Upper Works Rd, Tahawus , NY
I will be taking a week off in May with the hopes of bagging a few peaks. I am planning on hiking Cliff and Redfield and then Marshal maybe the next day or on that Wednesday of that week. So I am putting this up early so anyone who would like to join has time to mark this on their calendar.
This trail will start from Upper Works and take you over to Lake Colden and then up Mt Redfield and Cliff Mountain.
This is a very long trail which can easily be broken up into 2 days. There are plenty of lean-to's along the trail and camping areas. Starting off at Upper Works head down the path towards Lake Colden / Marcy Mtn which is about 4.5 miles. Once you reach the Flowed Lands there is another trail register. Follow the red trail towards another 1.1 miles to Lake Colden Damn and cross it. From there head towards Up-Hill lean-to. It is a long and slightly up hill battle. Once you reach is area you will see a small Karin on the right side which marks the start of the trail from Redfield and Cliff. Follow this trail to a second Karin. From there go left for Redfield or left for Cliff. If you go left, the trail follows the stream nearly all the way up and will take about 1-2 hours. If your heading towards Cliff, it is only about .8 miles long but the first 15-20 minutes is a mud pit, then then next 30 minutes is pretty steep rock climbing but nothing to extreme. Once you feel you have reached the summit, keep going because the actual summit is another 15 minutes farther. Then you can back track all the way back to Upper Works, or you can spend the night in a lean to and hike several other mountains in the area.