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Really neat, it’s a pretty flat easy trail until the end where it’s a steep incline to the top. We watched the sunset from the castle we were the only ones there and than got lost on the way back.

This trail was really fun! Lots of good views, some good scrambling at times. Good amount of mud, plenty of rocks to walk across though.

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13 days ago

7-18, This trail map was not clear to follow. The trail was also not marked or maintained very well. Gillette’s castle itself was beautiful and I’m very happy we went. The views of the water were great. Took us a little over 45 mins

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13 days ago

Loved it here!

19 days ago

Greats views

I went straight under the interstate and there was a white marker but seemed to be over grown, i went anyway apparently the trail head was a few yards away because i found the trail, it's a well traveled trail but could use a fresh coat of paint on the blazes.
this loop is listed as moderate, if you want more of a challenge then find the blue trail, it's not a loop and comes with a warning.
when i hiked it was foggy and drizzling, add that to some snow and wet leaves it was rather treacherous no matter what trail you hiked.

This was my first hike ever a few years ago .. just the right amount of climbing and hiking involved . Looking out at the view when reaching the castle is well worth it !!

Views are spectacular !! Trail is steep and there is some climbing you have to get through but very well worth it !!

I love the this place me and husband go all the time.

Beautiful day & spectacular view of the falls. Very nice shorter moderate trail. Love the up elevation gain following the brook to the falls. 3 point contact nearer the falls both up and down.

trail was extremely muddy, make sure to bring proper footwear. easy to get off trail (and off property!).

The walk to the falls itself is nothing much to speak of, but the falls are amazing! Excellent spot for some photo-ops. Trails are well maintained and nice and wide. Good for a casual stroll, particularly with pups.

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike! The view is super nice on top (and can be a bit crowded). I would recommend to take Paradise lane trail to get up there as you will encounter a "wall" of rock to get to the view point. It will be easier on your body to climb this wall rather than go down on it. Can be done within 2-3h.

The view on top is magnificent! I took the blue/red trail on the left to go on top of the mountain and it is very rocky. Make sure to keep your head up to see the markers. There is a small portion where there seems to be no more markers and you will go right on a wide trail (like for ATV) and then you will have to go off that path and take a left (slight uphill) to get back on track and keep going along the "cliffs".
Very nice hike overall!!

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1 month ago

Nice views from tower and nearby places. One of the best places in this area. Very busy during weekends, especially packed on parking lots.

Spectacular views during the fall. We elected to cut south along the reservoir amid way down the walk from Craig Castle. Pretty scenic shoreline and also avoids the walk along the roads we saw others complain of in previous reviews (shaved off some time too). Excellent photo ops.

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1 month ago

I’ve hiked up to Bear Mountain many times but I normally take an in and out (Undermountain trail to AT to Bear Mountain then back down). Today we did this loop- Undermountain trail to Pleasant Lane to AT and back to Undermountain. Undoubtedly the loop was more fun. Right before the Bear Mountain summit there’s some great rock scrambling. If you’re going to do the loop I recommend going counter clock wise (up Pleasant Lane and down Undermountain) to avoid having to transverse down the rock scramble. The rocks are pretty wet and slippery but they weren’t difficult to climb, I would just prefer to climb up them rather than down. We’ve also had a lot of rain lately so it was a pretty wet trek overall. Views are amazing and well worth the hike.

The trail was very wet from all the rain some of the parts of the trail had turned into a small creek so would recommend wearing waterproof hiking shoes.

My husband and I started our hike on the blue trail and ended on the blue/red trail. The trail markings were spaced far apart and difficult to follow. Some of the trail markings were faded and need to be remarked. It is easy to go off the trail if you are not carful.
The views were beautiful.

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Beautiful moderate hike, great around the fall time!

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1 month ago

This was a great hike, but incredible in the fall when the leaves are changing. It starts out level along the lake and then inclines to a wonderful view. Parts of the trail are on loose rocks that can be tricky but not bad. Highly recommend!

Nice walk! If you look close on your walk you find a tiny door along it! At the base of a tree

Not the best marked for part of the trail. Gorgeous hike though! Will do again. I would rate as mild ( btw easy and moderate), it’s not flat but it’s not steep.

not a simple or "easy" hike expecially for the newbies

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1 month ago

Really fun hike.

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