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Make sure to explore some of the offshoots.
Check out the fire tower this trail will lead into the center of the loop.
Check out the waterfall as well!

We began the hike from Old Furnace State Park Parking area near Route 6. Using a map downloaded from DEEP, we began our hike. As other's have noted, there are a number of unmarked trails so you have to pay real close attention to the blazes . The view from the cliff is pretty this time of year (April). The hike itself is an easy one, family and dog friendly. Great starter hike for the hiking season.

Trails have lots of rocks jutting up and tree roots but it is a pleasant walk. I went on a Tuesday so I am guessing it gets more busy on the weekends. I walked for an hour and a half. Encountered one mountain biker, one dog walker and one couple. Nice and quiet. Just the way I like it.

Took the dirt road up by accident but followed the blue rectangle/white circle trail back down. Dirt road was boring, but the walk down was more enjoyable. Nice view at the top.

Great beautiful hike with the pup & friends :) happy to see it being kept clean!

Great first hike back into the season. The initial scramble going counter clockwise on the trail will get your heart beating but it’s not long at all. The rest is easy going and beautiful. My dog had a great time!

I would not say it deserves a rating of difficult at all. However it is a great family hike the everyone could enjoy. It starts off walking down next to a lake and into the woods, the continues inward until you reach a large hill/cliff side. You will hike up the right of it and find yourself at the top of the mountain. The views are good not great, for the work you put in the view is worth it. Large sitting area on a flat rock at the top to sit and maybe eat. I’ve done the hike about 10 times and it’s still “fun” even now.

I’ve hiked these trails since I️ was a child! Great look out points and good incline for exercise!

walking
2 days ago

Took the dogs here for a walk here so I could visit Cowles Park for the first time as I was interested in bike trails as well. The trails were decently wide and it was very well maintained. We only walked the yellow loop but other sections look great too. I will be coming back to see the rest with my bike.

Great short hike, slightly difficult in a few spots but overall moderate. Multiple points for beautiful views. Will return!

By far my favorite hike and views are amazing

beautiful trails and views

beautiful trails and views

Would rate this “easy” over “moderate” as although there are some steep parts, it’s a quicker hike overall. My advice for if you want to see both the little falls and big falls: start off by following the orange trail, and when it splits off follow the direction towards Little Falls. This way you will get to enjoy a more moderate section of trail, and see the little falls first. Then continue across the stream and up the hill, at the top you can once again follow the orange trail to the left or right, go to the right and continue following orange until you get to the Big Falls. Beautiful place overall.

trail running
3 days ago

Tough climb but good trail!

4/22
Sleeping Giant White and Blue Trails
7.06 miles
4 hours 25 minutes
1.75 mph
146 flights of stairs
16,470 steps

Great hike

hiking
3 days ago

Excellent trail for something slightly more than easy. Great view from the tower. Great for people of all sizes and ages. Our go to spot for a quick hike on a nice day. I've been here many times through the past 25 years.

Relaxing trail with beautiful views! Runners, horse-riders, bikers; lots of outdoorsy people! Make sure you explore the northern trails, too! Pretty amazing!

Great workout! The blue/red trail around the mountain is challenging even for an avid hiker but the view from the top is definitely worth it! The trail is well-marked most of the time but the marks are sometimes too far apart and it could be easy to get lost; this is true especially around the summit. It's quite rocky; so, make sure you have hiking boots/shoes on for stability. Rock climbing is also part of the menu with some additional dose of jumping over the streams, fallen trees, and steep, rocky downhills. Trekking pole is recommended.

Nice trail.

Unbelievable. Not for the faint of heart when it comes to heights. Petrified of heights but was able to conquer this track. Beautiful views, wildlife and all nature has to offer. Great way to spend Earth Day 2018.

It’s a nice hike on a gravel trail for the family but it was wall to wall people up and down making it less enjoyable. Perhaps try it on a cold and cloudy day.

hiking
3 days ago

Chauncey Peak-Giuffrida Park is a hidden gem. Just the right length with good hight and features to make you return again. Also an entry point for Lamentation Mountain.

It's a nice trail. There is a neat tunnel blasted through the rock out past the end of the loop. Nice with the family, not too hard.

hiking
3 days ago

Great flat trail. Would make for a great trail running path!

Nice easy Sunday morning hike. Great birding opportunities.

walking
3 days ago

Easy for all skill levels. not wheelchair accessible. Dogs must be on leash, there are several streets close by and residential areas with dogs.

walking
3 days ago

Short walk and sweet views

Good for dogs, more trails than shown on map, moderate climb, a little tougher if you go along the falls.

Better for mountain biking than hiking

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