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Trail itself is really short and floods out after even a moderate rain from the previous day. The sinkhole boardwalk is still closed and you can barely see down into it from the trail. I'd skip this place for now.

hiking
2 days ago

Trails are still covered in soft spring snow, I found microspikes and poles helpful. Great afternoon hike!

Great hike short but beautiful views!

This trail has been closed for a ridiculous amount of time.... We used to hike it all the time!

Definitely not the easiest and in mud season even a little tricky at times with the dog and kiddos. But such a good steep hike, and worth the trip. My kids have officially climbed a mountain!

Did this beautiful hike, more if a trek, in early March on snowshoes. Very enjoyable and serene with Stevenson Brook runnig next to the trail the majority of the way. Came across one other person on cross country skis.

Wet snow remains on the trails, a little slippery going down hill, and the trails are marked well. I did not need micro spikes or snowshoes. Appropriately rated, an easy walk/hike in the woods. The access road is in great shape!

beautiful place.

I walked around Walden Pond, last night, in the rain. It was a transcendent experience. If you have not already, please read Walden by Henry David Thoreau, before visiting this pond.

I’m going to have to check this place out. For obvious reasons. I’ll come back and update after I’ve seen it.

Nice trail! Some steep parts, only reason I took a star away was for the amount of trash littered all over including used tampons… the trail head said 1.7 mi, Alltrails says 3.3 and my fit bit tracker said 3.9. Nice view at the top!

Just went, it's a beautiful place but yes unfortunately the sink hole is still closed and I was told will remain closed for up to 4 more months.

Pretty easy until the last quarter of a mile, nice views at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail starts off easy, the grade then becomes moderate, and after that it reaches an overlook with good views east. From there it is a steep and rocky (but short) climb to the summit, which has a fire tower with excellent views in all directions. The descent route passes several overlooks, as well as Balanced Rock.

Poorly marked for hiking in the snow, overall pretty challenging hike, but totally worth it at the top.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

short hike with beautiful views. one of my favorite local hikes. top pick when driving back to the area from boston. can make the hike longer by hiking north or south on the AT. great pub at the bottom to end the hike. very deep snow today. track was broken up to deer overlook. had to break trail along the AT and it was difficult because very little use over the winter

Fairly easy hike, the gorge is pretty interesting, it’s known as “Vermont’s Grand Canyon.” Conveniently located just a few minutes off I-89.

Mount Philo is definitely a crowd pleaser. It’s short and not too strenuous- which makes it an excellent trail for families. We hiked it in the snow and the parking lot was still nearly full - it’s very popular! We used our crampons during the last leg of the hike as it was a bit icy.

Absolutely gorgeous winter hike! I went with a local friend who hikes this trail frequently. The trail was still very well marked aside from the very top .5 mile where it crosses some ski runs. I would say it is mostly of moderate difficulty, with only the top section being "hard". As always in winter be prepared with plenty of layers, it got quite warm in the forest on this sunny March day but at the summit we needed our heavy coats. We needed poles and wore Yak Tracks or similar traction devices the entire hike, switching to actual spikes/crampons once at the cabin as from then on the trail is solid ice.

Watch out for stray skiers and have fun!

A must see (go down to the sinkhole, trail is alright).

hiking
1 month ago

The first half is all up hill, more than I anticipated. At the summit you can’t see anything, unless you climb up the fire tower. I was expecting some sort of clearing at the top. The overall hike was very muddy and slippery. Decent and well marked, but wouldn’t do it again.

Nice, easy walk around Walden Pond, great views of the water.

hiking
2 months ago

I gave this mountain 5 stars because it’s so close to home, for someone who doesn’t like Gyms, it’s the perfect nature walk/climb. I could do this 5 times a week and get my full workout in.

We hiked with microspikes and it was Great! We stopped just below the chin because of poor visibility. Tried to go up Profanity, but after just 5 or so minutes, the trail was unbroken and very deep snow instead.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

took the fire tower trail up and 9/10 of the way up 2 ppl from our group turned around because it was very steep and icy. 4 of us made it past the ice. if your not the most experienced I recommend the ridge trail. the ridge trail also had better views. top of the fire tower was amazing.

I’ve been going to the summit everyday this week. Great hike !

on Mount Philo Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Perfect short hike with stunning view at top. Definitely recommend starting with the left trail option and ending via the other side of loop to get the real hiking experience going up (in this way you get the road portion at end on decline portion). Kids were sledding down the end road. Very friendly atmosphere and great/safe in the snow! Dress warm!

Great trail with amazing views! Great camping!

The trail itself is a simple flat loop through the woods around a sinkhole, but the sinkhole is stunning and a must-see for visitors to North Florida. Currently (after the high waters that filled several feet at the bottom of the sinkhole in summer 2017), the walk down is closed as the boardwalk is being repaired and perhaps re-routed a bit, so call the park to find out the status of the trails and boardwalk to avoid disappointment. (Volunteers hauled several vertical feet of wood from the boardwalk out of the sinkhole in December to help the park to move forward with new plans for the boardwalk).

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