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Really beautiful.

great hike. best to go early to beat the crowds

13 days ago

There is another trail access opposite the listed access here, if coming from Gifford Woods- at Thundering Brook Rd with an obvious trailhead. The trail might add .3 or .4 miles round trip for the journey and has a long boardwalk over beautiful meadows. The falls are beautiful, though difficult to photograph in the early evening due to being bright up top and dark down below. I would suggest an early morning photography shoot or on a very cloudy day.

We took the South trail going up and then did a slightly longer loop taking Clark Trail, then back west on the Hurricane Trail (uphill again) before heading down on the West Trail. Best part aside from the amazing views, was the mossy forest along Hurricane Trail. If you have the opportunity, take the extra .5 miles to head Southeast on Clark Trail, then West on Hurricane before heading down on West. Or, take the South trail going up and down.

Short, steep hike with pockets of great views at the top. Get out to hike this trail!

Good trail for moderate workout.

Beautiful challenging trail. Lots of rock to climb. Views are amazing. Rocky decent. Beautiful breeze the entire hike.

Trail is wet in places, but a great view from the top as usual.

Views were unbelievable! Great fun hike. We did west ridge to south ridge. So we hit Rimrock, South peak and Cardigan. I’d def recommend hitting all 3 peaks, because it doesn’t add much distance. We hiked with our 12, 6, & 5 year old. They all hiked the entire thing without assistance. My husband carried our 3 year old. Oh, and our 12 pound pup hiked it too. Some mud - but great hike!

Great workout. Some climbing up boulders. Views are beautiful! Lots of mushrooms along the way. Some trees down in spots.

This mountain has taken a beating, as evidenced by the large number of downed trees, several still on the path. Comparing to other hikes in the area, I’d judge the effort more as conditioning, than for the quality of the surroundings. There is an interesting boulder ‘graveyard’ not far from the fork, and the trail forces you to enjoy the entire summit. Some bugs, and very few other hikers. Recent rains kept the trails wet. There is one very exposed section of trail near the top- a 4’ wide path 10-15 steps long, that will challenge those with sensitivity to heights.

Very nice hike. Trail is a bit confusing and under marked. Stayed our first night about a 1/2 mile up on left AFTER the suspension bridge. 2nd night we stayed at the #3 Dry River Hut. 3rd day we followed dry river up to lake in the clouds and took Crawford path, then took Eisenhower down to another campsite on the Dry River trail.

A little over 20 miles. Bring a map and altimeter.

Even in the rain and fog, this was a little gem of a hike. On the easy side of moderate. Will definitely return in sunny weather for the views.

We hiked this with our 3 year old. He walked some but majority of the time was in the backpack. Hike was great with awesome views. However several spots weren’t marked that great...you have to watch closely. Also, some spots were pretty steep to be hiking with child in pack.

This hike starts out, and ends fairly steep, with a nice gradual grade in the middle. The view at the ledges was nice though access is limited due to nesting falcons.

365 degree views at the top make the elevation gain worth every step!

started at about halfway up the trail via the auto road. was very narrow and hard to follow at times, but put up a good challenge. the summit area, the hang gliding platform, castle rock, and brownsville rock blew me away. 5 stars.

Excellent views, a good hike, this WAS a moderate trail, some great granite incline at the top. Have done some other moderate trails that should have been mod/hard. I'd give this a 4.5.

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1 month ago

Nice early morning hike to the top and some great views.

Great hike with my 7 year old. Just enough challenge and beautiful views from the top.

fantastic loop and terrain diversity, will be back for sure

Nice and easy family hike to beautiful falls. My kids had to add to the difficulty and climb to the top of the falls. Just a pretty on the top as the bottom.


Very Busy this weekend, but the parking was good, trail was well maintained, and the view was awesome

Made this trail my first hike this summer. 7/16/18. Definitely challenging towards the top but the views are outstanding! Well marked also! My 4 year old did 75% of this trail on his own (it’s the top that’s hard) will definitely do it again down the road.

Great hike for a moderate pace. Spectacular views! Will return in the Fall.

Fantastic trail that is well-marked and leads to a wonderful view at the top (note: we only had time for the West Trail). As others have said, the trail gets a lot of use but in most parts it’s plenty wide to allow faster hikers a lane to pass. Definitely kid friendly, though it is a very steady upward climb, a few rock scrambles, and the last leg is over the smooth and somewhat steep boulder face of the summit. Definitely will do this hike again when we are in the area. I’ve been walking/hiking some, so in moderate shape, and the hike took us 1.5 hours up and back (though we were moving a little faster on our descent) using only the Western Trail.

A nice day hike, manageable stretch for those of us in the group who are less experienced hikers. The views from the ledges were great. The trail wasn't too busy; we saw just enough people to know we weren't alone out there.

We ended up parking at the Olivarian lot, and only realized once we got to the signposts on the way to the trail that the Downes lot would have been closer. The XC trails to get from that lot to the trail are well marked, though, so we didn't have a lot of issues finding it, except for finding the continuation of the trails through the open meadow area near the beginning (it goes through the meadow sort of right of center from where you enter the meadow, through a lot of low blueberry bushes).

A real gem, one of my favorite hikes. The last quarter mile or so runs above tree line to a totally exposed summit with 360 views. It is frequently windy up top, so bring a warmer layer if you want to stop and gawk.

2 months ago

Great short hike with fantastic views.

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