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did this counter clockwise , did this trail after minsi for mind the gap. I did prefer this trail only because it had more incline

Little bit of everything. Easy access off the AT makes it a great place to spend the night. Crater Lake is a great place to swim and also top off your water supply.

Went up the Red Dot trail and down the Blue. I have asthma and a chronic cough and am definitely out of shape and haven't hiked in years so the ascent was extremely challenging for me. There are a couple of very difficult spots that are all rock and steep. I almost gave up but I knew the payoff would be so sweet if I made it to the top. I had to stop many times. My poor partner who is very much more fit than I was patient, however, and we made it. I am so glad I stuck with it. The top was amazing and thrilling and beautiful. You can do this! If I can do this, anyone can. Coming down was much much much easier except my toes were jamming into the front of my boots. Beautiful waterfall and stream at the bottom. I felt so accomplished and alive and the end. You must do this!

Good for a ppl who do not hike and who would pay $16.5 for an adult ticket to see something that can be seen for free at different location. I believe last weekend there were over 100 cars parked plus 2 “ coach America” size busses. Over priced and crowded. We turned back , drove 2 miles down the road and hiked for free, lol

3 stars since bathroom was clean

Like most people, went up Red Dot, down Blue Dot which was perfect. Both are rocky trails and Red was a bit of a challenge for fairly casual hikers like us, but we loved the view at the top. It had rained a lot the day before so much of the trail was muddy and leaf-covered which made some spots slippery, so be sure to wear proper shoes.

Also this was probably the most clearly marked trail I’ve ever been on - red dots everywhere!

Took red dot up which is strenuous. I got there at 0800 and it was quiet. Trail is rocky and mostly up hill. Blue dot coming down is still rocky and that leads to a short part of Dunn field Creek trail which had a water fall and stream. Nice views all along. Had my dog also.

Awesome hike and trail run!

We went up the blue dot trail and down the red dot trail. Red dot is much harder, and it has the best views.

on Top Mountain Trail

1 month ago

I enjoyed the hike and the vista very much. The ticks, however were unbelievable. I removed many from my clothing and hundreds from my dog. Next time I will plan ahead and cover myself in tick repellant.

Going up 1200 ft in less than 2 miles was definitely challenging, but it does give you sense of accomplishment and very beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

I am pretty scared of heights and found this very doable. Going down the blue dot trail is much easier and not as steep.

Challenging hike with a steep start. Make sure to watch your step and wear appropriate hiking shoes. I'd suggest to start with the Red Dot Trail, since the view a the top awards you after the steep climb. After enjoying the stop at the top its a relaxing walk down along the Blue Dot Trail. Make sure to get there no later than 9 a.m. on the weekend since the parking lot will be very crowded. Enjoy!

Awesome day to hike!

Ascending up the hill on the blue trail was difficult we missed the red dot trail. We descended on the red dot trail. Easy to follow trail marks. Trail was wet hard very rocky. lookout was beautiful!!!

Took the Red to the Blue to the Green and then back the same route. Really beautiful scenery and great sounds of babbling brooks.

Overrated, commercialized.

hiking
1 month ago

Several different trails that intertwine and really keep you interested with the different scenery. This is a great place to bring your dogs and for beginners. If I was introducing someone into the outdoors here in PA I would probably put Nolde towards the top of the list.

As others have mentioned, there are no blazes, so I'd highly recommend picking up a trail map when you get there to keep track of how the trails join since there are several that seemingly begin and stop.

It was a great hike. a couples icy spots but they were easy to get around. great viewpoints. I would recommend bringing trekking poles if you have them they help you keep you balance on some of the rocks. It would be even nicer if there was not a highway next to the mountain but it is still beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

This is hiking for people who don't hike. I do like the place, it's beautiful, but i'm used to much, much tougher trails so it's more of a walk in the park to me. TONS of people (again, just not used to that) as it's a very touristy place. Place is beautiful and very easy to follow the trail. This kind of hiking is good for people with small kids.

Went here back in September. Figured Ill leave a review. First time coming and I thought it was beautiful. F.y.i it is $16 for an adult ticket. Got some awesome photos of the waterfalls. Very clean. It’s not your typical hiking trail. The trail here is more clean, not exactly difficult. Perfect for people with no experience in hiking and want to get a feel of what nature is like without having to work up a sweat. It can be crowded and you will see plenty of dogs. Overall it’s perfect for a family outing. I would definitely go again

This not your typical nature walk. It’s a sightseeing adventure filled with beautiful waterfalls. Be prepared to climb and descend steps everywhere you go. I think the $16.50 to get in is a bit pricy but this is private land and maintenance on all those steps and walkways must be expensive.

The hike was great exercise and worth the trip. The view at the top was lovely; however the road noise was distracting for me.

nice for everyone. tried the red one took us about 2 3 hours a lot of stairs but very beautiful. be careful where you put your foot don't kill anything

Fun!
Red up, blue down.
Beautiful. Not for kids.
Strenuous red up with great views of river; moderate blue down with lovely waterfalls.

This was a great hike. Challenging at times but the views are worth the climb. Great views on the way down!

fun hike but it is a challenge to follow. some very steep areas but just be aware. Good view and opportunity for wildlife but we only saw a couple turkeys!

Great views of many water falls.

Getting to the falls isn't easy. The roads are really really really messed up. Huge potholes. I mean 20, 30 feet wide and really deep. So definitely be careful. The fall is nice. We did the entire trail loop. My wife had a really hard time in the beginning. I didn't think it was hard or even moderately hard. I did enjoy the hike but it wasn't anything spectacular. I wouldn't drive 2 hours for it again. For most people I would rate this hike as moderate. I thought it was easy. We did see a few rattle snake skins by the lake/pond area. I wouldn't advice you to bring your dogs from the falls area. It's not save for pets. If you come from the lake side, then you're ok.

$16.50 per person. My first time hiking the trail. Crowded, but everyone was cordial and respected space. The hike takes about 2-2.5 hours depending on your hiking level.

We wanted to hike up to Crater Lake this past Saturday and thanks to this app, got there. The trails are poorly marked with missing signs everywhere and access roads and other unmapped trails that made it confusing to know which way to go. We went up from Buttermilk falls which was very muddy due to rain so when the climb gets steep, especially on rocks, you’re sliding even in hiking boots. I managed to eat it in a large rock- thankfully, I wore jeans and not leggings for this hike, else- the bruises would have been worse. We made a right onto Woods Road (not intentionally) and looped around til we hit orange blazes. At this point, it got confusing with access roads so use the markers on the map (thanks to those who put pins on unmarked roads!). We also had a hard time crossing a flooded stream but luckily made it safe and dry. By the time we got to the lake, we just took a look instead of looping around due to time and the fact some people said men were dragging out a (hunted?) bear from the woods toward the back of the lake. We took the AT back and went down Buttermilk Falls trail (blue) which we then were happy we didn’t hike up that way as it was steep. Woods road was longer, but a nice long flat break and passed two pretty ponds. Be wary of the mud and wear non skid boots and bring a pole or grab a big stick for balance!

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