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Lovely mild January day with temperature above the freezing mark until you end up at top. Extremely windy and cold at top with now views. Trek was easy via the Haystack trail until the steep climb at end. Very difficult climb in snowshoes for me as my girlfriend switched out to spikes. Descent was difficult in some areas, so we both opted for short spikes and slid most of the way down. This was our first attempt at snowshoeing in the Adirondacks and not our last.

Hiked Algonquin yesterday the weather was beautiful sitting at about 30 degrees Fahrenheit but windy especially above the tree line with winds upwards of 70+ miles an hour. Trail is packed down wore snowshoes for a little over half and switched to micro spikes which served well over the many sheets of ice towards the top. White out conditions above tree line made it hard to see the trail but followed rock cairns to the peak.

1 day ago

Fabulous stay in the lodge and an amazing and unforgettable hike up Marcy. A long, but not as strenuous as I expected. I would do this hike again in a heartbeat!!!

Wow, what a hike! As an amateur hiker I hardly knew what I was getting into when my family and I decided to take the trip up to the Adirondacks and hike Mt. Marcy. It was nearing the end of May 2016 and I was wearing my old, worn-out, “banana-peel” bottom sneakers that I soon learned was a big mistake once we discovered the top third of the mountain was snow-covered and icy. It was quite an exhausting trip up the mountain, especially with the snow, but well worth the view at the top of the mountain range. While waiting for some of my family to get to the summit I ate my lunch and took a 30 minute nap. The trip took about 10 hours and was about 17 miles total.

hiking
8 days ago

Strenuous hike, but not too much so. Was my friend's first high peak! Took us about 6 hours round trip.

hiking
8 days ago

Totally underrated hike. The views are great, and it was easy enough that we could do it after a strenuous day of activity. We hiked the longer, easier route for both ways.

We went for a sunrise hike 7/17/17, and it was SO worth it! It was muddy when we went, but we had the appropriate boots, so it was fine.

I advise extra layers for the summit if you do a sunrise hike here. The bald face makes for great views, but there are no windbreaks! I brought extra layers and I was still cold because I wanted to watch the sun rise for about an hour. We saw another pair of hikers, and one wore shorts, and they barely stayed ten minutes.

Took the short trail, make sure you’re warm! -8F at the top. Might need snow shoes if going the long way. Lots of snow on the trail right now.

Really fun little hike. Went on December 26th. The trail is mostly very easy with a few icy steep portions. I’d say that crampons or micro-spikes would be very helpful toward the summit. Appropriate cold weather gear (balaclava/shell) are a must, as windchill can reach ~ -20F.

snowshoeing
22 days ago

Actually did this trail by starting at Owens Pond and coming down Copperas, which totaled about 4 miles. Owens is more scenic. Also, I certainly you wouldn’t want to have started the walk climbing up from the copperas trailhead. Nice little leanto at the pond though.

Lots of snow, and ice up at the rocky summit. Super fun winter hike. The peak had hefty winds and low temps, but everything under the tree line was very manageable temperature-wise. We got by fine with microspikes. I think crampons would have been cool the last .1 miles but the spikes did the trick. Took us about 3.5 hours without feeling rushed. We are midwestern dudes so anyone who lives in the mountains could crush his in much less. Nonetheless, the summit was beautiful and the hike was mega fun.

Sunny and cold winter day. Challenging in the snow but the view of the lake was worth it!

Did this in December with snow and ice on the ground. Porter was a little non climatic and was difficult to tell where the peak was since there was snow on the ground. The final .1 or so to Cascade was a nice rock scramble and great views.

This is a really, really wet trail, complete with mud ice if you hit it in the wrong season. The final push up Cliff is a steep scramble with slimy rocks, and of course, no views.

Awesome hike. Took approx 6h including lunch. Spikes were necessary almost from Loj. Almost easier this time of year because of spikes.

Decided to take a crack at the beast known as Algonquin today. Set out from Saratoga at 4:00am. Saw no other cars on my entire northward journey to the Loj. I took it as a sign that today wouldn't be incredibly busy. I was definetly right. Arrived at the Loj at 6:15ish. I always take my sweet ass time getting ready and never rush. Had my act together by 7:30 and was off, haha.

Started out on the Van Ho and immediately ran into an what im thinking was an endangered Spruce Grouse (still awaiting that confirmation though.) Bluebird day though to start even though heavy clouds were forecasted across all weather channels that I saw. Fast forward through about 2 uneventful miles and I ran into my first passer-by. He had hit the trail incredibly early for a sunrise Algonquin. We spoke briefly about how if I hurried I could still catch some views as the clouds predicted were rolling in as fast as ever. I took off, passed the Wright junction and began the part of the trail I had not seen as of yet. I've done Wright but have never gone past the junction.

I was anxious to see how steep things would actually become. I had crossed two low level hairy spots already and was sure there was more. Got to some steep light powdery snow stuff and trekked on up it. Probably the steepest thing I've hiked yet but the footing with the Hillsounds was so good that I wasn't even sweating it. The hike I had on Wright was notably easy for me and much to my surprise so was Algonquin. I got to the summit at around 10ish and was more than satisfied with such time. I never rush out there. I was definetly astounded at Algonquin's size. I felt as though I could fall off the earth at any moment.

By now clouds had engulfed the entire Algonquin cap and the only views to be had were those behind me to Wright and beyond. Those views however were spectacular and blue (for a few moments anyway.) I scurried carefully up to the top and instantly spotted the geodetic stamp. I took a quick pan and a few shots of the stamp. Clouds were thick and I became briefly frightened at where I was and how the hell I'd gotten there, haha.

To be quite honest as most of you know I'm new so I didn't really even know what was going to happen with all the cloud stuff. It was quite high, quite icy and it took me all of three seconds to realize Iroquois would be another trip. I couldn't see very far in front of me let alone out to Iroquois. I was and am content with that decision. So in my mind before this became some silly debacle the plan was to take an easy frickin' checkmark of the second highest peak in NY (YAY!) and get down quickly yet slowly but safely. I'd had plenty of time for pictures and reflection. It was a good day, just easy so the feeling of accomplishment was low, lol. Had the entire summit to myself while I was there. I figured that was something special in its own right.

Passed by a man and a woman on the way down and chatted for about a minute. Trucked back down carefully to the steep powdery snow and had some fun very cautiously sliding down. Started seeing lots of people by 11:00am. Passed maybe 20 along the entire route down and was back down at car by 12:30. I know that isn't considered "blazing" by any means but its pretty good for me. Actually it's really good for me. I usually clock a dismal 1mph so to be at almost 1.5mph is really exciting, lol.

Anyways, great day, wanted to write a report because it's been forever and I thought people might want to know exactly what it looks like out there as of late. Definetly bring spikes. I had the Grivels in the bag and they could've been used without overkill but was just fine with the Hillsounds. Literally two spots in my opinion could've warranted the Grivels. I knew they would blister my heels so I just proceeded cautiously. It's certainly wintery up there though. Don't skimp on the gear. You'll thank me later.

super hard 9 hours total awesome

super hard 9 hours total awesome

super hard 9 hours total

Ice climbed to the summit.

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