Saturday, Jun 13, 2020 11:30a -
Sunday, Jun 14, 2020 7:30p
Wellington (Revere Beach Pkwy, Medford, MA 02155, USA)
Wellington Revere Beach Pkwy
Medford, MA 02155
Date Idea, Meetup, Social Good, Sports & Active Life
Please read the description of this hike. Comment below if you're interested in signing up for this hike and answer the following questions. If you already received confirmation from me on Meetup, see you've done a 4,000 footer or been on a hike with me, you don't have to answer these questions . If you don't answer the questions and sign up, I'll be contacting you to ensure you can do this hike safely.
1. Do you have any recent hiking experience with at least 2,500 ft. of elevation gain or planning to any before this hike? List them below
2. Do you have the required gear for this adventure (listed in the event description)?
The Great Range Loop is a challenging, but beautiful hike that includes bagging several high peaks in the Adirondacks, including Sawteeth (4,150 ft.), Gothics (4,734 ft.), Saddleback (4,528 ft.) Armstrong (4,456 ft.), Upper Wolfjaw (4,203 ft.) and Lower Wolfjaw Mountains (4,173 ft.). We’ll also be ascending Pyramid Peak (4,515 ft.) along the way which is not considered a high peak due to its prominence, but has arguably one of the best views in the Adirondacks. There is also a short side trail to the incredible view from Indian Head of Ausable Lake. The plan is to head up to the trailhead Saturday morning. We’ll be walking along Lake Road for 4 miles before getting to the actual trail due to it being gated (we won’t be walking this road for as long on the way back due to the trail meeting closer to the parking area). Once we get to Lower Ausable Lake, we’ll go on the Indian Head Trail and the Indian Head Crossover Trail towards South and North Overlook. If you see pictures of the Adirodack’s, it’s usually at this overlook with Lower Ausable Lake surrounded by the Colvin and Blake Range on both sides in a gorge. The views are incredible on Indian Head. After checking out Indian Head, we’ll head back towards the East River Trail briefly before heading onto A.W. Weld Trail. There’s another great view of Lower Ausable Lake by the junction. We’ll continue on the A.W Weld Trail. Shortly after going on the A.W Weld Trail, Rainbow falls will be the next landmark. Rainbow Falls is one of the largest single drop waterfalls in the Adirondacks at 150 ft. There’s a viewpoint which offers great views of the falls and is a great place to cool off on a hot day, alongside refilling water. We’ll be on the A.W Weld Trail until reaching the junction toward the Sawteeth Trail. We’ll turn left onto the Sawteeth Trail towards the first 4,000 footer of the hike, Sawteeth. Sawteeth is a mostly wooded summit, but there is a viewpoint near the summit that offers great views. We’ll turn around and head north towards the A.W Weld Trail, this time heading north towards Pyramid Peak. Pyramid is not considered a 4,000 footer, but has incredible panoramic views above the treeline, being considered one of the best views in the Adirondacks. Shortly after Pyramid Peak, another junction comes up. We’ll take the ADK Range Trail towards another trail known as State Range Trail. The State Range Trail goes to the summit of Saddleback Mountain. Saddleback Mountain also has incredible panoramic views. After summit Saddleback, the plan is to head back towards the ADK Range Trail towards Gothics. Gothics is another 4,000 footer which also offers panoramic views. The plan is to see the sunset and stargaze on Gothics and do some back-country camping below treeline. This marks a little more than the halfway point of the hike. The next morning, we’ll head towards Armstrong Mountain on the ADK Range Trail. After ascending Armstrong Mountain, the trail continues towards Upper Wolfjaw Mountain, which also has great views. We’ll continue towards the junction of W.A White Trail towards Lower Wolfjaw, which doesn’t have views but still counts as one of the 46 4,000 footers so it’s worth summiting. We’ll head back and descend via the Wedge Brook Trail. There is another waterfall overlook called Wedge Brook Cascade Overlook. After the lookout, the trail continues on the West River Trail before going on the River Crossover Trail back to the road, where it’ll take us back to the parking area.
Note: There will be no credit/refunds for this adventure. This adventure requires commitment and flexibility from all members. You should only sign up for this adventure if you know you can make it.
Click here see the required camping/backpacking gear for this adventure. This spreadsheet can be downloaded. Some of the gear can be consolidated, which will be communicated as a group as the trip gets closer.
What to bring for hiking:
Waterproof hiking boots
3+ liters of water (less if you have a water filter)
Snacks and lunch. You will be burning a lot of energy!
If you have questions, feel free to comment below or use the Ridj-it chat and I will respond as soon as possible! Thank you for being a team player and looking forward to a great adventure!