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My wife an I took our Shepard on this trail, unlike some other review's I thought the trail was nice. Great veiws of the lake, I think we saw about 30 deer an trail was easy to follow. It got a little muddy in spots but that's expected in the Dec., definitely a trail I'm gonna hike again.

Great hike, views and trail. Just to let everyone know, those "rock statues" are called Rock Cairns and they are for rock climbers as a sign that there is rock climbing near by. Since rock climbing is dangerous, printed signs aren't allowed because beginners can injure themselves going alone, so the Cairns are there to signify to climbers that there is rock climbing in that direction, and if you keep following it there will be more until you end up at a rock wall. So if you see them, please do not knock them over.

Great trail!

1 month ago

Hiked on 12/9/18. Didn’t necessarily need the spikes but wore them anyways and there were a couple icy spots.

Trail seems to be neglected as trees are down on the trails and picked up quite a few beer and soda cans. Also had to knock down those silly rock statues people make on the trails...why??? The only evidence you should leave are your footprints.

Overall it’s a quick 30 minutes up one way and don’t forget to keep walking to get on top of the big rock overlooking the pond.

Went after the first snowfall in the area. Avid hiker so I figured the easy rating would allow me to do it in the snow without spikes. Do not attempt without micro spikes because the last .5 miles to the top is super slippery. Beautiful views, trail isn’t marked but obvious where the foot traffic is.

Fun hike with the family

Would rate this moderate, but it's a quick climb up to this lake. Very breathtaking, can be done in a hour.

2 months ago

A little bit steep but a fun little up-hill rocky walk, I went with my boyfriend around sunset, descent was a little icy due to the rain and sleet that was coming down lightly that day. We had a lot of fun on the walk up to the pond, only took about twenty minutes. We are definitely considering staying at the lean-to on our of our next trips to the lake placid area. A very quick brisk walk up and back.

Nice short hike with great views!

Great trail for locals to appreciate fall!

Steady incline, but no big rocks or boulders to go over. We went after 2 days of rain so the rocks and roots were slippery especially with all the leaves on the ground. Great hike for our dog.

4 months ago

great trail of moderate difficulty. trail twists and turns, makes you go trough rock formations, and has several clearings where you can see the landscape far in the distance.

Beautiful little hike. Short and easy but steep all throughout so it is a good cardio workout. Good with kids and dogs too.

Great views for a short hike. Found this to be a pretty easy ascent, good for all skill levels.

Great trail with a gorgeous view at the summit. Pretty rocky with a steep incline towards the top but well worth the trek, especially if you want to do a “short” hike that will give you a good workout (for those like me that are not master hikers).

This is a very pleasant and rewarding hike. This Finger Lakes Conference Trail climbs Tower Mountain mostly following the road and telephone lines built by the Civilian Conservation Corp. for access to the Rock Rift Fire Tower. Look for a few leaning poles from the old phone lines. The tower, constructed in 1934 stands at the end of this trail. The Town of Tompkins is working on plans to restore the fire tower. At the present time the tower is not safe to climb and the first set of stairs has been removed as a safety measure. Hint, look for the concrete base from the first flight of steps (removed) for the markings by the CCC Co. 211 that built the tower.

Pretty steep and hard footing . Rocky and lots of roots . Steady incline and some really steep parts . Not easy but short . Brought my dogs , should have brought water for them and me since there is no stream or river on the way . View from the top were beautiful !

4 months ago

Stunning views, however, not exactly a beginner trail. 6 months out of knee surgery, I needed a truly easy trail. this was too steep, and i only made it about 1/4 of the way up before deciding it might be too much. Pushed myself to the top, but it is very steep all the way up. Not a Beginner Easy trail in my opinion. Will walk again soonish though ! Dog loved it !

Shady trail great for hot, humid days. Can be slick when wet. Well-blazed. Suggest up Quarry then smooth, grassy descent via Summit. Highly recommended!

4 months ago

Decent trail but not much to see

Visited here early August on a Sunday morning. It wasn't super busy and I passed no one on the trail. Trails are well maintained; half is shaded by the woods, and the other half was in ther open. It's a quick loop with nice views of the lake, and I observed a belted king fisher.

well marked trail with a decent climb at the beginning.

Awesome view, great for picnics!

Muddy mess but very worth it

Very muddy . Not much there. Pond was ok

The trails are easy to walk and are a great place to practice tree identification (was an environmental science major in college). It’s a beautiful place with many opportunities to see wildlife and is a great place to take pictures.

5 months ago

Steep and rocky but short. Hiked this with my 10 and 11 year olds. Took about 20 minutes to reach the pond. Very beautiful. Nice place to swim. There were some rocks to jump off of. Didn't stay long because we were trying to beat the rain. Hoping to do it again before we leave Lake Placid.

great trail...lush, maintained, quiet. not too hard. but is hilly!

Nice easy hike on a gravel road. Good for kids. Cool history and views up top.

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