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amazing hike. very steep


worth the climb.

This is an amazing trail for the entire family. It is labeled easy, but I’d call it moderate for children or out of shape individuals. The trail leads to an unbelievable view and some cool features. Definitely a must for the family or for anyone that wants to hike but isn’t prepared to go very far in. Bring some lunch, and enjoy the views while you dine :)
*Not stroller or wheelchair friendly :(

Don’t let the short distance fool you, this trail is great! The rock scramble at the top is pretty awesome and the views are just spectacular! A great place to watch the sun go down!

Nice moderate hike. The trail was pretty narrow most of the way. We felt very secluded. I don't think we passed but maybe two other hikers while we were on the trail. Really beautiful views at the top.

Great hike - beautiful views! Does take some effort to get to the top but the views are a worthy reward! BE AWARE - we just hiked this 11/11 and the upper third of the trail is covered in ice and is veryyy slippery and quite dangerous!

Great early November hike. We missed the fall colors. Was pretty icy on some spots. I was surprised to see the number of small children and infants on this hike. Would not recommend small children on this hike. Also, their is some climbing, wear the appropriate shoes and not tennis shoes.

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1 month ago

Nice easy hike for all ages and abilities. Alltrails has a shelter listed just past the summit on the right. I never saw that one. Walked about 30 minutes past the summit to a sign on the left for a shelter. While on the app, I read a review to look for two large oak trees; you can't miss them. Walk another 5-7 minutes past the oak tress and you will see a sign for the shelter about 1/4 off the trail. There is a nice spring just a few yards from the shelter. You can drop your pack at the shelter and walk back to the spring for water, which was the only source of water we saw.

Fun and great view, fast incline

Wow, what a great hike. Definitely steep...but worth it in the end.

Easy up and back.

The summit was a bit crowded at the top, but understandably so for a beautiful Saturday in October :) The hike was not overly strenuous for an absolutely gorgeous view.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! My girlfriend and I did the Rip Rap/Wildcat loop as a two day backcountry camping trip and had an excellent time. The NPS Guide recommends camping somewhere just after you turn onto the Wildcat Ridge trail off of the Rip Rap trail but we opted to get in another mile and half or so to shorten our hike the next morning. We hiked about 6 miles the first day and the remaining 3.5 the following morning. We managed to find a nice little spot to set up camp after about 6 miles, and realized hiking out the next day that we found one of the only decent spots to camp in that mileage range. You'd either need to hike almost clear to end of the loop or camp back at the trail merge otherwise. The first six miles had a few great views from the ridge line and then some cool stream crossings, small waterfalls, and a deep swimming hole as you hiked through the valley before heading back uphill again. I highly recommend bringing a change of socks as some of the stream crossings can be sketchy and there's a chance you're going to put a foot in the water... All in all, great hike, great way to see the leaves change.

I am fairly out of shape, but I was determined to make it to the top. There are spots to stop and rest along the way, and all the hikers we ran into were friendly and encouraging. The hike up was gorgeous, as we were surrounded by trees, and the view at the top was worth the effort!

As an experienced hiker I wouldn’t rate this as easy for SNP. Great for camping.

hike is short but steep! gets tough when you get to the rocky section near the top if the rocks are wet, very slick, especially coming back down, if its super wet i would recommend going down and doing the loop back to the parking lot its longer but way easier. views at the top are always worth the hike up i do this one fairly often, if you still feel like hiking afterwards the albright trail is in the same parking lot and it is a nice trail to add on some extra miles plus it is much less busy and has a nice overlook too.

hiking
2 months ago

Only managed to do part of the trail due to time restrictions, but decent hike. We went counter clockwise so had a decent amount of elevation change. Hope to return to finish the rest of the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely recommend going counterclockwise on the loop! We went clockwise and skipped right past all of the scenic parts. We had a great time but got really frustrated having to cross the river three times and the water was up to our knees. Bring water shoes!

hiking
2 months ago

Tough due to all the rocks but a good hike. Not many view opportunities but a great day in nature.

Great trail. Start to the right and loop around. Wear gloves to scramble on rocks.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy hike...

did this after humpback, it was extremely wet today definitely would recommend waterproof boots for this one, hike is very relaxing, if you want solitude this trail is for you i passed 1 hiker on the entire loop, had the overlook to myself for 30 minutes before i left, definitely recommend, ive heard there is a plane crash in the woods somewhere along the trail

elevation gain is fairly quick but the hike is pretty short unless you loop around very nice trail was very wet/slick today after all the rain would do again, wasnt very crowded early but after i did the 7 mile loop (humpback-albright trail) and made it back to the lot people were parking on the side in the grass so definitely come early for best viewing

nice easy walk along wood path and gravel, recommend doing the dirt orchard trail near carter overlook.

Don’t let the shortness of the hike fool you. It’s not the most difficult hike in the world but the elevation gain is relatively quick. The view at the top is well worth it. Very lion king-esque.

great hike and well marked. Views are amazing!

2 months ago

Was boring at times with only a couple great views. The watering hole was a lot of fun though.

hiking
3 months ago

excellent weather and beautiful trail.
had 2 hrs to kill waiting for my kids at the university.
easy walk

No real overlooks, one huge rock where there may have been an overlook before but it’s overgrown now. I compared my boyfriend and I’s hike to the recordings other people have shared and we ended where most people do. Nice walk if you just want to be outside, a few steep points. But if you’re looking for huge views I would go on the other Dripping Rocks hike, on the other side of the road.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views loved the swimming pond

Great trail, nothing too technical, elevation changes and length make the challenge. Just take your time, enjoy the views, rest occasionally, and you’ll have a great time.

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