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Breath taking view but an extremely steep hike... at some points you're rock climbing which can be terrifying if this is first hike and you are afraid of heights. This is the most challenging hike trail I've done so far, I would recommend coming here early in the morning to beat the sun and the crowd and also wear sturdy with good grip since you will be rock climbing. I don't recommended this trail for dogs and children under the age of 10 if they are not very active and they are able to rock climb which would be difficult for them.Trial end is just a walk away from the start of the trail.

Great hike. Very nice views of the high peaks.

16 hours ago

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

Rock scramble all the way up to the top. It’s by far the hardest but funnest hike closest to NYC. I don’t recommend this hike for dogs unless your comfortable your dog will stay with you and will not need help climbing. There are a lot of sections where you need your hands and legs to climb.

Overall, a great hike. Extremely rocky and a straight incline but doable if you pace yourself. I am a novice to the high peaks and moved very very slow. We made it up in about 2.5 hours up and 1.5 hours down. I thought going down was almost as hard because of all the rocks but again, I am slow and clumsy af!

Loved this hike but I would recommend doing it as a loop, either from Coxing Kill parking or as I did from West Trapps. From West Trapps take the West Trapps Connector very briefly until you hit Shongum Path then take that downhill. Then take Old Minnewaska Trail past Coxing Kill and the picnic area, stopping at Split Rock to check out the rapids there. After you pass the Enderly ruins you’ll cross Clove Road to the Coxing Kill parking and hook up with the High Peter’s Kill Trail. You’ll start to climb, passing the King’s Lane Trail, which takes you out to Lost City and Dickie Barre. I’ll have to check those out another time. There are some great views from the top of High Peter’s Kill Trail, but you’ll miss the first one if you don’t go straight on the clear herd path right as you get to the top of the climb. Definitely check that out - great views back toward Skytop Tower. After some more climbing you’ll emerge onto a big open rock face with pitch pines. Take some time to walk around there and enjoy the views back toward the Catskills. From there you drop down to Peter’s Kill, where there are some nice bridges over the creek. Then you climb again - some more open rock areas to walk across as you proceed toward Minnewaska then eventually you’ll drop down and can cross the road to Minnewaska. I don’t see the point in turning back here. If you just continue a bit further down the paved road that parallels the highway then go right and follow the signs you can visit Awosting Falls, walking out onto the rocks both above and below. Then just follow the Awosting Falls Carriage Road to the Trapps Road (almost all gently downhill) and it will take you over the Trapps Bridge. Go left after the bridge and proceed back to West Trapps parking. Doing it this way makes the return a lot easier and you get to see more of Peter’s Kill. The last mile and a half on the Trapps Road is a bit boring but it’s an easy stroll. This loop version ended up being about 9 miles.

The first portion is scrambling, which I think is why this is graded as difficult, and the rest is easy/moderate rolling hills. The only reason I gave 4 stars is because the first part is VERY crowded if you go on a weekend—you’re basically climbing up in a line of people and need to stop often to wait for those in front of you. It’s still really fun though and the views are stunning. When you get past that first peak, the crowd thins out a lot and it’s super peaceful.

We did it in 3.5 hours with a lunch break and several other 5-15 minute water breaks. I’ve also done it in 3 hours without feeling the least bit rushed.

The trail is really nice. It is easy (we are 34 and experienced and did it in 3.5hrs with two young kids and two dogs) and short.
The only negative is that it is very very crowded. We did Algonquin in july and it was less crowded (but it is also waaaay harder)
That being said the view is amazing and since it's the easiest of the High peaks i get why it's so popular :)

trail running
2 days ago

We took our Vizsla here today and hiked the red to pine meadow lake and around to Conklin cemetery and back down the red trail. We went for a swim, first day of fall and likely the last swim until next year. Interestingly, all signs say no camping no swimming, but everyone was camping and swimming. How can you resist that water? Heavy traffic go earlier to avoid groups of kids and people. Dogs on and off leash depending on skill level and friendliness. I’m going to return and hike some of the other trails in the park.

The view was great overall. on the way down is unexpected with lots of rock and climbing down

We came early in the morning which was good because this is a really popular hike. There were a lot of people and dogs coming in as we were leaving. This hike is exactly as described: Cascade has a few rocky shambles to get to the top with a breathtaking view as your reward. It’s also very cold up there with the wind, so be prepared. Porter is very muddy, especially for us because we came the day after it rained. Porter is a much less scenic summit. We actually walked passed it without realizing. There is a privy at the split leading to both summits for your convenience. (Here is where I forgot to resume my recording up to Cascade, doh!) All said and done we completed both sides of the hike in 4 hours and 45 minutes with two less experienced hikers and a lot of breaks.

This hike feels long. It is steep but consistent and the last part from the cairn to the top of Esther is very very muddy when wet. Also, The summit view is....well there is no summit view. Just a plate to mark Miss Esther's ascent. We ended up eating lunch there but it's very small, surrounded by trees and near the plate is a tiny path that people use as bathrooms. Not so nice.... That being said the trail is pretty. lots of flowers and butterflies. we did it in 6hrs with two dogs and two kids age 6 and 9.

Richie said it was GREAT! Random guy took pictures of his back too. Great day

The trail to Algonquin starting from the ADK Loj is relatively easy from the trailhead to the Marcy Dam area but gets increasingly difficult as it progresses. Plenty of cobbles to traverse.Continues to ascend quickly. Fun though. The final approach to the summit offers some great views. As does the summit itself.We hiked down off Algonquin over to Boundary then up to Iroquois. Back to Algonquin then down to the base of Wright. Wright is fairly tough as it ascend quite quickly. Great views. Check out the plane crash plaque and debris.The hardest part of Wright was that it was our third summit of the day.But why not get all three while right there. Be in good shape for this hike.

