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my family and I did this hike today we have a 9 yo and a 5 yo they had no problem. Beautiful views!

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1 day ago

Hiked it again today. Went up Blue and down Orange. Steep going up but definitely glad it was shorter than yellow with the steepness. Orange was challenging going down but not as bad as going down Blue.

hiking
1 day ago

It was amazing when you get to the top.

Great short hike. I thought it was a little more on the easy side than a moderate level. My five and nine year old did it without complaint and neither struggled at any point.
directions I found most helpful to find the yellow trailhead: park at the administrative building and wall about 1/3rd of a mile north along Lake Eileen (nice road/path). after you walk past the chapel, you can't miss it, there is a clearly marked trailhead on the right. short hike up and then if you'd like a longer, more scenic path down, ar the summit walk in the direction away from lake Eileen and enjoy a long, but nice hike down. a few creek crossings, but we managed to do so without getting wet.

Great hike with our 3 boys. Well maintained trail. Wonderful views at top!

hiking
3 days ago

easy hike with beautiful views!

It was a great evening for a hike with a gorgeous sunset!

We started the trail via Frankenstein Cliffs which was a pretty steep incline but happy we got the hardest part over with in the beginning of the trail. There were very few people on the Cliff trail but once we got closer to the falls, there were many more- a little too busy to my taste. But all in all, a very beautiful 5 mike hike from start to finish and a great workout. It took us 4 hours but we stopped and picnicked by the smaller falls.

Moderately busy at height of the season but worth the short climb for the view.

hiking
7 days ago

Easy in the 4000 footer sense. Not truly flat the entire way as others indicate here but a gradual ascent. Views at the top are spectacular but it was unbelievably crowded when we summited. The day we went (a week ago) one women sprained her ankle - might have been because of the overly wet conditions. Trail was almost all water the entire way after a week of heavy rains.

Hiked orange trail up with three kids(13,11&10 yrs). This was their first real hike. it was steep enough to get a little winded and make your legs shakey but completely doable It took us a good 1hour 30 minutes to summit. Beautiful views of the lake. On the way down we took yellow trail. great hike

Nice little hike stupidly done in the rain.

I very nice hike and the view was worth every minute of it. I suggest you go early in the day as there tends to be A LOT of people mid day.

Great trail. Well maintained. Hike is good for kids and dogs (there were many dogs the day we went).
View is great at the top.
Parking was tricky we had to park on the road (be sure not to be over the white line if you’re on the road because we saw people getting ticketed).

Great hike. Very gradual at the beginning and then the last 100 yards or so was a steep climb but SO worth it! 360 views at the top. Beautiful. We started late (1:30pm) and finished at 7:30pm... INCLUDING our 1 hour break. So our hike was 5 hours total from beginning to end (not including break time). I used hiking poles.. and I also wore hiking sandals which I feel slowed me down because there are some rocky parts. Next time I will wear my hiking boots.

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9 days ago

Fun family trip with just the right mix of fun and challenge. Some steep and rocky parts but nothing too tough. I saw people of all ages - from young families with parents carrying babies in packs, to teens and seniors. Nice brook running up the side of the trail at some parts. Nice view st the summit. Can be a bit busy - not the trail you want if you prefer solitude. Well marked. Done with a 10 and 12 yr old, and 4 month old puppy. Nice canopy of trees to shine away the elements.

was a nice hike up today. under the canopy of the trees, air temp/humidity not bad for our group of 5 to make it in about an hour. the kids did fine, though one thought it was more steep than she expected. a great day

rock climbing
11 days ago

Fun walk. Short scramble at the top on they way down was a nice surprise

Great 3 hour hike. Recommend heading towards Frankenstein cliffs first. Steep climb through shaded area that pops you out onto gorgeous outlooks. It had just rained a day prior to this climb so Arethusa falls was going strong. There are a lot of side paths to other falls and small pools, so if you have time to explore, you could easily make this into a full half day hike.

hiking
14 days ago

Took the trail behind the visitor center to the left. Hiked up 1.6 miles expecting to reach the top. At the end of the 1.6 miles there was another Mt Williard sign for .5 or .6 miles. With sunset coming I did not have the time for the extra leg. This website either needs better directions to the trailhead or to update the hike the 4.4 miles.

Super fun little hike. I’ve done it a few times and each time and it seems to be more fun than I remember. Just this past weekend I hiked it after a heavy rain. The run-off only added to the enjoyment. (The lack of people due to the rain certainly didn’t hurt either.) Take the dog on this one. They’ll love you for it. One very active, high strung puppy slept all the way home.

we went up through Brook trail(yellow) and came down on boulder loop(orange). Our way up was moderate, there were lot of water streams and small falls that actually made climb tricky as the trail got slippery at some points.

Boulder loop was one of toughest descents we have ever been to. Lots of rocks and steep climbs. I suggest carrying an extra pack of socks just in case your socks get drenched in water!

hiking
16 days ago

Amazing view awarded after a relatively easy hiking under 40 minutes. Perfect for young kids and dogs. The view at the top is unobstructed and there is plenty room to roam around and take a rest. The trail can get muddy at places (we went after a few days on rain) but it doesn't get slippery. Highly recommended.

We went to Frankenstein Cliffs first. I felt it was better to do it this way because of the steep incline. Great view from the cliff and excellent water falls!

This trait is not easy to follow. We went up the cliff side, but got lost around the railroad track. There was a fallen bushy tree on the trail, so we didn't realize that was the way to go. We also realized on our way up, we had strayed from the actual trail. Besides it not being marked well, it's a great moderate hike- there are a couple strenuous parts on the way up the cliff, but after the cliff it's pretty easy. Great view and beautiful waterfall (which can be quite crowded). We also accidentally left a tomahawk on the cliff trail before it gets really steep if anyone wants to try to find it.

hiking
18 days ago

Definitely a family friendly hike on a well marked, gently sloping trail. Easy for even young children or seniors to climb. Beautiful views of the notch from the top.

Nice, easy trail. Great for kids. Great views!

hiking
19 days ago

Love this! Amazing views make for a perfect spot for lunch.

Hiked Arethusa Falls to Frankenstein cliffs on July 28, 2018. 4.9 miles. Busy trail with lots of kids up to the falls. Falls were packed. Once we kept going past the falls it was a quiet trail. Lots of fallen trees on the trail but you can get around them. When you are 2.8 miles in there is a huge rock with an awesome view. Nice spot for lunch. Frankenstein cliffs were huge and beautiful. You hike on the side of them (towards the bottom), which was a little wet because of the water streaming down. Great hike with a lot of variety. Tons of mushrooms on the trail and pretty trail beneath the trees.

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