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At the beginning of the summer (2018) when I decided to start hiking again, I kept seeing this trail when searching out what hike to do in the area. It was listed as "hard" by AllTrails so I didn't think I should try it right away. After doing the AT up to the top of Greylock last weekend, I figured now was as good a time as any. In reality, this shouldn't be listed as hard. It's a moderate ascent up to the top. The trail is fairly wide most of the way though it does have a lot of rocks you must traverse. Started at the Mt. Washington State Forest entrance and it took me about 1.5 hours to reach the top and that was with stops to enjoy the scenery, take pictures and so forth. Didn't see a soul my entire time out but not sure if that was due to the trail or the weather or both. I got to the top but though the weatherman said the area was supposed to be partly cloudy, it was more than that. The view at the top was disappointing as I have read it has wonderful 360 views. I was also a bit surprised how small the top was really. Don't expect a Mt. Greylock wide open and fairly spacious area. I saw four support bases there and think there must have been a fire tower at one time. The trail is really easy to follow and marked well. It appears it's really just a path that the rain runoff uses than a trail that was blazed and marked for everyone. When you get to just about the top, there is a small cabin. At this point, if you pass the cabin, you can go left or right. Right goes up a little steep incline and that leads to the summit. I'm thinking that if you went the other way, it just continues on to the South Taconic trail.
At the summit, there is another branch off and was not really sure what that was but looking once I got home to do this, it looks like it goes up to Bash Bish Falls a few miles north. For 99% of the way, the trail was marked fine as I mentioned but at the cabin, trail markings are lacking. Got to the top, took pictures and then the rain came. I went back down to the cabin and waited about 15 minutes then descended to the parking lot. I got a little wet but this area is mostly deep woods so the rain wasn't so bad. Don't expect lookout side views on this trail but there are a few nice brooks and waterfalls to enjoy. If it was warmer, there is an area that looks like you could wade in to cool off. A nice hike but could have been better if I waited about 3 hours to start it as once I got back to my car, the clouds started parting and the sun came out, who knew, oh well.

The route on the map leaves from and returns to the Mt. Washington HQ but if you have two cars (as we did), the best way is to park one at the Alander Brook trailhead in New York, then drive your other car up to Mt. Washington and leave from there. A somewhat easier trek up to Alander than leaving from the NY side and you can just keep going downhill after you hit the Alander summit and enjoy the other views on the way down. Amazing views from the top of Alander!

Challenging switchbacks to get up there but rewarded by incredible views from the summit! The cliff lends itself to pretty epic pictures

Absolutely in my top 10! I will say Lincoln Woods Trail is a blessing and a curse, it is a lot of miles of pretty much flat trail which feels like it goes on forever but once you hit that ridgeline it is beyond worth it. Would definitely do this again. You wont be disappointed. We started around 4am and got back to our car around 5pm

I hiked up to Bond Cliff this morning. I started at 7 and arrived at the summit at around 10:35-10:45. While many say the first few miles are boring I quite enjoyed them. You walk alongside a river and have the sound of the running river and birds chirping while you go. The trail is a slow gradual incline the first 4-5 miles. After that there are some steep parts but nothing too crazy. I would say what makes this trail difficult is the distance. It’s 9 miles to the summit of Bond Cliff so by the end of the 18 mile round trip day I was pretty beat. I arrived back at the car at about 15:10. The views at the top are some of the best you will ever see!

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1 month ago

I’m not sure if we went the wrong way but we found this to be mainly flat and were looking forward to elevation; it was steep at the beginning but flattened out and lead to a road with house on it ; didn’t feel like a hike to me: the signs went very clear of where to go either !

Absolutely amazing views from Bondcliff-my favorite by far. We spent a long time there. The trail is flat flat flat forever. I wish we had ridden bikes in and chained them. One smart person did that. It took us about 8 hour soto hit the Guyotte campsite. It was crazy crowded there. There’s a great sunrise from the shelter ( it’s being torn down soon). There’s plenty of water sources. I’m not a huge fan of carrying a 25 pound pack but this hike made it pretty sweet. Only one scramble near the summit of Bondcliff. The ridge hike is sweet.

