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11 hours total car to car with around 40 minutes of summit breaks total.
- I started at 4:30am at St Hubert’s parking, signed in at 4:45am. Walked to the leech trail where I went to Dial first. The trail starts out going up up up gaining a ton of elevation quickly and getting the heart beating from the start. Immediately climbing for quite a while until reaching the top of noonmark shoulder (some good views). Then the trail continues up to the Bear Den wooded summit after passing through some cool spots of aspen trees and a fun and unique stretch of trail. The leech trail goes over Dial to nippletop. Dial summit is a Boulder with no summit sign, decent view. Getting to nippletop wasn’t bad and has great views but another small summit with no sign. From nippletop I took elk pass down to the Colvin trail which was very steep getting down. Trail leveled out once going between two ponds. Colvin trail up wasn’t too bad, pretty gradual. Once at Colvin (another small summit with good views and no sign) the trail down Colvin to Blake was brutal. So steep. The “down Colvin, up blake, down blake, up Colvin” portion of the hike was the worst part of the day. Took an hour over to Blake’s wooded summit (a trail sign pointing to Colvin marks the summit), and then an hour back. Blake is totally wooded and a worthless trip other than having to bc it’s a 46’r. After getting back to Colvin from Blake I went down the gill brook trail to the lake road, using the cut off trail to get to the road as fast as I could completing the loop. The lake road made for a mellow but long walk out (like always). This entire trail is marked extremely well, so many signs pointing you in the right direction with mileage, a real treat. A long, challenging, and rewarding day in the woods.

I took my 11 year old sister on this hike and it was FABULOUS. I parked on 73 right by the end of Ausable Rd. There is parking on Ausable Rd. as well for hikers (follow the signs). The first half of this hike is flat, basically a road through the ADK woods. Lake Rd has multiple trail options to hike to other areas as well. We took the gillbrook trail as this suggests and on the way back we took the "lake road" trail back to lake road instead of going back down gillbrook which was an easy & fun descent. This post implies that there is no rock hopping or scrambling but there is, however not much and pretty easy. BRING BUG SPRAY of some sort. There were quite a bit of gnats and such on the gillbrook trail bc you are basically hiking along the creek most of the way. All in all, this was an enjoyable hike & the views at the top are AMAZING. No picture you've seen of the look out will compare to when you're there in person. Also, we went on a Wednesday. The trail was not very populated & we had the entire look out to ourselves for a bit.

Wow. My favorite Firetower yet! Set in a picturesque location for perfect views of the High Peaks! At 3,678' this mountain is no push-over (only 300' from being a 46er itself).

We took this Northern approach & parked at the last spot before the 'chain fence'. Nice easy walk to warm up & eventually the trail goes consistently up. Really great hike. At the top, it opens up to vast rock outcroppings for an almost 360 view. Wide rocky, treeless peak for the most part. Firetower itself is a little beat up from the weather, but safe & a must-climb for wild views.

Incredible sights of High Peaks! Highly recommended. Enjoy!

We did this trail on a bright sunny July weekend. We started from the parking lot(Ausable road, right off the main road). We went to the Indian head and back, which was around 11 miles round trip. We took about 6 hours 15 minutes with a good 45 minutes stop at the top and a few stops on the way as well, and one of us was a beginner. On the whole, the hike was very easy, I found the final ascent to be quite easy as well, as compared to several other Adirondack hikes. It was jus ta bit long, but the views were marvellous, and the lake was beautiful. I would certainly do this hike again.

Big crow is easy hike with a nice view up top. Overwhelmed by casual hikers and families though on a nice day. Nundagao Ridge Loop portion is easy to miss there’s only a tiny hand written white sign. Trail is not marked whatsoever and very overgrown. Some nice views on what I think was the ridge line but eventually lost the trail and had to double back.

This is a very nice hike. The trail is lightly trafficked. Little bit of rock scrambling is required to get to the summit - but nothing scary. I wouldn't classify this hike as hard. I made it in 4 hours with a long stay at the summit. The bonus is a fire tower! It was nicely restored and you can get on top. The views are stunning! Get up there!

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12 days ago

A fun little hike the whole family can do. Has switchbacks which make the trail easier to climb. Good views at the top and places to hang out for a while. Not many steep climbs or scrambling. Great to use to get the heart beating and for an afternoon or morning hike in the woods. Took me 20 minutes up.

