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This hike was certainly not what we were expecting from a moderately rated trail. Although a relatively shorter hike, it was steep with mostly rock about halfway up the trail and some scrambled as well. We really enjoyed the challenge, but certainly weren’t expecting so much it. A few false summits on the way that we’re absolutely stunning, and you can see the summit from some of them. I’d definitely do this again at some point. Summit views are spectacular to say the least. We weren’t sure about the “loop” we did as an up and back Highly recommend.

Awesome. Probably the most challenging hike I’ve done to date. It involves many instances of climbing over some large and loose boulders. I wouldn’t recommend unless you were in very good shape. We summited in a little under three hours (both of us are/were athletes in college.) The only lame part is the fact that you have to walk ~2 miles through a road and country club if you access it from the free parking zone.

Great views, I hiked up Gothics and took the ridge over to Armstrong. You can get sweeping panoramas of many of the western High Peaks and Lake Placid. Pay attention to which way you came to the summit. There are two exits very close to each other that will lead you to different places. We hiked almost an hour out of our way by accident and did not bring enough water for the extra mileage. Overall, a great time.

We hiked Big Slide on July 16 and found the trail challenging, but certainly worth it as the views along the way and at the summit were amazing!

What made the hike challenging was mostly weather and our own inexperience. It was extremely warm that day, and as this was only our second high peak, we overpacked in terms of food and so the weight of our backpack slowed us down as we made frequent stops along the way! We began our climb around 7:30am and when we returned to the car around 3:30pm, the temperature was 32 degrees Celsius!!! There were also many opportunities for taking pictures along the way, which we certainly took advantage of!

We began at the Garden Parking lot ($10 USD for parking) and returned through the Slide Mountain Brook Trail loop after we reached the summit. In total, we were about 8 hours - again, with more than a 'normal' amount of breaks along the way. The path begins moderately steep and continues that way until after the second Brother, where it descends for a bit before a steep climb (including some adventurous rock scrambles and questionable log steps) just before the summit. Unlike Marcy, which we did two years ago, the summit does not offer 360 degree views; however, the views from the Brothers are fantastic and the Great Range is right in front of you from the summit! The loop trail return descends steadily until John Brooks Lodge with some running water along the way if (like us) your supply is getting low by then! Once at JBL, the 3 miles remaining back to the Garden Parking Lot are flat and well marked.

A cooler day and a lighter backpack are the only things that could have made this any better. Truly a beautiful and rewarding hike!

We Hiked up the Macomb Slide and went on to do South Dix (a scramble) & then Hough. Really awesome 3 peak day hike. I loved the variety of this trail! Great views pretty much the entire time! They call it "un-maintained..." But, if that was true, then who's been out there cutting through the blowdown? Someone certainly has. Definitely a blast & would climb them again!

As for a long day hike in the Adirondacks this range might be the most bang for your buck, but it will be a long and very full day. I completed this hike in 10 hours exactly car-to-car. I started off by walking all the way down to the Lake Road to the lake. Went up the Sawteeth scenic route to start the day. It began going along the lake for a while then started going up gradually. The scenic route includes 5 different “look outs” which were all great. Got to Sawteeth around 3 hours and 15 minutes from leaving my car. Next went to Gothics via Pyramid. Stayed on the range trail the majority of the day. Getting to Gothics was tiring but then going to Armstrong wasn’t too bad. Going down Armstrong to Upper Wolf Jaw was super steep with one extremely steep section including a ladder and cliff. Upper Wolf to lower wolf wasn’t as bad as it looked. Lower Wolf is wooded but still has lookout views. Went down the wedge brook trail to the west river trail out finishing the loop. Long day. All 5 (6) summits had great views. Some summits were bigger than others but all were good with at least a look out summit. Pyramid’s summit may have had the most unique views of the days due to its views of the slides. Great hike especially on a sunny blue sky day like I had. Full day, I’m beat.

Hiked this last Friday! It was a challenging but shorter mileage hike. It is the first of the year so we went pretty slow took us about 7 hours for the entire hike, with hanging on top for a while. Amazing views and the trail was dry. Have to go back and do rocky peak ridge though! Will probably go up the other side (shorter trail) to hit that one. Loved it - ready to hike again 落落

Awesome and easy high peak. I cruised the first three miles and the last one caught me - but the views are totally worth it. A couple different trails at the very tip top and I missed the first sign that said “trail —>” but found it after only a few mins. Lots of good views when you get to the last quarter mile. Most folks I met were hiking this and Table Top, but I did Phelps solo. 6.5 hr day for me with a 45 minute break on the summit. My aussie loved it as well - plenty of swimming breaks for him up and back around Marcy Dam.