Great hike, my two teenage kids and I completed the entire trip in just over 4.5 hours. We went at a fairly steady pace with occasional breaks, the longest being at the peaks. The section of the trail between Cascade and Porter was the muddiest, but passable because there hadn’t been a lot of rain prior. Amazing views, especially from Cascade, well worth the hike!

Always a great hike with a wonderful view of the Adk and Lake Champlain.

Great trail, one of my favorite hikes in the region. Went up through Claudius Smith Rock and up to the fire tower and back down.

This was my first high peak, and thought it was a challenging trail! Once you reach the Phelps Mountain Trail, The slick rocks made it a tough climb up, and an even tougher climb down. The view at the top made it all worth it, and not a lot of traffic!

we were dead tired afterwards, but loved it! made it in 5.5 hours of moving time and 6 hrs. and 20 mins
total time. Not bad for our first hike in over a year!

Saturday was a great day for a climb. Being older with knee and joint issues we were still able to do in 6 hours. The view from Cascade was well worth the pain.

Really fun rock scramble and awesome views! All in all excellent short trail when you’re short on time!

8 days ago

Awesome hike!

Parking- I didn't realize the trailehead and parking lot is located on private property. Driving up Elk Lake Rd you'll come across many private property and posted signs. That confused me, but the parking lot is public. The lot was full by 6:30am. I spoke to a hiker who got there at 6pm the night before and he said there were only a few spots. Another hiker said the lot was full when he arrived at 4:30am. The overflow lot is 2 miles down the rd. from the trailhead.

I went up Macomb and down Dix. I did this simply because I wanted a view on my way up the mountain. Dix is all forest until you're at the summit. If you go up Macomb at least you have an awesome view if you take a break. The trail is great and easy to follow. It was pretty muddy. The only hiccup I ran into was missing the turn for slide brook trail. It comes on quick. It's right at the campsites about 50 ft. before the lean to. If you hit the lean to you've gone to far. Each summit has a great view. I was lucky enough to have each summit to myself for at least 10 minutes.

I left the trailhead at 7:30am and got back at 6pm. I spent 15-30 minutes on each peak. My Fitbit clocked the loop as being 20 miles not 14.3. I brought 2L of water. There is water on the descent from Dix in which I was able to fill another liter. Lots of rock scrambling- especially on the descent from Dix. I think I'm in pretgy good shape and was able to run a bit of the trail. I still found parts of it challenging but totally worth it. Met a lot of nice people on the trail but was able to be solo for most of it.

Perfect day hike, almost completely up hill to the summit of Cascade Mountain. The hike up to the Summit of Porter Mountain was a little muddy, but was well worth it. The view from Cascade Mountain is more scenic, but too windy for a lunch break. My suggestion would be to summit Porter Mountain first, and enjoy a lunch break there before continuing on to summit Cascade Mountain.

Wonderful, although heavily trafficked, hike to a breathtaking view. Bring a head lamp if you are getting a late start, and a windbreaker for the summet. Proper hiking shoes with ankle support highly recommended, as you are mostly hiking up boulders to the top. There are a few places to camp near the start of the trek; bear-proof cannisters are required and can be rented at the lodge.

rock climbing
8 days ago

Great scramble. Amazing views from the top.

this should be rated a moderate hike, not an easy one. It is a relatively steep uphill all the way, more so towards the top. But the terrain is beautiful and the views very nice. Most important thing to note is that the map shows it as a circular Trail. It is not. You go up to the Vista and back. There may be a circular trail but it isn't marked, so is the safer to Simply go back down the way you came up.

Easy to start off. Then goes into a rocky, consistent incline with several rock scrambles. About 3/4 of the way up you come to a steep, narrow cut out in the rocks, just big enough for one person to fit straight up. After that is another steep climb up rocks. To the left is a smooth rock and to the right is a space so narrow I had to take my pack pack off and go up sideways. If you are terrified of heights like myself I do not recommend this. I had to turn back because it was a straight drop to my right. There is a nice false summit a little before this part with beautiful views and plenty of places to sit and eat.

Nice easy peaceful walk but there is way better here

Beautiful hike with breathtaking view points. It was a beautiful day and therefore the trail was very crowded; it was almost a social gathering. One can do the full 8 miles trail, but we loop out after circa 5 miles. After the first 2 segments, most hikers loop out and the trail is quite empty.

So the Hike Begins at the back of Parking Lot 1, and continues to the Marcy Dam. However, they were doing some construction at the dam but no biggie. However, when you cross the bridge initially do NOT go left, I made that mistake and I went down the truck trail for 2 or so miles before realizing my mistake. I then went back onto the correct trail and signed in at the dam sign in area. The hike is a little mucky/muddy but if you have some decent dry boots you'll be fine expect to have your foot submerged once from a misstep but other than that great hike. Made it to the top and got some bomber views. I was gonna go down the Lake Arnold side but decided against it because it would have been even more muddy and I didn't have a physical map, just my phone and the app. All in all took me about 8 hours because of my detour and completed 19 miles with a 30 minute break at the top and a couple 5 min breaks on the trail.

First off, the distance RT is much closer to 4.5 - 5 miles, the trail has some switchbacks that are a bit off the path on here. Second, the hike was fun. There was some scrambling, which was a a bit tricky, but myself and my father had no issues. I loved the rock scrambles, makes this hike a fun one, different than other scrambles I've done. Once you get up onto the exposed rock, the trail can be very tricky to follow. There are a few trail markers and some rock cairns, go slow and look for these. Have some sort of map just to be safe.

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