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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 trail for a family!

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

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

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!

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

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

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.

Love it. Best bang for your buck.

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.

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!

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2 months ago

We hiked this with three kids under the age of 6 last week. It was great! Not too difficult for them and great views. They loved scrambling over the rocks especially.

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2 months ago

Hiked on 5/28/18! Owls Head is now closed for hiking from Friday’s at 4pm-Monday’s at 7am. Other than that...it’s still open!! I hiked it on a Monday afternoon and it was great. Short and easy!

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.

2 months ago

Great short hike. Closed Friday evening to Monday morning.

Great 15 mile hike on May 9. Dealt with several different conditions: mud, snow (two feet), slush. Ice and running water. Conditions kicked my ass. Had to rest about 2 hours during hike which made my hike last 11 1/2 hours. That is 2 1/2 hours longer then I estimated.

Very scenic hike. Gill brook trail probably has the best stretch of water that.I have seen. One little waterfall after another. Great views from Colvin. Only views on Blake are if you turn around on the ascend. No view from summit.

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.

Family friendly! Great views!

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4 months ago

Is this trail open for hiking now? March 2018?

Broke the trail in snowshoes. Worthwhile to be up there in the snow. I think it took an hour and a half at most. Took my time at summit. Highly recommend.

outstanding views at summit. Trails well travelled. Spikes essential No need for snowshoes

One of the most beautiful hikes I've done!!! Isn't the easiest but far from the hardest.

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