it in 12 hours if I had found the trail at the top of the slide, and was by myself. We ended up hitchhiking back to the car in the dark. This is a challenging but doable day hike that I would only recommend to more advanced hikers. Be prepared for some dense, uphill bushwhacking at the top of East dix slide and bring an extra pair or two of dry socks as there are many stream and river crossings not to mention the mud pits, I'm super glad I did! Spectacular views the whole way!!!!

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3 days ago

Dynamite hike, View after view the entire way. Check out my full write up with pictures and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/bigslideadk/

Did it yeaterday (october 13th)! I had the first snow of the year up there! It was super muddy and wet. But not so many hikers, especially on Dix Mountain. I was alone! I started at 7h40 at the North Noonmark Trail head, and ended with this “sketchy in fall season trail”, because leaves eere hiding the trail, called Bosquet Forks Trail, Nut I really ejoyed it! I did aproximatly 30km (according to Stepz app), but I think in general it is less than that! Although it was a bit technical with all that mud!

The trail was wet like none other. With around 14 stream crossings of which many were barely passable due to high water. Turned out to be a challenging day.

TLDR: beautiful and challenging hike all the way to the end, but you could probably do only half of of it and come away pretty fulfilled.

We did this hike on a Friday morning in the fall, right around when the leaves were starting to become very colorful. The parking lot is not huge, I'll guess 40-50 cars max, and it was getting close to full when we arrived around 8:30ish. I can only imagine it's a zoo on the weekends. So, get there early if you want parking. I heard there is a shuttle from Marcy Field on certain days but can't confirm that.

The first half of the hike is the way up to the Brothers, and after trudging through some pretty standard New York forests you start to get some stunning views of the valley and other High Peaks fairly regularly. You never go too long without an opening, and there are several larger open areas near the Brothers themselves that give plenty of room to chill and have lunch. In a few places the trail does involve scrambling up some rocks, nothing particularly hard but maybe matters if you're bringing a dog. The view was especially beautiful in the fall with the various colors. The clouds can get pretty low though so it's possible you'll get up there and find yourselves just staring at gray. But the wind was moving things through pretty quickly so you may have a completely different view on the way down.

After the brothers, you'll be going up and down for a while through pretty standard forest area. There's only a few openings between the Brothers and the summit. Near the summit you'll go up some ladders which was cool. The summit area itself is quite small, so I can see it being tough when crowded. It's not that this part of the hike was bad, it was just a lot of uphill forest hiking for only a few views. I think many people could turn around after the brothers and still feel accomplished.

You can continue from the summit on a loop to Yard Mountain and back down if you want. We read/heard that the rest of the loop is more forest and not particularly interesting. With the way the clouds were moving, we found the views coming back down to be totally new and interesting, so coming back the way we came from was worth it.

While the elevation gain is quite hefty, it never felt particularly challenging. It was mostly a consistent uphill, not a bunch of quick, steep climbs. I'd call it moderate, and as said you'll get great views pretty quickly so if you're struggling up the Brothers you'll still have something to show for it. Overall this was a great hike for all types; you can get whatever you want out of it.

Starting from The Garden Trailhead in Keene Valley. We followed the trail toward the Lodge and spent the first night in the Orebred Brook lean-to. We summited Gothics, Armstrong, Upper, and Lower Wolfjaw the next day. Once you climb Gothics it’s pretty much a traverse to the next 3. Camped on the far side that night. The next day we looped around and hiked back out. Gothics was an awesome climb, challenging in spots. These 4 peaks make a great long weekend trip. Can’t wait to get back and explore the other peaks along The Great Range. I will update this review with more detail once I have my other map in front of me.

We did this on 9/29. We skipped Lower Wolf Jaw, but did Upper Wolf Jaw, Armstrong, Gothics, Pyramid, and Sawteeth. Going up Armstrong from Upper Wolf Jaw is the steepest climb I've done in the ADKs. Some sections were more rock climbing than hiking. The views are amazing, with the views from the Gothics being some of the best in the ADKs. It took us about 10 hrs and is a great hike.

15 days ago

We only made it to Blueberry Mountain for this hike, but this had great views and was still quite a climb. This trail had a lot of small round rock.. but no scrambling.

Hard and wet with nice but short-lived vistas.

Just noticed some erroneous information in Yuri Korondze's post about camping. There is no camping on this route because that is all private land. Otherwise, camping at that elevation is permitted on public land. There are no designated campsites on this route, and very little flat land where one could pitch a tent. The site Yuri identified is illegal because it is well above 4,000 feet.

Thank you All Trail for correcting the parking information for this hike.

Incredible. My first high peak as well - I’m so glad I came up the Gothics and down Pyramid. The views from across the ridge as you approach the summit are great, and of course the 360 degree view from the top is wonderful. Be prepared for a lot of mud - it hasn’t rained in several days but the trail seems to have mud puddles constantly. Otherwise you really can’t beat the view, plus there are two really nice size waterfalls and a few smaller ones on the loop.

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.

We parked in the Rooster Comb parking lot and walked to The Garden parking lot. A fantastic day hike, especially the climb up Gothics with the cables. Not much to see at the top of LWJ but its a nice steep climb, or at least feels steep after doing 3 other high peaks. We walked back to Rooster Comb parking lot which was a nice trail.

Did this saturday and the weather was perfect. Took us about five hours, probably would've been four if we didn't do the loop and just did out and back. Summit was very crowded as there's only a small spot that's bald.

