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Great hike with great view points

trail running
1 day ago

Not great for trail running, because most of this is not runnable. That being said — great views, totally worth it.

make sure to bring a map and stay on track. it can definitely get confusing at times. amazing views and wildlife everywhere. very peaceful and challenging at times.

hiking
1 day ago

Good morning hike!

adventurous and we found a great place to camp!

Great trail, a little too crowded in the summer weekends.

Great hiking trail with beautiful views. Be prepare to climb lots of stairs. We went up Major Welsh and came down it too.

We went up the Appalachian Trail first and though I'm not an avid hiker i was thinking, wow this is pretty easy - it's just a lot of stairs until the last part where it was more "nature-y" to the top. Views were great! Then we went down the Major Welch portion and i cursed the whole way down! Definitely lots of steep rocks and scrambling that I wasn't prepared for! But i did a lot of crab walking with my hands for balance and made it finally. I see a lot of people recommending going up MW and down AT and I'd recommend it if you're a less experienced hiker or have kids with you!

hiking
9 days ago

Great trail, takes a little over an hour to do the loop at a reasonable pace. The trail markings are clear, so it is easy to make your way around. Good terrain changes to keep it interesting with lakes / rivers / rocks to take in as you go. Really good for beginners!

Amazing trail, lots of stairs so prepare!

Great trail, great views. We had perfect weather. Going up is work, over the rocks but totally worth it.

Loved that it wasn’t crowded. Esp for A Saturday :) Serene afternoon day hike #twothumbsup☮️

hiking
20 days ago

Honestly, I didn't expect too much from this hike but I was pleasantly surprised. There were a couple of hiccups though, about a quarter of the way through the hike there was about a 20 ft stretch of water about 3 feet deep. Had to cut underneath the lake and then did the hike coming from the opposite way. The lemon squeeze was unexpected and fun and the little peak at the top is a nice place to take a rest and enjoy some snacks. Overall the hike was very fulfilling, ended up doing 10 miles overall because of the back tracking and wandering off the trail hear and there. Definitely would recommend for a weekend day hike if you are moderately athletic.

awesome trail..

We enjoyed it. Did with 2 children - 7 and 4 yrs old - and a small dog. The dog needed to be carried in a backpack for the Blue part of the trail and 4 yr old was exhausted by the end. Took us 4 hours. I recommend doing in reverse so you do the steep part up (white) in the beginning and go UP the rock scramble (blue), not down. Note when you switch to the orange trail from blue it's not well marked. We had to guess based on the map and go down a ways to see the marker.

loop trail takes 1-2hours. The climbing is interesting. The view is good. Very busy during the peak time. Parking is 10 bucks.

Perfect outing with two adventurous, athletic kids. It was a long walk for the 8yo, but she didn’t get overtired until the very end. All the rock-scrambling and waterfalls kept her happily engaged. We did it clockwise and took out time, stopping to snack a few times and wander off trail a bit. It was about a 3.5 hour endeavor. Highly recommend!

Truly a joy of a trail to hike! Features a great variety in the terrain with some decent vert to boot. As others have noted, the trail is really flooded. With recent rain fall there’s probably 1.5 feet of standing water. On the bright side, some trail maintenance folks were out clearing the downed trees! (7/27). If you still want to do the loop, works as an out and back or you can put together a fun lollipop with the other trials in the area.

Great trail and lots of shade!

great trail lots to see !

Parts currently under construction. Otherwise would be a 5 star

hiking
29 days ago

This trail is also known as the Major Welsh Red Dot Trail. It is not the staircase trail. It is awesome if you like some moderate rock scrambling, with less intensity than Breakneck Ridge. Highly recommended for a short, semi-rugged, day hike with excellent views at top and a nice moderate descent.

For what it was, it was a great hike. Moderate.....maybe. There is a lot of up with rocks and more up. I’d say it’s on the upper level of moderate but it was a good day. LOTS of bugs but that’s not the trails fault. LOL no bathroom facilities.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorites! As of July 21 the path that goes past meadow on the way to Island Pond is still flooded. If you’re brave and have water proof boots, stick to the right and it’s passable. LOTS of downed trees, so be prepared to climb over them. The view once you get to the lake is totally worth it, always is.

Very nice walk. Ripe blueberries at the top (in July), beautiful wide vistas and one cool rock face that has to be climbed (its easy though). The loop misses the "Cascade of slid," but only by a 100 feet or so, make a left at the Red-Orange junction and check it out before continuing on the red/orange (opposite direction).

A nice trail. Not very crowded pretty forest. The trail is Rocky I suggest good shoes. Enjoyable afternoon. Even though it was hot trail was pretty much in shade and stayed relatively cool. We went up on yellow about 1.8 miles up the trail is a lento. right after the lento you need to make a left on trail white. I missed that marker and continued on yellow for but about a quarter-mile. I needed to retrace my step but not before I found a beautiful large untouched ripe blueberry patch.

Great trail to hike. Done it now about 4 times in both directions. Love the fact that it’s mostly in the shade.

1 month ago

My wife and I came in late around 1pm and took us a while to find a parking place.
The trail is a bit challenging and was planning 2-3 hours while it ended up with over 4. But we had lots of fun.

Follow the red, then orange, then blue, then white trail markers for this loop. Nice views at the top, but there were definitely some parts of the trail where it was so narrow or grown over that it was hard to find. If we weren’t tracking our path against the trail on the app, I’m not sure we would have been able to find it a couple times or know that we had taken a wrong turn. There was also some pretty steep rock scaling on the way down that our dog (ok and me!) had a slightly tough time with.

Southern half of trail is in excellent condition and not difficult (though of course involves assent/descent) but the northern half is very much a work in progress (2018)...easy to lose trail in which case (though eventually one does reach summit) one is occasionally in for a tough climb.

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