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

4 days ago

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

birding
4 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!!!

Great hike with impressive views of the high peaks.
We started around 6:45 AM (early start to allow for a leisurely break at the summit). Walked about a million (5) miles on the road to reach the trailhead. Before beginning our ascent, we stopped at Rainbow Falls. Highly recommended, only a few minutes off the main trail.

The next couple miles up to the junction between Pyramid and Sawteeth was a steady incline, but not too difficult. The final 0.6 push to Pyramid was challenging but the views are worth the effort. At 4500 feet, I’m counting it as the 47th high peak, even though it is considered too close to Gothics to qualify.

The trail from Pyramid to Gothics looks intimidating but goes quickly. Views on Gothics are also very impressive offering 360 views and a large, mostly bald summit. Ideal spot for a lunch break if I do say so myself.

Descended down the beaver meadow trail, with a quick stop to cool down at Beaver Meadow Falls before our 5k stroll on the road to the car. Finished around 4:30 PM. All in all a fantastic hike with rewarding views. Highly recommended. 10/10 would hike again.

Beautiful hike ,but long ! I didn't do saw teeth peak ,

My goal was to do Lower Wolfjaw followed by Upper Wolfjaw & Armstrong. The lesser ascent trail wasn't marked clearly enough to follow so we took the higher ascent... on the way up it was beautiful, very difficult too, but the waterfalls made it worth it. We decided to do Lower first & were beyond disappointed by the view! It was nonexistent!!! So we made our way to Upper Wolfjaw but unfortunately that trail wasn't marked well either & we made a wrong turn.
So definitely make sure you have a map!

did the entire 25 miles from roostercomb trailhead to garden trailhead and back to Rc. very tough day hike , bring lots of water as sources are scarce

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.

Perfect day, perfect hike!

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.

Very dog friendly, quick hike!

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.

The coolest high peaks trail in my opinion. Great exposure moving up the cable or the summit. Beware of the false summit, because when you think you’re done, you’re not.

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.

Beautiful views from both Pyramid and Gothic. Unfortunate that you have to walk on the road so long before getting onto the trail (nearly 3 miles) but I suppose I'll take that instead of more uphill hiking. Closer to 14 miles round trip, took almost 9 hours with stops on both peaks.

on Snow Mountain Trail

hiking
27 days ago

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

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
28 days 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.

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.

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
1 month 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!!!

Mid-May ice and snow on the paths (particularly bad between Colvin and Blake) made this longer and more difficult than expected—didn’t have microspikes so a good bit of slipping and sliding. A good 10 hours out and back. Still, the views from Colvin were great and very rewarding, and the lack of foliage in early spring meant we had some good views even from the forested trails.

1 month ago

great hike!

The view from Noonmark Mountain is spectacular - with 360 degree views of the surrounding high peaks. The summit is large and rocky, with room for dozens of hikers to find a spot of their own - with only 3-4 other hikers on the mountain yesterday, we felt like the mountain was ours.

There is still ice at the top, and micro spikes would have come in very handy because both the final ascent and the South side descent were very difficult and treacherous. We're anxious to do this hike again in the fall, where it will no doubt be less technically tricky - but in any event, feel that this hike should be labeled difficult, not moderate. It is extremely steep with wonderful rock scrambles that require balance and long reaches, which might be impossible for smaller children, small pets, and older hikers.

DEC has not been up here yet to clean up the trail, though, and there were some major obstacles (big downed trees) in the way that you had to find a way to heave over or squeeze under, because there was no way around. And the signage, as noted by other reviewers, is awful. We came in from the North with no difficulty, then took the trail that led south down and away from the mountain. But at the point where we should have turned back North again, we saw only an option to go left (to route 73) or right. We went left, and headed East, thinking we were on the right trail, until we found Round Pond on our right. We ended up at the Round pond trailhead on 73, and needed a ride back to Ausable Road.

My fitbit measured a 10 mile hike - so either the trail map or the fitbit are way off.

A lovely, difficult hike with incredible views!

Perfect day, cold and crisp, beautiful views!

We did this hike on sunday 22 of april . Starter at 7:15 on a very nice rising sun . Headed to the rainbow Falls at about 3miles from the parking . From the Falls we hike up until we reech an intersection that we had to take a right . So we did . There was no foot steps . We open the trail .Good thing we had braught our snowshoes. Guiding ourselves with openings in the forest and looking for the blue tags on the trees .It was a chaleng to find the trail. We reeched the summit . It was covered of snow . The view is awesome. Its Worth the effort . My wife my son and I were very proud to have done this hike . Got back to the car 5:00pm . +/- 13 miles .

Great mountain for a day hike with great views! Beware- there are a lot of false summits when you get near the top- that craggy looking thing in the distance? year- that's where you're going!

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