Beautiful scenery, worth the climb to stand on top of Race Mountain to be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view. Very buggy. Met friendly hikers. Hiking poles a big help.

This trail is one of the best hikes in the Whites, and the views from above treeline are, in my opinion, the best in all the ranges here. It starts out with a 2.9 walk along the Lincoln Woods Trail. Some might call that part boring, and it's true there's no real views. But, it is a great way to loosen up both pre- and post-hike. Even once you're on the Bondcliff, the real elevation gain isn't until the end. Once you start gaining some altitude, there are some really fun scrambles, though not too difficult. Once above treeline, the views begin and never stop. This was 19, 20, and 21 on my NH4000's. I've done all the 5000+ footers, and Washington. To me, for pure eye candy, Bondcliff blows them all away!

Beautiful trail! I followed it to the falls, the summit, and the continued down the AT to a pond, where I was completely alone to enjoy the water.

WOW! Absolutely STUNNING! Worth every minute especially once you hit ridgeline! The first 9miles are fairly flat with elevation gains as you get closer to the treeline. But once you hit that mini boulder scramble get ready for insanely epic views for the entire ridgeline! I absolutely would do this hike again! But I will say if you plan on doing the WHOLE thing start early, this is definitely a summer hike as the days are longer. On the positive because it is fairly flat in the beginning you can deal with a dark walk in or out with decent headlamps or flashlights. Which is what we did, we started at 3:30am and hiked the first 1.5hrs with our headlamps till we could see comfortably without them. Finished around 5:51pm and that was with adding in Guyot at the end of the ridge. And of course tons of pictures. One of the best views so far! We have 31 of the 48 done!

Started at the NET entrance on Old Mountain Rd. There are several south facing trails you can use to break up the hike and these will lead to the east to west trails such as Lithia Springs trail (part of this meanders onto a private drive from Amherst Rd. so I used the main drag to head south to the power line trail which connects to a yellow blazed Lithia Springs.) If you "shortcut" through the Lithia, eventually you connect with the red blazed Dry Brook Trail which will head due west with some confusing intersections so use a compass and do not rush. There are red location ID signs with numbers if you really end up lost. This hike is very strenuous and goes up and down multiple rocky peaks with 1000ft gains and some of the no name shortcuts at the east end of the range are unkept, unmarked and full of loose rocks. The vistas are beautiful but it if you plan on taking the lower trails on the way back be prepared to get eaten alive by biting flies and mosquitos. It's definitely a hike!

2 months ago

Nice trail with a beatiful view.

This was a good hike - strenuous for us. The climb starts almost immediately after the trail split, about a 1/4 mile in. Markers on tree per light blue. Lots of rocky ground and ground with exposed roots. Part of trail to lower falls is through a creek bed with lots of large rocks. Trail might be muddy after a rain. We did not go beyond upper falls after visiting lower falls. Total trip for us was 3 miles in about 2 hours.

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2 months ago

Hiked this from the Lincoln Woods Trailhead... about 12.5 miles up to Mt. Flume and back. Nice challenging hike and lots to see!

Hands down one of the best views of the whites! Boots on the ground at 0730 and made to the summit at 1045 to Bond Cliff, hung put up top for over and hour and was back at the car by 1540. Those who are fairly athletic bond cliff is doable in a day , farther than that or mount bond I would recommend camping . High mileage hike but keep in mind roughly 8 miles of flat hiking for the round trip.

Bring Bug Spray!! I was attacked my mosquitos and biting flies the whole time. It got so bad I had to turn back half way and run so they couldn't get me. As a plus, I saw a porcupine eating leaves in a tree, and the views were very nice.

