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A little icy at the top but amazing view. Could see many high peaks. Started trail at 7am was nice but muddy coming back down. Definitely waterproof footwear.

Hiked on 10/14/18. Beautiful hike to see 360 degree views of fabulous fall foliage, Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. The trail is a bit muddy in spots, but not bad. Watch out for the ice and water on the some of the rocks just before heading to the summit. The top of the fire tower can be windy and cold, so make sure to bring a hat and gloves. It took us about 2 hours each way with a nice break at the top for lunch in a sheltered spot away from the wind.

We did this trial backwards. We went over a bridge from the gravel road to take us to the Beaver Meadow falls but before we reached that we hit a small cascade and walked over a gushing river. We continued down the Lower Lake Trail (believe that's what it's called).This was the trail that had the yellow markers and then decided to do the Lost Lookout trail (red markers) and then at some point it turned blue. This was a steep incline! We basically did a loop and ended up back at the Beaver Meadow falls. We basically had to the Lower Lake trail again (HAHA). By the time we reached the dam, we were pooped but nonetheless, hiked up to Indian Head. Please beware that it was muddy due to rain, WEAR BOOTS. No sneakers please. The leaves create a slippery situation, especially damp ones and oh MUD. After Indian head we did the walk in the park gravel road back which was much needed after our backwards start and detour. Either way, this is a beautiful trail and hike! Highly recommended however NOT BACKWARDS!

4.5 hours down and back. The walk from the parking lot to the trail alone takes about 35-40 minutes. Pace yourself at the beginning of the hike until you surpass the waterfalls and streams to your left on the way up. The hike gets vigorous but is very well marked. The scenic route is not much different than the easy route so don’t be afraid to go on the daring side to be closer to the water. The entire hike is filled with beautiful foliage and there is not a singular sight on the way up worth missing. Heading toward the top near the overlook, ensure you stop on the large rock ahead to take some pictures above the trees the views are much different from below. As you approach the overlook the payoff of the entire hike fills you with this sensation of joy. The view spectacular, absolutely awe inspiring and worthy of the 11.1 mile trip. 5 out of 5, will do again.

Hiked this on Saturday October 13, at the trailhead at 0730. Started out on Lake Road, Rainbow Falls, Indian Head, Fish hawk Cliffs and Gil Brook.

The trail was not crowded until we turned to go back via Gill Brook.

The overlook at Indian Head is amazing, colors were just past peak. Fish hawks cliffs was not crowded and somehow we had Rainbow Falls all to ourselves.

Excellent hike, this was my second time in the last 30 days. Can't say enough good about it. Not difficult - except, the night before there were heavy rains and the trail was covered in fresh leaves, since we were early there was a few spots by Fish Hawk Cliffs that we were unsure which way the trail went. Other than that - such a fun hike and awesome colors and waterfalls for miles.

Hiked this on a beautiful sunny October 14th day. Ice had started to form on the trail when nearing the top of Giant, along with some snow on the trees. Awesome view at the top. The hike to RPR proved to be tough as there was some slippery sections with mud. By the time we turned around and went back, all the ice had melted on the trail and it was easier getting down. All in all a great shorter hike that we did in just over 7 hours, but just know it won’t be long until snow and ice start to form along the entire trail.

Gotta say, nothing beats a view like this!

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4 days ago

Nice day hike today up Baxter. Many switchbacks and a relatively easy trail. Good trail to run up or down. Nice views but had some cloud cover and flurries. Foliage just past peak but still nice color!

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5 days ago

Very family and dog friendly trail. A couple of scrambles but nothing too difficult. Well maintained with great views at and near summit.

Hiked on 10/13. Was a little muddy in parts but was one of the prettiest hikes I’ve done. It was snowing towards the top and most trees were covered by the time we reached the top. Before the fire tower were two spot with incredible views! It was a little cloudy but visibility was still good. the fire tower was covered in ice and a little slippery but still had great views. Hiked with 3 other friends and it was one of our favorites! 1.25 hours up, about 40 minutes spent on top, and about 1.25 hours down with a lunch pit stop. All in all a beautiful sight for a shorter trail

Great hike, good feel for Adirondack hiking. A little heads up, sign distance on 9N is off—that’s distance to false summit. From that opening to tower is another half mile going down and then scrambling rocks to tower.
If taking new hikers don’t let them get fooled when they reach the top, top is not the destination.

