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Loved this hike - gorgeous scenery, steep ascents, both open and covered terrain, and 360 views from the peak. Very few hikers, one of whom was an elderly man climbing with the aid of a cane.

hiking
6 days ago

I wanted to hike Haystack a bit different than just a direct route from the Garden parking area. I like to avoid out-and-backs as much as possible so I hiked in from the ADK Loj around Little Marcy, went up Haystack, then exited via the Phelps trail-John Brooks Lodge-Garden Parking lot. Total distance was 17.2 miles- Track uploaded in recordings.

Marcy trail was so FULL of hikers all going up to Marcy, it felt like a pedestrian walking path. Once exiting the Marcy trail I was alone until I hit Little Haystack. Great views and cool little scramble over both Haystacks. Better view of the Panther Gorge than Marcy has.

In my opinion the full Phelps trail was much easier descending than going down through the Shorey's Shortcut- having done that 1 week ago with Saddleback and Basin. The shortcut had more deadfall in it.

My climbing partner (16 yr old daughter) struggled with the ascent. Seemed longer than advertised. Summit was gorgeous, great views on an awesome day. She descended non- stop though.

Beautiful hike, especially on a hot day, since almost all of the trail is shaded by the tree canopy. Trail is well-maintained and marked. Lots of variety in both terrain and vegetation. A little steep at the top, but no scrambling, and the views of Giant and Marcy are spectacular. Valley View Ledge spur is worth the detour, overlooking Keene Valley and Marcy Field. At a leisurely pace, it took me about three hours, including lots of photo stops and a lunch break on the ledge.

This should be graded hard not moderate.

Was very happy with this hike. This took me about 3 hours and 30 minutes to get to the top and about 2 hours and 30 minutes to get back to the parking lot. This trail was marked very well going up the path but I found no red foot trail markers on the way down. The water source is towards the bottom of the trail so make sure to stock up at that the first decent water source you see before making your way up giant mountain.

On the trail, you will see a lot of outshoot trails to “view spots”. Many people miss the views because the climb up the mountain becomes steep fast.

Make sure to bring a snacks for the top so you can refuel for the down climb. I wish I would have brought trecking poles for this hike because my knees definitely are feeling it after that down climb.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike, a couple good spots to cool off in the river near the forest ranger's cabin. Good hiking boots are a must. Took us about 4 hours total with a 45 minute rest at the river. the trail was nicely maintained. There is a $10 fee to park

on Phelps Mountain Trail

hiking
14 days ago

Added at the end of a Marcy/Table Top day hike and worth it. Mix of moderate stony path like the main trail and tree roots like Table Top made it challenging after climbing 2 other peaks already.

Took me 6.5 hours.. no good views til you get towards the top. The view from the top was pretty amazing, although you could only see off one side of the mountain because of dense spruces you can’t even walk through.

hiking
16 days ago

Our first hike in the Adirondacks, and a great warm up. Hot day, departed from Trails End Inn around 9:00. Trail completely under canopy, which made the hike cooler. Fairly easy climb, nothing technical. The summit was beautiful with views to the west and the east looking into Keene Valley.

What an incredible day! This was easily one of the most beautiful hikes I have been on.

Exhausting - yes! But such incredible views on all three summits. A fantastic day.

Great way to start off hiking season. Short, fairly easy trail with not very many people.

hiking
23 days ago

Out and back 7 miles. We did this in 3 and a half hours and we are average fitness. Very enjoyable. Make sure your shoes are waterproof because of the stream crossings, although there are bridges almost everywhere.

decided to do my first hike ever on Giant mountain. What a mistake that was. I made it to the summit in 4 hours and it took me 3 hours to get down. By the time I got to my car I could barely walk. The next day I was completely out of commission.

Very fun and great view at the top! Some steepness but not too difficult. Beautiful all around.

28 days ago

Great little hike. Consistent elevation gain over the length of the trail. No scrambling. Nice views at summit.

birding
28 days ago

Great hike with my 7 year old daughter. We started at South Meadow. Walked to Marcy Dam & then up Phelps. Wonderful weather and a very nice view. The trail isn't very demanding but it's pretty beat.

Harder than I anticipated, but loved it! A lot of rocks, I feel like it is unlike any other trail.

A really nice hike reviewed by a couple novice hikers :) We hiked on 6/16/18 and really enjoyed the nice easy climb from the Loj for the first 3 miles but the last mile was certainly steep with some bigger rocks toward the summit. The views were rewarding and the false summits on the way up even offered lovely views - I think you can definitely see Marcy, Colden & Algonquin. About a 9 mile round trip, it took us about 6 hours with a long rest at the summit.

Great hike, great views at the top!!! First 2 miles were easy, 3rd mile started to feel the incline. The last mile up was strenuous, but we took it slow and kept going. We were super cautious on a couple climbs up rock, but there were spaces to step into the rock or roots/branches to grab. We were glad we had hiking poles, but also used our hands at a couple bigger rocks. We were able to do this with our two kids, ages 12 and 14. The 12 year old is fit, but gets a bit tired when it’s steep, and the view was rewarding to her. Our 14 year old loved it and even did tabletop afterwards while I hung out at Indian falls. Indian falls was wonderful!!! Everyone loved their accomplishments!!! Bring more water than you think you’ll need, or a filter, especially when it’s a warm day!!!

The sign for the turnoff was missing. First hike of the season and so a little struggle for me--very beautiful at the top. I'd thought of doing this on the same day I did Marcy but I'm probably glad I didn't. It's definitely more than just a quick side trip--well worth it on its own.

Did this one with the family ... wife and 2 boys (12 and 8). It was an amazing hike and view. We're a hiking family, and our kids did it like champs. If you're not used to scrambling or really steep climbs, it might not be for your young ones. Ours loved it and will remember it the rest of their lives.

Moderate hike with more difficulty near summit. Views are wonderful with a bit of everything, wooded trail, pond and great 360 degree view from summit.

We hiked this with three kids under the age of 6 last week. We only made it to the washbowl, which was about as far as we anticipated. It was a difficult hike for the kids but they did well and enjoyed the views. We hiked early (8am) and didn't run in to anyone until we were about half way down.

Not many views until you get above 3000 ft. Trail was wet in spots, but no real muddy spots. Very rewarding views at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

This is the shortest, most direct route up Haystack. The trail is lovely and easy for the first 7 or so miles then gets quite tricky with water, mud, ice, etc for the last 1.5 miles.

Great hike with beautiful views. It gets steep pretty much right away and the again as you approach the summit. I wouldn’t recommend this with young children or with pets. The wind was incredible at the summit and the rock climb is steep.

We did the ‘loop’ to the pond and ended about 1-2 miles from the Ausable Road lot. We must’ve missed the turn back to Ausable Road. Love the hiker community as a couple saw us walking the road and saved us about 1/2 mile.

All in all, the hike was great. Our first hike this season and we’re feeling it despite being in shape. Have fun!

hiking
2 months ago

Brought our pup along with us! He loved it! Just as great of views as the 46ers!! Make sure to make the detour to Valley View Ledge before heading towards the summit! Gorgeous lookout!!!

2 months ago

great hike!

Perfect day, cold and crisp, beautiful views!

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