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Rough trail because of snow and ice but well worth the extra effort.

Great hike, views and trail. Just to let everyone know, those "rock statues" are called Rock Cairns and they are for rock climbers as a sign that there is rock climbing near by. Since rock climbing is dangerous, printed signs aren't allowed because beginners can injure themselves going alone, so the Cairns are there to signify to climbers that there is rock climbing in that direction, and if you keep following it there will be more until you end up at a rock wall. So if you see them, please do not knock them over.

Went out and back on 1/10/19, didn’t do the loop. Snowshoed to pack down the trail after a lot of snowfall. We saw several people out in just spikes and they did fine

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked up on this cold (4°f) morning to catch the sunrise. Noticed a few trail markers, but the trail is easy enough (and wide) to follow (even in the dark), they aren't really needed. About 40mins up, 25 down. Lots of ice - microspikes are definitely needed! The views are absolutely incredible and worth every step! Must be a very popular trail - we weren't the only ones who hiked up in the dark on the coldest day of the year thus far...

Did the loop just under four miles in micros Hard pack snow in mid December. Would be great either on snowshoes or trail running depending on season and conditions. Fantastic views of whiteface and separately the Mcintyers

Do not attempt without micro spikes. 60% sheet of ice right now. Not much snow. Slow going but can't beat the views!

Not too much snow today, but the rock scrambles have ice on them. Definitely recommend micro spikes - made the icy rock scrambles and the general descent much easier!

Hiked in 8/18/18. Id consider this hike pretty difficult. It kicked my 13 year old sons butt! Saw some neat mushrooms along the way but nothing overly spectacular, in comparison to some of the other memorable firetower trails. Great workout, but your eyes are on the ground the majority of the way because of the extremely rocky terrain. We had to stop mutiple times along the way because this hike works your legs!

I did this hike today. A few inches of new snow on the ground. This was a great hike. Lots of great views. Mini Waterfalls everywhere made for a lot of good pics and videos. 3/4 of the way up the hike does get harder but very doable. The view at the top is surreal. Can’t wait to do it in snowshoes once the snow gets deeper.

16 days ago

Ohhhh Baker Mt. - Super nice neighborhood locale. Trailhead across from a popular ice fishing pond. A lot of nice people walking pups. And then -the trail. It says go left and make it a loop. Don’t. No trail markers at all when it splits left. We used the shit out of this app to try and find the trail in 2” Of snow. It was a fun adventure scramble up, but icy as F and that wouldn’t be fun if you weren’t prepared. Stay to the right in the winter. Great view at the summit and nicely marked trail on the way down (to the right - which is the left going down). No kidding. Wait until summer. Probably a great trail. Winter. Oooof.

Be prepared for icy trials. Overall great winter hike.

trail running
17 days ago

Epic views. It’s getting icy towards the top of the summit; you might want to bring microspikes or trekking poles.

hiking
17 days ago

beautiful views for a short and relatively easy hike! it's over before you know it. I would definitely avoid doing this on a weekend as it was packed full when I did it in september, to the point there was no room up top! hiked it again later in the fall and it was much less populated : )

hiking
17 days ago

This trail has been improved with switchbacks and stone steps to help avoid some of the wetter and icier sections. Traction required on colder days. Dog and child friendly. Nice view from the gazebo. After heavy rains like we had on 12/31/18 it gets very muddy however the waterfall gushes and is worth the extra effort.

We found this to be a strenuous hike. The trails were well marked but, white markers are tough to see in the snow. Parts of the Hopper Trail were a sheet of ice. I wore crampons for miles. Yesterday’s rain froze much of the trail, where it wasn’t flooded. The view from Greylock was breathtaking. We could see the wind turbines, and although I typically dislike monuments on top of mountains (Think High Point, NJ), the monument on Greylock is simply beautiful. We wished the lodge was open. There was an open composting toilet at the top of the Hopper trail. In summary, leave extra time and spikes are a must.

love this trail. the view at the top is worth the hike. the waterfall is beautiful too if you are willing to go a little further.

I love Buck Mountain!
The views are delightful!!

hiking
21 days ago

Great view for not a lot of effort. My 7 year old thought it was awesome

great place to hike.

21 days ago

Nice for a short hike!

Great hike, did it early morning great views from the top and short trek. Much steeper than I expected but well worth the work for the views. Bring spikes if there is any snow on the ground. Lots of ice on the rocks

A good mix, close to town and just hard enough for a quick, fun workout

long uphill hike. great views from the summit.

We hiked the trail 12/16. Took the right trail up which was marked well in most spots. Definitely packed snow and a lot of ice. Wore microspikes and had no problem. We looped down the other side which was not marked but clearly walked on so had no problem following it.

A great hike in the winter. Great views of Lake George along with streams and ponds. Hiked it with my dog and she loved it.

hiking
1 month ago

12/8 : Snow was packed down pretty good. Wore crampons the entire time and had no issues. Awesome views when you summit

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on 12/9/18. Didn’t necessarily need the spikes but wore them anyways and there were a couple icy spots.

Trail seems to be neglected as trees are down on the trails and picked up quite a few beer and soda cans. Also had to knock down those silly rock statues people make on the trails...why??? The only evidence you should leave are your footprints.

Overall it’s a quick 30 minutes up one way and don’t forget to keep walking to get on top of the big rock overlooking the pond.

hiking
1 month ago

Not a difficult hike and had some awesome sunrise views!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy and quick hike! Up in about 20 minutes if you’re in decent shape and kids love this. The gazebo up top is a nice touch and worth the little bit of lung breaking!

hiking
1 month ago

What a fantastic hike, the snow-pack just adds to the enchantment. Reminds me a lot of the way I felt about our hike up Pillsbury Mountain.

This is mostly a moderate hike with some more strenuous sections, and then some sections that were an easy forest stroll. Lots of water in the streams, much of which had formed ice falls. The trail, especially higher up, is currently well packed snow and ice; at lower elevation there was more forest floor.

Contrary to what the description says about mileage, we clocked in at 5.8 miles.

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