Colvin was great. Best view just past the peak. Going down Colvin and up Blake looks more daunting than it is. Advice from a couple that past on the trail, “if you want to be a 46er, definitely do both, if you don’t care about being a 46er definitely don’t do Blake.” I’m glad I did both but I didn’t really see a view from Blake.

The one-star rating is only because the map and description do not show the parking correctly. Check all the other AllTrails.com descriptions for hikes in this area, and those do show the correct, legal parking.

I did this loop counter clockwise starting with Lower Wolf Jaw. I left the road at the first sign/bridge and hiked the woods. Very nice hike. Trip down Sawteeth is steep and covered with shredded leaves (like someone dumped lawn bags all over the place. Low traction slipped and went down twice.

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.

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)

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11 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.

did the Gothics via beaver falls.(parked at the Ausable Club) Taking this way is pretty unforgiving, once you hit the falls its an unrelenting climb to the summit. The trail itself is well maintained but I wouldnt recomend this route for a novice hiker. Its a challenging hike but man is it pretty! much easier on the way down than on the way up!! After the slide you can pretty much trail run back to the falls. Take some time to soak your feet in it ;)

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.

Gill Brooke Trail is a classic ADK trail and so scenic. Colvin has fantastic views and make sure to go past the summit 150ish feet to a little lookout that has a great view of Blake. Thought the hardest part was going down Colvin toward Blake, but definitely not as rough as some reviews make it out to be. Much easier on the way back. Loved this hike so much, will definitely do Colvin again but probably not Blake. (Hiked 7/8/18 Nos. 6&7 for me!) ALSO on the way down take the Lake Rd. cut off trail to save a bit of mileage and time- it takes you to the road and it’s about 3 miles from there. Wonderful people on this trail.

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.

This was an absolute gem! Lots of waterfalls, fungi, wildlife, and great people. The stop off at Indian Head is definitely worth the additional time pay off is huge. If your taking the loop coming in take Fish Cliff it will bring you back to Gill Brook trail without backtracking(learned by experience).The trail was well marked and pretty dry for Adirondack hiking. Great lookouts from Blake when ascending take the time to turn around and take it in after all you earned it! It is rated moderate but there were some pretty technical parts of the trail especially ascending Colvin to get to Blake my opinion more than moderate.

I am 14 hikes into my 46 and I found this to be the easiest so far and had some of the best views. I hiked up The Brothers and stopped on each for photos. After the summit, I continued over to Yard Mountain. The trail is not very wide but it's pretty easy. I was not even sure at what point I crossed the summit I was moving so quickly. I was glad I did the loop because there are some pretty cool boulders along the way after John's Brook Lodge. Total distance was 11.65 miles and elevation gain was 3392'

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17 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

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17 days ago

We did this hike as an up and back, not as loop. We felt that it was our favorite summit so far, liked it better than Giant. And, while not as long as Giant, it was as challenging vertically. Trail was in great shape. The numerous vistas on the way up we’re nice and a great place for short breaks.

on Phelps Mountain Trail

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18 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.

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20 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.

I did 4 of the 5 peaks this past weekend (June 29-July 1). I wanted to do all five but did not manage (first backpacking trip and I was carrying too much weight) anyways... We started at the Elk Lake Trailhead, hiked in Friday night, camped at the Slide Brooke then proceeded to Macomb the next morning. The slide on Macomb is a bear but doable. It will slow you down. East Dix (Grace Peak) was amazing. The hike to Hough was very difficult. We ran out of water so hiked down the Lillian Brook Trail and camped another night at the Slide Brook Lean To Area before hiking out the next morning. Overall it was a grueling but worth it hike. Every peak had spectacular views. I wish I had gotten to Dix but I will have the conquer that another time.

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Great hike. Started out from the ausable club. Took the west river and wedge brook trails. Did lower wolfjaw first. Fairly easy hike with a little scrambling. Most say there are no views on summit. Not true. A few bigger rocks that you can sit on for some views. Did upper wolfjaw second. Two tricky spots to navigate. 180 degree views on summit. Nice water features through the lower part of the trail. I recorded just on 13 miles on this hike. I got turned around a couple times which added about a half mile to the trip.

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