Hike the Lower Great Range

Rate this Adventure New York Lower Great Range Parking

Added by Rebecca Nichols

Climb these four Adirondack high peaks for stunning views in all directions as well as some beautiful cascades and waterfalls.

You will start this hike at the Ausable Club parking area at the start of Ausable Club Rd off Rt 73. Here you will walk up Ausable Club Rd and turn left onto Lake Road. Ahead you will see the sign in booth and the AMR (Adirondack Mountain Reserve) gate. Please be aware no dogs are allowed AMR land.

You will walk past the wooden gate and down the road until you reach a bridge on your right. A green sign will read "Bridge to Wolf Jaws, Bear Run, Cathedral Rocks" You will turn right here and follow the trail. After a short walk you will soon reach Canyon Bridge. Here you will cross the bridge and ascend up several stairs. You will then reach the West River trail where you will turn left (the sign stating "Wolf Jaws" will direct you. You will continue until you reach another sign directing you to the "Wolf Jaws" and "Wedge Brook Cascades".

You are now on the Wedge Brook trail. Make the stop to the Cascades as seen from the trail. They are beautiful especially during the Spring. Now you will start the real climb gaining lots of elevation. You will reach a junction where a sign will direct you to Lower Wolf Jaw (your first mountain). You will follow the trail to the summit and then return here.

Once you return you will then follow the trail to Upper Wolf Jaw (2nd mountain). It is about 1.0 mile to the summit and you will reach a sign telling you "Upper Wolf Jaw Summit 20 yds". After enjoying the views and looking back at what you just accomplished you will continue on the trail to Armstrong (3rd Mountain). It is about 1.0 mile between. Enjoy the views on Armstrong before you continue on trail. You will reach a junction directing you to Gothics (your 4th mountain). Less than 0.20 miles from here the approach is amazing. You will enter the Artic-Alpine Plant zone (stay on the trail/rock). I believe the best is last, Gothics has amazing 360 views!

You will then return to the last junction and follow the Beaver Meadow Trail. You will use some fixed ladders to aid you on your descent. The end of the trail you are awarded with Beaver Meadow Falls. From here follow the signs to Lake Road and cross Beaver Meadow Bridge. Once you reach Lake Road you will make the walk back to the parking area.

These four high peaks Lower Wolf Jaw, Upper Wolf Jaw, Armstrong and Gothics are all part of the Adirondack 46er challenge (climbing all 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks).

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Headlamp
  • Camera
  • Snowshoes (Winter)
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Hiking, Snowshoeing

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Year Round

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13.77 Miles


Easy Parking

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Added by Rebecca Nichols

I hike to push my limits both mentally and physically, take in the beauty of the great outdoors, and just to get away from it all. Every chance I get you will find me in the mountains, on a kayak or ending my day by the campfire!

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