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the view at the top is well worth the hike

Awesome hike!

Moderately difficult with a bit of climbing on the way up, especially the first half of the West Side Trail.

We went the day after a rainstorm, and things were pretty muddy, so we took the North Road back down for a safer descent with the children.

Trail is a steep incline but the relatively short distance to walk for a great view make this a great trail

Note to dog owners: Please read park website carefully. These directions will take you to the main park entrance, where during the summer dogs are not allowed. You have to go to the trailhead off of Reservation Rd, which is 10 miles away from the main entrance.

Great hike! Lots of trails so you can make your own adventure. Hardly saw anyone. Varied terrain. Loved it!

hiking
1 day ago

Great family hike! My wife and I took our three kids (14, 11, and 7) and our Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and really enjoyed the day. Additional info: I maneuvered our Town and Country van up Meadows Lane from Crabtree Falls Hwy and it was a little rough but not too difficult. It has been dry, and I am sure the road gets slick and challenging when wet. If you follow this app's map, you will arrive at a hairpin curve in Meadows Lane. There is an obvious camping spot (meadow) right there....that's where we parked the van. There is a road just to the left as you look at the camping spot from Meadows Lane. Follow that uphill past the Road Closed gate until the road forks to the left and right. You will notice trees on the left fork with the white AT mark. Look sharply to the RIGHT (even right of the right fork in the road,) up the mountain, and you will see additional white AT marks. That's your path. It's moderately steep uphill at first but not terrible. Plan on about 2.9 miles to the large meadow at the base of Spy Rock. The AT cuts off to the right as you enter the meadow. Go straight to the base of Spy Rock (past several campfires) and circle around the left side. You will find a path. It takes some scrambling but the whole fam plus doggo made it, no worries. Enjoy the view!

Not as easy as some state. I am 29 and in good shape but saw many trying the trail and turning around. its not ling but the climb in elecation is fairly quick. It is 100% worth it if you can make it up!

Well worth the switchbacks and climbs to get to the summit - spectacular views. Last bit at the summit is not dog friendly, so we took turns going out on the ridge. Horse trail was a little less rocky than AT or hiking trail. We just missed a mama bear and cubs, but saw another pair about 10 minutes before the parking lot. Keep your eyes open.

Whew!

On our first visit to Mount Lafayette we were greeted by a thunderstorm, strong winds, and cold. We made it to the Greenleaf Hut, then turned back around. We couldn’t wait to do this hike again under better conditions.

Of course on our return it absolutely poured. We once again did the whole hike from the trailhead up the Old Bridle Path to the Greenleaf Hut in the soaking rain. We decided to continue on, and we’re thankful we did. By the time we got to the summit of Mt. Lafayette the rain had stopped and the clouds broke for us. The views were spectacular.

We crossed over the ridge, and the down the Falling Waters trail, but unfortunately the clouds moved back in obstructing some of our views. The waterfalls on the way down the trail were amazing, especially after a rainstorm. There are some really small stream crossings, but we were soaked already so they weren’t that big of a deal. Some people recommended removing shoes and whatnot to do the crossing.

I would recommend doing the Falling Waters section of the hike first if I were to do it again. I would have preferred the steady incline of this section. It’s all personal preference, though.

Great hike not for beginners it's up up all the way! But the 360 panoramic view is amazing.

walking
8 days ago

Really interesting trail, but very populated. It's an easy hike with a lot to see and several spots for the pups (and you) to swim. The bridge over the James River was a really cool way to start and end the trip. The structures and rock wall along the way were really cool places to explore and take photos. I'd say it's more of an urban walk than a hike, though. We had to park a bit up the road (parking is very limited, especially for how busy it is) and in total "hiked" just over 3 miles from start to finish.

Great, dog friendly hike. Two spectacular views!

Nicely marked trail for the most part. If with dog you can’t go on one of the trails but there is another next to it you can take dogs. Can’t take them to the summit, though. Although, I saw I guy walking with a pet bird! Saw a couple bears on the way down, they are out there.

If you're physically fit, this trail is challenging and beautiful. There is some scrambling across granite slabs and lots of boulders with quick elevation gain.

If you're not in shape, it's going to be very hard. I would recommend that you try hiking just to the first viewpoint, as the viewpoint is breathtakingly beautiful and it is a shorter distance than to the hut or the summit of Lafayette.

I went on a sunny, humid, 92-degree day and suffered heat exhaustion about .4 from the hut. I was so, so disappointed, but made the right choice to turn around once the dizziness, nausea, and stomach cramps set in. This type of thing can happen on any hike on a hot, sunny day, but I just want to remind you that this hike in particular is hard and you need to bring an appropriate amt of water. I had 2 bottles and started well-hydrated, and this wasn't enough. And when I turned around to go back down (looking really ill and uncertain if I could make it), two saints gave me their water, a walking stick, and walked the whole distance down with me. Hikers are just the best people in the world.

