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good day hike. remember to pack enough clothes with elevation change from bottom to the top the temperature and weather can change pretty quickly.

good hike or backpack to the top and camp overnight like we did. better be in good shape to hike this one, nice vertical ascends, some narrow areas plus a few wet areas. take emergency supplies with you if your just hiking, plenty of water, maybe some light first aid. there was only one problem we didn't have enough time to hike more. this is absolutely beautiful you have to see it for yourself. get out and enjoy our state and national parks. we are headed to Colorado next then back to the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains.

An incredible hike! Hiked to the top on 1/15 and it was perfect visibility (we got lucky). All ice and snow had melted and it was even comfortable at the summit. With the government shut down, we parked right outside of the gate, and easily hiked the extra .9 miles in. Round trip it was 6 hours, even with a solid 30 minutes at the top. Definitely worth whatever drive you need to make to get here!

Climbed Table Rock on 1/9/19 with future son in law Jim. Try to climb early January each year to get the year off right. Cold but sunny day. Temp in mid 40s.
Love the climb. Strenuous is correct Well worth the view.

backpacking
2 days ago

Superb uphill hike from Bowlens Creek. Beautiful waterfall scenery at the begining of the hike, midway up you're greeted by a neat flooded mine on the right of the trail, as you ascend the scenery changes from massive trees to smaller evergreens. We hiked in the snow a week ago and it wasn't too hard to navigate. You come out to a spectacular overlook at Celo Knob and continue on the crestoine towards Mt Mitchell from there. The trail is much more narrow on the crest with some rock scrambling here and there (it was very slick and covered in ice when we went) compared to many trails around the area but i personally prefer that on hikes. The winds were blasting over us around 40-50 mph and the Lee side parts of the trail were a relief. This hike is honestly my favorite thus far in the Smokies. Challenging and unique.

It's a steep hike that offers really cool views of the Salt Lake Valley. Not one of my favourites as there's no waterfalls, rivers or lakes to look at. It is doable in winter and I enjoyed myself over all, but it is exhausting fighting all that snow and it delays you. Make sure you have more time than you think you need before sunset. It's dangerous with light-hearted sliding down the steep, slick trail.

Amazing views, the juice is definitely worth the squeeze! This was a game changer for me, my brothers and I completed it in 7 hours

My wife and I hike this trail on a regular basis with our two Golden Retrievers. We all love it!
There are always friendly people on the trail, and we often run into through-hikers of the Appalachian Trail
The views are fantastic!

Good hard hike with the best views I have ever seen besides the grand canyon and I'm afraid of heights so couldn't get to close to the edge. Will for sure do it again! So pretty!

hiking
4 days ago

The ranger was not exaggerating the amount of steps and elevation gain that are involved in this hike but as promised it has some great views. If you have knee hip or ankle issues be prepared for lots of uneven steps maybe consider using poles. We hiked this after a lot of rain so the trail was fairly muddy. No shortage of waterfalls to see on the way up. Lots of large boulders to stop and take a break. For SC this is a great option if you are looking for a challenge. Overall great hike.

As others have said, this is also one of my all time favorite loops summer or winter.

Please take note that sometimes the streams on Falling waters trail can be very treacherous and sometimes raging so much that you cannot, or should not cross.

In the winter if you're planning on doing a loop, I would suggest starting up Falling waters so you can choose to turn around if the streams are too much. Either that or hike for 8+ miles up Bridal, down falling waters only to have to bushwack to the highway to get over the last stream and back to your car.

I hiked this about a month ago and stream crossings were not possible due to heavy snow/rain/melt so we went up and down bridal path which is not ideal but still fun.

This is one of my favorite trails to do soon after it rains. The sound of the river towards the beginning of the hike, paired with the altitude gained is a wonderful experience.

This is one of my all-time favorite loops in New England, White Mountains. I approached from the Falling Waters/ Haystack side, walked the ridgeline over Lincoln, and Lafayette. Don't get half way to Garfield before realizing that the Greenleaf Hut Trail goes down the front face of Lafayette.

There are a couple of risky river crossings with minimal markings on the approach. Nice steady climb up with some steep stuff in the last 3/4 mile to Haystack. Once on the ridgeline, there no little to no cover as you are above the trees for the entire time your hiking over Lafayette and even .6 miles down the face. Winds can pick-up out of nowhere so be prepared for anything.

At the Greenleaf Hut going down, starts the gradual incline picking up to some steep sections .7-1.0 mile down. Near vertical rockfaces are frozen with ice in the winter so microspikes/ crampons are necessary in areas, during the winter. The rest of the movement down is at a moderate grade.

