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awesome steep climb. Only bring your dog is he's a good climber. One of my favorite hikes!!

A nice moderate intro to Catskills hiking with an honestly arduous climb to the summit, stunning views, a fire tower to play on, and gothic-like ruins of an abandoned hotel to ponder. Do continue another 1.5 miles to serene Echo Lake for its beauty and hiking variety. The downside: the trail to Overlook is more ho-hum gravel road than true trail (undergoing machine grading when I visited), and trailhead parking can be challenging during busy hiking times.

its is a tough trail going up and going down! yet its beautiful when you reach the top!

The trail was muddy in spots due to rain the night before. The day was sunny and cool. The summit offered limited views but there were views prior to summit. iWe had planned to hike on to Cornell but instead took an alternate trail (East Branch) for some nice views during our descent..

Did this today with my two kids aged 10 and 13. Had an awesome hike. We forgot to bring water but some nice fellow hikers were kind enough to share with us. Thanks to Louise Hay and positive affirmations (had been listening to Louise in the car to the trailhead and my daughter did affirmations on water literally two minutes before some strangers offered water unprompted).

Lovely moderate hike. We we to take-in the beginning of the Fall and see the foliage. We started at the North Lake ground, as suggested, and followed the Blue trail to Artist Rock and Sunset Rock (both amazing views). Then continued all the way up to North Point. That was an amazing spot to sit and take in the stunning views. We followed the red trail back down through the forest, which was also pretty great. Note that the red path finishes on the road, and you have to walk on the road for 10 minutes to complete the loop.

Amazing view from the top of the fire tower

Beautiful views, tough trail. Very muddy, and one particularly steep section (read: you must climb up a rock face). Overall, this trail is dedicated to my trekking poles, without whom I would have face-planted many times.

We also went up twin mountain from here: highly recommend. The view from there is breathtaking.

Loved! Definitely challenging, but a good challenging.

Great hike. Challenging. Be in shape!

Map indicates going up and returning on the white trail. Best to return on the yellow trail. Trail maps were available at the start of the trail, just before the car tunnel.

It is a little strenuous but the views are amazing. The fall colors are just starting and in about two weeks, it will be wonderful! It was a beauty day for hiking today. There were so many people on the mountain, it was unbelievable!

Absolutely loved this hike, the views are beautiful. I'm not very active unfortunately, and I definitely pushed myself a bit, but I did the hike in 2 1/2 hours. I highly recommend giving it a try !!

beautiful at the top you can see for ever

This was my first hike and pretty challenging for a newbie. #1TIP wear comfortable shoes and clip toe nails beforehand. The incline and decline on the rocks will do a number on your feet. Sunday morning hike (9 am) didn't see much of a crowd. The trail is about 1.5 hours from New York on the Metro North(BEACON STATION). You'll need to take a cab ride from station to trail roughly (5 mins). The view and experience is well worth the hike.

Steep and Rocky. Great late afternoon hike to get the sunset against storm king.

This trail is absolutely lovely — it has just about everything you could want in a short 5-7 mile hike. This is one that I could do over and over again. Artist’s Rock (almost right at the trailhead) and Newman’s Ledge are essentially the same view — but Sunset Rock is the real star. There is a terrific variety of views and terrain / landscapes (blue and yellows offer some tremendous views / scrambles to start while the reds offers some wet deep forest action). Note that there are certainly some steep climbs / descents that require hand usage to scale; especially if you are taking the loop all the way to North Point.

We started on the Blue Trail from the North Lake parking lot (note that the trail head is just ahead of / before the parking lot entrance). It tends to get somewhat busy so I would recommend getting on the trail before 10/11am or so. While there are some moderately challenging sections, it is an awesome hike for folks all along the skill spectrum.

Tip: All of the scenic lookouts are along the first blue / yellow sections of the trail if that is what you are specifically looking for.

Amazing views!! Go in a few weeks for an breathtaking view of Fall foliage!

beautiful place to enjoy with family

Amazing trail and views. Challenging climb but worth the effort.

Amazing elevation and breathtaking views. This trail has so much to offer depending on what color trail you choose. If you start off on the white near the train station it is very vertical for certain stretches. The difficulty is part of the fun! Take your time, be safe, enjoy the views and take pictures. You will never forget the views! Life changing!

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13 days ago

Awesome trails, gorgeous views! The rock scramble is hard but worth the effort!

Pretty view. Not a very difficult jaunt for more experienced hikers

on Slide Mountain Trail

18 days ago

very nice trail. I love it!

This was a great hike. Strenuous at times (I agree with those who say it's more moderate/hard) the view was worth it and the Forrest itself was beautiful!

Very cool waterfall! A great place for a picnic to chill and watch the falls. Like others mentioned, not a "hike", but a cool, quick stroll.

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