The hike up is short but if wet (as it was for us) it would be slippery coming back down. We elected to take the alternate route back. It is worth the detour. Beautiful hike in the woods crisscrossing several streams. The view from humpback is awesome! It was a bit crowded but nothing unusual for other good hikes in August.

Great hike for young children. Trail is strenuous but short. Great view at the top.

What a hike! I had avoided doing Stony Man because it was such a short hike and wasn’t sure it was worth the drive. But this hike has a lot of bang for its buck! The Passamaquoddy Trail is right along a ridge, offers nice views through the trees, and a natural spring. The views from the various Stony Man overlooks are absolutely wonderful! The AT section of the trail is one of my favorites in SNP. This is a great loop, and you can certainly turn it into a day with a nice picnic on one of the overlooks.

Hiked up Bridle on a dreary Friday to stay at the Greenleaf Hut with my 3 kids (ages 12, 10, and 5). We had a great time! The trail wasn’t packed which was wonderful. Some rocky sections were tough for our youngest but he channeled his inner mountain goat and scrambled up. We left at 10:30 and arrived at the hut at 1:30. We took another hour to get to the summit and at that point the rain was starting to come down. The rocks were very slippery so it was slow going.
The next morning the rain was driving so the hut crew suggested we head back down Bridle path because falling waters was too treacherous.
The trail was a river with all the rain fall! The kids loved hiking down in the rushing water. Overall, an awesome hike with beautiful views even in not so wonderful weather!

Hard trail run, steep ascents for both North and South Mtn. Great views. Lovely spot.

Started at the Little Stony Man parking area to the Stony Man Lookout and continued the loop via the Passamaquoddy Trail to get back to the parking lot.

Overall, nice little trail. Very rocky and uneven up to the lookout. Nice payoff view at Stony Man Lookout (there are better ones in Shenandoah NP like Old Rag) and a few other ones both before and after Stony Man. Lots of wildlife...from black bears to hundreds of millipedes. Nice scenery and not too challenging to see some nice views.

hiking
20 days ago

Based on the google maps directions provided by this app, you’ll be driving up a tight service road for a significant amount of time until you reach a point where you may be able to park your car. Do not drive a car that rides low to the ground as you’ll basically be driving over two small creeks and many potholes. Signs for the trailhead are nonexistent, so the gps tracker on this app is absolutely essential. The actual hike is easy, with a bit of a rock scramble at the summit, where it’s a panorama view of the mountains surrounding you.

Some of the best views in VA! Short and relatively easy trail with endless viewpoints and overlooks.

Perfect hike for anyone looking to take in some beautiful scenery, diverse landscape and breathtaking views from the top!

By far my favorite trail out of the numerous I’ve hiked in New Hampshire so far, I see why the parking lot is always over flowing!! Contrary to other posts I’ve read about this loop I highly recommend going UP falling waters and down old bridle path and here is why...

The falling waters hike is beautiful, especially if you hit it right after a rain storm like I did. There are multiple stream crossings which can leave your boots wet and at certain spots it’s very steep but the views of the water distract you from the burning in your quads. Once you break from the water it’s a grueling mile to Little Haysack Mountain but from there the ridge walk over to the other two peaks is breathtaking.

The incline is much more gradual this way leaving plenty of stamina for the four mile descent from Mt. Lafayette.

Beautiful views at the top. At times the hike was difficult but nothing too bad. I did this hike 20 weeks pregnant with my 5 year old and 7 year old. Enjoyed a lunch at the top

We hiked up Bridle to the peak of Lafayette, then back down Bridle. Some parts get steep/slippery, but it's not too bad. Saw plenty of dogs and older folks.

The guide at the beginning said we should turn back at the cabin because it was noon when we arrived. Being cocky we ignored him, but we were up to the peak and back by 530, so not sure how slow a pace this guy thought we'd go. It was like 1/1.5 hours to the cabin. We essentially ran down afterwards which was very fun. Would absolutely do it again, but go on the ridge and down the other path.

hiking
24 days ago

Spectacular views. A little busy.

hiking
26 days ago

Wonderful climb to the top with spectacular views from the rocks.

Did this trail last Saturday, enjoyed it! My 9y.o. son could do it too, he's not very sporty though. The views were obstructed by clouds and this was an interesting experience to walk in the clouds :) It took us 3hrs with at least 3-4 stops. We saw a timber rattle snake and were glad it was sleeping :) Definitely can recommend this trail. Amazing hike!

hiking
28 days ago

Fun hike! Beautiful scenery. The boulders at the top are challenging to younger hikers. I would rate this as moderate for young hikers.

I just went up the Bridle Path and back down the same way. I would have done the loop but wasn’t feeling well and thought I had a reservation at the hut for the night. Silly me- I made it for the wrong month. They were very willing to help me out and be creative with finding me a place to sleep but I decided to just hike back down. I could have worn a tiny daypack instead!

Either way, this is a hike I’ve done multiple times because it is just that awesome. No one is ever disappointed unless you get clouds.

Great trail just to get out and about. Very easy. Make it longer by walking the Buttermilk trail to Belle Isle.

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