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captain's log 10/21/18
light bits of snow and going into the dark.
beautiful absolutely beautiful.

hiking
26 days ago

great place near Saratoga/Glens Falls to test out you winter skills before tackling the ADK

Great intro trail! A little wet after a rain since it follows creek beds for a while.

Awesome hike today on this trail! As a beginner it was a bit challenging but my buddy and I got through it. It was well worth it at the summit very nice views!

hiking
2 months ago

We showed up early and trekked through muddy trails, rock-hopping and both passing hikers and pulling over to allow others to pass us by.

The rock scramble towards the end of the hike is sketchy. Both the false summit and the actual summit are beautiful views. The wind was whipping at the summit but the sun made our summit beer manageable.

On the way down we passed probably 100 hikers. I'm glad we went up somewhat early.

hiking
2 months ago

I made the mistake of hiking this one on indigenous peoples day when all the kids were out of school! The hike was really nice though :)

hiking
2 months ago

Colors were starting to come out (9/28/18) clouds obscured the view initially but cleared a few minutes here and there providing a beautiful view of the lake. Fun uphill well marked trail. Began the hike at 10 am and finished around 2:30/3

This hike was more like 7.5 miles out and back. Definitely a challenge and the scrambles at the end were my first. Views were spectacular at the 2nd vista - which was easy after the first.

2 months ago

What views loved it

hiking
2 months ago

Brought my 5 and 8 year old up for a hike with their day off from school. I don't know how they categorize moderate vs hard, the only thing really harder about this was its length (6.5 miles). The elevation gains were pretty reasonable through most with the steeper stuff more in the last mile. I just hold the 5 years hand during any of the steeper stuff up and down so he doesnt trip but otherwise more than manageable. The minor rock scrambling you do isnt that steep or hard if youve done some other hiking. Took us 3:15 to go up and down. Make sure you see both viewpoints (the better one is .25 after the first one).

hiking
3 months ago

Great for a lunch trip - My goal was to go to summit without stopping, did it in just under 90 minutes and I would say it was a moderate pace for first 2 miles then slow (steep) for the last mile. Gorgeous views and multiple vantage points of the lake to explore at the top.

Really great day hike. First two miles or so we’re pretty tame. Last mile kicked it up to the summit. Brought our 2 yr old German Shepherd and she loved it. Some pretty serious scaling up towards the top. She did better than I did...

hiking
3 months ago

I’ve hiked buck several times. It’s a great hike, closer than most for me, but it’s always very crowded, more than most I’m assuming because of proximity, with people that have little trail etiquette and more trash in the area. This would be a good mountain for more education on etiquette to be available. I now will typically only hike it in the off season very early in the AM.

hiking
3 months ago

Attended on an overcast Saturday,August 11, 2018 — Small parking lot, but you can find parking along the road. There’s a sign in book for day hikes and overnights. It super dog friendly, and I assume a lot of the locals use it as a workout. The hike will challenge you—saw a few who gave up and turned back. The hike is moderate but a good workout when looking to burn some calories. A lot of elevation—the view at top is sweet. Bring lunch—opportunity for a nice picnic up there—worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

A bit rough getting to the top, but well worth it! Make sure to continue on past the first summit for a spectacular second summit!

hiking
3 months ago

It was a nice but busy day at the trailhead since it was Labor Day weekend. There was no parking in the lot and the trail was busy. When we were hiking up a lot of people was coming down as we started a little later. We shared the summit with 2 other groups as we ate snacks and took pictures. This hike never gets old.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Just hiked up and back today. Very pretty vista at the top (both the false and actual summit). Well worth the effort (moderately difficult). Relatively crowded, but a very pleasant experience nonetheless.

hiking
3 months ago

Always a great hike that's close to home

hiking
4 months ago

Buck is a great day hike for those who are in reasonably good shape and looking for about 2000 vertical feet of elevation gain in about 2.5 miles. We went on a mid-summer Monday and were joined by about 10 other groups of hikers. Definitely popular, but not for those with small kids. We found lots of bolete mushrooms on our hike and they were quite tasty when we cooked them up on our return.

Great hike! Lots of steep inclines. Well worth it, though, the view at the summit is amazing!

hiking
4 months ago

If you enjoy hustling up a rock scramble incline, this is the hike for you. The effort is worth the view at the summit! Fairly wide trail for most of the route. The first view is stunning, especially after staring at so much greenery for 3 miles. But don’t forget to continue in the the summit about 3-5 miles further on the yellow trail.

A good moderate hike with a very beautiful summit.
There are many steep patches and getting down was especially difficult for me

Nice views of Lake George! A little steeper than some of the other climbs around. I took the trail over the mountain and down to Shelving rock rd. The backside is quite technical with a more narrow trail. Great way to connect to the Sleeping Beauty trails.

hiking
4 months ago

Breathtaking views of Lake George! This hike was difficult but doable. It gets pretty steep at some points. Will 100% do again!

Took my wife and 10 and 9 year old boys up today. Great views on the summit. Bring extra water and snacks. Everyone was able to make it up and back.

the first half of the hike is casual and easy, steady and gradual inclines. the second half the hike is where you'll really start to feel it due to steeper inclines and rougher terrain.

definitely worth the effort

A challenge but very rewarding- coming down took just as long as going up

beautiful view!

Walk around at the summit. There are lots of good views

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