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Old 08-19-2018, 10:18 PM   #1
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Hiking in the High Peaks area

In the last few years, I've tried to avoid the High Peaks/Saranac Lake area for my hikes, due to how crowded it's becoming and how hard it is to find parking... especially given that I'm usually only able to hike on weekends.

Generally, this hasn't been a big deal as there are a ton of great places elsewhere in the Adks to check out. But I'd like to be able to go to the HP area once in a while.

This Friday, I have a rare non-holiday weekday off and wanted to try a hike in the HP area. Looking for any suggestions about ones that might be less crowded. Given my ability, I'm not looking to do a particularly long one. Due to my schedule, I probably won't be able to get to trailhead until 12:00-12:30 depending on where.

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Old 08-20-2018, 07:39 AM   #2
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Upper Works. Have you done Allen yet?
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Old 08-20-2018, 01:21 PM   #3
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Allen is wayyyyy above my level.
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Old 08-20-2018, 01:36 PM   #4
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Mt Adams Firetower. Same parking as Allen. Check out the Iron Furnance displays also.
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Old 08-20-2018, 04:10 PM   #5
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Try Catamount, near Whiteface. Or Haystack and/or McKenzie near Lake Placid. Or Noonmark. Or Adams from Upper Works. A little further from the High Peaks, but Owls Head from Long Lake is very nice.
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Old 08-20-2018, 04:27 PM   #6
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Or Lyons or Loon Lake Firetowers.
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Old 08-20-2018, 05:33 PM   #7
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Are you looking for marked trails only? If so maybe try Jay Mountain.
Just as another fun suggestion to help with less crowds...there are lots of easy bushwhacking opportunities throughout the park (if so inclined), including a few in the southern Dix Wilderness worth looking into.

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Old 08-20-2018, 06:13 PM   #8
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Thanks for the tips, all.

Also, I thought the new Jay Mtn trail was marked.
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Old 08-20-2018, 06:22 PM   #9
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, I thought the new Jay Mtn trail was marked.
It is, and why I suggested it.
I was also suggesting that bushwhacking has countless opportunities for crowdless hikes with nice views, and there some fairly easy ones in the southern Dixes with nice views of surrounding High Peaks. Post edited, my apologies for the confusion.

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Old 08-22-2018, 02:45 AM   #10
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Even weekdays can see full lots at High Peaks trailheads these days. August especially. A noon arrival may not guarantee you a park spot.

I'll second the recommendations for Catamount and Jay. Both are spectacular little peaks with good views for the effort involved (Catamount in particular can be steep but it's not a major climb).
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Old 08-26-2018, 01:05 PM   #11
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The Jay Mountain trail is dug and marked up to the ridge but from there, you're on your own. However, the ridge is so open that you can see your destination almost the whole time!
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Old 10-11-2018, 10:08 PM   #12
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Question

So i am new to this whole forum thing and have no idea how to start a thread about my question so i figured i would try this forum thread. So i plan on hiking Marcy, little haystack, haystack, Iroquois, and Algonquin in that order in a 24 hour period at the end of October. My research says it would be about 32 miles of trail. I have done many 25 plus mile hikes in my day and i understand that you are dealing with some tougher climbs but i just wan to hear from people who have done those hikes and tell me if it is possible or not. I think it is possible. But i havent done it yet so i carry no weight in my opinion.
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