We do this hike every year. Always a great time! Our dogs love it.

hiking
1 month ago

The weather was not to bad but it rained and snowed (!) the day before so the path was really slippery. With good shoes and caution it was feasible but not easy.

As many other said, do not even think about going down this way.

hiking
1 month ago

well-marked , well-maintained trail. Absolutely stunning views from the top

Great trail with some minor challenge. Hiked in t he end of October so the scenery was amazing. Started out wiyh beautiful fall colors and turned to fresh snow covered trees. Liytle icy near the summit when the rock slabs become a little more flat. It was also crazy windy so we stopped a little short of the fire tower.

hiking
1 month ago

I loved this trail. It has a big mountain feel to it and is a nice challenge. But you've got to be comfortable on steep slabs with some exposure. Don't even think about it when conditions are wet, or if you don't have grippy footwear, and unless you are prepared to rappel, descending this trail is foolishly dangerous.
That's ok because descending by way of Firescrew and the Manning Trail is fabulously scenic and by comparison quite easy.

Great trail well marked. Dog loved it

hiking
1 month ago

It was great...great view, great trail...

hiking
2 months ago

A New England classic and perfect if you are in the area and have limited time. Great views and enough steep bits to get a bit of exercise. Heavily used and parking lot can get crowded. Watch for the Dartmouth kids running up it.

hiking
2 months ago

Great times going with my 2 huskies up/down west ridge trail. Beautiful view once we got to the summit. Gets really chilly at the top so make sure you're prepared.

hiking
3 months ago

Great Hike. I took west ridge up and down, then back up south ridge and down west. Its a steady hike but not too difficult at all. west ridge trail is a bit easier than the south. Great views on a bare large summit

Fairly steep trail to the top, but worth it, 380 degree beautiful view- it was also a perfect day!

hiking
3 months ago

Very well maintained West Ridge Trail to summit is fairly easy. The South Ridge Trail is much steeper and less well maintained. Some nice views from West Ridge as you near the summit and 360 views from the rocky summit. Windy and cold today. Bring a jacket if you want to hang out on the summit for any length of time. There is a fire tower with a concrete footing so there is a wind break, but if it's crowded, the spot fills up quickly. SOuth Ridge trail is much more challenging but there are no views and its less well maintained and trafficked than the West Ridge Trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, beautiful view

A steep hike up the west ridge trail from the parking lot most of the way up. Loved this hike. It has amazing 360 degree views at the top with cairns along the way to navigate during inclement weather. Wet weather may make it tough above the tree line

hiking
4 months ago

I love fire towers. This was a great hike with a great view at the top. Check out my trip report with photos and some things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/cardiganfiretower