Difficult for a beginner. Don't hike in the winter unless you are properly prepared and have the correct equipment (spikes, poles, etc.) Got to the summit in the middle of a blizzard so we couldn't see much.

Very well marked trail with great views all the way, very windy at the summit no matter what the bottom is like and very icy the higher you get, DO NOT HIKE THIS IN WINTER WITHOUT SPIKES!

Beautiful trail. Very windy and Icey at the top. Microspikes are a must bring! Highly recommend. Great view for an easy elevation gain.

2 months ago

Awesome hike but it is not flat terrain. The running river held perfect entry spots with smooth boulders entering the water. The waterfall at the end of the trail was perfect! Amazing for hot weather because there are so many easy entrances into water! Prob not easy with snow on the trail, including the roads to get to the trailhead. Hidden gem in my opinion.

Big bang for the buck. 360° views from bald summit!!

Hiked this trail as part of 52 with a View list and hoping to get some great foliage views. The weather had other plans for us that day.
The trail was wet, but was not extremely slippery. I cannot wait to get back and hike this in the winter.
We planned on doing the Cardigan Loop, but on the way down Clark we turned too early at the Fire Hut instead of going in the other directions. Still a good hike though.

What a amazing little hike! Took us less than a hour to get to the top for some very rewarding views! Wasn't challenging at all. A few steep spots with flat rocks that were wet from the recent rain but just careful maneuvering on the way down. A very enjoyable experience overall. Lots of foliage and the well maintained trails that were also very scenic.

great hike. best to go early to beat the crowds

Trail is wet in places, but a great view from the top as usual.

Views were unbelievable! Great fun hike. We did west ridge to south ridge. So we hit Rimrock, South peak and Cardigan. I’d def recommend hitting all 3 peaks, because it doesn’t add much distance. We hiked with our 12, 6, & 5 year old. They all hiked the entire thing without assistance. My husband carried our 3 year old. Oh, and our 12 pound pup hiked it too. Some mud - but great hike!

365 degree views at the top make the elevation gain worth every step!

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Excellent views, a good hike, this WAS a moderate trail, some great granite incline at the top. Have done some other moderate trails that should have been mod/hard. I'd give this a 4.5.

Very Busy this weekend, but the parking was good, trail was well maintained, and the view was awesome

Made this trail my first hike this summer. 7/16/18. Definitely challenging towards the top but the views are outstanding! Well marked also! My 4 year old did 75% of this trail on his own (it’s the top that’s hard) will definitely do it again down the road.

Great hike for a moderate pace. Spectacular views! Will return in the Fall.

A real gem, one of my favorite hikes. The last quarter mile or so runs above tree line to a totally exposed summit with 360 views. It is frequently windy up top, so bring a warmer layer if you want to stop and gawk.

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6 months ago

June 17. Great trail. Did the Rimrock -> South Peak -> Peak -> Firescrew route and back as my first hike of the season. Legs are just the right amount of Jelly by then end of it for a intermediate hiker. Great views as always!

Easy side of moderate hike, just when you start to feel winded, you’re at the top! Amazing views!!

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8 months ago

icy with snow

went up on March 29, had to hike from lower gate. Anbout 4.7 miles round trip. There is about 2 feet of snow on trail below tree line, some bare rock above. Very little wind on top, and temps in the 40's, cloudy. While we were up on top a moose followed some of the trail below us.

I did this trail today and I loved it! I’m a beginner so this was perfect for me. I used my spikes until about half a mile from the top. The 360 degree view is awesome! The gate is closed so you do have to walk about half a mile to the trail head but the walk isn’t that bad, I did use my spikes because there was a lot of packed snow and some ice. The worst part was driving on the unpaved roads to get there, they were extremely muddy and bumpy.

Hiked on Feb 28. a clear and warm day. will need to use micro spikes. Walked from lower gate. On top the wind was NOT blowing, took off spike at tree line.

My fiancé and hiked the west ridge trail this afternoon/evening. You definitely need crampons. I wore micro spikes and it did the trick, but recommend the longer spikes for the thick ice. The trail is currently completely covered in snow and ice, so come prepared. You may be able to remove them near the summit, where the rock is exposed. Trail is very well marked in Orange. Great views at the top, we watched the sunset. We saw the most red sunset we have ever seen tonight. We parked where Mount Cardigan Rd meets Burnt Hill Rd, since the gate was locked. We hiked up the road to the trail head. Note for first timers: the road leading up is gravel/dirt and very steep. It was very muddy and sketchy in a few spots, due to the recent thaw. We made it in a full-sized sedan, but will take my 4wd on warmer winter days or after recent rainfall.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bring good boots and crampons. micro spikes may work early in the winter but we got some decent snow and plenty of ice buildup towards the summit on the West Ridge trail. The walk up is great but you park at the bottom by the gate and have to walk with what feels like .5 miles to get to the trail. A snow storm blew in on the summit but the views beforehand were amazing! Dress warm, layer up, and pack your essentials.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Really nice day hike.

Be prepared for a fair amount of mud and wet rocks if you complete this trail after a recent bout of rain.

My nine year old did well on this trail with minimal breaks. There is a substantial time spent above the treeline on bare rock. Keep this in mind if heading out in wet weather. This also makes the hike a fulltime viewfest for the last .5 mile or so.

You will see crowds. If you do not arrive early you will be looking for parking. The peak was windy when we summited. This did not come as a surprise as everyone I've talked to has confirmed these conditions from their time on the top.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Well marked trail, solidly "moderate" in terms of strenuousness. stunning views at summit.

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Monday, October 02, 2017

Great hike. Will definitely do again. The views are spectacular.

Fabulous. Challenging, wild, and 360 degree view from the top.

An incredible hike. I'd rate it on the top end of moderate in terms of difficulty, but so worth it. The 360 views from the summit were brilliant. Can't wait to do it again!

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