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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.

Just completed this hike last weekend over 3 days and 2 nights while camping at Bushnell Falls. The extra time definitely made the summit day much easier. Hike was relatively easy first five miles and then was very steep for most of the rest of the way. Definitely worth the challenge and the sore legs the next day. Views were amazing and you can see for miles in all directions. Would recommend to anyone looking for a difficult but rewarding hike in the Adirondacks.

We hiked this trail (7th of the 46) on a sunny day in August. After the first half mile, the trail gets a bit more challenging up to the Brothers, but nothing too difficult. The hike across the 3 Brothers is mostly slides and a few steep rock assents, but take your time and they are fine. The final .3 miles to the summit is the most challenging, but again take your time. They have a newly installed ladder that helps a lot and the view is very good. Look for the survey marker (brass circle) towards the rear of the summit.

The hike up to Marcy Dam and then to the Phelps Trail cut-off is easy. The sign to Phelps at the cut-off reads 1.0 miles, but it is actually 1.2 miles. The 1.2 miles are a bit challenging, but nothing too difficult. At the top, there is a small trail to the right of a boulder that runs along the left side of the trail - take the trail (very short) for some very nice views.

We had a beautiful day to enjoy the gorgeous views along the Brothers Trail to Big Slide. Some pretty steep ascents in the beginning going to the First And Second Brothers. Also some slightly intimidating rock scrambles but nothing too terrible. A little mud but not overly wet.
We decided to take the loop back and were lucky other hikers directed us as it’s not very well marked. As you head back down, instead of taking the blue trail back along the brothers (which would be turning left), go straight down the red marked trail along slide mountain brook until you hit some yellow no camping signs. If you head right from there, you go to Johns Brook Lodge. To get back to the Garden parking lot, make a sharp left over the wooden bridge and head along Phelps Trail, which is marked with yellow but has no sign identifying it as Phelps. It is longer back than it feels like it should be, maybe about 1.5 hours at a moderate pace. It took us 7 hours all in with probably a 30 min stop at the top. We took our time.

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3 days ago

Outstanding! Moderate to difficult in some areas but strenuous areas are short lived. Great views of the great range! We left the trailhead at 5:45 am with headlamps; used them for about 10 minutes. Stopped several times for pics. 3 hours and 5 minutes to the summit. stayed at the summit 45 minutes as the clouds cleared and views became even more spectacular. Motored down with just a couple of new photo ops. Total trip 6 hours and 7 minutes including the 45 minute summit time.

August 8, 2018: Completed Big Slide in 5.5 hours, with about 30 minutes of breaks. Parking: The trailhead at Garden Parking (off Adirondack Rd from the village of Keene) is very small. I arrived there at 9am on Tuesday and no spots available. I usually start my hikes earlier, but this time, I was driving from Ottawa the morning of. I quickly learned that if the parking is full, you are SOL. There are no other places to park, except in the village itself at a public parking, which is what I did. In addition to the 5.5 hrs, this added a good 1hour and 15 minutes. So arrive early :) Although I heard that on weekends there's a shuttle service - don't take my word for it though. The hike itself is a nice one, but tough. There is quite a bit of rock scrambling, which I personnaly like. The summit is great, but watch out for mice - one nearly got in my backpack. I didn't do the actual loop, I went right up from the three Brothers trail and came down the same. Cheers

A lot more rock scrambling than I anticipated! I loved the views on the way up, stopping every now and then to get a snapshot, catch my breath, or drink some water. The way back feels long but is a nice break for your knees. Pay attention to the yellow arrow on a boulder after the waterfall on your way back. There's a herd trail going into the woods that we followed that's not the trail! Overall a satisfying hike! I'm an intermediate hiker and I finished in 7 hours, including about 30 min worth of breaks.

A long hike for sure, but as advertised the first 5 or so miles were relatively easy and then the difficulty increased tremendously. But the views were worth all the aches and pains. Took us 12 hours from start to finish with a 45 minute stop on top and a short rest and JBL. Took the Shorey Cut trail up and the Phelps trail on the way down. Phelps was easier. Think next time i'll spend the night.

Hiked in to Phelps from the Loj. I really don’t see any reason to do this mountain unless you are a trying to get all 46 High Peaks. Took 2.5 hours from the Loj and less than 2 to get back. The hike in is a lovely walk, but the trail up Phelps is a bit boring and pretty difficult, lots of roots and stones ......no views till the very end. I agree with another reviewer.... it IS a unique view of Marcy and the other high peaks in the area once you are on the summit. Of course I had a great time, I was hiking! But I would not climb this mountain again.

Super fun trail, great views along the way and at the summit.

This is not a moderate hike it was quite tough. My group is pretty fit and we had to take multiple short breaks before we reached the peak. It took around 2 hours to get up and a little over 1 to get down. This trail is almost vertical from the start. There's a few false peaks that provide great views. The peak is very rewarding. 360 views and plenty of areas to check out once you get up.

The last mile is a lot of work but lots of opportunities to take breaks to catch your breath and well worth the effort. Very unique view of the high peaks from the summit

This was my 3rd time hiking Giant, but my first time hiking this trail. Nice trail with a few rock scrambles here and there but I enjoyed this way up to Giant.

This was an amazing hike the last mile took me about 1 hour because it was my very first time at an high peak! My back bother me some but I would do it all over again.

Great view at the summit!

The total distance is a bit more than 9.8 miles.

If you have more than one person in your car drop the passengers off at the garden trailhead so you only have to pay for one shuttle ride.

There is potable water at the Johns Brook Lodge.

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22 days ago

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 scrambles as well. We really enjoyed the challenge, but certainly weren’t expecting so much of 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.

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!

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.

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.

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1 month 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.

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.

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'

We were a two-family group with kids ages 5, 6, and 7 (and a 1 year old in tow) and we all loved this hike. We took it only to the first brother, about 1.5 miles, and the view from there was fantastic. It was moderately difficult, especially with kids - some short sections of steel scramble - but definitely doable. All around great little hike!

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1 month 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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1 month 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.

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