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We started and ended our hike from John's Brook Lodge (highly recommend!) and cut our Lower Wolfjaw, for reasons discussed later. The best way to complete this loop if starting with Gothics and ending with the Wolfjaw(s). It is much more enjoyable to go UP the cables/ladder sections on Gothics than to come down them. Once you reach the long wooden Ladder/Stairs on Gothics, that is when the climbing starts! Gothics offers some of the best views anywhere in the Adirondacks, for a significant portion of the ascent. Be sure to take time on the cable section to look out at the views, as well as all along the ridge/summit. When you reach Armstrong, it is just a quick detour off the trail to a small rocky ledge- that is the summit! Many hikers miss this summit altogether, but you'll have great views of Gothics and much of what you have just hiked from here. Continuing along the ridge will bring you to Upper Wolfjaw, and a sign marks the small jaunt to its summit- a similarly small rocky outcropping with decent views. You can decide to add on Lower Wolfjaw when you come to the next junction with a sign. We did not, as there are no views of significance from here, and the last 1/4 mile of the ascent is a fairly steep scramble. I would only recommend adding this on if you are getting your 46. Overall an AMAZING day hike, with some of the best views the Adirondacks have to offer- be sure to take your time ascending Gothics to really appreciate the 360 views! You'll be able to see Mt. Marcy in the distance, as well as Saddleback, and upper and lower Ausable lakes.

We hiked in from the Garden using the North Side Trail to Grace Camp on the first day and slept in the cabin near Johns Brook Lodge. The next morning we hiked the Phelps trail to the summit of Marcy for my sister's 60th birthday and then descended via the Hopkins trail back to Grace Camp where we got some well-deserved rest before hiking out on the disappearing South Side trail back to the Garden. Beautiful hike/camp experience. First 46er for me as well. My boots completely disintegrated (25-year old Vasques with dried out glue), so I hiked out in Chaco sandals, adding to the adventure. (Hike date was 9/12/2012)

Hiked with the intent of adding Haystack- was not in the cards as a wind and rain weather system moved in as I was descending Basin. Saddleback Cliffs weren't as difficult as I had anticipated. Most of the issue (especially descending) was the vertigo you get from the view while looking down the entire time. If you are not used to or comfortable with this type of scrambling while having that exposure (and it should be said that it does add a mental hurdle to get over)- this may be an issue. Once you get used to it-it was very manageable. There are a few slabs on other 46ers I find to be a bit more difficult physically but 'felt' easier/more comfortable with because I was surrounded by trees. This all being said, the cliffs may get most of the attention on this hike from hikers but it should be noted that Basin is no slouch either. I would not recommend this hike during or just after heavy rain.

On my return to John's Brook Lodge and the Garden parking area I saw a Bear about 50 ft. on the right side of the trail foraging. I stopped to watch him lumber around the ground debris. He had gotten about 35 ft. from me before he had seen me and I made noise spooking him away. Very cool.

This trail was a beast coming up from blueberry in the rain. Some steep sections. Would love to do it on a sunny day!

Very dog friendly, quick hike!

The trail was full of ice and it was definitely more difficult than it would have been without. But absolutely beautiful non the less.

on Snow Mountain Trail

1 month ago

Awesome hike !
We took our dog
She was able to dip In the streams and water Falls along the way.
Highly recomend!

Just finished this trail over a 2 day trip. Hiked in about 3.6 miles and camped near Johns Brook Lodge. Then did the 8 mile loop, packed the tents and hiked out. The trail was very easy to follow and views at the top of both mountains were amazing. I ended up doing the loop the other direction than the one described here, so you summit the taller mountain second. It was very steep going down Saddleback mountain so there were a lot of fun rock scrambling opportunities. The trail was quite muddy so gaiters would be recommended. Overall definitely a great hike and a great physical challenge.

Such an amazing view from all points of the summit. Steeper at the last 3/4 miles but a beautiful trail- lots of small streams. Still a lot of ice at this time of year but no people- we had the top all to ourselves :)

This way is the best route if youre going to do all of these peaks versus going from the other way! So glad we did the loop as wolfjaws first then down the line and even added on saddleback at the end too as just a mile detour!

Saw bear tracks, wet on the rocks along Slant Rock trail. Beautiful views.

La difficulté ici est la distance. Nous sommes dans la soixantaine et l avons fait en 9h30. Une vue incroyable ! Un must.

Great Hike. Recommend getting there early, limited parking near trailhead. We did Basin 1st then Saddleback. Going up Saddleback was a little dicey since you have to climb rock face, we were glad that we didn't have to climb down Saddleback!!

So our group did all 3 peaks. blueberry Porter and Cascade. we started from the air field parking lot. let me tell you getting to blueberry summit was no joke!!! this was relatively challenging, even for 20 something year olds.very steep in a short distance. after blueberry getting to Porter wasn't too bad. and Cascade is easy. ended up being a pretty long hike 10am-5pm ish. amazing veiws tho and would definitely do it again! also nice cause there were very few people.


My recording of my version of this trail failed, my dog and I parked on 73 near the Deer Brook stream after we were denied due to *no dogs allowed* from the entrance near the golf course. We opted for the challenging technical route up the stream but there is also a road that leads you up to the initial trail which is on private property. Please be warned I carried my 55 lb very agile athletic pup up portions of this trail which included boulders and ladders.

We followed the signs for Lower Wolf Jaw, and after a tough ascent we found ourselves on the ridge line. We followed the ridge to Upper Wolf Jaw, Armstrong, and Gothic. After my miscalculation when headed for Pyramid we went down the south side of Gothic and had to use the cables to ascend again. When you first reach the peak of Gothic, there is a sign to your left stating this is private property and no dogs allowed, we bypassed it because we were not about to do the ridge line again and headed towards Pyramid.

