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Pretty tough today. Almost 7 miles and most of the way down was breaking trail. I would only take Drakes Brook trail until the snow melts.

I would recommend to start from Drake Brook Trail and take Sandwich Mountain trail climbing down. Drake brook trail is a little easier in comparison while climbing up as has less steeper parts. I hiked with spikes and it was fine, tho certain snowshoe would have been better! Definitely strenuous hike, but worth the views!

1 month ago

Snow shoe. Full day activity

Great steep trail, wanted to hike down sabbaday but that wasn’t packed down and we only had spikes. Some good opportunities for glissading on the way down at least. Nice views on the ledge to the left of north tp summit as you ascent, and from middle. Surprisingly crowded, esp on middle summit.

We did this trail Dec 22, 2018–nice long walk. Many stream crossings but none were too difficult. The trail was decently packed walking on the monorail but some post-holing if you stepped off the rail sinking almost waist-deep. We used spikes and snowshoes. The trail was tough to find just past the yellow wilderness sign with a false trail started by some folks who went up to the left. The trail goes right crossing the stream and follows the stream on the right as you ascend. There are a few yellow blazes on the trees so just have to be vigilant. It is all pretty flat until this point then it gets STEEP. We switched from spikes to snowshoes (awesome with the ascent bar) as we climbed the packed trail. A faint set of prints helped us in some spots where we lost the trail as it bends hard to the left and hugs a ridge line. From there it is just up and up with some long straight and very steep sections until the top. From there it’s a easy walk to the summits and then retrace your steps out. The whole thing took us about 6 hours. It’s a great winter hike with the right gear.

spectacular in the winter! cascading frozen falls! must wear microspikes, lots of ice

trail running
3 months ago

Love this trail. Ran it on 11.23 and 11.24.18 loop took under 2hrs but was flying fast on the downhills. Nicely packed up to noon peak. Then a few tracks up to Jennings and then back down drakes. I had trail running shoes and yak-tracks on and that was perfect for me. Trekking polls don’t hurt on this loop. Can’t wait to run this again over the Christmas holidays.

4 months ago

Hiked up post Nor'easter 10/28/2018. 3-5" snow accumulation throughout the trails.
Great hike. Highly recommend going up via Sandwich Mountain trail (steep incline) and down Drakes Brook Trail (gentler decline). We bagged 2 peaks (Noon & Jennings) on this loop; would've continued to Sandwich Dome but didn't have enough time because the hike up took longer than expected with the snow on the ground. Moderate to steep climb going up to both Noon & Jennings. The snow made the trek up and down a bit more challenging but you can balance yourself holding on to trees. Nice semi-exposed ledges on top of both peaks. The views of the valley would've been great except we were in the clouds but we loved the mist and the clouds nonetheless. Coming down Drakes Brook Trail was a little mundane. Overall, doable even with snow on the ground but can be quite slippery near the top. Expect to cross several brooks; trails along the river can get quite muddy and waterlogged. The hike was very enjoyable, beautiful and serene.

Hiked it yesterday, great hike with very limited yellow markings.Need to pay attention to trail so you don't get off. Tricky brook crossing if water is high. Great views from the warden's tower. 360 degree views. I'd do this hike again but in the summer.

excellent hike! Trail is listed as moderate. I believe that is spot-on. I went up to Noon peak first and did the loop counterclockwise. somewhat of a challenge in the beginning but after you reach the Peak at Jennings the trail is completely down hill for 3.2 miles. use caution when following, some of the yellow Blaze marks are worn off and being in the fall it's tough to spot them. overall it was a beautiful hike.

Hiked this yesterday & Sawyer River Road was open. Took me around 5 hours total. The trail itself was pretty with the fall foliage but psychologically tough because most of it is uphill through the woods with few views. Since it was a clear day it was worth it to see those 360 degree views from the deck though.

This was such a great hike, and it was even better with the changing of the leaves! Tree cover for most of the hike, until you get the ridge. We had such a gorgeous, and clear view. If you're lucky, you may be greeted by a few Gray Jays at the top of the watch tower. They polished off more of my trail mix than I did...And as people have stated, Sawyer Rd is open, and it's a beautiful drive down the road!

