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snow
4 days ago

One of the most challenging hikes in the Adirondack High Peaks, with high winds often magnifying the exposed nature of the twin summits (Little Haystack & Haystack itself), both of which are completely above tree line. The difficulty was compounded this Winter by the extraordinary amount snow on all the trails approaching the summit. Nevertheless, with proper preparation and regiment (in Winter, crampons are definitely required to handle the ice covered rocks on the summit) climbing this peak is worth the effort. The views from the summit are among the best to be found anywhere in the Adirondacks.

We hiked this loop in the counter-clockwise direction which made for a very steep ascent to Nippletop. Absolutely no ice. Deep snow made snow shoes a necessity, snowpack seemed to be 5 to 6 feet, so we were pushing our way through branches. With low clouds and snow we didn’t get a great view, but it would be spectacular on a clear day.

Did this during the winter. Great hike with great views on the slide. No issue with water crossings. A lot of loose snow after the junction.

Also went partly up Gothics but turned around at the start of the cable as I could not find sufficient traction to gain confidence, even with crampons.

8.25hr RT including short breaks and my side-trip to Gothics which accounts for maybe 1hr of that

This hike was way more fun and scenic in the winter than the first time I did it in the fall. Well worth it even though these are some of the lowest high peaks. March 9, 2019

hiking
snow
11 days ago

Beautiful day with breathtaking views!

A very pretty hike but Porter was unreachable because of deep snow ( even with snowshoes). The winter trail was great up to Blubbery mt., but don’t recommend to continue in winter, especially if it’s a snowy one.

hiking
snow
13 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

Got stopped by a guy named Jim just short of the summit who educated me for about 30-45 min on why I should wear snowshoes.

hiking
20 days ago

9.4 miles? ...almost 7k elevation gain? i know the 7k gain is incorrect...is AllTrails that inaccurate?.....scratch that...now it say 2270ft for elevation gain. that sounds more like it

hiking
private property
snow
20 days ago

Hike these, 2/22 on my way to bagging Lower Wolf Jaw; relatively easy mountains to get to with beautiful views! Would recommend to families and beginner hikers as a good hike in the ADK during the warmer months!

hiking
snow
27 days ago

Boring, relentless steady trail up the H.G Leach trail. Winding around the Noonmark shoulder and onto Bear Den followed by another moderate ascent to viewess Dial stated only by a large snow covered boulder. Nippletop is only a short mile from here. A long long mile in unbroken snow.

Steepish hike up Beaver Meadow Falls. Trail broken as of February 5th 2019. Get it while its hot. Sunrise summit highly reccomended.

Somewhat tough, short walk up the Mossy Cascade trail. An outraegeous, payoff for an under-rated amongst the 46. Highly reccomended.

Perfect snow pack trailway as of 2-5-2019. Relatively easy hike save the 12+ mile pricetag. 6+ miles of it a basic "roadwalk." The rest (in winter) is a breeze. If you have the means, I highly reccomend it.

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bugs
off trail
rocky
29 days ago

i did this with my bf in 2014 and his 16 y-o son. this mountain about killed me. its a steep incline the entire way. parts of the trail you haveb to climb over huge boulders and part of the trail is sheer rock face. Pretty dangerous especially on the way back down. i had poles and spikes and still manages to fall on part of the rock face. we got to the trail head right at daybreak and was almost pitch black by the time we reached back to the car. i was very nervous about encountering a bear. on the way up we found a place to rest at the top of the waterfall. i thought this was the summit and was pleased andnready yo head back down, only to be told that we went not even halfway to the top

snowshoeing
over grown
private property
snow
1 month ago

Incredible in winter. Do this on a day with low winds to enjoy the views on Dix.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail! It was very icy with also some packed snow. We used microspike for all the trail (snowshoes was absolutely not needed today). Be careful close to the summit, some sections are very icy but well manageable if you have good microspike like hillsound. The rest of the trail is pretty easy. The view at the top worth the trip!

Out and back to Sawteeth by the regular trail (not the scenic trail). Hard-packed snow all the way. A little icy on top (changed from snowshoes to spikes, but saw others that did not), but nothing too complicated. 7hrs round-trip

hiking
snow
1 month ago

As far as I’m concerned there’s no easy winter summit in the high peak range. Phelps is actually easy until the last mile. Then it’s a rugged up. I used snowshoes up then changed to crampons for down to avoid butt slides. A very worthwhile hike. Temps were very cold but all sun making the views spectacular. Trail was all packed down.

Forecast for 50 mph winds at summit and a couple of inches of snow. They got it right, for once. Plan was to do Giant and RPR. Decided against RPR before we even summited Giant. Almost turned back a couple of times. Winds was blowing snow and obscuring trail. We had to backtrack a couple of times. Footing was actually pretty good on snowshoes the whole way. Wind howling and trail indistinguishable just yards from summit. Almost turned around. Found sign and hightailed it. No photos, hard to stand up. Our footprints already erased in spots on descent. Breaking trail through big drifts at times. Pretty tired by the end, took 5 1/2 hrs. with minimal stopping for food and gear changes (needed goggles at the summit). No views anywhere, to be expected under the conditions. Also, All Trails seems to underestimate distances, which can be a big factor for winter hiking. This hike is 7.2 mi, not 6.3.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Loved this hike! May not be the absolute best out of the peaks but deff doable for those new hikers.
Don’t miss the summit at Dial, it comes up quick, and can easily be missed on the way to nippletop.

Awesome views, challenging hike! The view was beautiful! It was worth the efforts to the summit.

The rock scrambles up were fun but a near nightmare on the way down. You need good shoes with good traction to be safe. Because of the tricky (and possibly dangerous) descent, may not want to hike this again.
We also had a dog, who was well trained but created extra anxiety especially during the descent.

Would only recommend this peak for fairly experienced hikers or those familiar with these types of trails.

Great day out. 5° at trailhead but layers proved essential. Little to no wind. Trailhead parking only had one available spot when we arrived a little after 9am. Wore microspikes for first 1/2 to 2/3 of route. Changed to snowshoes shortly after getting off the Brothers ridge. Some tricky and steep spots getting up to the Brothers. Traction of some sort is definitely needed in my opinion. Final route up to summit is STEEP. Make sure your snowshoes are made for steep hiking - mine weren’t and I kept sliding with every step. We had the summit to ourselves for a short time. Some spots required downclimbing facing in on the way down. Switched back to microspikes before descending the Brothers. Took 6:51hrs round trip at a medium pace with plenty of stops for photos, rests, snacks, etc. Trail is packed is most places. Little to no ice on trail.

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