Big Slide via the Brothers is a fantastic hike. Many great views as you work your way up. Lots of rock so way less mud than some trails. Really not all that difficult if you are in decent shape. We got caught in a torrential downpour as we dropped off the last Brother. The “Garden” parking lot fills fast but you can catch the Town of Keene shuttle for $10 per person round trip. I give this trail a big thumbs up for overall visual experience .

Great hike! The wooden stairs in the rain were a little iffy. But great views all the way up. My pup loved this trail!

I love trails that treat you to great views early and often! After the climb to the first brother things ease off a bit. I found myself stopping a lot in the Brothers area as the views just kept getting better and I wanted to take it all in. The top .3 miles is a little more strenuous, but not overly technical. Well constructed ladder helped. Great view across the valley from the summit to the Gothics and other peaks. Highly recommended! Well laid out trail that takes full advantage of the natural features. Plus we saw a marten on the summit!

Hello all you beautiful people!!! First time ever to the Adirondack park and I luved it. This was our 3rd day hiking and it took us 10 hours, lol. Now we are not particularly out of shape, but we took our time with lots of small breaks. Enjoyed the peaks of the brothers and the Big Slide to the fullest. I think i even had a small nap at one point. There were 3 of us: my 10year old son and a friend. We did the loop back via the slide mtn brook trail. All you hikers that made it back in 5 hours, WoW, amazing! We must the snails compared to you. Anyway, loved the scramble to the top, loved the cool damp forest between the Big slide and the third brother. and the crisp water of the mountain brook. Will definitely be back if it kills me, BTW, hiking sticks are a must. xoxox

This hike is beautiful! Perfect mix of interesting scramble, forest magic and lots of overlooks and ridge walking!

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Dix was my ninth high peak. I thought it would take us 6-7 hours, but it took 8:15 (we took about two 10-minute breaks). It was a moderate hike (a nice walk in the woods compared to typical high peaks terrain) until you get to the great slide. The slide is magnificent, my favorite part of the hike. From there, the terrain becomes much more technical, climbing over rocks. It was wet and misty, which compounded the difficulty, especially while descending. The wet terrain probably added an hour to the hike because I am a very cautious descender (recovering from an injury). Mist also prevented us from having any views, but I would imagine the views would be amazing, from the slide and the summit. Our Golden Retriever did a great job, it was his first high peak. He loved the streams, brooks, and pond. Round Pond was beautiful, I got to sit on a rock while the pup swam around on the way back to the trailhead.

On 9/3/18, humid day, temps good. Parked at Clear Lake and bikes in to the Elk Lake parking and stated from there. 3.7 mi hike to the split. If you are not an experienced hiker you will have a hard time attempting this climb. I’m 5’3” and had to use some rock climbing to get up the mountain. Some boulders are very tall on Beckhorn side and are a challenge to climb.We did a loop - up through Hunter’s Pass and down Beckhorn Trail. Awesome views from Dix! Although not hiking really fast it took us 9 hours without any long breaks. Definitely a challenging hike.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is a work out. 9 1/2 hours out and back. Easy until you go back into the forest after being on the slide. You get your typical Adirondack scramble. But even though it’s hard, it’s has great views! Well worth it.

Finished my 46 on this mountain and it was a perfect choice. It’s a light and quick day (in terms of high peaks hiking that is). Took 5 hours on the dot including a half hour on top. A great hike because the views are constantly showing themselves on all the slab climbs so it’s a lot of fun. Each brother has great views and cool spots on each to hang out. Trail immediately climbs from the start then chills out a bit after getting up the first brother. One of my favorites would do again for sure

Made this route into a 3 day backpacking trip. I myself am not in peak physical condition, but breaking it up made it doable. Beautiful sights, astonishing really. The trail itself is a little rough, especially with a pack on. Majority of the trail was river/ creek bed with decent boulders. Deffinatly being a good pair of hiking boots and a camera.

My first High Peak. Words cannot describe the view or the high. the 3 mile walk to the mountain is boring but the ascent more than makes up for it. bring gloves for the climb down . My only compliant was that I got killed by these little black biting flies at the summit.

Got to Keene Valley off the bus around 5:30 on the first day and hiked up to dear brook lean-to and slept there. Hiked up Marcy on day 2 (made it to the summit around 3:30), then hiked back down to slant Rock lean-to for the night (did this loop "backwards" according to this map). Headed out the next morning. Great solo backpacking trip! The last few miles were really hard with my 30 lb pack but it was worth it!

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.

backpacking
1 month ago

The trail is very difficult but worth the struggle. If you’re planning on backpacking on this trail there is only one spot to camp out on top of the mountain not too far from the sign that says gothics .4 miles. It’s before you summit the gothics peak coming from the beaver waterfalls side. There is no camping allowed under 2400 feet unless it’s a designated camp spot and if you’re backpacking you will need a bear canister. Park employee let us use one free of charge but keep in mind that it will have to go in your backpack. Trail is very muddy towards the top of the mountain so you will need waterproof shoes also the water is kind of scarce once you start climbing so same sure you have enough before going up. The views on top are absolutely amazing but we mostly saw day hikers on the trail so just plan accordingly before you visit. As previous people mentioned the parking is about half a mile from the trail head you will pass the country club and there will be a sign to follow to the hikers parking lot.

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