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Big Slide and Yard

A fun loop hike up Big Slide and Yard with an easy descent down a ridge over the Brothers in the High Peaks of NY.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 11 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  This is a fun loop hike from the Garden Parking Lot outside of Keene Valley that will bring you to the top of Big Slide, over the... more »

Tips:  The Garden Parking lot is easily found by following the signs for it in Keen Valley on Route 73. To get to Keen valley Take exit 30... more »

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Points of Interest

1. The Garden Parking Lot

Park here and head down the trail marked "Phelps Trail" for 3.5 miles until you get to the famous Johns Brooke Lodge. Make sure to sign into the register.

2. Slide Mountain Brook Trail Turn off

Look for signs for the Slide Mountain Brook Trail and head uphill from here on it.

3. Brothers Trail Intersection

You will return to this trail for your descent but for now continue up to the left to the top of Big Slide as you begin the final steep push to the summit here.

4. Big Slide Summit

You are at the 4,248' summit of Big Slide and are standing on the edge of an enormous cliff! So, if you end up here as I did, in a complete fog, don't stray too close to the edge! I've included a photo of Big Slide from the Great Range at this POI so you can see the massive cliff you will be standing on top of! From here it is your choice... More

5. Summit of Yard

You are at the summit of Yard at 4,018 feet. Head back the way you came back over Big Slide to the Brothers Trail Intersection for the descent back to the Garden.

6. Descent over the Brothers

From this ridge of rocky outcrops on the descent you should be able to have great views of the Great Range and back towards Big Slide.