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Really beautiful trail. Gentle terrain. A lot of twists and turns. As long as you keep the app open it’s pretty easy to follow the correct path. Would highly recommend.

A nice nature walk. Not marked easy to keep walking in loops.

Did this with a friend 0107 and chased daylight. Easy hike up until the last mile or so. Crampons are lifesavers. Lots of ice, but with the recent snowfall, it was a good cover which helped with traction. Trekking poles were a big help too. Easy to locate trailhead. Took us about 4-5 hrs round trip with lots of gear on our back and with taking stops to reorganize and take some pictures.
This was our first winter hike ever. Highly recommend.

This trail is currently impossible to do without winter traction due to flow ice. With microspikes you are still unlikely to make it to summit without proper skill. Crampons definitely recommended. Otherwise the trail is wonderful and very enjoyable. Some very tricky and treacherous sections towards the top because of the ice. Be careful and don't do this one alone!

hiking
13 days ago

We hiked to the Tremper fire tower but from the Willow trailhead. There isn't an Altrails map for that route but I have suggested one. There is now good parking off the road at Willow (near the end of Jessup Road). There is no trail register yet. Great hike, steep in places but wonderful views most of the way. Our recorded mileage was 7.4 miles.

We hiked to Balsam Lake Fire Tower for the ADK/Catskills fire tower challenge. This is the only map available for the northern approach. It was a great trail. Lots of parking and clearly marked trail. I have suggested a trail edit by having just the trail to Balsam Lake for those only wanting to hike to the fire tower.

Beatiful hike on 02JAN2019 icy. Not much snow

was a beautiful day for a walk in the woods ...great company.. nice streams and ponds ...but ...very poorly marked ..if I even seen one marker..make sure to bring a gps phone and or compass.. .. oh and be safe ..go early in case you get side tracked on all the loops .. ☮️..Hal

The trail is pretty moderate up to the split between Haystack and McKenzie mountains. The ascent up Haystack is steep, but it was mostly the ice that slowed me down. So much ice. Pretty sweet trail overall. Nice views from the top and lots of parking at the trailhead. Great hike!

Trail had a lot of flow ice, definitely recommend crampons.

Unbelievable views from the top.

I live near here so I’ve done this hike many, many times in my childhood and since. It’s great for the kids and the fur kids, usually lots of other folks to greet.

winter was in full swing, the road is not being plowed so be prepared for extra mileage. god bless the the ten people who broke the way Saturday. the old trail was not broken out and i like the switch backs on the new trail. toward the top if you leave the trail 3 feet deep. took us 5 hours up 2 hours and 10 minutes down. we met the group that maintained the trail thanks for your service. excellent day you know that you earned this one.

hiking
1 month ago

Starts off okay and quickly turns rocky and tree roots. Once to the top, wonder! Missed fall foliage by 2weeks but glad I did it while I was there!

This was TOUGH! (Rating is accurate). My heart beat 100 miles a minute as it was all uphill! But I made it, glad I did. Had a great time with niece, nephews and neighbor! Glad I can say been there done that!

2 months ago

A nice sunny, crisp day in the woods. We had the hike to ourselves until the hike down. Bummer there was no bear sighting. The hike delivered an intense ascent that eventually leveled off. It's a well marked trail. I'm sure this would be a great but slide down in the winter. great views at the top. The trail sign calls it Folded Rock.

Went this past weekend, snow on the ground most of the way, nearly a foot at the top. Great hike, just the right length, and amazing view from the summit.

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

I’m probably not giving this trail the best review I could because I did this one right after hiking Hunter. The trail, while reasonable, just seemed to go on and up forever. It was also incredibly windy and bitingly cold. The Firetower is in good shape and the views were good. I’d like to try this one without having done something like Hunter first.

Beautiful waterfalls! Do not expect to follow the trail without crossing the Platterkill River. The crossings are only passable when there is low water conditions.!!! We hiked after a rain and had to find downed trees across the River. Advanced hiking for sure. You can see a waterfall from the designated view point not far from the start of the trail. Follow blue trail.

I really liked this hike, although the trail goes up, up and up some more. I did Hunter just before Tremper, so perhaps I didn’t get a fair assessment of it. It was extremely cold and blustery on the summit. Great views. No microspikes needed quite yet, lots of mud/water at the lower elevations. A great hike though.

poorly marked or no markings in 3 different sections, fallen trees and debris makes it easy to get turned around.

Hiked out and back on Tremper Mountain. Stopped to see the first lean-to. Very cool hike. Not very easy and not much to see on the way up. Fire tower was locked on Nov. 4, was told by other hikers that the tower is unlocked only on Summer Weekends when the groundskeeper is there.

Hiked this today, to Fish Hawk Cliffs and it was as stated in previous reviews. Super easy until the side trail to the cliffs. In the summer, drier months is would probably be easy/moderate, but with all the water and mud it made the hike a bit longer since I had to take my time. Regardless, it's worth it ten fold. I drove in from Cleveland specifically for the hike and was not let down by any stretch of the imagination. No need for poles, just take your time in the slop. Will be back many more times.

Great hike on a gorgeous day after leaves have almost entirely fallen. We went up on the new trail & down on the old one. Surprised that the snow increased from a dusting at the trailhead to as much as 3" midway up, but it was sunny & calm. Made for great photos at the snow-frosted summit overlooking the brown trees & blue lakes in the surrounding plains. The fire tower had 2" wind-blown frost crystals on the edges, but was not slippery. Does anyone have a reference for the old ski trails?

My honey and I hiked this trail and enjoyed it. Very well maintained trail with a few fun rock scrambles. We will definitely hike it again in spring.

Hiked on 10/24. Great hike, it was raining and then snowing so absolutely no view but great nonetheless. Took us 5 hours. Spikes needed near and on the summit.

backpacking
2 months ago

Very scenic and easy hike

Did this one today, later in the afternoon, so I finished in the dark. I like a hike that lets you warm up your legs before you hit the steep pitches. This hike is ideal for that. Today, even at lower elevations, there is snow and ice, so micro-spikes are essential, especially going up that final pitch to the summit. The views are totally worth it, although the lower set of stairs have been removed, so access to the tower is nil. Again a great hike, but micro-spikes are a must.

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