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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.

Amazing hike. Trail was very packed down and easy to follow. It gets really steep after you cross Phelps brook. The approach to the summit above tree line was very technical and needed concentration and skill. Very steep and icy at some points. Once you reach the summit the views are amazing but the wind makes it so you cant stay very long. Overall the hike was long but gradual and well worth the views.

This is a good hike,but be prepared. we hiked yesterday (8/1/18). We started at 1am and I would recommend starting between 12-1am (especially if you are planning on hiking at a 10 hour or slower pace!). The views are amazing and hiking with the moon is really cool. The way the weather is I would recommend leaving the top by 10. The 3.5 miles on the crest take a while and is dangerous when the storm starts. The last water is on switch back 23ish. It's good clean water right from a spring. If it rains the trail rivals any major water park. The trail will become a river. It rained while we were on the switch backs and you will get wet. The puddles are unavoidable. I had fun hiking and splashing on the way down in the rain. I loved this hike and would do it again.
This mountain is not a joke, if you are hiking do research, train before you go, and bring all the proper gear (a good rain coat) Be Safe and have fun.

Short hike from the lower parking lot but very steep. Really gets the heart rate up. If your looking for a good 20 min cardio then go for it. Add a heavy backpack to make it more intense going up. The coming down part is a bit tough on the knees, but that just me. It's paved the whole way. Beautiful view from the top.
Happy hiking.

Nice easy trail. No views from the top- it is a clearing in the forest. The stone patio in the shape of Arkansas with the river and different geographic areas represented by different stones was neat to see but you may not appreciate it unless you look to see it. My kids got excited about the geography representation in the patio there.

hiking
9 days ago

This was the hardest trail I've ever done and I was notably unprepared. It's really not anything you can physically train for in my opinion. Its not a muscular thing, its definitely and elevation thing. I did this hike yesterday and today my muscles feel great, so its not that kind of strain. I've been doing 4000 footers in New Hampshire and some US high points, where you gain 4000+ feet of elevation, but let me tell you, elevation sickness is no joke. This was my first time breaking 10k feet and I noticed even at the visitors center haha. I felt out of breath, dizzy, nauseous and exhausted the entire hike. Breaks help but only a little. I usually dont even drink the 2 liters I bring on other mountains but I drained 3Ls half a mile from the summit. Bring more food and water than you think you need! It took me about 5.5 hours to reach the summit, be prepared for cold and wind! That being said, I learned the hard way that elevations effect me, hopefully you're luckier than I am :)

A great trail, up to the saddle - at which point it becomes a search for the correct route. Be prepared for a couple of false summits and a glorious view from the top. If you hit it early enough in the summer (4 am), you'll have the whole mountain to yourself on the ascent. Round trip can be run with a bit of effort in under 3 hours, but it's nice to give yourself enough time to enjoy the views and allow for at least 5.

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

Hiked the trail round trip in about 7 hours. Beautiful trail and amazing view at the top! 95% of the trail is uphill, so bring plenty of water and be prepared for quite a workout.

hiking
10 days ago

Great short hike, but bummed that there is no view at the top.

10 days ago

Just FYI, I’m not a pro hiker.

I did this hike solo and trail is mostly easy to follow but got a little off trail at the last ~1mi, I didn’t see where the trail resumed after ‘Park 3’ (probably bc I’m not great with directions and I took a quick detour ~.25mi to take a peek at the mysterious lake, pretty cool, no swimming). Its mostly uphill, so it’s not for the weary hearted/minded. I went in January and was welcomed with clear skies and crisp wind to keep you cool throughout your ascent. It even stayed clear throughout the night +nearly new moon which was clutch for observing the Quadrantid Meteor shower. BRING LAYERS/BEANIE/GLOVES for the summit if you plan to be there after 3pm! I started in a tank and added a layer probably every 2,000’. At first summit will be refreshing but it gets cold up there. I’m not much of an experienced hiker so I took plenty of breaks (this is my first hike breaking 10,000’), but it’s definitely a doable struggle for the able-bodied and strong-willed. Altitude sickness didn’t hit me, it was mostly my endurance that slowed me down. I got a late start and I t took me about ~<7hrs (you can probably crush it in 5 if you’re badass) and I made it right before sunset! If you love astrophotography, the VIS is a good place to stay after your hike to observe the cosmos. I recommend the picnic tables off the side of the building to minimize cars/headlights distorting your view. I did this hike to test my abilities. Im glad to say that I did it but I’m on the fence about doing it again (definitely not alone though).

hiking
10 days ago

group of us did this hike several years ago in the summer! the views and weather were great, but the pond at the base of the summit was quite cold to swim in. would love to do it again when I visit the east coast.

Pretty neat trail for all ages. It was pretty wet the day we went so hiking boots were nice to have keeping feet dry.
Met some interesting people while there. Probably would be better to see in the spring or fall. Very thankful to the private landowners who make this high point available to the public.

hiking
12 days ago

One of the most amazing experiences! Love the hike. Very hard as I was not in such good shape.
I loved the 360 degree views this place has to offer. It was cold in the morning and evening... but as we got to the top the sun shined on us and kept us warm... Not to mention the activity.
Highly recommended to train prior as much as possible and be prepared for the high elevation effect!

I did it today and started at 7 am hiking.Was a nice day, took me 4 hours 50 min for 18 km. I would do it again and would even start 30 min earlier to enjoy the sunrise higher up

Good to do to claim the rights of having been to Louisiana's high point. Actually not a bad little trail.

