This route is extremely steep and you will be exposed to the elements. No bugs or mud, fewer hikers, and the trails are smoothed out under a (hopefully) deep snow pack. We went back to the Saddleback/Gothics col and began our ascent of Gothics. Cables along the ADK Range Trail. Saddleback Mountain Slides. The cables are not really necessary in dry weather conditions, but some people used them. Descending it would be a waste unless you had some specific reason. The removal was for safety reasons as the cables were said to have deteriorated to usnafe condition. Gothics, Cable Route, June 10 Mainly dry from the Garden parking to the DEC outpost. Basin Mountain. The Orebed trail was about 1/3 wet and muddy along the flat part. Out of curiosity . Gothics will give you better views, though you’ll have to work for it, so head left up the Cable Route. There is a coated cable to help with ascent if you need. The packed approach to the face paid dividends in a relatively short day on a classic Adirondack face. Johns Brook Valley and Big Slide Mountain. It has been just about a year now (give or take some) since the famous cables were removed from the Range Trail route up Gothics from the Gothics-Saddleback col. Gothics Mountain, cable route: 02/23/2013 Spectacular in any season, the High Peaks of the Adirondacks may be at their best in winter. 14.8 miles 3836 elevation gain - 21.9 km, +1168 m. Bike ride in Essex County, NY The last seven miles were relaxing and we arrived at the trailhead almost ten hours from the start. At this point, lots of other people were alongside us as we reached the cables en route to the false summit of Gothics. A couple of questions. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. When it got steeper, there were plenty of wet rocky areas. Cascade and Porter Mountains. We started at the parking l ot directly east of The Brothers. Cable Route up Gothics. . https://www.hikingproject.com/photo/7040120/climbing-gothics-cables Above the stairs it was fairly wet, making the going a bit delicate at times. 5:37. I would advise coming up the cable side of Gothics, which is a really memorable experience. Mount Whiteface. The original route planned involved us hiking Lower Wolf Jaw, Armstrong, Gothics, Saddleback, and Basin all in one day, getting to our campsite, then doing Marcy, spend another night, then ducking out the next day. We exited down the Gothics cable route to the Range Trail/Orebed Brook Trail junction at the Gothics/Saddleback col. Saddleback and Basin Mountain. Upper Ausable Lake. Gothics and Pyramid Peak via West River to East River Loop is a 13.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. I regard it as one of my favorite hikes. Colvin and Blake Peaks. Yard, Big Slide, and the Brothers. . 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