We wanted to test our limits, and this proved to be our limit. My wife and I turned around a little past Bondcliff because the views are basically the same as Mount Bond. Overall, it was about 20 miles. I would strongly suggest backpacking and setting up camp at the base of the mountain, or the first mile up, to split it into two days. One day will leave you completely drained, trust me. The trail itself is flat and easy for the first 4-5 miles, then when you make the left to go up it remains easy, but gets gradually steeper. Then the trail becomes difficult about 1-2 miles before the alpine. After the alpine it becomes much easier. Overall, it was 9 hours round trip. Even though we were completely drained, the views made up for it.

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3 months ago

Hiked this trail to the end and the short distance on the Ridge to Mt. Flume. Osseo is a beautiful trail, and moderate in difficulty (the hardest part is really the length- 11.2 miles out and back). The monorail is still there in the flat area below the summit, but was easily negotiated. The stairs are snow and ice free. Great trail, fantastic views!

only went to the temple mountain lookout, but a great view and solid trail.

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3 months ago

Too many dogs not on their leash. I don’t mind dogs, just not in my space while I’m hiking.

Okay hike overall. More challenging than it seems like it would be. Some good views but mostly pretty wooded. I got dive-bombed in the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears the entire time by aggressive bugs which was pretty awful and really put a damper on my day. They didn't bother my husband as much though.

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3 months ago

The route I took was a little different but the hike was great and the mountain house was very cool. Check out my full write up along with pictures and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/holyoke/

April 14, 2018 - The trail was not closed and didn't need any repair. No snow, well marked, good trail condition, this was overall a nice trail. However, this trail isn't really "hard", more like a moderate. The gain is spread throughout the whole hike so there is no particularly hard segment. As for the view, maybe it was too early in the season but nothing spectacular. I'm sure it's much nicer when the trees have more foliage. With that being said, it's probably one of the nicest trail around.

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4 months ago

April 13, 2018 we hiked the trail probably a quarter way there was a sign saying the trail is closed past a certain point didn’t want to continue since they closed it for repair. Not very difficult for beginners

Hiked this in October 2017 with my dad who is in good physical shape in his 60s. It was a 60-degree day but felt a bit colder as much as of this trail is shaded. We parked one car on Old Mountain Road off Route 40, then drove to the Notch Visitors Center on Route 116 to park the other car. We crossed 116 and headed east. My dad had no problems doing a 6.2-mile point-to-point of the Seven Sisters with me. He wore jeans and brought poles but didn't really need them. For the first mile or so, we passed lots of people without water or bags, in yoga pants, with their dogs. Eventually, we stopped seeing "those kind" of people and actually would only pass other people every quarter- to half-mile or so. There were lots of steep climbs and descents, a few rock scrambles, several fallen trees, a cool wooden staircase, and about a zillion ladybugs. Once we got to Taylor Notch and the auto road up to the summit, we started seeing more casual walkers again, but this part of the hike wasn't terribly easy. The summit was crowded and covered in bugs, and we still had a long way to go (over 1.5 miles) to our second car so we didn't linger long but the views were amazing. I remember coming here as a kid by car, and this view was much more rewarding having already hiked 4+ miles of somewhat challenging terrain. The last 1.5ish miles - the portion east of the summit house back to where we parked on Old Mountain Road - were much easier but still not something I would do with small kids or anyone not in good shape. Once we left the "woods" and found ourselves on the dirt road, it was almost exactly 0.4 miles back to where we parked. All in all, a great 4.5 hours for two people who only hike 1-2 times a year but are in otherwise good to excellent shape.

pretty easy, nice view at the top

I started out early in the morning. It was a long gentle climb. I was alone at the summit, amazing views, the clouds were below me! Total serenity and peace! I could see all the way to the Catskills! I recommend this hike

I hiked this route yesterday morning starting at 7:30 am. The sun rising, and not another soul in the woods. The snow gives the forest a whole new look. I loved the trail!. The minimal snow depth made micro spikes a serious challenge when on a slope, and they made rock contact. I had several close calls. I can't wait for Spring so I can bring my wife!

Beautiful waterfalls!!! Stunning views from the Ridgeline!!!

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