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great hike!
I would say moderate and not hard.
Took us 5 hours in total from the parking lot and back include stops...
Amazing view, wet and a bit slippery forest and impressive pass from the forest to the Rocky summit.
could be better marked tho

Hiked up Black Mt on Saturday 9/22/2018. A crisp, clear morning perfect for hiking. I took the 2.5 mi trail up to the summit in 1 hour. The trail was easy to follow and the ascent was gradual/moderate with no really steep sections.
The views at the summit were amazing! Even with no access to the firetower. I took some nice photos from the lookout right below the summit. Then took the trail around the other side of the tower to another rock outcrop for more awesome views.
After 15 minutes I started down the other side to make the 7.7 mi loop hike. Soon after leaving the summit there is a side trail to the right with nice views towards Lake George. After that I zigzagged down the trail and came to the signed trail junction with the blue blazed trail that returns toward the parking area.
Now, it was obvious that this section sees much less use, as the trail was very faint and almost non-existent in places. I came to a lean-to and it seemed the trail ended there. But after some searching, I went down to the pond and found where the trail continued.
The trail was more visible after the lean-to and after a bit intersects with a yellow blazed trail that finishes the loop back to the road.
The whole trail was very scenic and I'm so glad I took the long way back. Another hiker and I were trail running most of the way back and I made it back in 1:18. Pretty good time for me.
A great loop hike overall, which I highly recommend. I would come back here again.

Enjoyed the trail especially the streams and view from the summit. Only about eight other folks on the trail. Steady incline with a fairly steep climb for the last 1/2 mile or so.

A nice steady climb to the top with some nice bedrock patches on the second half of the climb. My 5 1/2 year old was able to do this hike without too much difficulty. On the way down we found an entrance to the old cable tram carve out which can also be used as a trail and is actually easier. While the second half is steep (6/10), there are plenty of safe ways up and down. I would not rate this as a hard hike because it's so short in distance.

Nice easy hike to a pretty view of Lake George. Partially obstructed views but still worth the climb. After hiking to the View we went back down and looped around to the falls which was very pretty. The kids (ages 5, 6, 8, 9) loved it. We took a short cut to the falls so the total hike was about 5 miles instead of 6.3.

Beautiful easy hike

Love this hike! Went yesterday with my 4 big dogs and had a blast. Very dog friendly off leash trail as long as your pup is well socialized and under your control/has good recall. It rained the first 2.2mi up Jerusalem trail til we hit the LT. We went north briefly to hit up the Glen Ellen shelter so I could change, then back on to the LT and went south to the Mt. Ellen summit. The sun had emerged and the views were beautiful but do know it’s not quite a 360. Sugarbush resort’s summit chair lift tops the 4,082ft. With the detour, we ended up going 9mis. Definitely recommend; usually not a heavily trafficked trail. Parts are challenging/steep but there are plenty of flats to help break up the incline. Go enjoy!

Well used trail around Falls and to Lake George. Nice for kids.

Enjoyed this hike. View are great at the top. Not much of a trail run due to boulders but a great workout. Took me 68 minutes both ways.

This is a challenging but rewarding hike. We took the Monroe Trail up and back. There are some rocky and slick spots, particularly after you’re about two miles in. The last .3 miles is very rocky and steep, but doable. It took us about 5 hours total. You cannot beat the 360 views at the top!

Great hike. Did on 9/16/2018 with 7 kids age 5-11. 1:40 to the top and 2:30 down the lake side and around through the ponds.

We clocked 7 miles including the stone road. We were an electic group humans (61,56,49) two dogs (4 and 14) all made it. Total time 3.5 which is a little longer than usual. Really awesome senery and a nice combo of very steep short inclines and descends.

First portion is a steady moderate hike after you cross the highway via a steel walkway. After you cross the road, the intensity increases to moderate to steep at times. We are novice hikers and we decided to go for it and it took us approximately 1 hr 15 minutes to reach the summit. The views are rewarding! Especially seeing the highway we crossed over!

I’d recommend hiking boots for sure, lots of water, snacks and breaks as you need them. I hiked with one hiking pole and found it to be very helpful. At the summit they do have a place to refill water bottles.

beautiful views!!

