This loop hike offers amazing views of the Adirondacks early on. There is so much to see along this trip it will definitely be one you want to revisit.

Park at the Garden Trailhead, where there is a daily use fee of $7.00. Parking is limited and the lot fills up early most weekend mornings. Most weekends a shuttle bus runs from the overflow parking at Marcy Field north of Keene Valley.

I suggest starting this hike by ascending over The Brothers. A moderate climb begins with beautiful views from First Brother. Again you will continue climbing with even more spectacular views from Second Brother. Once those views are enjoyed continue a steadier climb to Third Brother. Continuing through the forest you will reach a junction, this will be your final push to the summit. Amazing views of the Great Range are spread out before you!

Upon your return you will head back to the junction and here you will descend via Slide Brook Trail. You will cross the brook several times and during certain times of the year enjoy some beautiful cascades. At your next junction you will turn left and follow the Johns Brook trail. You will then reach a register where you will take anther left and continue back to the same parking lot.

Big Slide is part of the Adirondack 46 highest peaks. It is #27, standing at 4240 ft.

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Water/Snacks
  • Camera
  • Snowshoes (Winter)
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RT Distance 9.4 Miles
Elevation Gain 2705 Feet
Activities Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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Field Course Trip Ender

This was the first mountain I’ve ever climbed, it was the cap activity to our two week field course for forest ecology. The trail was technical and challenging is various places, bouldering opportunities and steep in others. Not hard enough to prevent one of our members with a hurt ankle from pushing to the top. Some additions were added to the trail to make it easier to summit (a wooden ladder of sorts to scale the last rock face near the peak). There are lots of places along the way for views, the top was excellent and it was nice to have scenery as we went up. The Three Brothers were a nice little extra. Not 5 stars because I have nothing else to compare it to. We went early May, so we didn’t encounter many other visitors and had the trails mostly to ourselves. There was still snow and some ice closer to the peak. Fairly wet, bring water proof shoes and layers!


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