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Went this past weekend, snow on the ground most of the way, nearly a foot at the top. Great hike, just the right length, and amazing view from the summit.

Hiked on November 3rd. Absolutely beautiful trail. A couple tricky mini scrambles, that would've been less tricky if they we're as wet and slippery. Views are amazing, as expected. A bit of snow closer to the top.

poorly marked or no markings in 3 different sections, fallen trees and debris makes it easy to get turned around.

An exceptionally beautiful area and stunning views. The tower and summit were frozen and with ice along the upper parts of the trail on the rock scrambles, microspikes are a necessity. A great hike all around.

A great hike that would’ve been a lot easier had it not been for the frequent mud jumping. The views from the tower were stunning and I even saw a guy hiking in sandals

Great hike on a gorgeous day after leaves have almost entirely fallen. We went up on the new trail & down on the old one. Surprised that the snow increased from a dusting at the trailhead to as much as 3" midway up, but it was sunny & calm. Made for great photos at the snow-frosted summit overlooking the brown trees & blue lakes in the surrounding plains. The fire tower had 2" wind-blown frost crystals on the edges, but was not slippery. Does anyone have a reference for the old ski trails?

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16 days ago

Snowy, muddy and slippery today but still a great hike. Gradual climb with lots of bridges and stairs.

We did this hike in possibly the worst weather conditions. Pouring rain so bad the trail became a stream. At the top it was mixed rain and sleet. On a nice day I would rate this trail moderately easy, under the conditions I did it in , it was all but easy.
I would do this again when conditions are favorable.

Did goodnow today. Very nice hike. Fire tower was in good shape. Nice view :)

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike and great view but giving 4 stars because I don't think it was all that dog friendly towards the end. My dog and I hike a fair amount and run trails all summer too, so we are not inexperience.

It was much too cold to cross Lake Jimmy on the submerged planks so we took the nice little side trail around it. The first 40min or so were quite easy although a bit muddy. Snow appeared after that and then about 50min into the hike it got hard. Maybe the last half mile or so was scrambling up fairly steep rocks and my dog had a hard time figuring out where to go. We did make it up and I'd say it was worth it, but I'm not sure if I would do it again. You can see some pictures on insta if you are curious https://www.instagram.com/p/BpVsOZvg6L0/?taken-by=ihavesmallhands

An excellent hike! This newly rerouted trail (3.4 miles one way) is AMAZING in terms of footing and markets. It is well marked with red DEC markers. This is a very moderate hike, which meanders much of the way through hemlock groves and beaver ponds before peaking up to a bald summit. Note: on the summit there is a rather bold chipmunk who immediately ran up my boot when I sat down. Please, do not feed wildlife, as he clearly had been fed by hikers! Be sure to remember which way you came from, as there are no markers, blazes, or cairns on the summit, and there is another trail off of it.

Great hike! Easy to find trail head and well marked trail. Really nice views from a couple of spot on the way up and amazing views from the top. The fire tower was also quite fun to climb. Very windy and almost unbearably cold on the fire tower but worth the view! My dog and I had a great time on the mtn

Actually icy spots on the trail today. Time to start getting the winter gear in the pack. Very enjoyable hike. Some steeps but not too long. Great views from the tower. The communication towers nearby detract from the natural beauty although it is nice to have a signal.

Great hike, good family hike.

hiking
28 days ago

Great view from the fire tower!

An easy hike I’ve been doing since I was little with my family. Beautiful views and the tower is pretty cool!

Beautiful hike with great views!! Heavily trafficked, but still worth doing!

old trail a 5 maybe new one a 3 light snow on top

Way way too busy. Can’t enjoy the hike or the summit. Another victim of its own success. Parking lots and sides of road over run with cars. Inconsiderate people plying music and partying in summit. Not fun at all.

Breathtaking views at the summit and several points on the way up as well. The trail is clearly marked and well traveled. Steady uphill climb with some rocky parts to keep it interesting. I went to see the fall foliage and was not disappointed in the slightest!

Great hike, excellent views the whole way

hiking
1 month ago

10/13/18 Trail was covered in the changing leafs but pretty easy to follow. The top of the tower was so beautiful. Saw a rainbow on the top! Must go for sure!

the leaves and recent rain made this steep trail very slippery in spots but the view was beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

This was our 3rd fire tower, and by far the easiest. 80% of the trail on the way up is downhill.

It was fun for my fire year old to see the road from the firetower, then try to find the firetower form the road on our way home.

We also did the hike on national mushroom day, so that was the main focus of the hike (seeing who could find the most mushrooms. And there were a ton of different cool ones to see).

If you are starting your child (or yourself) out hiking, this is a fantastic place to start.

This was our 2nd Fire Tower and our favorite so far. We brought along our friends, so we had 2 five year olds, who handled it fine. This was the steepest fire tower we have done yet, but there are plenty of cool spots along the trail to stop, take a break, and explore.

View is fantastic. Make sure that you take the foot path to the right when you are at the summit to go over the the balancing rock.

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1 month ago

This was the 1st Fire Tower of the Fire Tower Challenge for my boy and I. He had just turned 5 when we did it, and he had no trouble.

Fairly short and has a fantastic view. I think i was lucky that this was the first mountain that we did, because he loved it, and it made him want to come back for more.

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This was the 4th fire tower challenge for my 5 year old an I (brought the wife along on this one).

Day was wet, so that along with the leafs covered rocks and ankle breaker roots made for slow going. Took us 2h up and 1.5h down.

There is one section near the top where you enter an evergreen grove that is covered with hanging moss. The day we did it the mountain top was fogged in. When we entered this section my boy stopped us and said "it looks like we are on another planet". He was right.

The fire tower is super tall, unfortunately for us, we did it on peak color change, but had no view.

We will probably do this one again on our way to completing the fire tower challenge, just so we get to see the view.

Nice hike to the top, Did it in about a hour!! Beautiful views love fall!!

The hike is a perfect balance of relaxation and challenge, only 2 hours away from Montreal. The last third of the path is a bit more exhausting, but nothing too intense. Very well maintained path, parking and trail easy to find. Path was quite muddy when we did the hike on this fall day, but still totally doable, even for kids. Unfortunately, it was too cloudy and foggy so we had no view at all once at the summit, but we still had a good time. I'll definitely come back on a sunnier day!

Great hike. Great view.

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