Definitely a perfect low effort high payoff hike. Hiked this on 10/9/18 and the foliage is definitely at its peak. Don't let the 11 mile length scare you, over half of this trail is a literal walk in the park. Once you actually get to the trailhead you follow the trail along the Gill Brook for some beautiful little waterfalls until you get to the last mile, where you gain enough elevation to call it a hike, but nothing you'll find daunting if you're accustomed to other hikes in the ADKs. Would hike this over and over again for the view from the summit because it is so SO easy! Took four and a half hours but me and my friend were doing quite a bit of stopping to identify some trees and check out the chickadees and kingfishers along the way, as well and enjoy the brook. We went out and back instead of looping and it measured 9.2 miles. Can’t recommend enough!

High peak #12 for me, and I think this was my favorite so far! Left the trailhead at 6:00 am (snagged the second to last parking spot at The Garden). Headed up The Brothers and got to the first one for sunrise- amazing with peak leaf color! Really enjoyed The Brothers and the rest of the trek up to Big Slide was nothing terrible. Got to the peak in just under 3.5 hours. Spent a 1/2 hour at the top, before heading back down Slide Mt. Brooke trail. This way down was beautiful and not as steep as other trails I have done. Quick hike out the Phelps trail and reached the garden just after 1:00 pm. Total distance: 9.4 miles (GPS map didn't look correct, but milage seemed right) Total time: 7 hours, 10 min with several stops on The Brothers for the sunrise & photos, 1/2 hour at Big Slide.

Very enjoyable trail with really nice 360 views from summit. Well marked and not particularly over hiked.

Great great hike. At the top of Giant you have an amazing view of just about nearly all of the other high peaks. Continuing on to RPR the trail down to the col is steep and brutal. Then it's a fairly simple, straightforward hike up to RPR. When we got there clouds had moved in but they cleared for a few minutes to give us a great view of the Dix Range. Then instead of hiking back up to Giant we bushwhacked down the col along a creek bed, popping back onto the Giant Trail just beyond the Washbowl. A totally insane thing I will never do again. Lost my phone, nearly lost my glasses, walked in water up to my knees on slippery creek rocks, got soaked by a passing storm. At least I have a good story to show for it.

Amazing hike and one of the BEST views we have ever had!!! As usual, AllTrails had the hike a bit shorter than both our Apple watch and AllTrails Pro clocked us at (6.8 miles). We felt that this hike should have been rated Moderate Vs the Herd rating given - aside from some light scrambling near the top, this was a solid moderate hike.. Do it, you’ll be (very) glad you did!!

Amazing view at Indian Head summit and the multiple water falls along ausable river!

A perfect day for a hike. Overcast, 54 degrees, and fog at the summit.
The trail was very wet and slippery after a couple of days of rain, but who cares.
The summit with the tower was very busy. About 20 people including a group of 10 climbing the tower. One hiker, a DEC employee, complained it was too busy and that daily access should be limited like they do in Maine. I drove 3 ½ hours for this hike and I would have been extremely disappointed to have been turned away if the trail was "too busy."
I enjoy the fire towers all across the state and do not want to be restricted from them. I encourage anyone who wishes to hike our beautiful forests to do so.

Always a favorite!! Don’t forget to clean up after yourself and others who failed to, please!

Fantastic!! Views aplenty! Took about five hours RT including 30 min summit time on big crow. Less then 20 people all day half during the first mile and big crow. Recommend clockwise as we did so u can enjoy the easy final two miles later in the day. Views from giant to dix across great range to sentinel range to Whiteface. Path easy to follow but not marked. Would be a challenge to follow in winter. Over 2500 vertical recording on altimeter due to ups and downs. A serious and awesome day. !!! How did I miss this over the years?

