• Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    10.4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    750 Feet

Lake
Romantic
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This 10.4 mile loop in Keene Valley, NY offers up gorgeous views of Indian Head and Ausable Lakes. There are no dogs allowed on this trail. 

At 10.4 mile long, this lengthy, but easy loop takes you to two ADK lower peaks. The views from Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs will blow your mind away. I love stopping here every time I make my way to ADK. The colors are absolutely gorgeous in the fall. From the parking lot, take the lake road 3.3 miles. Once you reach the sign for Indian head and Fish Hawk cliffs, it is only a short climb of 0.7 miles to Indian Head and another 0.2 to Fish Hawk Cliffs. At Indian Head, take in the views and check out the cliffs. Make your way to Fish Hawk Cliffs, don't forget to look back at at Indian Head! The views on Indian Head itself are spectacular. This rock formation has to be seen to be appreciated. The views of the Ausable lakes from these two spots are outstanding. After Fish Hawk Cliffs, walk back to Indian Head. Once you reach up top follow the sign for the Gill Brook Trail. The Gill Brook Trail gives you scenic waterfalls and cascades to please the eyes and ears. The trail will lead you back to the Lake Road and from there just walk straight to your car.

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The driving directions linked to this description need a bit of an update. The road called "Ausable Club Road" is now posted as just "Ausable Rd." Coming from Lake Placid, it is the second and southerly of the two junction of Rt. 73 and Ausable Rd. Coming from the south, it is at the bottom of a long hill on the left. The other landmark is that it is directly across the highway from the Roaring Brook access to Giant Mt. On a buy weekend you will likely have to park on the highway. From the parking area, one walks for 1/2-mile up the road and past a golf course. Just before reaching the large clubhouse, turn left and down between two tennis courts. The entrance station and trail register is 200 yards down this road. This is where the 3.3 mile walk on the Lake Road starts. By now it should be clear that this is private property and that only club members can drive this road or ride the seasonal bus. Likewise, there are no public water or rest room facilities after leaving the parking area.

4 months ago
4 months ago

Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs is probably THE place to visit during the Adirondacks fall foliage. The view is jaw-dropping, which is why it attracts so many people each year. Definitely take the Gill Brook Trail also. Whether it be on the way up or way down. The route includes some beautiful waterfalls.

4 months ago
4 months ago

The scenic Trail is So amazing!!!! 🦄🦄

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

The ausable lakes have a special place in my heart- one of the reasons Indian head and fish hawk cliffs are one of my favorite easier hikes in the ADKs. Although hiking starts on the lake road, it is a beautiful road, and right below the start of the trail there is a cutoff to a waterfall. The trail is relatively easy, following Benny's brook partway up to Indians head, which has a breathtaking view of upper and lower and the surrounding mountains. Fish hawk cliffs is not much of a walk beyond, and equally as pretty.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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