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The trail up is pretty bland and boring— not too much to see. It was just gravel all the way up. The top of the fire tower was locked when we went up which was a bummer. If there were no hotel ruins to explore I would say it’s not too worth it. The overlook was nice but I’ve seen better views on top of other mountains.

Overall a nice hike with fantastic views from the tower. The east trail is short, .6 of a mile, but not terribly steep. The north trail is slightly longer, 1.2 miles, but provides a much steeper climb. It’s sad to see the old caretakers cabin in such poor shape and covered with graffiti. The tower is in good shape. I also did the trail to Stewart and Indian Lakes, which was a nice time. A pleasant hike, and a nice workout!

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2 days ago

One of my first mountains that I hiked. It was challenging for me and the last half mile was intense. But the view was worth it. Just over 2 hours to complete the climb!

Hiked this trail with my husband and two dogs this weekend. This was the first trail we’ve ever taken them on and the path is really even gravel. I think what makes this trail other than the views is the extremely friendly volunteers at the top.

quite boring, same from top to bottom your walking in a washed out dirt road with gravel & stones I rate it eases but bad on your knees won't be back

Always a great hike with a wonderful view of the Adk and Lake Champlain.

The new trail is very nice. I did the RT in 5 hours, with an hour of that on the top. This may be the only trail I've hiked where it took me the same amount of time to go down as to go up. Also, none of my activity trackers got this at 7.1 miles. My trackers varied from 8-8.4 miles, and I DID pause them when I got to the top. I wasn't able to find the USGS marker--anyone know where that is? I would probably rate this as moderate as it seems to compare well to the other fire tower hikes in this distance range, at least witht he new trail.

the hike was excellent but I'm not sure I'd call it easy. it was mildly difficult. I found it to be harder than sleeping beauty mountain, but it could be due to the heat of the day. The fire tower is really where the views are at. We couldn't get into the top tower since it was locked but we climbed the stairs all the way up. you can see to VT easily. it's gorgeous

great hike. not too hard at all. nothing exciting on the trail, just a gravel trail that goes up. once you get to the top the views are beautiful from both the tower and the rock ledge. nothing too crazy but the views are definitely amazing

Great hike. Did on 9/16/2018 with 7 kids age 5-11. 1:40 to the top and 2:30 down the lake side and around through the ponds.

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4 days ago

Fantastic fire tower views from the central part really the heart of the Catskills. Did round round on four hours yes per other reviews there were slippery rocks and the descent took as long as the climb. No sightings of rattlesnakes but the group prior to us saw a bear. Really an old road type trail much easier than ADKs though. Hint be sure to go when the FT cabin is open. No view from the ground. The view from cabin compared to top step is very significant so really time it when an observer is there.

nice, quick walk. not to steep. pet friendly

awesome light hike with a very rewarding view at the fire tower and the overlook just past the fire tower. not to mention the hotel ruins which are very very cool! Bathrooms are at the top as well

We took the new path up & down. Very gradual incline, no technical portions, the trail crew did an excellent job. We thought the old path would be barred, but it's there and accessible and we saw people use it. Took us 4hrs total, w/o the stay on top. Only 1 or 2 views going up - you really need to get to the top for the reward!

7 days ago

Nice trail, marked well. Only real challenge is the dirt road that takes you there. SUV is more appropriate than a car!

Part of the fire tower challenge. Quiet hiking day as no one else had logged in. Short hike with enough incline to make you work. Nice views limited by the low cloud cover. Interesting “Rock puzzle” just off of the trail and boulder at the top.

Perfectly lovely trail. Get there early for parking lots of people. Nice visit to the top. Went with a two year old German Shepherd and there was no problem at all. Fairly easy all the way.

Good hike. I did the lake trail first and then the mountain to the summit and fire tower.

Craig’s review excellent—nice hike-could see the wind turbines in the distance on Tug Hill plateau-mostly vast wilderness!

Great views-big crowds-go early. Trail could be better marked to avoid trail widening and herd paths which are both prevalent.

Hiked this in early may. There was still snow, but it was warm (70s by afternoon). There had been a rainstorm the night before, causing the rocky ascent to be pure ice after the first mile. It was amazing at the top, though.

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10 days ago

Did this on 8/18/18. Nice new trail work, lots of information and clearly marked paths. Easy, quick hike to the top and the fire tower was open with a steward available for questions. It was VERY busy. Lots of large groups, lots of families with kids (kid-friendly hike), but also a large group of 20 or so people. Due to popularity I probably would not return unless it was off season.

This was our very first hike in the Adirondacks and we really enjoyed this trail. It starts off pretty easy which was a great warm up as it gets progressively more difficult and steep as you go! We really surprised ourselves and made it to the top. We only passed a few people along our hike and they were coming down on our way up. No one signed in after us and we ended up having the peak all to ourselves for the afternoon.

Decided to actually attempt our first mountain peak on the wife’s 29th birthday. The last mile or so got rather intense, but the pay off was definitely worth it.

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10 days ago

What an enjoyable hike
First two miles are a pleasant walk in the forest when you get two miles in the last mile is more difficult but nothing too difficult
Lots of moss and spots that look like fairies belong there
The tower was recently restored and VERY tall
Not crowded got there at 945 am and just one other car
Only encountered three other groups of people the whole day
I give this trail two thumbs up

Loved this hike! We started at the trailhead, following the red DEC discs up to the (unimpressive) summit. Trail was wide, and clearly marked; fairly gentle to start, but eventually became quite steep. Descended along trail on south side of the summit; single-track, slightly overgrown, steep in places. Blue trail is clearly marked with DEC discs, and offers a nice stroll through the woods past the ponds. Yellow trail to the left takes you back towards the trailhead.

Well worth the effort , view from the tower is awesome

Pretty easy hike for the towers up this way but nice views at top especially on a blue bird day get out and enjoy this 1

This hike is easy to moderate depending on your fitness level. According to my pedometer app, it was 1.5 miles from the trail head to the fire tower. The path is well worn and quite easy to follow, and is marked with trail markers as well. It took as 45 min to go up with very little stopping. If you need to go at a slower pace, it may take a little over an hour ( going up). As for gear, we wore hiking shoes but you could safely use good sneakers..There aren’t many views of mountains until you climb the fire tower at the top- and WOW! Just beautiful!

Views from the top were great, and it was a good workout to get there. There is another, longer approach from a nearby town called Willow. It is supposed to be a more scenic approach, however parking can be tricky. I would like to check that way out some time.

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