I had the good Fortune to go up to the top on a sunny mild day September 22., via the northern route. Beautiful 360° views from the top. The trail had a gradual incline, each miles increases grade, the last mile was moderate with occasional steep spots and short scrambles near the top. Watch your head at the top of the fire tower stairs- looking at your feet might buy you a headache on an overhanging board. The woods were sun dappled with frequent patches of birch and deep green mosses covering large areas. AllTrails had distance listed as 5.5 miles round trip, I clocked 6.3 miles.? I highly recommend this hike for one of the shorter approaches to big views. Enjoy !

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18 days ago

Fantastic hike - don’t be deterred by the moderate classification. Our family had no trouble and their was limited scrambling on an otherwise straightforward and easy hike. All told it was about 1:40:00 to climb, spend time at the peak, and walk down. The vista just before the summit was great. The summit itself was just ok.

Amazing views all day on this hike. We went to Nubble before heading up to Giant which is overlooked by most but very well worth the .3 trip off the main trail. RPR took a lot longer than we expected and the decent from the Giant side was steep muddle and technical. It made for a long 1.2 Miles. Amazing hike but don’t under estimate the shorter mileage.

This hike will spoil me for other hikes. The Gill Brook Trail in particular was just one spectacular waterfall after another, and the trail surface was soft and grippy for the most part. The view from Indian Head was stunning, as advertised... however, if you do this hike any time that’s not a hot summer day, I would recommend packing a windbreaker (both jacket and pants) because it really whips out there on that ledge; I wish I’d had one so I could have stayed up there longer and drink in the views in comfort. We never did get around to Rainbow Falls. The return trail gets narrow and not well blazed in places; we got the sense as we hiked up that everyone else was doing an out-and-back rather than a loop, since we didn’t see any of our fellow hikers after the summit. The whole thing took us 7 hours total. The Adirondacks are beyond compare. (I should mention that there had been quite a lot of rain the week before we went, so that may have made the waterfalls even more dramatic!)

What a great hike, I took the Gilbrook trail up to Indian head. The trail was fairly easy, it was a bit more work at the top, right after the ladders, but not that bad. The falls were spectacular and the views at the top were amazing. FYI, when they say don't-they mean it, am now the proud owner of a parking ticket!

Hands down the most beautiful hike I have ever down. The views are unreal

Hiked this trail last Sunday, so many things to see! Throughout the day we stumbled upon many waterfalls and bridges. Once you get to Indian Heads peak, breath taking! Awesome views! Great hike:)

My GPS sent me up O'Toole Rd to a trailhead. The trail starts off easy but the trail that branches off to Hurricane Mtn becomes moderate with a narrow water crossing and then as the incline increases, the trail becomes harder with some climbing. The trail could be marked a bit better, but all in all a great challenging hike with amazing views from the tower, summit and surrounding ledges.

I did this hike with a group on Saturday 9/22/2018. We got the Ausable Club around 9:30am and we took the last legal parking spot. Another car in our group had to drive up 1/4mile and park in the next parking lot. The NYS Conservation Officer was giving tickets and redirecting people away from the full lots.

The trail is follows the Ausable Club private road for 3 miles. The signage is clear. We walked to Rainbow falls, and thanks to the heavy rains the night before the falls were incredible! Our guide (ADK 46er) said this was the best he'd seen the falls in 20+ years. Just awesome. The spray was refreshing. We passed a few people on the tight pass going to/from the falls, and we stayed for a few minutes. We had a snack overlooking the lake and took in all the beauty. We headed back on the trail and followed signs to Indian head.

The trail to Indian Head was easy only steep towards the end. Lovely trail, lots of offshoots to other trails - easy to follow and understand. The view at Indian Head was breathtaking. Just perfect. Can't say enough about it. The overlook was crowded, but still amazing. Maybe 30+ people, we were all enjoying the same view of the wilderness in our own ways.

We followed signs to Gill Brook Trail and walked along the stream for miles - that was beautiful as well.

We had some slower hikers in our group, from start to finish it was 7 hours. We also saw tens of cars with tickets on them when we returned; all the cars with tickets were indeed parked around 'no parking at any time' signs.

Overall an excellent hike and I can't wait to hike it again!

24 days ago

SO FUN! Awesome hike for ANYONE! quick, easy, & the pay off is tops in the view department.

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