Moderate is a good label for this trail. Enjoyed it with my two sons (12 and 13) and my father (almost 70). It's a steady climb the whole way but is not overwhelming. It was a hot and humid day at the base but the trail was shaded the whole way with a beautiful breeze and gorgeous views at the summit. Don't get tricked by the false summit, keep hiking to the summit marker and you'll be rewarded with some beautiful mountain and lake views. It is longer than 3 miles, as others have stated already- the trail marker at the base says 2 miles to the summit.
Incredible day for a hike. This is a very moderate hike. There are no tricky Boulder climbs or edge spots. Great trail to top and the views were stunning. We went up Wentworth and took Guinea Pond trail down which is not recommended. We hiked it back up and continued down Wentworth. This is strictly an in and out hike. Time frame is probably about 2.5-3 hours for in and out depending on speed. Hard to gauge time because we thru in the extra 3.5 miles going up and down Guinea which added to our day.
Was my first hike this spring , so a bit out of shape but so glad I did it. Steep in some parts . Took the Wentworth Trail and it was 3 miles to the top. This trail says 3 miles out and back but it's really 6 out and back! Still icy in spots but well worth the view! May try another way up next time!
This turned out to be a fun, yet challenging hike. I did it with two friends while we were vacationing and looking for a quick day hike. This took us about three hours, and we are very inexperienced hikers. We did the Wentworth trail and it proved to be a lot steeper than we expected. It is basically a straight up hike the whole way to the outlook. The outlook provides fantastic views. It's not too much further from the outlook to the false summit. We thought we had reached the top so we quickly ate, but then realized there was a bit further to go. We summited, but had to quickly snap pictures and begin out descent. There were thunderstorms quickly moving in. Going down proved to be quite the challenge. It is basically a climb all the way down, and for those out of shape, and prove to be strenuous on the knees. The trail overall was well marked, but there were two or three points when we weren't entirely sure which fork to take. We were able to figure it out with minimal difficulty though.
I was looking for a trail to run but this was quite difficult. I did a little running but it was too steep and very wet from rain the day before. I fell twice and ended with soaking wet feet. I wondered a few times if I somehow got off the trail but then I'd come across a yellow mark or "stairs" that let me know I was still on the right path. There was SO much water. I'm definitely not an experienced hiker but I've been running for about 4 years. That meant nothing. This trail totally kicked my butt. I feel bad ass for actually going up to the first outlook. I didn't go all the way up but must have been close. It was about 4 miles for me and took a couple hours. It was a great challenging trail overall.
Great Sunday day hike, especially in 1st week of October. I started it at 1015 am and reached summit at about 1130. Pretty rugged terrain. Lots of roots, stumps, and rocks that where we'll hidden under some freshly shed leaves.
I did the Wentworth trail on the way up and did the Mead trail to Guinea pond which wasn't really worth it, but I will head to black mountain pond next time. In all hike took me and the pups about 5hrs.
If you have dogs and limited chore Sundays than this is a great hike for you! Mick, Gilley and I will be back!
Oh and grab a beer and a bite at the corner house on the way out!