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    V. Kauffman reviewed Mount Lafayette and Franconia Ridge Trail Loop

    29 days ago

    I hiked this trail on 10/16/18. There was a wind advisory in effect when I left the parking lot around 6:30. I hiked up Falling Waters, which is delightful. Very aptly named- there are multiple waterfalls. The wind was roaring in the treetops above me long before I ever reached the exposed area on Little Haystack. I had packed multiple wool layers and a Gore-Tex jacket, but I didn’t have appropriate cold weather gloves and I thought my fingers were going to freeze. I was not prepared for the temps on the exposed ridge. It was utterly, bitterly COLD on the ridge. The blasts of wind were so strong that I didn’t even dare take my phone out to take pictures at times. However, the sky was clear and the views were completely gorgeous, especially the frosty pines. Crampons would’ve been helpful, but I managed fine on the icy rocks with only hiking boots. I was very thankful for my trekking poles. The hike down Bridle Path was lovely. I’m a slow uphill hiker, and stop incessantly for photos. So the loop took me just under 10 hrs to complete. I met a number of other hikers- all great people. I would definitely recommend this hike!

    V. Kauffman saved The Flume Trail

    about 1 month ago

    V. Kauffman completed Cobble Mountain

    about 1 month ago

    V. Kauffman saved Precipice Trail

    about 1 month ago

    V. Kauffman saved The Beehive Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    V. Kauffman completed Crane Mountain Loop Hike

    about 1 month ago

    V. Kauffman added Catskills

    about 1 month ago

    V. Kauffman added Adirondacks

    about 1 month ago

    V. Kauffman saved Cobble Mountain

    about 1 month ago

    V. Kauffman saved Prospect Mountain Trail

    about 1 month ago

    V. Kauffman saved North Point

    2 months ago

    V. Kauffman saved Anthony's Nose

    4 months ago

    V. Kauffman saved Stone Cutters Trail

    5 months ago

    V. Kauffman completed Gertrude's Nose Trail

    5 months ago

    V. Kauffman reviewed Gertrude's Nose Trail

    5 months ago

    Stunning views. The trail is fairly well marked. Be sure to stop at the cave entrance where the cold air is blasting up out of the depths of the earth. The rock formations out at the trail center are amazing. I did this trail as an extension of the Millbrook Mountain Trail, making it about an 8.5 mile loop around Lake Minnewaska and up to the Millbrook Mountain lookout. Lovely day! I didn’t see many other people on this trail.

    V. Kauffman reviewed Millbrook Mountain Trail

    5 months ago

    Beautiful glacier lake. The trail is a wide carriage path for a large section of the way. The climb from the creek to the overlook at the top can be slippery- lots of moss and wet stones. The view from the top is stunning. I added in Gertrude’s Nose Trail to make this a 8-8.5 mile hike.

    V. Kauffman completed Millbrook Mountain Trail

    5 months ago

    V. Kauffman saved Rainbow Falls Trail

    5 months ago

    V. Kauffman saved Ringing Rocks Trail

    6 months ago

    V. Kauffman reviewed Bonticou Crag and Table Rocks Loop

    6 months ago

    Glorious views from the top of the crag. The rock scramble wasn’t bad except for one place where the rocks are very high; took me awhile to find a foothold/handhold there. The trail up the rock scramble is very well marked.

    V. Kauffman saved Mount Beacon Trail

    6 months ago

    V. Kauffman saved Bonticou Crag Trail

    6 months ago

    V. Kauffman saved Hawk Falls Trail

    6 months ago

    V. Kauffman reviewed Roy's Peak Track

    7 months ago

    I hiked this trail last week with two friends. I work out 4-5 times a week, but I’m 38, overweight, and not exactly in shape. Also, I haven’t been hiking since last fall because of winter (I’m from the northern hemisphere). So, judging from some of the reviews and the fact that this is 4.85 mile uphill track, I wasn’t sure how far I’d get. We started a little before 4am with the goal of reaching the summit by sunrise. The moon was bright and the stars were brilliant. I took my time, stopping often to catch my breath. I reached the first lookout a few minutes after 7am- just in time to catch the first rays of the sun as it came over the eastern mountain. The view is unbelievable. The other two had made it in less time. We stayed there for awhile, then headed on up to the actual summit. The phenomenal views make every inch of the climb worthwhile! That 4.85 mile downhill track is hard on the knees and toes! Good footwear is a must. I can’t imagine making that climb in heat and sunlight. The darkness made it easier since I couldn’t see how far I still had to go. This was definitely a highlight of my NZ trip!