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Beautiful hike. Not the most interesting or challenging trails, but the payoff at Indian Head is one of the prettiest views in New York in my opinion. A great hike

Great hike with many views along the way. Hike down Giant to RPR was much more difficult that I thought it would be but, well worth the trip. Took us 9 hours with about an hour at the top. Our time might have been a bit faster but, we had a little rain which made the rocks slippery. Bring plenty of water as there are no places to fill up along the trail. Happy Hiking!!!

We consider ourselves to be average hikers in decent shape. This was a 20 mile day that took us 13 hours. I’ve done a few multi peak hikes in the ADK but this has the most elevation I’ve done in a day. Pretty steep everywhere. We parked in the Ausable club hiker parking near 73 and went up the Gill Brook Trail to hit Colvin first. Lots of waterfalls for the first mile or so.
I can see why most people say to skip Blake if you’re not trying to be a 46er. Although there are some views during the hike down there isn’t much to see at the top. To do Blake you also need to summit Colvin twice. The back side of Colvin is a very steep climb.
Lucky we had our water filter with us too. We were out of water by the time we hit the Elk Pass campsites. The two lakes and streams looked big on the map but are actually small ponds. There is no other opportunity for water nearby.
The longest uphill climb of our day was Nippletop but we were also rewarded with the best views of the day.
It’s only 6 miles out from Nippletop but you have to go over 3 other mountains on the way. Dial, Bear Den, and Noonmark. I haven’t seen Aspen Groves on any other peak like the ones on Noonmark.
The final 3 miles were steep and pretty brutal on our tired legs. We were very happy to be done and felt pretty good to have conquered this hike

Easy trail, also went to Beaver Meadow falls. Rainbow falls is absolutely lovely and the view from Indian Head is amazing. Weather was perfect as well. Would do this again

I really enjoyed the challenge this hike brought and especially loved the views all the way up and on the summit. We hit a thunderstorm coming down but overall it was a great, challenging hike!

Rainbow falls and the view from Indian head both well worth the trip.

An exhausting day! Took me 13 hours including break and walk up from lake road and down at the end to return to my car. The steep downhill of Elk Pass and Colvin were brutal on my knees. Start as early as humanly possible and bring tons of water, food, and a headlamp just in case!

Like a lot of people have mentioned Giant has great views from the summit as well as on its exposed ridges all the way up. This mountain does receive quite a bit of foot traffic on nice days due to its short distance so don't be surprised to be sharing the summit with a lot of people (+ dogs and kids). The RPR col can be steep at parts (more so on the Giant side than the RPR side of things) but the views from RPR are near just as good as Giant- and with a lot less people.

RPR #45 Giant #46 for me

Beautiful hike ! Long but easy. I took three non hikers and we all had a good time. The pictures really don’t do it justice. We decided to walk all the way on Lake Rd to intersect the trail to Indian Head and save some mileage. Will definitely visit again!

12 hours from parking lot to parking lot. Did Dial-Nippletop-Colvin-Blake-Colvin. this give you a long but fairly easy walk out in the end. Good views from all but Blake.

relatively easy, but amazing views and add some difficulty doing it during full blown winter season

This took me just over 6 hours round trip (just over 2 hours to Giant summit, 1 hour from Giant over to RPR). This is a fun trail. Well traveled (over traveled really) and easy to follow with a nice gradual, albeit constant ascent from the start to the finish. The first 1/3 consists of mostly switchbacks, then the trail involves a lot of scrambling some of which is in the trees but a lot is out of the trees giving you outstanding views. That is what makes this hike great, constant views while you’re putting in the work on a large part of the way up (and therefore the way down too). However the day I tackled this it was pouring and super windy (thankfully the clouds opened partly on my descent so I got some great views coming down). I was also alone which on the day wasn’t a great choice. I wouldn’t recommend this hike in the rain (especially when alone) because the amount of scrambling and rock slabs involved were all so slippery and one slight wrong move and you’re slipping, sliding, falling and it could lead to a real injury. I’d save this hike for a sunny day and get the most bang for your buck...if you like those “wet Adirondack mountain hikes” like many do, I’d choose something different, like Tabletop or Street and Nye. I found this hike to be quite fun all things considered and it’s understandable since it’s such a popular ADK hike.

Really likes this hike. I wouldn’t really call it moderate. I barely broke a sweat. It gets a little steep towards the top but only for like 20 minutes. Everything before that is easy. The views are incredible. Lots of bang for your buck. Spent about an hour and a half at the summit. The only gripes I have about this hike is the boring road walking in the beginning. From the trailhead at the parking lot to where you’re actually start walking in woods is 3 miles and it takes you through a golf resort. Very strange. I went 7/21/18 and it’s been an extremely dry July so rainbow falls was kind of a bust. It was trickling. But it did allow us to hike up the trail on the boulders that would normally be covered in water

All trails app recorded 19.9 miles from car round trip. It took us 13 hours, fit mid 20s couple, we did Giant+Rocky in 8 hours a previous weekend. it was nice to crank out 4 high peaks in one day. You will be walking the road for a few miles from the trail head. There are camp sites along the way. Nice views on nippletop, dial and colvin. No view on Blake. Drank a lot of water and ran out right near the end, I'll be buying a water filter or purifier for my next hike for sure. bring a headlamp incase you're taking longer than expected

Trail was easy to follow, with great views leadining up to the Summit. Plenty of places to stop for a quick break over looking the valley. Views from RPR were fantastic!

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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 thoroughly enjoyed this hike. Anyone who chooses to travel this trail is rewarded with an iconic and stunning view from Indian Head. The portion of this trail which follows the road is naturally quite easy to traverse. The portion of this trail which branches off the road up Gill Brook is not particular difficult, but there are sections which require a bit of a scramble. Children may struggle with the previously mentioned portion, but with enough determination and thoughtfulness almost anyone can enjoy this hike. I believe this hike took me approximately 5 hours to complete, including perhaps a half hour laze at the overlook. Happy hiking!

Absolutely stunning... not difficult besides for the distance. Worth every mile.. went yesterday and there was no snow/ice only muddy.

Pretty amazing. This was a little challenging for me but fun. Love a challenge. Definitely felt it the next day in my legs. The 11-12 miles is long but so worth it. Going to be working my way up to even more difficult trails in the future. So this was a great start.

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