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very much a disappointment . 4.5 hours round trip and was hoping for breathtaking views. all you can see from the top is big pine trees. what a waste . been on much better hikes than this that offered so much beauty . just before you get to the top you can see a little of the mountain ridges across but mostly obstructed

Easy to follow, beautiful view at top

My husband and I hiked the loop with our dog, camping overnight at Jimmy Dolan Notch. There's been a lot of rain this month, so there was water everywhere, little creeks and waterfalls. We came up via the eastern leg of the loop. It started off fairly easy, but turned into one of the tougher hikes we've done. Several spots where our dog couldn't make the jumps (he's got stubby little legs), and we had to ferry him up the rocks or carry him up balanced on one knee as we pulled ourselves up with tree roots. Not easy with our packs on. Between the challenge of the dog and the fact that our camp stove crapped out on us, we had to call our trip a little short, and we just hiked back down the next morning via the western leg. The descent was easier, the elevation change was definitely steadier on the western side of the loop.

Overall, this was a gorgeous, well-marked hike, and we fully intend to come back (without the doggo) and try it again. Challenging, beautiful, and well worth the drive from NYC.

With overnight gear, this is a trek. Don’t pay attention to the mile markers on the trail - use your gps. Plenty of mis cues. Be prepared for serious ascents and technical descents. Kind of a blast but a mother ef for sure.

We completed the Slide-Cornell-Wittenberg out-and-back starting from the West. Mostly an uphill hike on the way to Slide Mountain. Between Slide mountain and Cornell Mountain there are some rock scrambles and climbing that is required. Overall, a really nice trail with some great views as long as the clouds don't roll in.

Great hike beautiful view just before Table and awesome view Ashokan high peaks at the summit of Peekamoose when you get to the rock look for the trail on the left side coming up from denning road

I hiked this yesterday. Lots of wet stream-like areas and fist sized rocks on the way up. Trail gets sandy/ gravelly with some pretty views above the 3500 feet marker. You know you are almost to the summit when you see the blue trail leading off to the right, then the concrete block remnants of a fire tower, then a stone wall foundation THEN the rocky outcropping summit. around the front of the rock is a plaque commemorating John Burroughs. I took the blue trail down...not as pretty but there are 2 cool rock formations (one with a view) and one with pretty dripping moss and mini caves. All together (including my stay on top) 4 hours.

Hiked Suagloaf, Plateau, and some of Twin last year. If you're looking for a challenge, I would definitely recommend hiking these mountains. Did it as a day hike and I was there for a good 6-7 hours. I know everyone's skill level is different but this one really pushed my limits.
Be prepared to do some dangerous rock scrambles, which are made even more difficult when wet. And to possibly be very sore the next day,

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.

Phenomenal hike. Was very wet due to heavy rains the previous few days. Came up the north side, down the south side, and then bushwacked from the crash site east to the long path. Worth nothing that the south side was exceptionally steep in places with two rock chimneys that took very careful planning. Would not recommend taking a dog on this trail, especially the south access.

hiking
10 days ago

Really liked this trail. Started early and the overlook was great near the top. Started early, it does get busy later many hikers. Was a little rocky going up but nothing really challenging, just steady.

It was fine except that when your finished your legs are KILLING you

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

We parked our cars at Rider Hollow trail parking lot and shuttled back to Biscuit Brooke trail parking lot and began the hike from there. It’s about a 35 minute drive. First stop was Big Indian (herd path on your right to the top and sign canister) then we hit Eagle Mountain, but there’s a nice rest stop before the end of marked trail. I walked it and there’s nothing but dead trees so don’t even bother going further. After that we hit an unknown summit, even tho is marked in the trail map there’s no herd path for it, it’s just along the trail so we kept going. Lastly we hit, Balsam mountain and that’s where it finally pays off. It’s a nice beautiful view to rest and take pictures. Then we continued on the trail and made a left and worked our way down back to the finish line Rider Hollow trail parking. Just to give you a heads up, the night before it rained cats and dogs so almost all the trails became small creeks. There’s also one huge creek where we had to take our shoes off and cross it barefoot but most of us just walked right through with our boots because we were already drenched. It was pointless to take your boots off because everything was filled with water and mud. There is a huge tree trunk on the right side of that creek where you’d walk a herd path but you have to literally ride that thing to the other side and it’s not very safe. Either way, I were you I’ll wear small socks and carry swimming shoes or sandals and cross it carefully and then put your boots back on. Other than that it was a very steep hike. It wasn’t easy but it was a great experience. After I finished the hike on Rider Hollow rd i literally took my clothes off and went for a dip on the creek that’s next to the lot. It’s a big creek and shallow. It felt so good lol. I would also recommend bringing in a portable grill, a cooler with some hot dogs, steak and some drinks. We made a mistake in eating at a local restaurant and we literally waited 2 hours or more for our food and we spent $300 for 10 people. The food was good (no burgers...) but the service was dead slow. Drive to a campground, stay the night, build a camp fire, set up shop, bring your own drinks and grill your own food. It’ll be way cheaper and more fun. Trust me on that one.

Sunday aug 5 started at 830 to beat heat. 2 hours up about 40 minutes summit time and 1:20 back down. No bugs! Some water on trail but after all that rain it’s fine never had to walk through water. Creek beautiful being a bit higher

Had low expectations due to hunter and it’s skiing reputation but I was wrong. Less then a dozen people all day well all morning. Tim the Seward was friendly and informative. Very sturdy and beautiful tower. Awesome views 360 and guide in the tower that is circular shows the surrounding area and peaks. Reminder no ground views so climb is a must

Never would know a major nys ski area is so close. Trail is easy gravel and fast. Bring the permethrin for covering the clothes prior to hiking as a precaution. Great time of year to get out there and enjoy this season. The trip and the firetower made a great summer day.

