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For an inexperienced hiker its a pretty nice hike, but if your experienced this hike is a breeze and you can do it fairly quickly. If your able to hike this on a day with little to no clouds you can actually see Boston, Massachusetts from the top of the fire tower.

The trail is in very good shape considering how early in the season it is. With snow covering roughly 60% of the trail, make sure you tackle this short half-day hike with decent waterproof hiking boots and consider bringing micro-spikes. I took my 5 year old black lab out today and she was able to complete the trail with no problems! The view overlooking lake solitude is stunning.

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2 days ago

4/22/18 Trail conditions were still snowy, some mud but not too bad. It took 90 minutes up at a steady pace. Not a difficult hike but will definitely get your heart pumping. The last mile or so gets pretty steep and somewhat slippery. Would’ve benefited from micro spikes or hiking poles. We brought our boards and skis up and skied down Ridge Run which was completely snow covered. We saw numerous other peopling skinning up the trail.

Great hike short but beautiful views!

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10 days ago

Nice quick hike. make sure to look up at about 1.6 mils so you see the sign for Prospect rock to the right. Beautiful view from the top!

April 5, 2018, still icy, bring your spikes! Many thanks to whomever took the time to make the drawing showing the various mountains in the distance and their compass points.

Not a hard hike just not well marked.

Not to steep of an incline going up. Very clean trail, but it was not very well marked. Once you find prospect rock its beautiful definitely a hidden gem. Needs more trail markers for where the actual rock area is. Otherwise, it was a nice hike, we even went further and found Lye Forest.

great winter hike! well marked trails, fairly steep in sections. wish I'd brought the trekking poles. micro spikes were a must. glad we chose this trail instead of the falling waters trail in the whites, as a storm system was coming in. even though there were no views at the top, the falling snow was magical. partially frozen waterfall was spectacular.

Nice trail! Some steep parts, only reason I took a star away was for the amount of trash littered all over including used tampons… the trail head said 1.7 mi, Alltrails says 3.3 and my fit bit tracker said 3.9. Nice view at the top!

Great early morning hike after 1-2 inches of fresh snow. Not a strenuous hike at all...brought the dogs. Nice view from the top. Will try this again in the spring - would recommend for anyone looking for a short hike (around 2 hours).

The trail starts off by steeply ascending a rocky slope with decent views. The grade then moderates, and reaches the summit at about 1.4 miles. From the fire tower, there are great 360 degree views of southwestern New Hampshire, the Green Mountains, and–on a very clear day–the Boston skyline and the White Mountains. The return route steadily descends over rolling terrain before reaching the parking lot.

Trails clearly marked. Even with the snow we’ve had there was a well defined path. Only made it to cascade falls due to daylight so will definitely have to come back to summit.

The hike begins with an easy stroll on a picturesque dirt road. After about half of a mile you turn left onto the trail, which descends towards a stream. After crossing the stream, the trail begins a moderate ascent. It goes through the open col between Haystack and Middle Mountains, then swings left to steeply ascend the pinnacle of Haystack. Great views from the summit of the Mettawee Valley, as well as pastoral New York and Vermont.

Been to quite a few nature viewing spots throughout New York and Vermont and the view from the top of this fairly easy hike is unbeaten. we arrived at 430 pm and reached the summit at 540, we are not the most experienced hikers by any means but the whole hike up and back took about 2 hours, however we rushed back down to beat the darkness and only stayed on the summit for a few minutes. House towards the beginning of the trail has aggressive dogs who chased us down the road after dark once we got closer to the car, owner was outside and heard me screaming at the dogs to go away and did absolutely nothing, couldn't care less, which is sad considering it is legal to carry a registered side arm while hiking, and had I had one I would of likely drawn and fired a warning shot, that's how aggressive these dogs were towards us, chasing us down the road. Would DEFINITELY recommend having some protection because those dogs are nasty and unpredictable and the owners dont care. I shouted towards the house to call of there dogs, only half expecting a reply, and was met with a "F*ck you a*shole" shouted back. we were very nervous, for they were big dogs and it was pretty much pitch black at the time, so we continued with our light aiming behind us watching the dog that had come onto the road to chase us. he would start running at us and I would stop and scream as loud as I could and he'd stop for a second then continue at us. It was to the point I had my pocket knife out and constantly had to watch the dog, turning to scream at it to go away multiple times since it kept running after us, no way owners didn't hear me. They must think they own the trail because of their location. But other than that it was a great experience.

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1 month ago

The first half is all up hill, more than I anticipated. At the summit you can’t see anything, unless you climb up the fire tower. I was expecting some sort of clearing at the top. The overall hike was very muddy and slippery. Decent and well marked, but wouldn’t do it again.

Awesome hike! Beautiful trails and 300 degree view from the top..my 5 year old with a lil motivation and carrying up a few yards here and there was able to get to the summit..will def be hiking here again

Nice little hike and amazing reward when reaching the summit. Wear spikes and this is an easier climb in the ice than it is in summer when wet and slippery .

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3 months ago

HIked this trail two labor days ago and it was humid as hell. I've seen a few reviews about the "boring" beginning of this trail....within the first 5 mins of the hike I saw a gorgeous Barred Owl in the ravine to the left of the trail. Luckily I had my binoculars with me and watched it for a good 5 mins, it wasn't bothered at all by my presence. As for the trail itself I loved it..moderate hike but challenging in the humidity, thinking ahead I packed cold beers for the summit and that was my motivation to fight through the stifling heat

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4 months ago

This was my first time doing a winter hike and the challenges were outstanding. Once we got up to the summit, the views were magnificent. And then the walk down was beautiful. Thank you Jeanne Blauner and Rick.

Fairly easy winter hike, trail was well marked. Cascade falls was pretty well frozen over but still beautiful. Overall, a very scenic and pleasant hike. Curious to return in spring/summer.

beautiful trail with lots of views and waterfalls! ate lunch on the hang glider landing and saw a grad total of 3 other people. :)

Nice surprise. A moderate 1.25 mile hike up to the summit where there was a rocky outlook with a 300 degree view including the north side of Mt. Wachusett.

met up with 11 of my outdoor loving friends to hike this trail on the day after thanksgiving. quick hike with a bit of elevation gain. wonderful views from the top. easy to follow trail & blazes. highly recommended! after your hike, drive 45 min south to stone cow brewery for some delicious beer, sandwiches, homemade ice cream, and a gorgeous barn interior with games and a cozy fire.

Solid up hill right from the start to the peak of Pack Monadnock. Some craggy sections early on. There were people counting the migration of raptor species of birds which is cool, made for some interesting conversation at the top of the hike. Continued on the Wapack Trail up to the North Pack and back before continuing down the Marion Davis trail. Fun descent can be made quick tip toeing and dancing across rocks. There was some surface coming down so spots where slick. All in all a good fall hike.

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5 months ago

Great easy hike for an early Saturday morning with a stellar view as the payoff. Had Prospect rock all to myself for 40 minutes...very grateful

Really nice, pretty easy hike. Enough to feel like you accomplished something without being too exhausting. It was great on a very cold, windy day because it is somewhat sheltered. Nice views from the top!

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