23 days ago

Only made it as far as the fire tower, due to snowy conditions. The start of the hike up to the casino is brutal and almost totally uphill. Nice views from there, but the real money shot is the fire tower, with 360 degree views of the Hudson, the Catskills, a beautiful little lake. Fire tower could use some repairs and it's a little daunting to climb, but the view is worth it! Unfortunately knuckleheads gave coveted it and some of the nearby rocks in graffiti (same with the incline railway ruins). Also some litter on the trail here and there. People ain't no good. The descent was tricky, very steep in places so we really had to watch our footing on the snow. Probably needed winter boots. Would like to come back to hike the full loop when conditions are less difficult.