For my third peak of the ADK 46 (the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains), I summited Big slide. I also summited Yard Mountain, which has an elevation of 4009 feet, but it’s too close to Big Slide to count as one of the 46.
On a Friday night, I drove down and stayed the night in my car at the Rooster Comb trailhead. I woke up at 4:30 am to park in one of the 30 or so parking spots. The shuttle to the trailhead was not operational so early in the season and additional parking was an extra 1.5 kilometers away.
The Johns Brook Trail is amazing and I can’t wait to hike it again. Up to Yard Mountain was a fairly gradual incline with very little scrambling. Nothing to difficult besides a few wet sections and fallen trees. This isn’t a very popular trail but was very well marked.
The top of Yard Mountain (4009ft).
Big Slide is 1.6 km away. Big slide has fantastic views of the Wolfjaws and Gothics.
Top of Big Slide (4240ft).
The “big Slide”.
Hiking back, you get to this exposed rock face that looks like a big slide. That’s how the mountain peak got its name. There’s also a very sketchy wooden staircase which I would avoid using.
Going back on The Brothers was so much fun. There are a few steep rocky sections, but for the most part, it feels like hiking down a roller coaster with massive rolling hills and awesome exposed views. I would definitely suggest the clockwise direction I took, because hiking up The Brothers would be tough. If you’re feeling energetic, you can add a few more kilometers to this trip and hike to the Cascade and Porter Mountains.
Click on the icon to make the Google Map full screen, to see all the photos I took and where they were taken. Click on the symbol to see all the photos. There are 5 in total.
17.1 km total distance
995 m of elevation gain