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It was beautiful although definitely strenuous and for experienced hikers.

amazing!!! rock climbing a good majority of the trail but worth it!!!great views challenging!!!

Very rocky down but nice. We got lucky that it was such a nice day.

Absolutely stunning, worth every steep incline that makes your knees want to give out.

The only word of caution I have, is if you have any type of joint difficulty going back down will be very slow moving. Leave yourself way more time than you think you will need. Overall it took us 9.5 hours with probably an hour break total to enjoy the view in several locations. Even with KT tape and walking poles, my bad knee slowed us down to take about 4 hours to get back down the bridle path. BRING HEADLAMPS/FLASHLIGHTS, or leave at the crack of dawn if you're at all concerned about an old injury slowing you down. We ended up in the pitch dark for the last two hours. Terrifying, but worth it.

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22 hours ago

Gorgeous but challenging hike, with truly unbeatable views at the top. Plenty of opportunities to rest along the way. Finished the full loop in about 7 hours as mildly experienced hikers. Some specs:

If you're commuting from Boston it takes about 2 hours to get to the trailhead. Get there early - we arrived on a Saturday at 9:30 am and had to park about .2 miles down the road as parking lots were full. When we were leaving we saw cars parked as far as like .75 miles down.

As others have mentioned, bring lots of water. For 2 people we consumed almost 6L water. There is a cute hut about 2/3 of the way down which you can stop at to refill, but make sure you have enough to get to that point. The hut has some baked goods, soup, and lemonade which you can buy for cheap (cash only). Bring proteiny snacks too (duh).

Hiking shoes/boots are strongly recommended! My boyfriend wore a pair of oldish Nikes and was hurting by mid-way. Also there are a lot of parts where you have to strategically tip toe down rocky ledges so good traction and ankle support are highly beneficial.

Other than that just a beautiful hike! The hardest part is the initial 3 hours to the first peak, which is counteracted by gorgeous waterfall views along the way. There are challenging parts beyond that but not as long. When we went it was about 75-80 degrees and sunny and there were not a lot of bugs. Very crowded but everyone was nice and accommodating.

This hike was everything I could have hoped for. We hiked Mt. Mitchell in NC two weeks earlier, and this hike was much more difficult and much more rewarding. We are solid hikers, but struggled through the last mile and reached the top in 3.5 hours. Weather was beautiful and we spent over an hour at the top eating lunch and enjoying the views. Very overcrowded at the top due to auto road and cog railway, but it couldn't detract from what we had accomplished!

Epic! Perfect weather, unbelievable views, almost 2 mile section on exposed ridge, challenging, CROWDED! Hiked it with 2 German Shepherds, they did well, but needed help in a couple spots on the way up falling waters trail and a section on the ridge up to Lincoln. Bring lots of water - you'll need it! If you're going to take on this challenging hike, make sure to do it on a clear day so you get the reward of the breathtaking views. That's a lot of work to get up there and be stuck in the clouds... we finished in just over 7 hours, with decent stops on each peak and at the hut.

Took me way longer than expected lol. Also did 10 miles when it says it is 8 but stuck to the trail. Bring lots of water and lots of cardio. Amazing views but is very challenging!