Great views of the lake from Pyramid, we followed the trail north east towards The Valley floor. We came out to a nice waterfall and followed the signs for the East River trail. Encountered another gorgeous waterfall. We followed to navigate our way back to the road. Took us almost 11 hours and I am a very quick hiker and was an extremely challenging day but was awesome every step of the way.

One of the most spectacular views I've seen. Quite steep at the end but it was great to only see one other hiker the whole trip- it was amazing to have an entire hike and summit to yourself

A great hike for our dog and us. I found it challenging but well worth the views. plus it's not crowded.

This trail goes nowhere. I went in both directions at the fork. To the left (south) it deadend, the trail just disappears. To the right (WNW) it continues toward Dix etc... but there is no spur to take you up the peaks. This only exists if you are going to bushwhack the entire way, which is not a trail.

11 months ago

This hike was great. I did do this back in 2015. We did lose the trail a couple times due to not very many markers - or not a very good map reader haha. Blueberry mountain had beautiful views and very easy for our Shepherd to get up and climb. It was a bit muddy but still was able to get footing. This wasnt a very populated path, but getting closer to cascade we met more people. Cascade was a good hike for all of us. quite easy, Once we reached cascade it was a quick hike up and back. End ended up continuing on and came down the cascade foot trail. didnt come back the way we came. We went in a group of 4. Started this Hike at 7am and finished around 3-4pm, i was good days hike we were tired.. the dog not so much haha.

There are some great views on this trail; as well as a fair mix of hiking / climbing. This trail is pretty unforgiving on the knees. I'm active military, in great shape, and still had a difficult time with this one. Felt like I got hit by a train when I woke up the morning after. Waterproof and non-slip boots are a must, and extra socks just in case. Recommend hiking poles, but not necessary. It took me and my friend about 10 hours to complete it with about an hour of rest total.

Beautiful and fun hike if you are up to the challenge! Get there early because the parking lot fills up quickly (at least on Saturdays). Round trip, Including a long stop at the summit, It took a friend and I 9.5 hours to complete the hike. We are both very fit, experienced hikers. The first two-thirds of the trail are very easy but the last third is very difficult. My advice: be prepared and give yourself PLENTY of time, especially if you are not in good physical condition!

Great trail
Good workout.... 2 peaks in one hike

Just a great relaxed hike. The trail is marked well and the terrain is very manageable. This is ranked moderate. I haven't done any easy hikes but this was much easier than other moderates I have done. Don't get me wrong, I was sweating but it was extremely enjoyable. I think I'll be back to camp along the trail and take it to Lower Wolfjaw.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Only downside - limited parking about two spaces only across the street. No parking is allowed along private drive but this is the yellow trail (yellow markers) for one of the ascents. The other ascent is the blue trail along the stream which can be accessed about 50 ft to the right of the driveway (with a green sign)

Beautiful, enjoyable hike with the kids, with light foot traffic only. Lots of variety - along a winding brook with waterfalls under a dense canopy and then up a summit with some segments of light scrambling. Went with two kids ages 5 (athletic 5yr old) and 8.

For the lowest portion of the hike, we took the Private Rd up (yellow trail markers) and took the creek back (blue trail markers - this way back was a little dicey with the younger child because it required some scrambling over boulders.

2/3 of the way up you will come to a fork next to a log bridge with Snow Mtn and Roostercomb to the right over bridge and to left/straight up - Falls 250 ft ahead. Don't miss the falls and continue onto the summit climb - moderate ascent not too steep some scrambling required but at top flattens out enough to enjoy a private spot - not near a steep drop off.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Most of this trail is very steep but the views from the top are some of the best I've seen in the ADK. Bald summit stretching hundreds of yards with full 360 view of Giant and the Gothics range.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

A hidden gem. Quite different from the other high peak hikes. Quiet path with only sounds of the rushing water from the brook. We only met one other group at the top. I recommend going up along Deer Brook. It offers some fun challenges with several crossings over the Brook. We came down the easy way along the high water route which ends up on a gravel road.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Awesome hike with beautiful views of Giant and the Great Range. The climb through the creek was great but there is another way up along a driveway if the creek doesn't entice you. Went on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and there were about 5 others on the trail.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Great hike. You start out following Deer Brook creek which requires some scrambling over boulders as you go. The middle section is a nice climb, pretty mellow. There's a beautiful waterfall about 2/3 of the way up and you cross the brook on a log bridge, which is pretty cool.

The top 1/4 or so is some steep climbing on bare rock, but it's pretty grippy if it's dry, which it was for us. You really don't get any views until you reach the summit, but man is it beautiful once you get there. As another reviewer pointed out, make sure you go past the summit to find the best views from the top. It's only about 100 - 150 feet past the summit.

I thought this was a great hike with a great variety of terrain and scenery. Well worth doing for sure.

Oh, and we went on Saturday of Memorial weekend. The nearby mountains, like Giant, were crammed full. My doggy and I didn't see a single hiker on Snow Mountain. We had it to ourselves.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Recommend you hike the full range. Take two days and enjoy the views.

Friday, January 20, 2017

We hiked/snowshoed this trail on our way to the summit of Noonmark Mountain. We only hiked this trail to the summit and back out. The trail had fresh snow covering ice, which made the hike intense. Some people had turned around cause they didn't have the proper gear. We started out bare booting to the junction, then we wore snowshoes. Once we got up into elevation, we switched over to crampons and mountaineering axe. I will try this trail again when the weather is warm.

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