Great views today from the West peak, West Peak Vista, North Peak, and Gus's Lookout. I'm very out of shape, so it was a little difficult coming down with a dog who pulls. We had five kids, aged 10-13, who navigated and climbed with no issues.

Just a great hike all around. Nice views, plenty to look at and a good variety of forest and terrain. The trail can be a bit narrow in places which proved a bit tough with passing groups during COVID, but everyone did their best and most were very friendly.

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muddy
4 days ago

Trail is very well maintained and easy to navigate.

while the summit is about two minutes further up the trail from the observation tower, the 360 view on top of the two story tower is great. rewarding and beautiful. moderate due to nice elevation gain for short hike, but nothing very technical.

hiking
6 days ago

Sign says 2.7 miles ended up walking 14 miles round trip

Nice trail with a few waterfalls. There were limited views due to cloud cover today. Nice elevation gain. I’ll sleep well tonight.

Trail is very well maintained and well marked. We had a nice breeze blowing all day. Very foggy so we didn’t have any view at the top. Made it to the summit in 2 hours. I’d rank this moderate overall.

Great trail!! It’s my starter hike every year.

no bugs, even for my bug-susceptible husband. Went early/arrived at 730 and it was COVID-Concern free, as there were only 2 others coming down as we were going up. Idyllic and completely thawed. Been there many to.es before. 45 degrées ascending, 65 coming down (as everyone and there mother, including out of NJ, NJ, New York and Mass***** arriving.

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bridge out
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over grown
11 days ago

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over grown
11 days ago

Great hike! It’s a moderate/hard with some intense ascends, but fun and worth to sit at the West Peak view. The summit is a disappointment even with the observation tower. I would do it again just to hang out at the West Peak which offers stunning views of other mountains.

Amazing hike straight up for 2 miles.

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bugs
muddy
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over grown
14 days ago

I'm hesitant to review this trail because I consider it one of the best kept secrets in the area. Beautiful view at the top of little Ascutney. Not traveled very much - i've hiked this trail a handful of times and have not seen another car in the parking lot. Very beautiful and serene, decent wildlife - but load up on the permethrin: lots of ticks.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
28 days ago

Tried this with the whole family. (Two adults, 13 year-old, 12 year-old, 2-1/2 year-old). Was a gradual climb at first and then got rockier and more difficult. It was beautiful and had plenty on the way to keep our kids invested, including our two year-old. There were areas we had to help her/carry her, but she was able to get to the overlook on her own aside from those few spots. She loved the challenge! Lots of bugs, very limited parking so bring spray and go early if you can. Follow the advice they give for younger kids... changed/dry, fed, well rested and they’ll love it. Don’t go with a kid who is close to rest time or hasn’t eaten. We did NOT make the summit, not even close, but we hiked for a few hours and still saw a lot of beautiful sites. We left feeling accomplished.

This trail offers good “bang for your buck”. Most of the trail is very doable with only short spurts where it’s steep. Once you finish the road portion the trail isn’t marked at all so be aware of that

Still icy near the top.

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blowdown
closed
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scramble
1 month ago

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