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Great views from the top! Nice, quick ascent for a great view payoff!

great view, challenging hike.

I’m going to have to check this place out. For obvious reasons. I’ll come back and update after I’ve seen it.

Strenuous hike but well worth the effort

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike! Didn’t need spikes, but there were some slippery slopes.
Also, Don’t eat the yellow snow

hiking
1 month ago

The trail starts off easy, the grade then becomes moderate, and after that it reaches an overlook with good views east. From there it is a steep and rocky (but short) climb to the summit, which has a fire tower with excellent views in all directions. The descent route passes several overlooks, as well as Balanced Rock.

Starts off easy, gets steeper, with a few stone staircases, the grade eases at the end. There are great, 360 degree views on the summit, stretching up and down the Green Mountains and the Worcester Range. The last time I went, it was 85 degrees (on Memorial Day Weekend) so it was far less enjoyable. However, it is generally an excellent hike.

Love this hike. I’ve hiked it from the bottom, drove up it, snowboarded down it. Just an overall great mountain. The part where the trail turns into the road is great. And the part of the trail from the road to the top of the mountain is great, so many views.

Spikes, my two kids, two dogs, amazing view from summit.

Hiked 2 weeks ago. Lots of snow, made for climbing the rock face very difficult. The trail should have more rope to help during the last part of the ascent.

on Smugglers Notch Trail

trail running
1 month ago

Loved it . It was challenging and fun.

Ideal day for hiking, overcast & 60s. Started from the ASRC, had a little trouble finding the trailhead (it winds down to the left of the loop in the road and behind the building). Very steep for the first mile to Marble Mtn, but Marble gave us the best view of the day. Headed up and over to Esther first, no view but beautiful fog. Lots and lots of mud. Finished on Whiteface, foggy and no view. Saw a hiker who had a Corgi in her backpack, our day-maker for the lack of views at the summit.

We were up & down in about 8 hours, had a group of 4 people with various fitness levels. Definitely one of those hikes where the quality of your hiking boots make or break your experience.

hiking
1 month ago

Icy (wear spikes) but fun to slide on the way down! Super windy at the peak.

Definitely recommend micro spikes and dress warm but the hike is unbelievable, love it!

Incredible views. Best hike I have done on the east coast yet!

hiking
2 months ago

Visit the trail to the summit the 18-02-2018.
Ice condition with about 10 inches on the ground.
The ADK had received a lot of rain in the past days..
Use of boot spikes is recommanded.
I had clear the trail from 3 trees.
Very nice view .
Look the frosty trees on the top to take some good macro picture of the beauty of the nature.

hiking
2 months ago

Snowshoes have packed the fresh snow. A nice meander through pines on a narrow trail. Watch your head on tree leaning over the trail.

Fresh snow covers the ice created during rainy period. Some drifting above 3,000 feet. Light snow today with limited visibility. Summited Esther first, then Whiteface. Saw four backcountry skiers come up the access road, which is plowed and covered in ice. Rigorous hike and quite steep on top. The final 400 vertical feet along the ridge was impressive. Could see alpine skiers dismounting the Summit Quad chairlift. Wind relatively calm today. Started at the Wilmington Reservoir. Noticed most people access the trail from the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, 110 Marble Mountain Ln, Wilmington, NY 12997, which shortens the hike by 1.3 miles.

Great winter hike... view at the top is amazing! Crampons or microspikes are a must!

Nice trail with some terrific views, we met lots of people hiking or skiing on the trail, also three groups of ice climbers in the notch, nice relaxing day in the notch highly recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike with a great view at the beginning and the top. Very icy though, even with microspikes we had some gnarly spills on certain segments.

A great hike. All the other high peaks I have done have started off slow and gradually worked up to a higher incline. This one felt like we were going up the whole way. It did make going down pretty easy though. We picked up some micro spikes before making the hike and I think it was one of the best moves I ever made. About a third of the trail was ice, and the stairs going up to the top were, too. The stairs were extremely windy, so we went back down the ridge from the top. Much easier even with the small ice ledge where it meets the road.

Winter hike was a little more demanding than expected but overall worth the two high peaks you get out of this trail! Don’t forget to plan on it being windy and even colder at the top. The peak buildings are closed during the winter as a reminder. Trail was easy to follow and would recommend.

Beautiful views. Have done in both winter and summer. Great hike!

This was a tough trail and kicked our butts. We ascended with spikes and poles. Unfortunately it was a cloudy day so we didn’t see anything from the summit. We saw a pair of hikers on the way up who told us it wasn’t that much closer to the summit and were discouraged because it still took us quite a bit longer (that was kinda mean lol).

snowshoeing
3 months ago

took the fire tower trail up and 9/10 of the way up 2 ppl from our group turned around because it was very steep and icy. 4 of us made it past the ice. if your not the most experienced I recommend the ridge trail. the ridge trail also had better views. top of the fire tower was amazing.

3 months ago

One of our favorite little hikes and will do over and over again!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike in the winter. A bit of scrambling to get up to the falls. After you pass the falls it's really just a flat forest road. In the winter seems like a snowmobile trail as well.

hiking
3 months ago

We snowshoed up this trail. There was a good amount of snow cover and it was very icy in spots, so you may need crampons. The views at the top are stunning!

Beautiful, difficult trail. You'll feel very accomplished when you reach the summit!

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