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camping
3 days ago

The view from MT Colvin is absolutely Amazing. So what if it is a little muddy at parts, its a mountain hike, that comes with the territory. There are some really fun scrambles. There is also a nice stream for a decent ways up the mountain to refuel. There are also about 4 spaces that you can camp in about 2 miles from the top. The best place to park is at a country club. It is right before a church on your left or after it on your right. Its a little sign with an A and another letter on it as a symbol. You drive up that rode until you pass by tennis courts. The foot trail begins a little down the road once you pass between them. So many high peaks to access from that trail.

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.

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.

Agree with previous reviewer. We set out to do this only to discover we'd be adding 3.5 miles one way (total of 7 miles) to what was going to be a nice 6.7 mile hike. You have to park at this trailhead: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/new-york/indian-head-and-rainbow-falls as you can't park at the country club and the access road you walk on for 3 miles does not allow cars or bikes. One thing to note there is a garden hose to the left of the sign in book in case you didn't bring enough water... since preparing for a 7 mile vs 14 mile hike are very different things. Beautiful views and a hard hike but giving it a low score due to the inaccurate mileage/start location.

Lightly traveled foot path with fun rock scrambling up the brook trail. On the easier side of moderate. Loved it!

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.

Another one star review for the directions that show the start at the Lower Ausable Lake, which is accessed only by a private road. Parking is at the public lot at Rt. 73 and a 4-mle road walk to the actual start of the trail.

hiking
10 days ago

This was a nice hike with great views at the summit. From the summit you can see 22 of the high peaks. We had the summit to ourselves and relaxed on the summit and ate lunch. I will definitely hike this mountain again. The start of the hike was like hiking in a forest preserve.

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 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 choice for a good workout and excellent view at the summit. The hike is almost entirely in the woods until the summit. It is uphill the entire way but no technical challenges. Close to the summit you will need to do some relatively easy scrambling and a wooden staircase. We had no difficulty finding trail signs. The trail was well marked.

Very pretty views top and an easy trail with a fun rock scramble on top.

Did this hike Sunday, nice weather. The trail was muddy , easy going early up to Colvin. Colvin had good views. Ate a early lunch and headed over to Blake. The effort needed to get to Blake is not worth it. Not much at all to see. There is a view of Elk lake through the trees. Total trip was about 15 miles and took 10 hours. Guess that’s not too bad for my age. Lol

This was a hard hike. I tried in March and it was too icy between Colvin and Blake, especially on the ladders. Today it was pretty muddy, we added Indian Head and it took 9 hours. Indian Head was the best part for me.

très belle rando, la forêt est dense et luxuriante. le sentier est border d'un petit ruisseau avec des chutes. la rando est relativement facile mais tres plaisante !! a partir du sentier vous pouvez emprunter un autre sentier pour aller au giant mount.

hiking
18 days ago

great 360 view from top . leave in afternoon and have the whole summit to yourself . a great hike for all experience levels . very shady all the way to peak , great on a hot day . definitely recommend hike

Great hike. Kicked my butt for sure! The first portion of it isn't bad, but then it continues to climb for the duration of the hike until you get to the top. It needs new trail markers, but the foot path is beaten down enough you can find your way. It definitely clocked in a lot longer of a hike than stated on here. Recommend this hike!

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

hiking
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

on Phelps Mountain Trail

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

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.

No snow or ice in early June. Muddy between Colvin and Blake but drying out. Hiked in via Gill Brook and out via the cut off.

hiking
1 month 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.

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