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nice winter hike. trail is very well marked and easy to follow. good gradual climb for most of it. couple inches of snow with some ice in spots but very passable the whole way.

This was a great trip. It’s a little more than the posted distance. I parked at the location described and logged 8.15 miles. That might have scared me a bit if I knew it ahead of time. As for the hike ... I headed up and took the trail to the right to Sleeping Beauty. I figured it would give me the heavy upward hiking first, and it did. I also followed a group of prints so it was easy not to get lost. After the summit, the trail ended and it was difficult to find the continued trail. Once found it was beautiful. Virgin snow. This was a great hike. You can park 1+ mile closer, as others noted, if the gate is open and your car can handle the snow.

From the ClayMeadow TH to Montcalm Point and return was 11 miles mostly along the water’s edge, but there were several climbs and decents. On Oct 21 fall leaves obscured the trail in many places - - really needed to watch for the indistinct blue trail markers. The return hike was in brilliant late afternoon sunshine, but it took longer than I expected. As soon as the sun set at 6:03 pm it got dark very fast. I reached the TH at 6:30 pm but the last 20 minutes was in complete darkness. Fortunately I had a headlamp which made the reflectorized trail markers easier to see than they were in daylight.

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8 days ago

No views to write home about. Brown had a bit of a view but there was trees in front of it. If there had been leaves on the trees you wouldn’t have had any view. Fairly easy but complicated by snow.

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11 days ago

Last week’s storm did quite a bit of damage primarily close to the trailhead. From there it was a great hike to the summit along the blue trail. The switchbacks made it an easy paced climb to the summit where there were great views of the lake and snow covered high peaks.

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rocky
15 days ago

wet and muddy from the recent rain storm. some difficult streams to get over along the way but passable. level climbing at first the then steeper the second half. worth every bit of the climb. did with two 10 year old who loved every bit.

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15 days ago

Went with my dog for the first time and it was a great experience!

Pretty wet from the rain but the trails are cleaned up. We hit the summit first then went down to fish brook pond. Great day hiking!

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16 days ago

I’m sure the view was nice once, but the trees have grown up to pretty much close it off. A deer would have to make a mighty leap indeed to see much of the lake.

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rocky
17 days ago

Hiked to Cat mtn and the views were great! The trail feels pretty long and a little monotonous but most of it is flat and relatively fast. The last section near the top is more strenuous but it was a great workout!

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18 days ago

Be ready to get wet. Wettest lake George 12ster yet. Rocks are slippery and the drops into mud can be over a foot.

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18 days ago

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20 days ago

Most of this loop trail is basically roads.. Only actually trail is between both mountain peaks.. which is much more enjoyable.. I would rather have hiked this an out and back hike going to Thomas mtn first then to Cat and back.. Cat has better views of the lake and is worth the effort.

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21 days ago

Hiked the day after an inch of rain fell. Wet, but manageable conditions. Some of the stream crossings were long, but stepping stones and logs helped. Clouds were lifting when we summited at about 1:30pm. Foliage was past peak but still breathtaking. Buck is a great climb for a half-day. Some trees had recently fallen, making it interesting.

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rocky
21 days ago

I hiked Buck mtn over the summer and it's a great hike! It's a bit rocky but the trail is marked well. It's a great workout but not too challenging and the views are beautiful!

Sleeping beauty mtn is a great hike that's relatively easy and the views are beautiful! It's a bit rocky and can be muddy but the trail is marked well. This is a popular trail so if you're going on a weekend I'd definitely get there early. You'll have to walk about 2 miles on the gravel road to get to the trail head if you park in the main hogs town parking lot. You can drive down the single lane road to the dacey clearing lot where the trail head is but it does have a lot of potholes and that lot fills up fast on the wknds. Overall great hike, one of my favorite spots!

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