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Did the orange loop today 4/14/18. The road up to the tables and benches is closed so you have to walk up that. Once on the trail it was very icy / snowy, I recommend boots, extra socks, gloves and snow picks . Very slippery!

went up on March 29, had to hike from lower gate. Anbout 4.7 miles round trip. There is about 2 feet of snow on trail below tree line, some bare rock above. Very little wind on top, and temps in the 40's, cloudy. While we were up on top a moose followed some of the trail below us.

I did this trail today and I loved it! I’m a beginner so this was perfect for me. I used my spikes until about half a mile from the top. The 360 degree view is awesome! The gate is closed so you do have to walk about half a mile to the trail head but the walk isn’t that bad, I did use my spikes because there was a lot of packed snow and some ice. The worst part was driving on the unpaved roads to get there, they were extremely muddy and bumpy.

19 days ago

A quick little hike before or after work. A couple streams to walk by at least this time of year, bring micro spikes or crampons... You can hike it within 20 to 30 min.

great hike to do with kids. It's short and sweet

Fairly easy hike, the gorge is pretty interesting, it’s known as “Vermont’s Grand Canyon.” Conveniently located just a few minutes off I-89.

The Winslow Trail is pretty steep and rocky, but it’s fairly short, and you start getting views about two-thirds of the way up. There is a fabulous panorama at the summit, with views of the White Mountains, the Green Mountains, and countless other points near and far. The Barlow Trail is a longer and easier, it is certainly better for the descent route. I’ve heard that the trails can get fairly crowded, but it was fine when we went (on a Sunday in late September). A great hike.

Hiked on Feb 28. a clear and warm day. will need to use micro spikes. Walked from lower gate. On top the wind was NOT blowing, took off spike at tree line.

Great winter hike!

Gets progressively steeper on the way up, but nothing too strenuous. You start getting views at around 1.2 miles, and the panorama at the summit is phenomenal. On a clear day, you can see the White Mountains, the Green Mountains, the Lakes Region, and countless other points near and far. The beginning of the descent is very steep, all rock, then it goes over a fairly level ridge with nice views. After that, it gets steep again, hands are necessary at times. Overall a nice hike, but the descent route was more difficult than we were expecting.

My fiancé and hiked the west ridge trail this afternoon/evening. You definitely need crampons. I wore micro spikes and it did the trick, but recommend the longer spikes for the thick ice. The trail is currently completely covered in snow and ice, so come prepared. You may be able to remove them near the summit, where the rock is exposed. Trail is very well marked in Orange. Great views at the top, we watched the sunset. We saw the most red sunset we have ever seen tonight. We parked where Mount Cardigan Rd meets Burnt Hill Rd, since the gate was locked. We hiked up the road to the trail head. Note for first timers: the road leading up is gravel/dirt and very steep. It was very muddy and sketchy in a few spots, due to the recent thaw. We made it in a full-sized sedan, but will take my 4wd on warmer winter days or after recent rainfall.

Pretty icy going up, spikes are mandatory. A few people turned back.

Bring good boots and crampons. micro spikes may work early in the winter but we got some decent snow and plenty of ice buildup towards the summit on the West Ridge trail. The walk up is great but you park at the bottom by the gate and have to walk with what feels like .5 miles to get to the trail. A snow storm blew in on the summit but the views beforehand were amazing! Dress warm, layer up, and pack your essentials.

4 months ago

Nice hike although top was closed so improvised a loop trail.

4 months ago

Great view for a short hike. I wasn't expecting as much Ice as there was. I should have brought ice spikes. Our dog had a great time.

4 months ago

This trail had heavy ice on it (November) and very unsafe. It might be nice in the summer but not late fall. Also my dog had a hard time with this trail, it’s not as dog friendly as I was hoping.

4 months ago

Very Nice place to walk.
Not all trails are easy accessible they need some cleaning.

Great day to try out my new micro spikes . Worth every dime. Nice views from summit, cold windy day but nice workout . Gate is closed at bottom of road, so extra mile walk to trailhead for a warm up. Saw bear tracks in frozen snow up top

V icy so bring crampons/microspikes other than that an awesome peak. on a clear day you can see many 4Kers in the distances

nice trail, wish I had hiking sneakers tho. pretty wet, but still navigable and we're in our 60's. beautiful views up top.

5 months ago

Just perfect.

Nice scenery. Beautiful colors. Not much of a hike though.

Really nice day hike.

Be prepared for a fair amount of mud and wet rocks if you complete this trail after a recent bout of rain.

My nine year old did well on this trail with minimal breaks. There is a substantial time spent above the treeline on bare rock. Keep this in mind if heading out in wet weather. This also makes the hike a fulltime viewfest for the last .5 mile or so.

You will see crowds. If you do not arrive early you will be looking for parking. The peak was windy when we summited. This did not come as a surprise as everyone I've talked to has confirmed these conditions from their time on the top.

Great little trail ,off season and still bumped into 4 or 5 groups working their way up as we came down. After two days of rain trail was still navigable.

Went up Winslow and down Barlow. Well marked trails. Great views at the top. All in all it was an easy hike. Some steep areas thru Winslow but there were alternate paths so its family friendly

Short hike with beautiful views. Dog friendly too

5 months ago

Very easy hike.

Love this loop. We took our 3.5 year old up Winslow and down Barlow. He is a VERY active kid and was able to make it up Winslow all on his own! He was spent after spending some time on the summit so we ended up having to backpack him about half of the way down Barlow. I would say Barlow is more kid friendly than Winslow. Winslow is certainly a trail that is easy if you can maintain your pace. LOTS of larger rocks but also a fair amount of easier ways around them is you need less of a challenge.

In my opinion Winslow is too steep to descend on for my liking but Barlow also has a lot of open edges and large open faced rocks closer to the summit, so it depends on you preference on how to take it

Good half day hike! It is a bit challenging sometimes with the steepness and many rocks. If it has just rained some of the water crossings can be tricky! But great view for the effort put in!

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