My favorite hike (so far) in the Adirondacks, period. Round trip it took about 3.5 hours with 30 minutes up top. This new trail is insanely well marked and includes lots of different terrains from woods, rocks, marshes, meadows, and a bald summit with 360° views and a fire tower. I can’t say enough good things about this hike as you’re getting a great hike, views, trail, and it only takes a few hours. One of the best bangs for your buck

Hiked this July 4th hot and humid 2 pm start. passed 2 people coming back had entire summit to myself and wow what a summit I encourage any hiker to do this 1

A great trail with a nice mix of scenery and terrain, as well as unbeatable views at the end. Trail itself was clear and clean. Took us about 4.5 hours to go up and down, taking some short breaks along the way.

Out-of-shape hikers (like me) beware: a good part of the trail consists of upward slogs, so take your time. Very doable though, overall. And the views are well worth it.

This is a great starter mountain for a person with any level of experience, with a huge reward of 360º views at the summit. It's a nice quick climb. We hiked as a group of 8, most people having never hiked a mountain before. We were up & down in 5 hours. Awesome hike.

Awesome hike! The southern approach is a lot easier than the northern approach. The trailhead is right off the road, so keep your eyes open! It’s a relatively easy trail with steeper areas towards the middle. Two great overlooks before you get to the summit. I would defiantly do this hike again! Amazing 360 view of a lot of high peaks in the Adirondacks. You can have a view of them without doing one. For all you hikers wanting a quicker hike with the high peak vibe.

Amazing View! Just beautiful! Can’t wait to hike it again!

Anyone and everyone should make this hike. Absolutely amazing views all over. Definitely worth the time and effort put in.

Incredible view. One of the most unique in the whole park. Long and flat up until Indian Head. Then it is a quick but steep ascent. We went straight down to the end of the road, then made a sharp left and ascended to the outlook. DO THIS HIKE!

Starting and finishing in Keene (Rooster Comb Parking Lot) adds additional challenge (maximum ups) and if you time things right, you can finish with a beer at the Ausable Inn (open til 2 a.m. on weekends, sometimes).

We slept in the lot, started out at 5:30 a.m. and got back to the Ausable Inn at 1:30 a.m. the next day. The last 3 miles - and even the entire walk out - was almost a blur. This is a very long day and I can't wait to do it again.

My favourite hike by far. Gorgeous scenery the whole way. Long but definitely worth it.

Love it. Best bang for your buck.

on Baxter Mountain

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1 month ago

We hiked up Baxter this morning because a storm was promised in afternoon. There were nice views at the top. We hiked to the second summit and that added about a 10th of a mile more. 6/18/2018

This trail was an "Adirondak classic" through and through, with quadriceps-tolling rock scrambles and thick dense trails peppered with the typical late spring mud at times. These challenges aside, you have a beautiful panorama at the top that gives you a 360 degree view of the daks, and a view of the Green and White Mountains if it is clear out.

The views from Giant are good, both along the way and at the top, but from RPR it's pretty spectacular-- walking around the open, rocky peak you can see 280 degrees. The backside of Giant taking you down to head up RPR is a bit of a bear-- parts of it are very steep, open rock. Some were slick with mud/water as well. And since this is an out and back you do get that part coming and going (it's a bit easier going up). Our mileage clocked in at 8.4 rather than 7.5.

Great climb with lovely streams and plants. Close to lake placid for a bite to eat after.

did the north trail this morning,took me about 1.5 hrs up and back down but I'm also 29 so yeah, great trail if you want to be challenged physically. The North side is mostly wash out path with a lot of flat rock to navigate, be mind full on feet placement on wet rocks and mud on shoes.

I can definitely see why this trailhead is rated hard. Starts out nice and flat, then nothing but rock and steep uphill climb from then on. The spectacular view at the top was worth every bit of effort. Absolutely stunning,

Worth every second !! Beautiful trail. It’s a must hike! :)

One of our favorites! We’ve done this loop twice and it’s definitely worth it for the view at the top.

Best hike I've done yet! Definitely a long one but like everybody else has said it is worth the way. The ending does get a little steep and slippery, so be weary of that. It also pays to wear the right shoes. Happy hiking!

I am a fairly frequent hiker and would consider myself to be in good shape. I would consider this more of a moderate hike than hard. Great views at the top and the first 1.5 miles or so are very doable for the majority of people, regardless of experience level. Would for sure do again!

Best view of ADK, 360. Went up the east side trail and back with the dog. Intermediate is Accurate. First 1 mile is easy, next 1.7 Miles is intermediate.

Great reward for the effort. Heavy trail erosion. Lacking trail markers heading up to the Balanced Boulders.

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