Explore the most popular snowshoeing trails near Newcomb with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

13 days ago

Ok so I am 49 and pretty good shape. I left at 930 am with my dog. 1st you cross the Hudson river which is kinda cool considering if you ever cross the GW. Then you hit lake Jimmy. Next is the cabin so far all easy stuff. After a couple hundred yards up a knoll it flattens out and on the left is the trail. This starts out pretty moderately and at about 1.5 miles in gets tough and it is tough. So you know you have 1 mile left. However it is so steep that you cant go fast so you are just picking your moves over rocks, roots and slab rock. Although difficult its 2 steps left and 2 right a break and look for your next move. Last 1/2 mile is the hardest but you are treated to some amazing views. Back at car by 12 2 1/2 hours round trip. Being so far out lot was super busy and tons of people but not many that I saw only about 8.

14 days ago

Great views at times difficult hike. If you aren’t paying close attention to when you need to turn left, it’s easy to continue going straight and that’s a mistake. We went off trail for an additional two hours because of this mistake! Keep your eyes open for when you need to vere left! It’s not that well marked and there are other trails around. All trails was great and got us back on track, 4 extra miles later ;)

1 month ago

Awe-inspiring 360-degree panaoramic view of High Peaks, Santanoni Massif, and North River Peaks are available as your reward for tackling the extremely steep final 1.5 miles. There is no view unless you ascend the tower. Lots of rocks, slabs, water, roots, downed trunks, but so worth the effort. We tacked on a 1.5 mile round trip jaunt to Lake Sally, and the total time was 4.5 hours including an hour of rest time. Trail was used by only 9 others on Father's Day (6/17/18).

2 months ago

Hiked 5/8/18. I’m glad my gf and I got this fire tower off our list #15. I will never do this trail again , it kicked our ass! The first bridge was cool and then ran into a dead end once at the water. Bridge leading across was washed up about 50 yards, thankfully found detour to continue. Ran into a few run down cabins and then it became difficult with many rocks and very steep. Once we got to the Fire tower the views were stunning. I’ll rate a 5 but I recommend a lot of patience and mental positivity for this trail!

first mile and half was easy, then butt kicking the last part. nice view well worth the effort. butt sliding was great down in no time.

This is a four star winter hike, because the Herbert Brook and Upper Works region are just so magical in the snow. The trail itself is icy and difficult to follow in parts. If you look around a bit on the top, there is a rocky outcropping with nice views.

A challenging hike a view of the high peaks from tower. Hard but worth it

Breathtaking views at the summit but only visible from the tower. Last mile or so is challenging .. most rock climbing but SO worth it

Truthfully, I'd like to begin by saying bush whacking should not be taken lightly. Although it was fun to feel like Lewis and Clarke in the woods with no hopes of finding a foot path, we definitely were not on the Willard Way for about 28% of the time. During the entire trip, we also felt 92% lost, 100% of the time. That 8% really saved us. Once we found the base of Allen, we felt like we conquered the great high peak region in one foul swoop. Allen itself was extremely wet and don't believe those who tell you it won't make your left foot slide back as you step forward with your right as if you were cha cha sliding on a steep mtn. On the way out the next day, finding the trail was creating our own "Way" back to the old road and skipping across each bridge to civilization. ✌️

Once we found the turn off from main trail to head up great views from fire tower. NOT well marked. About 50 yards past cabin , look left and one will see through over grown grass a trail marker.

I gave this 4 stars even though I do not want to hike again because the hike to Marshall is beautiful. I have no desire to summit again as there is no view. We hiked this as part of a Labor Day backpacking trip. Hiked in 6 miles Friday night to the Allen Marcy junction then hiked Saturday to Allen and Sunday to Marshall. Marshall hike passed Hanging Spears Falls which was incredibly beautiful. Flowed Lands amazing. Difficult climb for us as it was rainy and cold thanks to the Hurricane Harvey aftermath. Overall not a difficult climb comparably. This was 42/46 Peaks hiked for me and definitely not near the toughest just long. I would definitely return to the first part to Hanging Spears Falls and Flowed Lands. If you are not seeking 46er status I would skip the summit and just hike to these two spots.

Willard's Way is the only way to do Allen! Dry feet, a little bushwhacking; what could be better???

Rented bike just down the road from Cloudspitter and did the trail. Was beautiful and the free canoeing once you get there was a nice bonus.

Allen is WAY underrated! Particularly when using the old logging roads and the Willard Way bushwhack through MacIntyre East, Allen is an awesome day hike with great and unique views of many of the other Adirondack High Peaks.

10 months ago

The first mile or so is quite pleasant in fact just before $hi* got real I thought to myself this isn't all that difficult why did it get a rating of hard...it ain't easy
I recommend trekking poles if you have any sort of knee issues
Slid down some rocks rather than walk
But it was worth it
The views were top notch


This was my second time hiking this mountain. It wasn't a bad hike just there was a maze of trails that you had to be careful on which one to take. The summit was socked in clouds but overall a decent hike.

