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6 days ago

Best hike in CT that i've been on so far. just be careful with the doggos when you get to the top.

it's a good trail and close to my house. the trail is easily navigated and well marked

17 days ago

greet hike red/blue trails are very well marked, the blue trail isn't marked as well but still easy enough to follow. I was pleasantly surprised how clean the peaks were we saw very little trash up there. We took a couple long breaks to enjoy the views and finished the loop in less than 4 hours.

Great moderate hike...completed loop within 2 hours with a stop for some meditation by the lake. Start at small parking lot of Route 55 follow blue blaze to white Appalachian Trail blaze. Lake loop trail is a yellow blaze...trails are quite easy to follow.

24 days ago

With a good amount of stunning vistas and beautiful forest - and having to work hard for some the views - this hike was great. Granted, this was a 80 degree, clear day in February - the conditions could not have been better. Norvin Green never lets me down.

25 days ago

Loved the trail. The mellow carriage road towards the end was just what we needed. The falls and surrounding ice was beautiful. Recommend using spikes of some sort as it was icy in some parts. Just a bit of reassurance on the slippery parts.

I've done Sleeping Beauty multiple times but never in the winter. Went this weekend (2/18) and it was great. Snow on the trail was packed down enough to navigate, definitely needed microspikes and I was also glad I had my poles with me as well.

Very pretty. View of NYC skyline was cool. This hike is as good as any in the lower ADKs and one of my fave Jersey hikes.

Great hike❤

30 days ago

This was my first visit to Minnewaska. The hike was not strenuous, but was hindered a bit by a lot of ice. The ice added some challenge which I enjoyed. Rainbow Falls, frozen, is an amazing sight and the view of the Catskills is worth the trip.

Did this one back in July and it instantly became one of my favorites in Jersey. Astounding views on all sides from the summit area, and numerous views on the way up. Parking down the road and walking to the trailhead sucked, but the hike more than made up for it. Not an easy hike, but not hard by any means

Excellent Views! It exceeded my expectations! I recommend this hike! The very beginning is very steep, so be careful.

Beautiful path through the woods to Nuclear Lake. Nice vigorous hike - not overly challenging

great for the winter a valley turned completely into ice

Did this loop in late January 2018. Trail was pretty icy, I’d recommend bringing spikes. They’re not needed most of the time, but some sections were long stretches of thick ice over rock, particularly at the base of the falls.
The trail was beautiful, with a number of vistas along the way and had a great mix of terrain for moderate hiking. Almost no people too, which was a bonus in this popular park. There were a few sections that really needed some maintenance, but I attribute that to the extreme winds we had a few weeks ago. This hike takes you past the bottom of the falls and then up and over them. Getting both perspectives was very nice.
Would highly recommend this one.

1 month ago

Great views for a short hike.

Favorite trail in CT thus far. Great in very aspect.

I wouldn’t rate it as “hard” but it’s a nice hike. Some views and cool rocks....

First hike by myself- screwed up and somehow went to fishbrook Pond- was amazing!!! Will definitely do this again. Hopefully be able to see all the ponds- this area has quite a bit to do as far as trails, hiked views, camping, etc. pretty sweet

Beautiful trail, I am in love with this place.

I hiked here today and it was great! It had snowed last night, so the trail was coated, but it was only moderately slippery in a few spots. The views on this trail are incredible - there are a bunch of overlooks! Definitely recommend this hike.

I thought this trail was absolutely perfect for a beginner like me whose never been hiking before. The weather also cooperated the entire day for mid-October. If you want to read more of my Sleeping Beauty experience check out my blog post! :) http://www.ashleyinaugust.com/2017/12/sleeping-beauty-my-first-hiking.html

3 months ago

Very cold, layer up during this cold spell.

Great hike and nice views.

3 months ago

I started this hike from the beginning of the Under Cliff trail in the Nelsonville Nature Preserve, saw 2 pileated woodpeckers and 2 bluebirds as soon as I stepped onto the trailhead. To access the trail from here turn on pearl st off of 301 and take it to the end, there's a parking lot and a kiosk at the trailhead. Hike was approximately 9 miles round trip this route. Followed the yellow trail to white to blue to red and back to yellow. Not many views because of the snowstorm but absolutely serene as the snow fell in the woods

The first bit of the trail is fairly steep. Being new to hiking, I needed to stop a few times to catch my breath. Once you get to the first overlook by the ruins, the trail levels out for a while. If you continue on to the fire tower, the last 10 minutes up are rocky and have a bit of a grade to them again. It was in the mid 40s today and I ran into about 15 other hiking groups. The views from the overlook by the ruins are nice and the views from the fire tower are incredible. Make sure you bring water because you'll need it.

Not moderate, seven switchbacks to reach ridgeline

Great climb and the tower is great

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