Who doesn't want to hike to the highest point in Colorado?!? Several false summits, but well worth the effort.

We found this to be a strenuous hike. The trails were well marked but, white markers are tough to see in the snow. Parts of the Hopper Trail were a sheet of ice. I wore crampons for miles. Yesterday’s rain froze much of the trail, where it wasn’t flooded. The view from Greylock was breathtaking. We could see the wind turbines, and although I typically dislike monuments on top of mountains (Think High Point, NJ), the monument on Greylock is simply beautiful. We wished the lodge was open. There was an open composting toilet at the top of the Hopper trail. In summary, leave extra time and spikes are a must.

hiking
16 days ago

Did it to say I stood on the state's highpoint. Nothing spectacular.

Absolute best view you can ever have in New York State 2 of my friends and me just completed it yesterday on December 29th, 2018 it took us a total of 5 hours and 36 minutes up and about 5 hours down. Absolutely amazing hike. We have not done another high peak ever so this was incredibly difficult for us but we did it. The summit average temp was at -20°F with winds somewhere around 8mph it was amazing I highly recommend this to anyone with experience.

This was an amazing and quite difficult hike! The trail is easy to follow in good weather, but be prepared for the weather changing at altitude. We had sunny skies all the way up, but faced sleet and near whiteout conditions on the way down. We chose to follow the road down to make sure we wouldn’t get lost if we did face a whiteout. The views are worth the effort. Would do again!

hiking
18 days ago

My wife and I hiked this yesterday, December 27, 2018. We started at 9:45 and finished by 6. To our knowledge we were the only folks up there all day. It was quite an experience and I want to share a few tips / things we learned.

First, make sure you hike with good weather. For us, the weather was pretty gnarly. The high at the base was in the 20's which was actually great, but the summit was below zero (not counting windchill) and there were 40 mph winds. We had about 4 upper-body layers each and used 3 on the summit and were pretty comfortable temperature wise. However, the visibility was 15 yards max above the treeline and snow drifts made the trail harder to follow. Bad visibility and a blizzard made the last 1.5 ish miles extremely unpleasant and honestly pretty dangerous. We got to the summit at 3:30ish. We snapped a photo but then left to try and beat nightfall.

Second, if you're doing a winter ascent, wear crampons!!! I would recommend Kahtoola K10's since they work with any pair of normal hiking boots. I would not try it with yaktrax or microspikes. You don't need special winter boots but I'm sure they wouldn't hurt.

Third, find a way to keep your food and water warm. Our insulated CamelBak lines froze above the treeline so our insulated nalgene was all we had to drink on the way down. Our food also froze, so keep that in mind. Throwing a hand warmer in a sock with a Clif bar would have probably worked well, looking back.

Fourth, eat before you're hungry and drink before you're thirsty. Those two things are the best way to prevent altitude sickness if you're not used to higher elevation.

Overall, it went alright but we were pretty mentally beat up by the end. Neither of us actually got sick or any kind of frostbite which was. That said, the trip could have easily been a disaster with the conditions. There were a few spots on the saddle where the snow drifts just dropped off. Sheesh.

I just want to stress that you shouldn't do it in a sub-zero blizzard unless you really know what you're doing. We actually lost the trail below the treeline on the descent because the snow drifts hid our tracks and we lost the yellow ribbon markers. Ended up walking down the ski slope instead which was actually a blessing haha.

Hope this helps and good luck!

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful day. Great views. Recommend micro-spikes for winter ascents. Ice covered sections of the trail near the top. I also have to question that 10.4 mile out and back rating. It's more like 13 to 14 miles. Definitely on the difficult side but well worth the effort.

nice little loop trail, not a in and out trail and not maintained the best

Amazing views. Went here mid June, we camped at William's lake the night before and in the morning made our way to the top. Was a bit cold at the top due to the winds so bring a good jacket even in the summer. The hike is not beginning friendly so make sure you have a bit of experience hiking steep rocky trails. I would recommend trekking poles. We are from Chicago and didn't have much experience with the elevation. So we took it slow towards the top due to the elevation change. overall an amazing hike would love to explore other trails in the park.

The trail is steep and can really show you if you’re out of shape! It’s so worth it, my husband and I went back several times to take in all the North GA views!

brutal up and back. wear sunscreen and be prepared to deal with the elements and altitude sickness. totally worth the views at the top and the feeling of accomplishment when you make it back at dusk.

Hello all,
I am planning to do that trail on next Saturday (the 22nd), weather looks good to do it. I will drive down from Santa Cruz on Friday and start the hike on Saturday. I still do not know if I want to do it in one day or two days and sleeping at Trail Camp. I am looking for people to join me. Open to suggestion. Thanks. PM @ theoche_83@hotmail.com

Road to the top was closed so we (my dog and I) hiked to the top. We hiked up the road then up the trail from the visitor's center. Very snowy, icy, and a lot of limbs were down. But we had the place to ourself. Gorgeous!

1 month ago

We did it on October 19th 2018, there was snow on the trail so we had to use spikes. Since it was my first high altitude hike did the telescope peak in death valley day before to get acclimated. Trail is beautiful but you won't have lot of time to enjoy the views if u want to finish the hike on time. Started hike at 3:30am summited around 1 PM and finished it around 8:30pm. I carried 4 litter of water but hardly used 2 liters since I don't drink that much water on my hikes but would recommend carrying 4 liters. One of hiker from our team ran out of water ended up headind back since he couldn't find water on the trail.

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