Great hike from 8th Lake Campground via Bug Lake to Uncas Trail. beautiful along the lake. 8 miles. Easy to moderate hike depending on skill level. Took us 4.5 hours total with 30 minute break at the top. Walked average pace of 2.5 mph.

awesome vie s great trail for all, blue is a little more advanced.

This was our very first hike in the Adirondacks and we really enjoyed this trail. It starts off pretty easy which was a great warm up as it gets progressively more difficult and steep as you go! We really surprised ourselves and made it to the top. We only passed a few people along our hike and they were coming down on our way up. No one signed in after us and we ended up having the peak all to ourselves for the afternoon.

Decided to actually attempt our first mountain peak on the wife’s 29th birthday. The last mile or so got rather intense, but the pay off was definitely worth it.

Loved this hike! We started at the trailhead, following the red DEC discs up to the (unimpressive) summit. Trail was wide, and clearly marked; fairly gentle to start, but eventually became quite steep. Descended along trail on south side of the summit; single-track, slightly overgrown, steep in places. Blue trail is clearly marked with DEC discs, and offers a nice stroll through the woods past the ponds. Yellow trail to the left takes you back towards the trailhead.

If you do the entire trail (north loop and back on South loop it’s pretty long. We clocked 6.3 miles. It’s hilly at times and can be tough for the elderly. We’re glad we left the grandparents home for this one. (And all our toddlers for that matter).

All in all it’s a great trail. Very scenic, picturesque and quiet. We didn’t see the waterfalls because it was dry but I’m sure they’re amazing when the water is running.

We recommend it. Try it out and if you can’t make the whole trail, there are smaller loops you can hike.

Love everything about it. The only thing was that when I got to the top, it was so foggy I couldn’t appreciate the view. But will definitely do it again.

I did the falls and then kept going to walk along the lake. Falls and Lake George were very pretty and it was a easy relaxing one with the kids. I went on a Tuesday morning so it was pretty quiet, sounds like it might get busier on weekends. Would like to come back and do the mountain when I have more time.

Love this place. Great views on clear days. Places to cook and feed the family and great for kids

great hike up and down the mountain, lots of steep climbing up rocks at times. definitely higher end of moderate rating. family friendly too. we were unsure if kids in our group 5 and 7 years old, would be able to do it, and they made it to the top successfully and safely! highly recommend with beautiful view of the top. as mentioned before, you can drive and park up at the summit too. we saw a wedding ceremony take place at the top as well.

hiking
23 days ago

Incredible hike with great views but it comes with some work. I highly recommend the popular loop that combines Dean's Trail, the Long Trail and the Monroe Trail. The crowds were out for Labor Day weekend but certainly not overcrowded. The Long Trail isn't for those who aren't able to climb boulders combined with narrow trails. For a smoother climb, take the Monroe Trail both out and back.

hiking
24 days ago

This is a nice hike, definitely got my heart-rate up and a good sweat. The Monroe trail ascends through forest, sometimes with a decent pitch but often leveling off to allow you to catch your breath. It is consistently rocky requiring constant vigilance - and the rock can be slippery even if not wet. We were surprised to find a fair bit of water in the trail on the mid to upper part even after a dry spell. You only get views during the final ascent to the summit up the steep rocky section after the end of the Monroe. We are in our late 50’s/early 60’s in good physical shape but this was our first climb of the summer and it took us a solid 4.5 hour round trip with 15+ minute stops on the way up for lunch and at the summit. It was almost 2 full hours to get down surprisingly as we were cautious moving down the rocks. We were both tired and sore but felt good about summiting.

Nice trail although heavily used. North side of the loop had some fairly steep section near the top. took some rock scrambling to climb these sections.

Great hike. similar elevation gain to some high peaks, but the ground is pretty soft most of the hike, which makes it easier.
you can definitely bring a dog that is use to hiking on this trail with no issues.

hiking
29 days ago

Challenging trail but very worth the effort!

on Snowy Mountain Trail

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this trail during the winter months and it was a ton of fun. The last mile to the top is tough but worth it for the incredible views. Check out my full write up with pictures and directions.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/snowymountainfiretower

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