I think I know why its called slide Moutain. lol

hiking
15 days ago

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

Great challenging hike with a little bit of climbing required. Done in 5.5 hours. Its one of those hikes which make your legs buzz when you lay down to sleep that night.

not well marked but if you pay attention and read up on it, it's semi- easily navigated. beautiful trail- the view off of Hurricane Ledge is phenomenal and the plane crash was a very cool site.

Really fun and engaging hike. There is significant uphill up to Sugarloaf and quite a bit of fun scrambling throughout, however nothing too technical and dangerous in my opinion-no scrambling along a ridge line, etc. I did it solo in about 6 or 7 hours and felt totally safe. The only thing to note is that the area is generally very wet so many of the rocks are a bit slippery, and i do think this would be very challenging to attempt on a rainy day. Sugarloaf does not offer great views, but toward the top of Twin is really spectacular and not that much more of a climb once you have made it to Sugarloaf. Enjoy!

It was a hard hike but I still did it

Beautiful view from the top went to Cornell and back outstanding views of Ashokan from Wittenberg and Cornell had 2 beautiful view one of Wittenberg and the other of slide great hike very difficult. As a bonus saw a porcupine on bruins causeway great day hike!!

This was a challenging hike. You start with a hike up to the sign in then continue climb. It levels off for about a mile before turning in to attack the main climb. There is some awesome rock climbing on the way up that I loved. It says you can bring a dog on the trail but unless your backpacking him up the rock climb I don't see how any dog could make it. The view from Wittenberg is AWESOME well worth the effort!! Cornell not so much, but the crack is fun to climb.

If you take the foot path from Woodland Valley Campground during a rainy season, the overgrowth will not allow you any good views. There’s a ton of vegetation and trees blocking currently. Hiked this yesterday and didn’t come to any clear summit views for 3.5 hours so we turned around. You also have to hike through an intense amount of water. I wouldn’t recommend doing during a rainy summer.

Rocky climb up. You will go through several distinct forest types and temperatures on the way up and back. It has some good views before the summit and on Burrows Rock. Great hike not too hard. Go to the left on the way up and the other on the way down. Get here early

I’ve never climbed a mountain and I chose to do Balsam Lake Mountain because of the fire tower for my birthday. M

Does the trail have spectacular views? No, but it’s well marked which is exactly what I was looking for.

The last 3/4 miles were brutal, but in a good way. Once I got to the summit it all became worth it.

The weather was great, the views were breathtaking, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

10/10, would recommend.

Tough as nails. Do not underestimate.

Parked the car at Devil's Tombstone Campground where Smiley's Taxi awaited to take us to the trailhead at Prediger Road. The plan was to do Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf, and Plateau.

Started at 8 am and hit Indian Head first. Everyone said it would be the hardest, but this is incorrect. Read on. The ascent was challenging with several steep sections that required abandoning hiking poles and scrambling on hands and feet. Several breathtaking views await. Descent is moderate.

Next up was Twin mountain. The ascent was shorter than Indian Head's but felt more strenuous in some sections. You will hit the first (lowest) summit of Twin to great views. It's an easy hike to the second, true summit of Twin, good views here as well. The descent from Twin is pretty steep. Kind of an ass kicker. Good footwork is essential here.

Sugarloaf is next. Very steep ascent, where I saw several people I had been bumping into on previous summits start to show signs of exhaustion. The summit is short and nothing to write home about. The descent is pretty steep and will test many. I met groups at the bottom of Sugarloaf that had members call it quits here.

Without a doubt, Plateau is the true test of anyone attempting this hike. Take advantage of the "spring" during the approach to refill water bottles or refresh yourself. The ascent itself is very very challenging, perhaps even more so since it'll be the fourth and last mountain of the day. By the time I reached the summit, which is not memorable at all save for the feeling of relief, I was completely gassed out. Enjoy the flat hiking atop Plateau (~2.2 mi) and get ready for the descent down to campground, which is steep and seems endless.

All in all, a great day and a very enjoyable challenge.

The trail itself was pretty boring. It felt like an old road (which it may have been given the numerous hotels over the years right off of it near the top) rather than a hiking-specific trail developed within the woods/mountains. Also be prepared to not have a lot of shade during the hike. It offers a steady climb to the top that I would consider moderate but nothing more (if you hike fairly often), though certain areas will definitely get your heart racing. That being said, we got lucky and went on a very pleasant day in July (low 80s and low humidity). The incline could definitely take a toll in severe heat.

All of that being said, the views from the top are worth the trip. Try to visit on a day when the fire tower and “museum” are open. The mini-museum offers some fascinating history about the area as well as the abandoned hotel you pass by on the way up. Plus, the views from the top of the fire tower are even better than those from the overlook (which is saying something). We did not encounter any rattlesnakes.

A three mile hike straight up hill? You sound less crazy when you get to the top and have the opportunity to admire the views. This place is also highly populated with Timber rattlesnakes so I would recommend sticking to the trails and keeping a close eye on your pets. Otherwise the trail is well maintained and worth it!!

Went up the Devils trail path and intersected with Spruceton trail. Enjoyed everything but the bugs, wear bug spray .

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