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If you're expecting a beautiful Summit view, this is NOT the hike you're looking for. From the trail it's about .6 of a mile to "summit", and this part of the trial is muddy, small and nothing special. The summit is also nothing special, not the typical view most people seek.

Jackrabbit was pretty muddy, however, it was worth it to take a quicker side excursion up the backside of Haystack which is far less steep than the southern side. Mckenzie had lots of run off and was muddy, but it was well worth the challenge and quick views on the way up. Beware of the false summits. There is a sign waiting for you at the finish if you have any question.

Done this over 20 times probably first did it as my first hike ever as an 7 year old so beautiful come back to Loj periodically and just hike that mountain and heart lake together. Stewards are on the top and is by a nature center for children.

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4 days ago

Great for little kids. I had a 4yo walker and 2yo on my back (most of the way). Easy to cut the hike short after walking by the water by following signs back to the parking lot.

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4 days ago

This was a long and time consuming hike. We started our hike from Avalanche Pass and summited the two peaks and came out through Feldspar and over the floating logs. I will say so far out of the peaks that I've done for the 46er, I would say these are 2 of the hardest ones.

4 days ago

I just came back from TableTop. This is a tough hike. My legs were hurting coming back in the 2 miles. All very rewarding once you're done. TableTop is an OK hike. I much prefered Marcy and Phelps. But regardless, it is one of the 46 so had to do it. Trailhead is reached at the Adirondack LOJ. Below are my times at various points. I thought it would be beneficial and I'm not posting to start a competition, lol. I'm 47 yrs old and in decent shape (if I may say so). Start to Marcy Dam : 47 min. Dam to Phelps cutoff : 26 min. Phelps cutoff to TableTop cutoff : 35 min. TableTop cutoff to Summit : 40 min. So all in all, 2:30 min hike to top. Same amount of time to come back. Hope these markers help. Cheers.