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nice views , good incline. did counter clockwise ... I did both minsi and tammany back to back for " mind the gap"
.. pretty muddy/slushy

Awesome trail hiked it today in the snow absolutely beautiful gotta hit it when there ain’t many ppl their cause it gets full

11/17/18 - fun hike, definitely glad to follow the route here and save cascade for last as porter was great but much less climactic. Lots of wind at the top of both so either don’t spend more than a minute or be prepared. Brought along snowshoes because we were told by a worker at EMS that you can be fined for not carrying/wearing them but we just carried them the whole way and wore crampons and gaiters. Mountain got fresh snow the day and night before but by 9 am the trail was pretty packed down. Started later than we would have liked and ran into 2 or 3 10+ groups so if you want solitude definitely go early. Make sure to constantly take sips from your camelback to keep it from freezing! Especially when up on the summits. Started around 9:10, stopped multiple times for food/equipment/layer changes, flew down after both summits and got to the car around 3:00.

Great trail with amazing views like others have said, however I'd note that it's best to take the trail up from the Loop Route, then up to Beehive Summit. With the ledges and iron rungs, It could be challenging to descend the eastern face from the summit

11/12/18
Bring micro spikes. The top of Thunderbolt and the summit are slippery with black ice. Also, stay clear of the potential for falling ice from the monument. We had a great day, taking our time, with sunny skis and temps in the mid 30s. I enjoyed this walk and the summit views are pretty spectacular. We spotted a mink, the cutest little predator ever. He was undaunted by us as he was so busy hunting field mice. All in all- fabulous hike and memorable experience.

This was our last Firetower of the Catskill Firetower Challenge weekend. The location is very remote. The first 0.9 miles is relatively flat. We took the right, clockwise turn up the steep pitch on the trail which wasn’t that bad really, I would suggest microspikes though. From the junction the summit was 1.8 miles from the trailhead. Instead of doing the loop we just turned around and made our way down the slope again, cutting almost a mile from the loop. The tower is in good shape and the views were stunning.

Definitely one of the best hikes I've ever done. Falls were amazing and scrambling up the rocks was a lot of fun.

hiking
9 days ago

Just a gorgeous trail... lots of varied terrain that’s challenging but do-able. Especially beautiful in late May/early June, but gorgeous all season long.

This was a really fun hike!! Steady climb for the first portion of hike then it levels offf. On the fall day I hiked there were tons of warblers and thrushes. Harmon hill is a glorious place for a picnic on a nice sunny day!!

AMAZING wish I lived closer. The falls are beautiful. Scrambling is a little tough but I was able to do it with my dog on a lead. Highly recommend.

Beautiful views!

Solid hike! I did this loop in about 3 hours, we took our time looking at the falls/outlooks. The waterfalls are quite steep and can be slippery, hiking shoes are best. I would not suggest going down on the falls side! Some parts of the trail are not well marked, so pay close attention once you get to the top of the falls.

hiking
16 days ago

This was a really enjoyable trail. You can certainly hear the road noise from the highway but I was able to tune that out. I would suggest going early (if you want to avoid people). On our way back down, the parking lot was very very full! We will be back!

This was a beautiful trail. Some sections were steep and rocky, but overall it was very doable. Some of the ice at the top has turned to slush with the rain the last few days. Microspikes are needed about an hour into the trail. Use the app to tell where the summit of Porter is because it's not too well-marked on the trail. The 360-degree views from the top of Cascade are breathtaking.

This was definitely not as hard as made out to be, it’s long, about 8 miles in total but not really not that difficult. I was expecting a few rock scrambles but there isn’t anything that I would call a scramble like at breakneck or crag rock. There is a decent sized section when you are walking through a stream and that for me was the hardest because it was slippery. The ascent up was not that bad either. It was a great hike with spectacular views, but not the adventure I was expecting from some of the reviews

Incredible hike with and incredible views. Towards the top you have to hold on to rails that have been put in the rocks. I don't recommend this trail for people who are afraid of heights

Wow! Stunning yellows here right now. The falls are gorgeous, pictures don't do it justice. I'm so glad I took th loop clockwise like someone on this app suggested. It would have been much more difficult coming down on the falls side. I wouldn't suggest doing this in the rain as wet rock scrambling here could be dangerous. The overlook was awesome, don't miss this trail!

This was a fantastic hike. Very Scenic and very challenging. Highly recommended. if I were to do it again I would not take the back half of the loop though. Much better to stay along the falls and out along the ridge of the Gorge.

Not on a rainy day.

Oct. 27th 2018
Did this trail this morning. I was reading the reviews for this trail and to all the people on here saying to bring your micro spikes, thank you. Lifesaver.
When we started it wasn’t snowing but I knew as the day goes on lake placid would be getting some snowfall. The 2 hours it took to reach the peak it was snowing pretty bad at the top it felt like glass shards hitting your face. Although we couldn’t see the amazing view this trail has to offer it was still breathtaking
Definitely want to come back to do this trail on a clear day.

hiking
24 days ago

There is a $10 park entrance fee, but worth it. This trail is awesome. Didn't really understand the signs at the far end. It said private trail, but there was no way we were going to backtrack that far so we went right through

Incredible views. Nice cardio getting to the top. Had to use a few metal rungs here and there.

A great hike. I’ve waited a while to actually do this one because I always hear it’s just littered with people. Today it was pretty secluded and weather was good, plus we were in area. There are a lot of signs stating you’re going to die so there’s that. I 100% recommend a clockwise hike, starting with the falls trail first and coming down the steep side last. One thing I’ll point out, if you’re wearing the right gear and you don’t stand near the cliffs of the water falls and use good judgment, you’re not going to have a bad day. I can see why people get in trouble there, but they’re probably not experienced hikers. There are harder spots on the AT for sure.

Hiked on Oct. 25th, trail was dry and quiet. Leaves are pretty much at peak color.

Nor’easter this weekend... Oct. 27th... will likely make trail conditions muddy and bring down a lot of leaves... sadly.

Beautiful hike during autumn.

amazing trail..

This hike will get your heart racing...but it is worth the amazing views and the pride you have for yourself for completing it! Must do this if visiting Acadia!

Made this my first two adk high peaks today. Climbed with a head lamp around 5:30 this morning. Your crazy not to have microspikes and climbing.

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