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Climb this slide for an amazing ascent of Lower Wolfjaw with equally amazing views.
The trail starts at the Garden Trail head in Keene Valley. Keep in mind this parking lot gets full very early morning. If the lot is full you can park nearby at the Marcy Airfield and take a shuttle for $5.00 per person round trip. The shuttle runs Friday - Sunday 7am - 7pm (another thing to keep in mind if you don't think you can return by the 7pm last run).
After signing in at the trail head register you will start on the Phelps trail. You will follow the trail for a easy to moderate 3.2 mile walk where you will cross the brook to the South Side trail and turn left. Once on trail you will reach a junction with a trail to your right (this will be your descent trail later). Continuing on the South Side trail just past this junction you will quickly reach the Wolfjaw Brook Slide which offers some beautiful water features however continue a short ways and your next slide will be Benny's Brook Slide. There were two smaller sized cairns but don't rely on that. It does have quite the debris field at its base from the 2011 Hurricane Irene which really opened up this slide.
Now the real fun begins. The slide would be a nice beginner slide for those starting out as there is nothing technical. You can choose however a few steeper routes in spots. The slide continues to widen as you ascend and the views are expansive. In places there was water running in cracks, cascading over slabs, around and over boulders creating mini waterfalls, and pools of water. Many of the wet spots can be avoided.
As you reach the the top headwall you will take a well defined herdpath into the woods on your left. Within a minute you are on the W.A. White Trail to the summit. This last bit of push has a steep section. Make sure to look back at times for beautiful views. The summit is mostly treed though you can stand on a large boulder for some views.
Once you relax on the summit you will continue to follow the the trail and descend rather steeply to the Wolfjaw Notch. Here you will continue your descent down the Adk Range trail back to the junction mentioned earlier. Now you can return from here the same way or as described here take a right on the South Side trail following along the edge of Johns Brooks (you will pass by the foot of the slide again). Note this trail is no longer maintained however, easy to follow. If its a hot day there are plenty of nice swimming holes along Johns Brook to cool off.
At the end of the trail you will cross Johns Brook (there is no bridge) and climb a small ridge. Then it's back to the Phelps trail for a quick out to the parking lot.
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