WARNING: Bring your cramp-ons, or whatever you need for ice. Took the Forest City Trail to Long Trail today, hoping to descend Burrow's Trail. So many warnings that Burrows was lots of ice at top, "ice-ledges." The top of the LT got pretty tricky with ice also. A beautiful day but took longer b/c of needing to be careful underfoot, especially higher up on the rocks.
Amazing hike when the foliage is at peak color. I hiked to the summit via Monroe Trail to Dean Trail to the Long Trail and took the Monroe Trail down. I was a fairly strenuous hike to the summit, especially after you join the Long Trail. That being said, the Long Trail was the most beautiful part of the hike. It was extremely peaceful because very few people go this way. The summit was beautiful but very crowded. Total hike about 7 miles took 3.5 hours with stops for water and pics. Highly recommended.
Great trail, VERY windy once you're above 3500 feet- enough where at the top my buddy and I were having trouble standing. Well marked, the Monroe trail is great and family friendly, but if you're looking for a little more difficulty out of it, split off Monroe and take the alpine trail. That'll put you towards the Bomber wing and a steeper assent. Happy Trails.