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Nice hike except you can hear the traffic on Rt 287 the entire time.

Richie said it was GREAT! Random guy took pictures of his back too. Great day

Great & easy trail perfect for small dogs. Pretty awesome view of the dam. Would love to return to mountain bike. Which reminds me to warn hikers that some parts of the trail you share with cyclists (some are polite and some will run you down if you don’t get out of the way).

hiking
3 days ago

What an amazing hike! Absolutely stunning views, and such a great range of terrain & elevation. The views of island pond are especially breathtaking. However, I deducted a star for a few reasons: First, this hike is NOT seven miles. My mother and I both measured the distance, and it came out to about 12 miles in total. Also, really keep track of what trail you should be following - it changes abruptly at times. We followed: white to green at times square, then to blue on white, then red on white, then yellow, then to a trail that had no markings until the parking sign. The main thing that threw a wrench in our hike was the 35 feet of standing water in the last mile and a half of the hike. We were stuck with another two hikers and could not find anyway around this water (even hiked >50 feet away from the trail). We ended up wading through water that was mid thigh-high for me (I’m 5’9”). All in all, I think it’s a rewarding hike if you take adequate breaks and plan for distance & weather!

Where’s the Damn Waterfall!!!! Lol

Well marked and is difficult after the first 2 miles. Be prepared for scambling and steps. I did this after the rain and the scrambling was very hard and slippery. Beautiful views.

not hard but tricky. finished the loop with 3 other people, 1 who has never hiked before. enjoyed it immensely though. Calves were a little achy the day after climbing the grand staircase and the boulders. but nothing insane if you have some level of fitness.

Moderate hike. Gorgeous views.

Lovely hike. We did what other reviewers suggested: white to blue to orange to red. The scramble up at the beginning of the blue portion was definitely a challenge (I’m in reasonably good shape for my 51 years) but fun. I’m glad we went UP for that scramble; going down would have been a bit much for me. Overall really nice way to spend 3-4 hours, with some majestic views. The trail blazes can be a bit difficult to locate, so be on the lookout for those.

OK hike. Hard uphill to start. once you make to the blue trail, it becomes very easy. Saw kids on the hike. Views are very nice it and make the hike worth it.

Great hike! Hi-Point is quality payoff, while the other lookouts are underwhelming in comparison. Some steep portions, but little scrambling. Non-technical and not a marathon - easy-peasy, don't believe the "strenuous" proselytizers. Well worth a few hours of forest strolling (and the drive)!

Pretty and not boring with different terrains

Beautiful hike with breathtaking view points. It was a beautiful day and therefore the trail was very crowded; it was almost a social gathering. One can do the full 8 miles trail, but we loop out after circa 5 miles. After the first 2 segments, most hikers loop out and the trail is quite empty.

Where’s this waterfall???

Not as difficult as other reviews made it out to be. Lots of Rock climbing that is diverse enough for you to choose easier vs harder. Great views worth the climb

Views. All the views. It starts with a scramble — if you’re used to Mt. Tammany, this will be an easier than the difficulty forecasting a “hard” trail. After the ascent, it’s more of a ridge walk out with lots of good views. I made the poor decision to take the bypass down and walk Beacon Hill as a separate trail because rain was creeping in — do not do this if you’re tempted (Beacon Hill’s trail is to the powerhouse ruins and initial views is boring and more like a steep gravel fire road than an interesting venture). Just keep walking the trail and you’ll have a much better path. If it rains, you get wet. Safe travels.

Beautiful fall views

Love this app!

Awesome spot to hike, trails were easy to read, don’t forget to put on big spray I got eaten alive haha and it does tend to get crowded with parking over there. Also after the hike there’s a farm a min away with the best Ice cream!

Good overall hike. Some good views. Moderately strenuous in some spots

my first real hike, was more than I expected but was a great CHALLENGE !! coming from Louisiana it was a great experience and had a great time

hiking
19 days ago

Nothing special. Free parking, Google maps directions are confusing at the very entrance - google insists you make a right turn where there is a sign ‘no entry’ so that you continue driving down Route 202 for couple more miles.
The hike itself is crowded at the beginning, right off the parking lot. There is no ranger station or visitor center, so get your maps before you start. Or take a picture of a map on the parking lot. There are a lot of trails, so you can make your own route, adjusting the length. There are quite a few dogs on the trial that are let off leash, so just be careful. The Bear Swamp Lake at the middle of the loop is pretty much a swamp covered with lots of water lilies. It’s technically a lake but it’s swampy and breeds gazillions of mosquitoes. Don’t you even consider going without a bug spray- you’d be eaten alive. Bring a bug spray with you as well - we had to apply it several times during the hike. There are 2 other lakes on the trail that are in a better condition.
There are couple of interesting places that look like cabin ruins around the lake with chimneys and some walls. We had lunch at one of those. But that is pretty much it. All trails are well marked and easy to follow and well maintained for the most part.

Great for beginners and not too crowded yet enough people on the red trail to not worry about getting lost. Took me 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the lake and just 1 hour back down. Bathrooms and ice cream vending machine at the trail head/visitors center a definate stop on the way back to your car. Next time will go slower to enjoy more of the scenery and take pictures along the route. All in all be ready for a great afternoon of cardio work on your way up.

Perfect trail with nice views.
Have an option to combine or switch between trails.

Loved it!!!

amazing scramble in the beginning and beautiful views at the top! plan on using 4 points of contact during the scramble in the beginning. Loved this and will definitely do it again!

Great trail

This trail should be characterized as hard, not moderate. Halfway through, red path markings nonexistent.

It’s all alongside the highway, if you were able to see the view more it would be nice. The coolest part about the hike was that I ran into a snake

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