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hiking
17 hours ago

Decent trail- was foggy so maybe would have rated it higher if we had a view. This was a bit harder than moderate imho. Also we clocked over 1,500 feet elevation gain between peak and car in lot.

hiking
rocky
snow
19 hours ago

Windy and rocky. Not enough snow to be fun yet and the wind made the top layer crunchy so it’s hard to walk in but you break right through.

Nice stroll in the new snow with SCOUT

We hiked today with micro-spikes and met a couple others with snowshoes. It’s a pretty easy hike with not much elevation gain. The views along the crest are great. It was a day with blue sky, cool (15 degrees), beautiful white snow and lots of animal tracks. If you are the first person on the trail after a snow you’ll want to wear snowshoes.

So far this is my favorite fire tower hike!

Hike 2 with Scout

Went for a quick little hike here with my fiancé today. The trailhead was a little difficult to find even with using the AllTrails directions. If attempting this hike in the winter, do not go into the main entrance of Grafton State Park. Instead enter from N Long Pond Rd from Rt. 2. There was a decent amount of snow on the ground and even though it is all gravel road it was well plowed and drive-able even in my Chevy Cruze. The trail itself was packed snow with a couple ice patches that were easily maneuvered with micro spikes. The hike was pretty easy and is mostly flat with a few gradual climbs, be cautious about half way in during ascent there is a large ice patch. The day was a perfect mix of party cloudy/sunny and we were able to climb to the top of the Firetower which was super windy at the top! We were offered a 360 view of all of the mountain ranges in the area! Definitely will come back and try it out in the summer.

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

Several small creeks to cross, and beautiful vistas as you climb to the top. The frozen lakes are amazing. The view at the top was incredible! This time of year, a lifted vehicle with chains highly recommended.

6 days ago

Flat, good for time trial, speed, warm-ups.

The hike was nice and easygoing as we just needed microspikes for this hike. There was a little ice in places but very doable. You could see the snowmobilers riding across the lake.

Fun winter day hike. Took the Mary Glen trail to Ashley Falls, then past Badman Cave, Newman Ledge and Artists Rock. Built a fire in a firepit at campground. There were some icy spots. Don't worry about the road being closed. Plenty of places to park by entrance to campground even when it is closed. And trail was about a 5 minute walk from there. You can check out some video here to get an idea: https://youtu.be/r8ipiygb7_Y

You get lost a lot

hiking
11 days ago

I did a short 1.5 mile walk on the Bird Watching trail this morning. The trail conditions were a little muddy and the cold wind was howling. They must have listened to the comments about trails being poorly marked as I noticed plenty of markers and signs.

off road driving
13 days ago

this is more of a road rating went up there just to drive more snow on the ground than expected but still had loads of fun highly recomend a lifted vehicle to get through all the way and dont go alone

We went today, the trails were marked very well until we got to the end by the fire tower road! We either missed a turn somewhere or not but at that intersection we did not know where to go! We took a left and walked the road back to our car. Other then that, we had a greet time and would do it again

Hiked it today, 1/5. I drove from Wilkerson and drove over the bridge, parked, then walked over the bridge to the trail head. You have to step over the guard rail to get to the trail. It’s a little steep going down but flat once you get down. I only hiked about 30 minutes because it started to get dark. The trail was pretty muddy but not too bad.

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!

hiking
15 days ago

Easy Hike. Did this hike about 13 years ago in the summer time. We were in the area for a blue grass festival. The views were amazing, and the weather was awesome. We even saw a baby cub about 50 yards away on the trail.

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.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful setting.

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.

hiking
17 days ago

Great short hike along flat terrain. Muddy in some places but otherwise very well made trails. Well marked and well maintained. Lots of birds too.

hiking
17 days ago

MUST DO.

From the East Coast (specifically New Jersey) and this was our first West Coast hike. Wow, wow, wow. The views were insane, the flora was gorgeous, and the temperature was perfect in August! This review is written late, but if you can make the trip, DO IT!

Walked this trail on a very hot day during August and enjoyed every second of it, especially the overlook points and crossing the waterfall, can’t wait to go back!

trail running
19 days ago

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

Loved the hike took almost 5 hours. I wouldn’t recommend large dogs for the whole loop. Some portions you have to climb up. I would do this trail in the summer/fall.

on Spruce Bog Trail Loop

19 days ago

not at all hard. very flat and extremely well marked. my dog really enjoyed the trails. I combined with the Dickinson fire tower trail for more distance.

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.

There’s better up this way

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