This trail is super fun in the winter, just be prepared. Its not easy, and anything can happen.

great hike beautiful view

Great views at the top! Hikes a good challenge as well, but definitely doable!

Such an exhilarating hike. Although government shut down is still in place we were able to access the park. We parked at the parking lot up the road from the national park HQ pinnery parking lot I believe. Its only an extra .9 miles to the trail head. Totally breath taking. Like others have said the first 1.5 miles are really tough and steep, but after that the inclines of the switch backs are quite moderate nothing too bad at all. A lot of false peaks. Winds were not too bad but there is still a bit of snow at the top. Nothing serious just take your time, and watch your feet. Completed 1/10/19 5hrs 15mins from the parking lot.

lovely day hike. did on 1/5/18. definitely watch out for the upper section of old bridle, super icy in a few spots. broke out my crampons for that. fantastic views. I did the loop clockwise, which i would reccomend, although I think it would be great either direction!

Great hike on a wet and foggy morning. If you are hiking during the wet season, use caution. It gets slick on the rocks!

Gorgeous view at the top about 4.2 miles in. The freeman trail can get a little tricky at points since some of the markers have worn off but just keep an eye out for the light blue and you’ll be fine. Took me 3.5 hours going pretty steadily and only staying at the top for about 20mins. Took me about an hour to get back to my car from the top so keep that in mind if you’re going at sunset. Would recommend a walking stick of some sort if it’s rained recently bc there are many slippery parts.

Great day to do the hike, especially since the state park was closed so not may tourists around. Total mileage was 12.2.

This trail is no joke. It is very strenuous, even for well-seasoned hikers. The view and the feeling you'll get from finishing are worth it!

hiking
10 days ago

Brutal but worth it!

Great, tough hike! I would also recommend microspikes as the snow/ice is now hard packed in areas. Probably for about a mile. I did it in trailrunners and managed, but luckily I had trekking poles. Take it slow, and you’ll be fine. Cheers.

Great trail, get the steep stuff out of the way during the first two miles on a very clearly marked path. Second part is a more interesting trail that involves a bit more scrambling but still all clearly marked.

Woke up at 4 and hiked to see the sunrise. Stunning photos. Lovely experience.

1 star for today’s hike but five stars in general. Will be back.

Attempted this hike today (01/03/19) during the government shutdown :( I’ve done 39 state high points, hiked in the Whites in NH, and done high elevation stuff in UT and NM... this was by far the scariest, most intense hike I’ve ever done. Please be careful if attempting this in inclement weather or wind!! Turned back 1/2 mile from the summit.

The park had been experiencing a crazy weather system the last couple days that made it unseasonably cold (like daytime temps in the teens). Today was the first day of reasonable weather (forecast for visitor center around 45 with winds 10-20 mph) so we went for it. Got first start on the trail and any previous snow tracks disappeared above 6500 feet.

The trail was full of ice with plenty of exposed sections. Wind chill to the teens to twenties. Gusts of wind to 40-50 mph gave the drop off sections (up to 800 feet) the potential for deadly consequences. We had to crouch to stay planted several times. Even with micro spikes I feared I’d be blown off the mountain in certain parts. The wind never abated no matter how many times we turned a corner onto a new face of the mountain.

Hiked down and saw plenty of people attempting in jeans, sweatshirt, and worn out Nikes. I have no idea how they made it that far. If they reached the summit, good on them lol.

Beautiful scenery with amazing views of the desert floor. I’ll be back in the summer to bag this thing. Knowing my luck with Texas weather, it will probably be hurricaning

Started late with my friend at 9:30AM and wasted a lot of time taking pictures. Wouldn't mind doing that again, mad views. The ice was pretty thick and the microspikes were not really holding on at some places. Would definitely advise crampons. Went up falling waters and down old bridle, but old bridle IS REALLY ICY at some places. So climb up that rather climb down.

Anyways had a beautiful sunset at Lafayette, and descended in the dark. Was fun.

hiking
13 days ago

My wife and I knocked this out on a trip to the area. Well worth the work. Suggest leaving early morning and enjoying lunch at the top overlooking the reservoir. Very enjoyable time!

Gorgeous hike. If you are going soonish I would take some microspikes as there are icy areas starting at roughly 7000 ft. The ice isn’t everywhere so crampons would be overkill and not recommended. The summit could use a new log book in case anyone wants to take the initiative! I posted a photo of the current, overloaded one.

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