|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Views of the High Peaks are dominated by the Great Range, an imposing chain of eight 4,000-foot peaks 12 miles southeast of Lake Placid. While many hikers choose to gaze at it from easier trails, those who tackle this demanding lasso loop will trace the range’s airy ridgeline to three of its northernmost summits.
Pick up West River Trail off Lake Road and amble southwest along the East Branch Ausable River through hemlock and beech. The climbing ramps up on Gothics-Armstrong Trail, gaining 2,700 feet in the 2.4-mile stretch to Gothics’s 4,736-foot summit. Hike north across slabs and krummholz to 4,400-foot Armstrong Mountain. Descend ledges on the back to finish the day’s climb on 4,185-foot Upper Wolfjaw.
-Mapped by Lisa Densmore, Densmore Designs.com
TO TRAILHEAD: From the bridge over Johns Brook in Keene Valley, drive 3.3 miles east on NY 73 to Saint Huberts. At the second junction with Ausable Rd., turn right. Go about 100 yards. The trailhead parking lot is on the left. This is the same parking lot for the hike to Noonmark and Round Mountains. Parking is not permitted along Ausable Road. Walk up the dirt road to the trailhead.