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Nice hike path is clear and safe all the way up as far as hiking through rocks and such. Great views had a great time.

hiking
6 hours ago

Great trail for the family. Paved path for about a third of the trail although the accessibility factor is rather limited as the path has some large holes and is rather narrow at times. Great for traditional hiking though. Once the paved path ends the trail is much more natural but still manageable. The view from the summit is great! It took us about an hour up but that included lots of photos and critter spotting breaks!

Been hiking snowy for 20 years, every time we come to Indian Lake. Took our ambitious 6 year old one year which was a bit much for him. Last part is a scramble and some friends we've taken have really struggled, but if you are in decent shape it is not hard. Views from fire tower are worth every step.

Love this hike. Dislike the crowds.

first 2 miles are enjoyable with mostly hard packed dirt, roots, and occasional rocks. the last mile made me almost turn around...we had our boxer dog on leash and she needed to be lifted at times. toward the top it gets really hard to keep on trail. we missed trail to tower to find an even better lookout. on way down, we found tower. I would do this again, with more daylight to enjoy the amazing views. my app and watch said it was over 8 miles.

Great payoff at the top with a fire tower.

First 2/3 of hike is quite easy going. Last 1/3 was a steep incline to the fire tower. Very manageable for us. We had our 11 year old son and Boston terrier with us. Would definitely do it again! Beautiful view!

This hike came as advertised. It was a kind of boring hike up, but the ruins are really cool, the views are great, and we saw a timber rattlesnake. My wife and I have only been getting serious about hiking for a few months and we finished in 2.5 hours, which included a few minutes chatting with some volunteers at the top. Overall,it was a great way to spend a morning.

hiking
10 days ago

Phelps and Tabletop are a good in and out if you want to tackle a couple of the 46 in a day. Visibility on Phelps was very limited but zero wind. Tabletop had very nice views when the clouds cleared. Pretty straight forward climb made more difficult with a full pack. We intended to summit Colden and camp at Lake Colden but a thunderstorm kept us at Lake Arnold.

This hike is not long or difficult but is a little challenging. Some definite climbing on rock and do not ever try hike without proper footwear especially if it’s wet. The trail can be a little confusing at times and you will really need to look for the markers. Some stepper rock climbs in the middle of the trail. The really nice thing about the hike is the sneak peak views you get of the lakes while climbing to the top. Of course the best view is saved for last and the tower is open.

Very muddy today, not the best view, easy to follow

We hiked this back in April. Muddy trails but the top was worth it. There’s awesome abandoned buildings and a tower you can climb at the top. Gorgeous views

My fiance. My 6 year old daughter and i rode our mtn bikes around the loop. We had a blast. It had a fee sections hard enough with clinbs and descents to keep it fun for me. But there was enough easy riding for them. We had a great time and capped it off with a seim at the beach. Id highly recommend this trail!

Great hike for all ages and pups as well! Very easy and short hike. Great for beginners.

Nice trail circling both lakes with options to bear off onto other off lake trails. Pavilions for picnicking and the views of the lake are just amazing. Clear teal water.

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail. Short, a bit steep at times but I my 3yo did it while holding my hand. Can get pretty slick in the rain. Go early to beat the crowds but there is actually plenty of room on the trail.

Great for kids

hiking
15 days ago

Boring all truck road .. top of the fire tower is locked

Did this trail first thing on a drizzly/rainy morning (6:30am). Only ones on the trail for a quick hike to complete the Tupper Lake Triad. Despite the rain, the views were pretty, though not 360 degrees. Enjoyed this hike more than I expected. Would be really easy with kids/dogs.

Easy and mostly flat.

Nice hike for the family. For us, it was easy- not something I’d remark as moderate- as we do a great deal of hikes. We checked in early to beat the rush. It’s a popular hike, especially during peak season. Our son loved it. Had no issues making our way to the fire tower and back in a reasonable amount of time. Going up we passed no one, however coming down we passed so many! If you want to beat the crowd, definitely get there early.

walking
19 days ago

Great little lake. Nice 2.5 mile walk around it. Good beach to hang out at.

Easy, family friendly hike. Did this with our 5 year old - he walked the whole time. The 2 year old did the beginning then hopped in the kid backpack. Nice view on top - top is actually kind of to the side...thought we’d missed it, backtracked and realized we were right after all.

hiking
21 days ago

The first three miles were easy, nothing strenuous. The final push to the summit is steep and very tough! It is nearly a mile of serious climbing. It was a challenge for me, but my son basically jogged up to the summit, arriving 30 minutes before me. The view from the cliff face is spectacular. Push on to the tower about 50yards further, and take in the 360 views. The tower needs a little work, as some fencing was missing from this higher levels, but it’s strong otherwise. We did the climb after 5 days of rain, a little slick and muddy, but not terrible. The descent was difficult in the steepest section, after that it’s an enjoyable walk back to the vehicle. My app said it was 8.1 miles round trip.

greatlittle hike not too strenuous it was long but easy

Nice easy trail for family

The first 1.5 miles are an easy walk through a nice mixed timber forest. There are a few blow downs to hop over or walk around, but nothing troubling. As the elevation slowly increases the trail enters a seasonal stream bed with loose rocks, small and large, but there is a path on the side of most of this portion that is easier. As the trail levels off it would seem that you have reached the top, but this is what is called the “false summit.” Shortly you will begin to descend, which is a psychological bummer, before you start to gain elevation to the actual summit. Just past the remains of the observers cabin the trail gets steeper. It’s a short steep section up to the summit and tower. The tower views are beautiful. Some of the steps on the tower are a bit sketchy, but intact. Overall a great hike, with a couple of challenging sections. Highly recommend. With a generous time at the summit, which I had to myself, I spent a total of 02:53:00 on this trail.

Nice easy hike with wonderful views from the summit and tower.

on Moss Lake Trail

walking
26 days ago

Beautiful secluded lake and nature walk ⭐️

Awesome hike! I suggest you go early bald mountain is very popular! Beautiful view from the fire tower

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