It was supposed to rain and be overcast, turned into a great day. Nice relaxing hike great views!
Weird sunny day with the pressure dropping all day until about 5 pm. Lots of wind at 3,700 to 2,000 feet, but no wind at all on the summit. Trails in good conditions, well packed, with only a little ice. The warm weather, however, is creating postholing opportunities if you don't wear snowshoes.
Via Brothers and then return via Johns Brook. Amazing views all over. Great weather and a great, easy climb. Crampons needed in some spots.
Up the steep trail to Yard Mountain then accross to Big Slide. Amazing views of the Great Range. Then we decended on a very icy and challenging (no crampons) trail. Descending the slabs on Three Brothers in the dark by headlamp we heard wolves howl - perfect.
camped near johns brook lodge. took trail 13 steady climb to summit and the scamble on top is great! so are the views of the great range! descended over yard mountain
The so-called "winter" conditions were disappointing. Wore crampons from the trailhead to the summit... basically ice the entire way. So little snow that leaves were mixed in at lower elevations. Strange weather this year in the 'Daks.
Snowy on top, but we got some snatches of the view toward the North Face of the Gothics which was coated in snow and rime. We hiked over to Yard mtn and down to the Klondike leanto for a cold and wet night. The boots froze solid by morning.
I have yet to get a view.
Submitted by Michael Lindacher
Excellent winter day. Fifth summit, first in winter. Probably one of the best approaches in the entire Adirondacks. Good stuff.
I was even treated to a good laugh as the indominable Chris Pierz fell into a frozen river. It wasn't so bad, we only had a 4 mile walk out. Nice move Chris !!
Beautiful fall day.
The leaves vary depending on the elevation.
Everything above 3,000 ft. were brown and falling down, everything in the valleys are full of colors.
It will ideal if for photos if snow falls on the peaks this week, with weather forcasts in the low 20's at night this week, so snow is possible.
As noted in other posts, the trail up the Brothers is well worth the hike. It could be argued that this is one of the best views for the least amount of work in the 'dacks. But this trail starts up right away and is a steady climb the whole way. This trail should not be under estimated.
Many outlooks all along the trail with superb views of the Great Range. At different points, you can see from Porter all the way to Algonquin.
Very muddy, very buggy, some steep scrambles through the mud, in the trees most of the time...
This is definitely the right way to climb Big Slide, via the Brothers. There are easily gained, closeup views of the Great Range en route. The ups and downs are arduous, but well worth-it. Great views from the top, feels like you're in the middle of it all. I took the Slide Mtn Brook trail back for a longer, gradual decent. Clear, warm day.
Great view from the brothers, nice day hike depending on the snow status, snowshoes can be necessary.
My buddy Bob and I marched up Big Slide on Saturday, January 10th, 2004. We camped at Grace Camp, run by the ADK Mtn. Club. The night before was -20 below zero, and the daytime high was about 5 degrees F. We started at 10 AM. The climb is easy at first with a moderate grade. About a half mile in you reach a clearing which is in the summer, a rock face that water trickles over. It was all ice with snow over top. The clearing is a great place for catching a bite to eat and admiring the view of Gothics on the other side of the valley. The climb continues on at a little steeper grade. (It appears that the closer you get to the summit, the steeper the trail gets.) At one point you come to the base of the fairly steep section. It's densely wooded with small and large pines. Continue up this steep section until you get to the base of the summit which is .29 miles away from the top of the summit. Here it gets VERY steep. You MUST have snow shoes or crampons to climb this section. Once you get to the summit there is a natural rock face clearing with a 260 degree view of the mountain range. You can see Algonquin to your right and Gothics straight ahead across the Johns Brook Valley. An awesome hike. We hiked back down the way we came because the trail that traversed Yard Mtn would have added 2 miles to our trip and we wanted to get back to Grace camp before dark.
Rented camp peggy obrien and brought some friends in for some backcountry. First date with my soulmate. Rode from the summit, and had an incredible weekend. Fell through ice and ripped off my thumbnail. Loved every freakin' minute of it.
This is a phenomenol hike! In August the blueberries on the Brothers complement the views of the Great Range very nicely! The outstanding thing about this hike is the large bald areas that contain great views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The view from Big Slide is also a classic. There are also a couple of overlooks where you can look over the edge of the Big Slide if you are unafraid of heights! This hike is one I would definitely take a visitor on to introduce them to the Adirondack Mountains because this hike has just about everything that is good about these mountains.
A day trip with my family and for once some great views. The other times I have been up it I was socked in weather wise.
The Blueberries were in and we managed to pick a nice big bunch for breakfast the next moring.
paying to park in a mud hole sucks! only in the state off ny, 3 highest taxes in the country, 49th lowest in sevices provided! make us proud pataki!
See Drazil´s description.
Strenuous, long, but enjoyable loop with great views, just one last mean ascent too much, when already expect to return to Woodland Valley Campground!
Anyway, good exercise!