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Exceeded all expectations ! Trails marked very well and very well maintained. Thank you Ballston Spa. The history of the area alone,is worth checking these trails out ! Many remnants/artifacts of years past. Well worth taking kids! Can’t wait to go back

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!

On 8/18 We hiked up the North trail which was rather muddy and returned via the East Trail. Lots of cool boulders and rock formations along the way. Little dissapointed in the condition of the cabin and the amount of trash we found right at the tower steps. Minimal views, other than from the tower. Otherwise, nice wide open spaces to rest and eat. The East trail was a quick return to the parking area.

Flat, easy, lovely hike with well-marked trails and some historical interest. The straight Hawkwood Trail (formerly a carriage path) might even be good for rugged strollers. Definitely kid and dog friendly. There's even QR codes if you'd like to view some YouTube history of the location.

Be prepared for icy trials. Overall great winter hike.

very nice easy to walk trail .. love this place ...

hiking
21 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.

Nice easy to moderately easy hike with a nice tower at the top. We took the south trail up and north trail down and it was icy and snow covered on 12/30. Micro spikes needed for trip down, lots of running water on lower section of north trail as well. We were up and down in less than 2 hours, with a good 20 minutes at the top for photos.

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.

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

Very pretty hike in the winter! Look for the teeny tiny sign before the bridge that leads you to the cliffs!! That makes the hike! It is a bit intense with ice and snow but well worth it!!!

long uphill hike. great views from the summit.

trail running
1 month ago

This was my first doing a trail run. As these trails were all flat and not very scenic, I believe that this place has made me fall in love with the sport. The tree line throughout the run was mesmerizing. Definitely easy to get lost without following the arrows. I will be coming here again to hit the whole thing in one go.

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

Very difficult to follow trail markers and path was not well kept when I went in October.

nice walk in the woods ... some days lucky if no one there ..

hiking
2 months ago

always a fun trail to do year round

We hiked the yellow trail today. Very pretty views at the top. There are many pretty streams and creeks along the way and the forest setting is very peaceful.
So the beginning of the trail is moderate, however coming down the rocks make the hike hard not moderate. You could easily get hurt if you're not in tip top shape and without poles and proper attire. It is definitely not dog friendly.
So I would absolutely change the rating to moderate to hard. total hike for the yellow trail is 5.5 miles.

Nice trail with great views at the top. A little muddy and slippery after rainy days.

hiking
2 months ago

View is beautiful! Very steep trail though, but so much fun!

hiking
2 months ago

Great short hike! A steady climb, not too strenuous. Great view at the top. The gazebo is a little cheesy but offers a nice spot to sit. Hiked up with chocolate lab, Maddie, and fiance. Took us 40 minutes to the top (took our time) and 20 minutes to get down. Trail is well blazed.

This is the latest in the year that we’ve hike in the Adirondacks, leaves were down and there was a winter weather advisory for late in the afternoon. The down leaves made us slow down on the way up which was definitely a climb up and over rocks. Arriving at the pond outlet and seeing the pond reminded us of a mountain lake in Montana. The walk along the ridge and its views was spectacular. Flurries started to fall just as we started down and they accelerated into snow very quickly as we descended down the ladder. Snow and leaves slowed us down even more down the steep decent but we were glad that we didn’t have to backtrack given the weather. We’ll be back in the spring/summer. Though it was challenging and all of 4 hours it was worth it. Glad we were prepared for the weather and glad we had the app.

great hike

hiking
2 months ago

This was definitely a moderate hike..I would not categorize this as “easy”. It was challenging and enjoyable and absolutely stunning views at the top. I’m in good physical shape (good endurance and cardio level) but new to hiking and it took me an hour to get to the summit. (Trekking poles recommended) And I don’t know what kind of mountain goats people have for children but I think this might be challenging for little ones (or maybe they’re more agile cause they’re smaller?!) Even though it wasn’t sunny, the view on a crisp fall day was breathtaking and I might have uttered an f-bomb or two in disbelief..highly recommend

hiking
2 months ago

As other reviews state quite rocky and steep right from the get go. Ankle support and good tread this time of year is necessary. If you’ve hiked before it should be no problem. My husband had a hip replacement a yr ago and we made it up in an hour and 15.

hiking
2 months ago

My wife was down at Saratoga Lake trying to row in the Head of the Fish, during a Nor-easter, so I decided to venture up Prospect Mtn. It was mostly rain at the bottom and mixed precipitation at the top with some slight glazing in areas making it a bit slippery. Love the tram history and the bull-gear and other artifacts at the summit. Decided to take the road around for my decent as there was not a soul in sight, no cars, no hikers, no birds, no noth'in...just me and the wind & rain. The road seemed to take forever but there were a few vistas on route so not bad. Bumped into an older gent collecting leaves at the trailhead down. Pretty cool hike!

Very definitely not easy...we turned back when faced with sheer rock with no place to walk...I felt at danger and called the next day to complain no warning of how hard and impossible this trail is. sad I missed the top but better than dying falling . horrible experience....would not recommend t anyone without gear to help them even then I would say no. I have only climbed prospect and sleeping beauty and felt much safer on them. To me this was impossible and the state and some comments below saying this is easy are leading folks to something bad happening.

Cloudy and blustery day, but the woods were great. Lots of falling leaves and pine needles. I walked the white trail to the yellow trail. I then took the orange connector over a new bridge to the blue trail. I followed the blue trail back to the white trail near the entrance area of the park.

I loved the new story board at the Hawkwood Estate ruins. Very informative. The QR Code signs are also very nice. What a great resource.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! A lot of rock...I mean a lot. Would try to have a good pair of hiking boots, ankle support recommended, but it's up to you. Wind and cooler temps at the top, so I always bring an extra layer, (when hiking in the Fall, and early Spring). Don't let the elevation fool you. Good photo opportunities at the top. Good photo opportunities on the way up as well. Be safe and have a good hike! Don't forget to let someone know where you are!

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