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This was a beautiful hike all around!Not too technical, just steep climbs and rock scrambles towards the summit. Started the hike at JBL and almost reached the summit but had to turn around 200 yd from the top due to impassable sheets of ice. We took Phelps trail down to descend, and I found a red mossy rock near a waterfall to where I proposed to my fiance. (she said yes!) The only reason I took one star away was because Phelps trail needs better blazes in the areas that need it most and less in the more obvious spots. Highly recommended hike!!

Great views from 4/5 mountains. Once you gain the ridge is moderate. Trails are not marked. Pay close attention when heading over to Dix, the trail is at the top of Hough to the left. It doesn’t look like a trail initially. Not too muddy. Would suggest going up Macomb first to gain the elevation.

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!!!!

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.

Hiked up via the brothers on 10/5/18. Parked at the last free spot in the Garden which was super lucky considering we got there at nearly 11. It is definitely peak week for the leaves in the ADKs! Didn't realize how much elevation we gained in the first mile of that hike! Beautiful views of all sides of the park on our way up to and at the First Brother. Would have been a nice hike on its own if you weren't looking to make it all the way to Big Slide. The rest of the hike from here is pretty easy until the last half mile or so. The trail from the Third Brother to Big Slide is a charming shaded birch filled forest that we really enjoyed. As mentioned, the last .3 after the junction is a bit more strenuous, lots of scrambling and a few spots where we had to lift our dog up (she’s got short little legs). Ladders to the top were easier to go up than to come down, since they were steep and slippery. Big Slide offered an amazing view of the Great Range although the summit is very small compared to some other peaks. As we had began late, everyone left the summit to head back once we arrived and we ended up having the whole mountain to ourselves! We went down via what I believe is the Phelps trail to Johns Brook near the lodge and then back to the garden. Lots more people on this side of the trail than the Brothers, which is always comforting if you’re getting off the mountain later in the evening. Took us about five hours total and recorded as 9.4 miles. Definitely would recommend.

25 days ago

Wonderful views from this peak. Highly recommend. The final portion of the hike was fairly steep and challenging. Great Hike!

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.

This was my first high peak, and thought it was a challenging trail! Once you reach the Phelps Mountain Trail, The slick rocks made it a tough climb up, and an even tougher climb down. The view at the top made it all worth it, and not a lot of traffic!

we were dead tired afterwards, but loved it! made it in 5.5 hours of moving time and 6 hrs. and 20 mins
total time. Not bad for our first hike in over a year!

Five star review is for the Brothers and Big Slide. Great great views all the way up. Just amazing. But Yard is not worth doing. One very small view and the Yard Mountain Trail coming down is a mess. Mud, rocks, roots, blowdown. I somehow got off the trail and has to bushwhack my way downhill. The walk back along Johns Brook and past the Lodge was very nice however. 6 High Peaks down! Also there is no way the mileage on the route as shown is correct. Probably more like 14-15 miles.

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.

I loved this climb! The last .3 of Big Slide was the hardest part for me. I highly recommend doing the entire loop trail. The views are amazing. My favorite view was from the first two summits, Brother 1 & 2. I enjoyed the change of terrains and the John Brooke trail. Started at 10 a.m. left at 5:30. I highly recommend this trail to anyone with climbing experience or that likes a challenge.

1 month ago

Was easyer then expected shounld b rated as easy not moderate only took 4 1/2 hours views from top were beautiful

Very fun loop!! Made it to the top of slide today which was completely cloud covered, so didn’t stay long. The little brothers proved amazing. Took about 4 hrs 20 minuets!!! Johns brook lodge water has chlorine in it....yukkkkk!!

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.

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.

1 month ago

Slippery and some large rocks, but a really nice hike with - what I’m sure is usually - a lovely view. It was too misty to see anything, but that had its own allure.

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.

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.

1 month ago

Good hike overall. A lot of traffic up until the Phelps trail. A nice perspective of some of the higher peaks.

Pretty easy except the last mile which is rocky and very steep. Wet rocks can be treacherous. The view from the summit is nice but not breathtaking.

did this trail on a monday and the lot was nearly full at quarter to 7 so get there early if you're worried about finding a spot.

hike was rough, went up the gothics and down the wolfjaw and can't imagine doing the alternative route. real steep going up the gothics and by steep I mean climbing and sliding down rock face and using the provided rope and steps. gothics had a real nice view and was lucky to have three hawks/falcons circling looking for some grub when I summited.

continued to armstrong and upper wolfjaw was some what tedious. skinny trail, muddy and climbing down and up rocky creekbeds was not necessarily pleasureable, especially considering the gothics had by far the best view and summit yet a ways to go.

didn't want to do lower wolfjaw as I was running low on water and the streams and creeks past john brooks lodge were small. I brought somewhere around 3.5L's and ran out at the end so I definitely recommend bringing a filtration system to keep you moving.

Took me about 8 hours total and it was brutal from the ascent up Gothics. hard to say if it was worth it past the Gothics so I hope the ADK's offer more worthwhile hikes than this, at it was my first.

This is a great hike, but I would not call it easy or even moderate unless you are regularly climbing high peaks.
The view at the summit of Mt. Marcy is breathtaking and well worth the effort.

2 months ago

Awesome hike. Easy hike except for the last mile to the summit. Summit had great views. No summit button, at least that I could find.

Great hike! Three pretty easy miles to start off, then a mile up! It had great views on top! 3 down 43 to go!

We did the whole range except for Macomb. Took about 12 hours. Took a few breaks mostly on the summits. Best views were on Grace and Dix but there are many good views along the range around the summits. Quite steep going down Dix. I recommend bringing two cars and parking one at Round Pond and one at the Trailhead for Grace (formerly East Dix).

2 months ago

Decided to stay an extra day after doing 4 of the Saranac 6 to get a High Peak in. We got a later start than we would have like and had to park about a mile down the road from the LOJ. It was overall a great hike the water was refreshing and the top had some good views. The top can be a little confusing because there are a lot of trails right at the peak but nothing to crazy.

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