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Big Slide

Scenic and Destination Hikes Adirondack High Peaks

Trail Head:
Johns Brook (Garden parking area)

Length: 6.8 miles round trip

Difficulty: Difficult

Activities: hiking



ADKTrailMap.com map of Big Slide hiking trail in the Adirondack Mountains ADKTrailMap.com map of Big Slide hiking trail in the Adirondack Mountains Static Trail Map
ADKTrailMap.com elevation profile of Big Slide hiking trail in the Adirondack Mountains ADKTrailMap.com elevation profile of Big Slide hiking trail in the Adirondack Mountains Elevation Profile

Elevation: 4,240 ft.Elevation change: 2360 ft.

Big Slide is the twenty-seventh highest peak of the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park. The peak was named for the prominent steep cliff that rises to its summit. Because it is relatively close to trailheads and because it offers a close view of the nearby Great Range, Big Slide is a popular day hiking destination. The most popular approach is via the Brothers, a set of rocky crags, which offer several views on the way to the summit (map and profile above). It can also be climbed via the Slide Mountain Brook Trail from the Phelps trail in Johns Brook Valley, or combined with Yard Mountain via the Klondike Notch trail (Yard's elevation is 4018 feet, but it is not one of the High Peaks as it is too close to Big Slide). Make a loop with the two trails and enjoy an extended day hike and see more of what the area has to offer. 2

This would be a great day trip for families and inexperienced hikers. Sort of off the beaten track as one can only bag one 46er by climbing it, this peak gets only moderate traffic so do not be surprised if you only meet a few people on the trail. To many it is just as good as any mountain in the area offering the best view of Gothics and the lower Great Range and some of the best blueberries in the Adirondacks. Because of some of the steep ledges and a number of cliffs, this is not a recommended hike for children under seven as well most of the first part of the hike is in the sun so bring plenty of water. 3


1 http://www.lakeplacid.com/do/hiking/big-slide
2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Slide_Mountain _(New_York)
3 http://www.summitpost.org/big-slide-mountain/150598