11 months ago

Short but steep climb. Views were fantastic of Calamity, Colden and Marcy.

great hike and even better bike ride. if your in the area it's a must, and if you're tired try walking the 1.5 RT to the farm complex as it will inspire you to return for the full adventure. note if you bring an overnight backpack there are ~8 camp sites around the Newcomb lake and a lean-to another ~1 mile up trail. I habe camped up here and it is very pleasant! However, do not hike the moose pond trail without map, compas, and extra food and water!! it is underused and undermaintained, with and older trail marked that is no longer used. I foolishly left my map at home and only had my compass, causing some concerning moments. it's also a very wet hike, but quite rewarding if it is completed.

mountain biking
11 months ago

We rode our mountain bikes to the lodge and had a picnic lunch. Challenging ride for our 11 year old son with the few long hills, but we made it OK with enough rest stops. Overall a beautiful trail. Just before leaving to come out, we noticed there were canoes in the boathouse for public use. If you have time, it looks to be a nice lake for a paddle.

It was a long wet day in the dacks. I wouldn't expect anything else. I parked at Upper Works and walked in. Nothing hard or crazy. Slow and steady assent to the flowed lands. Lots of mud and rain. After the second trail register it was only maybe 30 minutes to cairn which are right at the second lean-tos. From there it is about 60-90 minutes up to the summit. Pay attention because the trail crosses the stream several times and there are several heard paths leading up the mountain. The day I went there were no views.

Absolutely love

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Backpacked in/out July1-4 The trail was ridiculously wet and muddy make sure to follow the pink caution tape detour around the flooded trail. A fun decline/incline depending on direction headed 20' of elevation in 8' during the detour to get back to trail. The trail was full of great sights and we had a good time in spite of the rain. Was a bit much for my wife but over all not that difficult. plenty of small waterfalls meadows and rock faces. Trail could definitely use some love and care maintenance and could be all the more enjoyable with better views of the ponds. The waterfall at Henderson lean to is a must.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

With Todd. Father's Day 2017. Just hours before w left for allen...

It was terribly wet and rainy on the day I had climbed. I ascended via Cold Brook herd path from the loj- just after Avalanche Pass. It was probably the best decision I had made... despite it adding about .8 to the hike. What very little the mountain offers in terms of view was even less appreciated on such a rainy, cloudy day. The highlight of the trip was the hike up the cold brook herd path.

Just at the height-of-land between Iroquois and Marshall about 1/4 mile from the cairn to take you up Marshall, I had spotted something White to my left about 100 yards from the herd path in the woods. Walking out there to investigate, I stumbled upon the wreckage from a downed plane. Relatively untouched from (what I would later find out) 1969.

Definitely one of the coolest finds for me in the High Peaks yet!

Friday, June 02, 2017

Gentle, good distant hike, filled with breath taking deep woods. The treasure of a great camp as the reward, splendid views of Adk mountains.... loons to boot! Great day!

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Completed this hike on 3/3/16. I've done my fair share of hikes these past 6 months and thought that the last stretch before the summit was some of steepest I've encountered yet, maybe I was just tired, and the ice definitely didn't help. Had no views due to snow rolling in. Looking forward to completing this hike again on a clear day. Took us about 5 hours round trip.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

By far the hardest hike I have completed to date. Please let it be known that I am an overweight and novice hiker, so don't let my opinion deter you from your adventure. It's very quiet after you reach the actual Adams Mountain trail. It was a busy beginning with the surrounding trails and their hikers...but the actual trail to Adams is absolutely dead. It is STEEP and you will absolutely need hiking boots and plenty of water. The views? Second to none.

I have hiked all 46 high peak in the summer and half of them in the winter. It's about a 2 star hike in the summer only because the creek on the way up is somewhat nice. That being said this is by far the worst hike in the adirondacks. It is long and boring, the last 2 miles are one of the worst trails in the adirondacks and when you finally get to the top there isn't much of a view at all just a board that says mount marshall and lots of trees blocking a view of anything. Only do this hike if you are going for all 46 of the adirondack high peaks and don't worry about nice weather because like I said there isn't much to see on this mountain at all.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Snowshoe hike on January 21st. very wet snow, foggy and warm. Jimmy Pond was very scenic...had to hike around the pond due to the floating bridge collapse, adding additional 0.5 miles to your hike one-way. the trail is well marked to 1.3 miles when you arrive at the cabin. a short distance later you will begin to bushwack hike to the summit for an additional 1.7 miles. The trail is very steep and in winter you will definitely need snowshoes with crampons. take your time. The summit is inaccurately marked.. it is actually 3520 feet in elevation with an overall +1800 feet climb in ascent. The views were remarkable when the clouds broke. ON a clear day, the tower offers a spectacular 360 view. Very isolated trail with little to no traffic for those seeking a more secluded climbing experience.

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