Fun, challenging hike. Starts of with gradual incline before the slide either way you go. The way up and way down are going to be steep and loose no matter which way you go. I went when it was dry and was sliding a lot so if it’s wet be careful. Views on the way up and down the slides were beautiful but I got fogged out on all the summits. Finished in under 5 hours moving at a moderate pace.

I’ve done 16 mtns this year and this is by far the most insane hike yet. Definitely a good call to go up north slide and down south slide. I did this hike on an overcast day after a night of rain. The north slide took me an hour, as there was very little hand and footholds and it was very slippery. If I had done it in dry conditions it would have been less terrifying, but nonetheless a good experience overall. About 75% of the hike is done on an old logging road (Livermore) and is very easygoing, whereas the slide is only 25% the hike, but will take the most time to complete. The slide is very wide, and I veered from side to side as I went up. Try to stay to the right of the north slide, since the trail to the summit eventually starts there. This trail definitely belongs on the terrifying 25, and should be treated as such.

Tough hike up to the tower. Not many views due to cloud cover but had some breaks enough to get an idea of what it must bring on a sunny day. Will probably try this again on a better day


5 months ago

This route depicts Signal Ridge Trail to Mt Carrigan/ Desolation Trail and back.

Once atop Mt Carrigan there is a ranger/fire tower where you pick up Desolation Trail.

As previously mentioned, there is a bit of climbing to do on stretch of 5’ to 6’ granite slabs. We went down the slabs, and continued hiking the trail to Stillwater and decided to hike Carrigan Notch trail back to the Signal Ridge Trail head. Fantastic hike. Zero people encounters on the very remote Desolation Trail.

Sawyer river road is open. My fiend and I drove up the road Oct 3 2018 to the parking lot at the trail head

What a hike! Perfect for the end of September. We took Livermore road up to mt Tripyramid trail loop to pine brook trail to scaur trail back to Livermore out with our dog and although going up was a little challenging for him, it was doable with a harness to pass him up and down. Very straight forward trail. Highly recommend.

Love this trail. Perfect day yesterday. Awesome view up hemming peak. Nice gradual hike down drakes brook trail. ⛰

Great trail but we screwed up and did the south peak first instead of going up the north peak and down the south. I think it would be significantly easier to go up the north and down the south. Amazing views from the upper sections of the trails, not so great from the peaks due to the trees.

Took pine bend brook trail to North and middle tripyramids, then descended down sabbaday falls trail. Sabbaday trail, with the exception of one steep section at the top is amazingly gentle sloping, and easy on your feet. I love Sabbaday trail.

I liked this trail a lot. Some steep sections with a nice flat section in the middle before hitting more steep sections. 3 hrs to each the summit and I'm an average paced hiker.

So many rocks and boulders climbing toward the sky forever (ok or maybe for just an hour ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). Not great views but a nice clear shot of Waterville.

The first 2.3 miles was a brisk walk then starts increasing its incline steadily for the rest of the way. Going to the observatory was a little foggy because it was cloudy, but there was still a beautiful view at the summit.

If you plan on going on this route be prepared. The north face is considered one of the hardest trails in the northeast. Do some research before going. It is on the Terrifying 25 list.
Other than that, its a great hike. I enjoyed it and was exhausted at the end. The views on the three tops were blocked by trees. The return trip down the south was very enjoyable after the rock slide.

Views are amazing. Sawyer River Rd. is open.

Great hike with wonderful views as you approach the peak. Nice tower at the top to catch a little break and chat with some fellow hikers. The trails is in great shape with many opportunities to dip in the creek.

hiked this Saturday, road was open

I hiked this trail with my 8 yr old son yesterday. We made the loop by going up to Noon the Jennings and down Drake Brook. It took us just about 5 hours— the kiddo rallied up the trail but was pretty tired and slow on the way down.
I would say this trail is on the tougher side of “moderate”.
Great views at Noon and Jennings and the hike back along Jennings brook is a lovely, slightly longer, but more gradual trek down (read easier on the knees)

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