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Beautiful views, some nice clambering and scrambling, some of the nicest trailwork I have seen coming down- a little crowded on a fall weekend in September- well marked, vending machines at Summit- oh and did I mention you can drive up to the top- so lots of people up there who didn't work for the views. Great hike overall!

This was hands down one of the best hikes I ever went on.

The elevation gain and distance would make this a difficult hike overall, but a very rewarding one. The first two miles are moderate. From Marcy Dam you begin climbing up very rocky terrain and this persists most of the way from there on. You follow Phelps Brook, and once you diverge from that the real climbing begins. I recommend boots with great ankle support. The last 1.2 miles is the toughest climb of all but the payoff is one fantastic view of the Adirondack landscape from the highest peak in the state.

Due to the popularity, this trail is both heavily traveled, well maintained, and very well marked. I made it up to the summit in 3.5 hours and back down in 3. However, many hikers may want to plan for it taking longer than that.

I went in late September. It was so crowded that the main parking area was 100% booked and we had to park more than a mile down the road, and we arrived at 8am. I wore shorts and a short sleeve shirt and was comfortable all day, even at the summit. For reference, it was around 80 degrees at the base. I had heard it can be chilly at the summit so I had a fleece in my pack. I had heard reports of snow and 40 degree weather in July and August, however, I saw none of this on the day I went.

I brought 100 oz. of water and drank the last of it just as I finished.

This is an amazing hike; a great challenge with a big payoff. Enjoy!

great bang for your buck in Tupper Lake. Pretty easy Trail lovely Summit gorgeous views

This is a decent challenge for a short distance. While it is over relatively fast, it is relentless climb straight up the mountain. I did it to prepare for Mount Marcy and ended up performing well on that hike the following week.

hiking
6 hours ago

Excellent trail. Big challenge with steep incline. The extraordinary view at the top makes it all worth while.

Rainbow falls is a great side spur trail stop to check out! Moderate for a high peak, but challenging enough ( if you don't go up or down the scenic trail part). Great views of Gothics, Saddleback and Basin!

Trails need to be marked better. There I only one sign that indicates it's Bee. Also, it was a very easy hike to me so I'm not sure what the scale is based on when it's labeled as difficult.

hiking
6 hours ago

Beautiful trail with a lot of landscape variation, beautiful scenery around the end of Cranberry Lake and a great view from the top. Trail really should be rated as moderate rather than hard-- it's basically flat for the first 4 miles, then a slow incline for the next mile. The only steep bit is the last half mile.

Hard to find the trail entrance but trust the apps location. Was very challenging as it was mostly uphill. There's a cute cabin about 1/3 way up and we ate lunch on its patio. View was awesome!

on Scarface

hiking
8 hours ago

Scarface Mtn was my 3rd Mtn of the Saranac Lake 6ers on Day 2. Signed in at the trail head at 9:45 a.m. and reached the summit at 11:45 a.m. at a moderate pace. Pleasant start thru the pine forest with gentle rolling hills. Be on the lookout for an occasional train when approaching the railroad tracks. Right before the bridge over Ray Brook is the Capt. John Paul McKay memorial bench on the left. As you continue you'll come upon the remnants of an old foundation just before the split in the trail - go left. From the split your journey gets gradually steeper, but nothing like Ampersand or McKenzie Mtns. As you ascend you'll reach the only landing with a view before continuing along a narrow heavily wooded path to the true summit (marker on tree) within a gathering of pines. I walked right by the summit marker for about 20 yards before I realized I passed it. Three down - three to go to complete the Saranac Lake 6ers.

Did it on an overcast day! Beautiful still and such fun rocks to climb! Dog did it with me! Would recommend an early start, but if not, headlamps!