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Beautiful View. Easy Hike! Make sure to park at Laurel House Road. Be very careful and stay on trails.

I've done both Devil's Path in-full and recently hiked this section again by entering via Pecoy Notch. Pecoy has a gradual ascent into the notch of Sugarloaf and Twin, with low difficulty and an awesome rest stop at the quarry (to the junction and back on Pecoy can easily be done in 3hrs and is not dangerous at all). If you do the full loop, know that the west side of Sugarloaf (via Mink Hollow) is very steep. If you are looking for less scrambling, I recommend just doing Twin Mountain, as there is only a small section of steep scrambling. The eastern peak has a better viewpoint. Dogs are not recommended, unless you like lifting them.

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

Nice trail. Great views!!! Some Rocky areas were harder/slippery and some trees have fall on the trail. Good variety of views and landscapes

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

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

Great hike went with a few friends and my pup everyone loved it! Took a dip at the waterfall! Easy trail

7 days ago

Amazing waterfall and great views! Nice place to cool of in the summertime.

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10 days ago

Very well marked and maintained trail with plenty of off shoots to extend the route. Great views of the lake throughout the hike and the waterfall was neat too. I would imagine the trail would be very muddy after rain, as there were stretches of the trail that were still rather wet despite not having rained in a few days.

The best hike I've found so far within a reasonable driving distance of NYC.

My favorite hike. Uphill 99% of the way. Great ruins to explore, the view from the scenic overlook is amazing. The fire tower is not to be missed .
a lot of the trail is washed out from all of the rain this year, but still ok to hike.
Dog friendly. Lots of dogs on the trail.

Meilleur hike que j’ai fais jusqu’à présent ! La vue était incroyable. 4h allez/retour avec les pauses et le dîner au sommet. Je le recommande

Awesome walk around with a few different angles to view the falls. Tons of amphibians everywhere, including salamanders. Highly recommended.

It is simply the best hike I have taken. The views are astonishing. Highly recommended.

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15 days ago

Uphill hike, across from amazing Buddhist temple, cool ruins to explore near the top, and AMAZING view at the top and from the fire tower.

Challenging, scenic hike, removed from the worst of the Catskill Mountain summer crowds, with longer options easily available (adding Black Dome and/or Thomas Cole, specifically). Personally, I would recommend following this route in a clockwise direction (opposite to what’s posted here). There are several spectacular viewpoints along the trail; I especially loved looking up the spine of Black Dome, as we descended into the notch, after summiting Black Head.

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15 days ago

Nice views and a cool swimming hole between two waterfalls!

Started by the parking lot of North Lake and took the loop trail to Artist's Rock, Sunset Rock, Newman's Ledge, North Point and Ashley Falls. We stopped several times for photos which tacked on an hour or two to our hike. My phone died on the way out so our recording is incomplete. We started out at 11am and it was extremely foggy. I actually didn't realize I parked next to the lake until we came down. it was so foggy I didn't see it or the signs. The first two look outs were all fog so not much to see. By the time we got to Newman's Ledge, the fog cleared and the view was gorgeous. Don't forget the bug spray. The mosquitoes were ruthless. The trail itself, aside from the look outs was beautiful. I never grew bored of the landscape. Beautiful trees, rock formations and different kinds of mushrooms throughout. I would do this trail again but would be better prepared next time.

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15 days ago

This trail is short and easy to a pretty waterfall.

Awesome hike! North Point was in clouds when I went, so Newman's Ledge packed a huge punch - such an amazing view!! Will definitely be doing it again soon.

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16 days ago

The little point near the peak of South mountain was nice to see. Trail at that point is not marked, but clearly worn.

First mile of the hike was beautiful along a stream - be mindful that you don’t accidentally end up taking the wrong trail (much more steep!). Would recommend it to anyone in the area; beautiful drive in too!

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16 days ago

This is a pleasant stroll to a beautiful waterfall. There are other trails but I didn’t have time to check them out, will be back to.

Hiked to Firetower yesterday. It was very cloudy so couldn’t see anything. I want to come here again during the fall season.

Simple hike. Lots of mushrooms - white, brown and orange and plenty of shade en route.

Bear sighting at the trailhead entrance. 09/1/2018 3 pm. It was unexpected and the bear was 30-40 m away from us. Spotted us and ran away. Very fit and lean bear. I wish I had my phone out to take a picture before he disappeared.

Was very crowded but its also Labor Day weekend. I'm happy the first two lots were full because frankly you don't want to walk on the road when you can just drive further up to one of the numerous other parking options that get you in without walking on a road with no shoulder. I brought my 5 and 8 year old and we did this and then added on inspiration point after. There is a decent amount of climbing up and down(for the falls from Scudder Road Parking), but the views were nice (minus the crowds). Boys thoroughly enjoyed it. We were a bit more adventurous and climbed right near the falls on the top and bottom (very carefully, watch for wet rocks)

was a rough hike for my non hiking family who tagged along bc it was very muddy, with out the mud it would have been perfect

This was a moderately easy trail. While it is all up hill you walk the access road all the way. Bonus is the hotel ruins. The view from the tower and the overlook are amazing. A great hike!

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19 days ago

2 mile hike at a constant incline. The payoffs are the awesome remains of an Old Hotel and Fire House as well great views and Fire Tower at the Summit.

Don't take the constant incline lightly... brings lots of water and take a number of breaks.

This trail is definitely hard but I’m 17 and smoke so don’t take my word for it. I was able to complete this with 2 other friends who are almost as inexperienced as me, and I did it in my Jordan’s. So if you got the heart to do this trail, do it. It will be worth your time and will really beat your ass.

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