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Went for an easy hike with my dog. He loved it. The water was high because of all the rain so we couldn’t make it past a certain part of the trail where the river had come up. Beautiful and easy though.

my favorite of all the trails to the fire tower. Best views especially after the leaves fall. Well marked and reasonably dry 2 days after heavy rains

hiking
10 days ago

We underestimated the difficulty of this trail. Going counter clockwise there was a very steep section with what could be best described as a cliff to one side. We had our 5 and 7 year old and a dog. It was steep enough, wet enough, and coverred with enough leaves that we considered turning back, but after scouting ahead a bit, it seemed it was safer going forward than turning back.

After that sketchy section, it turned into a wonderful hike with views on both sides of the ridge.

We'll probably do it again when the boys are older, but we'll do it when it's dry and we'll do it before the leaves start falling.

This was a great fall hike. I took the yellow trail up and wasn’t sure which trail I’d take down. The yellow trail is VERY hard to follow in quite a few places. This seemed to be the consensus as I said hello to other hikers as well. It’s gorgeous in the woods on this trail, so if you take your time and pay attention I would still recommend it. Because of this, I took the blue trail down, and was glad I did because this offered some variety and was a fun challenging way back down. Overall would highly recommend it. Beautiful, challenging, and great way to spend the day.

Beautiful fall hike! Too late for aspens but still a nice, moderate hike

Went up blue trail and down the yellow. As others have said yellow is a little harder to follow especially in October with the leaves down HOWEVER I would 100% recommend coming down yellow for the views of snow capped white mountains.

on Mount Cutler Trail

hiking
23 days ago

Definitely an exciting hike, far from boring. The summit is beautiful and there is a lot to explore. Although the climb up is very steep and rocky. I normally love a good challenge, but I definitely think this one is better suited without kids (my husband carried our 3 year old on his back and I am currently 3 months pregnant). We did a lot of sliding on our butts on the way back down and had a mini panic attack here and there, but I would love to come back to this mountain someday and do some more exploring, likely when I am not pregnant and without kids. Haha. On another note, make sure to keep an eye out for the red trail markers. They are a bit hard to find in some spots.

WE FOUND A FITBIT AT THE TRAILHEAD on Saturday October 20th. It was right around 1pm when we began. If this is yours, please email me at marlanaujoks@gmail.com and I will mail it back to you.
The blue trail was well marked, steep at times, and overall a 5 star hike up, with outstanding views on the way up and at the summit. There is not a sign when you reach the summit, but it will be pretty obvious. The yellow trail, though lovely, was terrifying to head back down on due to the yellow paint marks being inconsistent in brightness and not being marked in areas where it should have been to keep folks from straying off the path. I would recommend giving yourself plenty of time to go down this train in case you get lost. I would give this particular trail 5 stars if it were clearly marked, and in a color other than yellow, so I'd give it 3 stars at this point. I hope it is changed in the future.

Easy loop with beautiful views, especially in the fall.

Beautiful hike. Took the blue trail up and the yellow back. There is an unmarked grassy trail leading down from the peak which we mistook for the yellow trail but turned back pretty quickly and found the correct trail. The markings on the yellow trail were very faded and at times difficult to spot, but as long as you stop for a minute you can regain your bearings pretty easily. We passed a bunch of friendly people on the blue trail but saw absolutely no one on the yellow trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trails with scenic views from top. Great foliage trail hikes from easy to moderate.

Hiked this mountain two weekends in a row with friends. Last week we took the blue trail both ways. Great scramble and reasonably challenging climb, especially closer to the top. This week we took the yellow trail up, and the blue down. We had a great hike both times, and the view is beautiful with fall foliage. A couple of notes. 1) I (and my hiking companions) would not recommend the blue trail for small children or for dogs, unless your dog is extremely agile and energetic. There are sections that are extremely steep, and the rocks are jagged in a few places. 2) the yellow trail is a great walk, but extremely poorly blazed. I'm sure the trail was harder to find due to fallen leaves, but there were several points at which we had to keep one person at the last known blaze and send others in different directions to find the trail. Many times the trail made abrupt turns with no blazes marking the turn. It made for slow going on what would otherwise have been an easy to moderate walk through the woods. It's a longer way to the top, even without the frequent stops to make sure you're on the trail, but this is definitely the trail to take with kids and dogs. Overall a really fun hike! Also, for those who want more or less company while hiking, the blue trail is much more populated than the yellow.

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike!

so many families

Nice hike! Took about 2 hours to walk both ways. Scenic view and a decent beginner trail.

Nice trail, after about 40 minutes of up thru the woods ,trail opens up to ledges with beautiful views
Then runs along them to the top, we stopped at the southwest ridge took about 1.45 minutes and had lunch, and headed back . Great trail we will be back

Was an overall good trail. Parts got kind of wet where there wasn’t a clear way to get across other than to take your shoes off or try to balance on the few rocks above the water.

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail, good time of year for it. Took the doggo. You pay for parking at the park entry station right at the trailhead, like $4-8, they might have you park across the street from the trailhead and walk over. We got to the peak of the hill in no time, so we explored the surrounding trails. It was calm, but a bit lackluster.

What a great day for a hike yesterday. Trail is in really nice shape. We took the blue trail up and the yellow down and it made for a good loop.

Lower fall was gorgeous. Overall trial was really nice. Definitely need to watch your step and keep an eye on the yellow trail tags. You snake along the river the whole way. At about the half way point the trail changes to being extremely overgrown and narrow. I wasn’t trying to end up with a bunch of ticks on me this time of year so i turned around here. Got pretty muddy at that point too.

My dogs love this hike!

very nice trail with some good views. a littl bit of a scramble over a rock ledge.

Beautiful hike however encroaching construction towards the far end of the trail makes the path hard to follow. But it was certainly an adventure!

easy trail. my dog loved it

nature trips
1 month ago

Good for small kids.

We did the the ledges on the way up, and it was great fun. We did up and back, and did not do the full loop. My 8 year old girl really wanted the adventure of going back down the ledges. It’s definitely not for everyone, admittedly, but we had a ton of fun. unless you want a good adventure, the ledges are not for all. Great views in all directions, the view of Mt Washington and the presidential range to the north was really quite special.

Great hike! A bit hard in some places, but the views were nice!!

I’ve done this trail many times . Up and down the Blue only , one hour up and one hour down. I find it to be a good work out, with great views, and a nice little scramble at the top. I think it is one of the best hikes within an hour of Portland.Oh and as a reference I’m 71 years old

The map is kinda confusing. I thought it was a loop trail, but couldn’t figure out the loop from the top. Although it was a really pretty view.

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