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Nice hike with a great view. Yellow trail is easier for those looking for an easier ascent, but those looking for a bit more of a challenge should ascent using blue trail as it has some steeper rocks. I wouldn't suggest going down blue trail but its doable.

Beautiful hike! We took the yellow trail up but starting from the Uncas Rd trailhead. That is not mapped here but is shown on the trail brochure that you can get from the Inlet information center. The summit has amazing views especially north to the high peaks region. We followed the loop and took the blue trail down until we merged back to the yellow trail and finished the loop back to Uncas Rd. We didn’t record it but I believe this adds some distance to the hike. The lower loop back to Uncas is peaceful with hardly any other hiking traffic. Bring lots of water and wear good shoes. This was our favorite hike of our trip!

Really beautiful spot, great view
Wanted to do
The loop but couldn't find the red trail from the top
So next time we will start on the red trail

Started at Bisby entrance. Mostly level trail through woods. Once at the southern end of lake there are more challenges. At western side close to the campers ended up on road for a stretch. Nice hike.

Was able to do the whole trail right around 2 hours up and down. Definitely a great trail for the short distance.

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!

Good easy hike with family and small dog!

Hiked this trail on 8-2-18. It is.not difficult for anyone in normal health I was with two 50 that were able to easily complete the trip.
The trail was well maintained. The views are very nice. There is some interesting moss hanging from the trees. More like something you’d see in Louisiana. The top was busy with people chatting and relaxing. The fire tower offered nice views to many lakes and ponds as well as the mountains. I had binoculars with me which mad viewing even better.
I would do this hike again.

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!

on Goodnow Mountain Trail

hiking
14 days ago

A very well-maintained trail with beautiful views from the fire tower. We thought it was perfect; challenging but not too steep. We arrived at 10:30am on a Saturday in early August. The parking lot was half full. When we finished, the lot was nearly full. Out and back took us 3 hours with a leisurely break at the top. We met a lot of friendly hikers. We stopped at the Adirondack Interpretive Center for a picnic lunch on the way home.

hiking
14 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.

hiking
16 days ago

The views from the tower are really good. The trail towards the top gets steep but it's all worth it when you see the views. The trail breaks off on the left after the rangers cabin about 50 yards give or take. The trail was easy to miss due to no markers. It's marked now, with red DEC marker.

Second time up Blue in July. Did this on a Monday morning. Trail was quite busy with families and summer camp groups. Trail etiquette was not very good with lots of candy/gum wrappers, groups with music playing on speakers, failure to yield trail to descending hikers. But I guess that comes with the territory, with a short hike to a fire tower so close to vacationland.

I dashed up the trail and made the summit in 57 minutes, and descended in just about 30 minutes.

on Castle Rock Trail

hiking
16 days ago

This is the 2nd time I have done this hike. The trail is VERY well marked and maintained. The path has a mixed terrain in areas with larger rocks to maneuver. There are two areas with a steeper incline and some people may need an assist depending on their skills/abilities/comfort level. The view from the Sumit is a beautiful sight of Blue Mountain lake.

this was a family day hike for us to Middle Settlement Lake. We brought our dog and hiked the red to yellow to blue trails to get to the lake. very beautiful view of the lake when we got there. we tried to come back by looping to clear pond, but the yellow trail crossed a stream that would have required us to remove our shoes to cross shin deep water and the family voted to come back the way we went in. overall a nice hike, but nothing breath taking.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful hike. Not a fan of climbing fire towers but I did it! Worth every step!

mountain biking
18 days ago

Me and my 6 year old daughter did the trail on mtn bikes. For the most part she was able to ride all of it except the big hill. We had fun. Well marked. More of a hiking than biking trail though.

Started easy then get harder after the cabin. Last 1/2 miles is very steep, almost gain 1000 elevation. Trail easy to follow, no view on top unless climb up the tower. Solid 1 1/2 hike up and 1 hr hike down with fee short stop.

hiking
19 days ago

This was our sons first mountain hike and he loved it. We did the blue trail up which worked out well for him as he LOVED the rocks and the climbing. From the summit we took the yellow trail down which lead to a much more secluded and peaceful hike down. We only passed a few couples hiking up. My husband and I enjoyed the ease of the climb and our son did well with the trails. Make sure you bring water and wear the appropriate footwear!

hiking
20 days ago

I loved this trail. hiked it in July 2018, and it was an easy-to-moderate walk in the forest culminating in an awe-inspiring view. When you get to the trail you get an option of doing it as a back and out or a loop we did the latter, which added a little more distance, but it still took only about 2 hours to finish.

walking
21 days ago

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

One of our favorite hikes near Old Forge. Once you hit the peak, with the view of the Lake on your right, keep walking forward through the trees. The view on the northern side of the peak is unreal.

Boy did this trail kick our butt. We hiked this trail the morning after hiking two high peaks. I thought it would be a nice easy hike before we headed back home, but the second mile and it gets really steep. Your legs really get a work out. It was such a great feeling reaching the summit. We were the only ones at the top and we spent about 30 mins just enjoying the breeze and the views from the fire tower. It was pretty foggy when we first reached the top, but cleared up a bit by the time we hiked back down.

greatlittle hike not too strenuous it was long but easy

Took the blue trail up and yellow down. Beautiful family time

Agree with everyone else pretty much, hiked in the rain so glad we went yellow up. Never did find the survey marker :(

The trail starts easy, though becomes quite strenuous and rocky further on, and is slippery when raining. Views from the peak are some of the best in the Adirondacks, and even when the trail is heavily populated, it never feels crowded. Personally, this is the one trail I'll keep coming back to again and again.

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.

The loop has two well marked trials. The yellow trail is mostly flat until you arrive at the base of the mountain, and then it’s a short but steep climb to the summit. The first open area has some nice views, but the summit is further up he trail. The views are wonderful, and there is plenty of space to sit and relax. We took the blue trail down, which would be the more challenging trail to hike up. The way down is fun, but challenging in a few places. Overall a great hike.

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