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great hike. best to go early to beat the crowds

We took the South trail going up and then did a slightly longer loop taking Clark Trail, then back west on the Hurricane Trail (uphill again) before heading down on the West Trail. Best part aside from the amazing views, was the mossy forest along Hurricane Trail. If you have the opportunity, take the extra .5 miles to head Southeast on Clark Trail, then West on Hurricane before heading down on West. Or, take the South trail going up and down.

on Mowgli's Trail

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27 days ago

Great hike, I only saw one other person on the trail, and it was a Saturday with very nice weather. A few muddy spots, but not terrible.

WORD OF WARNING: The trail head is about 1.5 Miles down an old logging road. The road is pretty beat up. I would not try to drive down it if you are not confident in your vehicles off-road capability or don't have good ground-clearance. I have a full-size truck with slightly oversized all-terrain tires, and there were a few points I felt the truck bottom out on the skidplate. I would NOT recommend trying to do it in a sedan or small SUV.

I saw some people parked at the beginning of the logging road, but that adds 1.5 Miles each way to your hike. (and an additional 500 feet of elevation)

Great hike! We stayed on the Clark Trail to include Cardigan Mountain peak (see our recording) and are glad we did! The Clark trail is pretty busy though, lots of groups. The trails on the east were very quiet and include beautiful views including a stunning view of Cardigan peak. Due to all of the recent rain it was pretty muddy and slippery in some spots. There are also some areas that require scrambling.
Highly recommend this hike! It took us about 4 hours but we stopped frequently to take in the many beautiful views and had lunch on the Gilman peak.

Trail is wet in places, but a great view from the top as usual.

Views were unbelievable! Great fun hike. We did west ridge to south ridge. So we hit Rimrock, South peak and Cardigan. I’d def recommend hitting all 3 peaks, because it doesn’t add much distance. We hiked with our 12, 6, & 5 year old. They all hiked the entire thing without assistance. My husband carried our 3 year old. Oh, and our 12 pound pup hiked it too. Some mud - but great hike!

365 degree views at the top make the elevation gain worth every step!

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Excellent views, a good hike, this WAS a moderate trail, some great granite incline at the top. Have done some other moderate trails that should have been mod/hard. I'd give this a 4.5.

1 month ago

Nice early morning hike to the top and some great views.

Great hike with my 7 year old. Just enough challenge and beautiful views from the top.

fantastic loop and terrain diversity, will be back for sure

Very Busy this weekend, but the parking was good, trail was well maintained, and the view was awesome

Made this trail my first hike this summer. 7/16/18. Definitely challenging towards the top but the views are outstanding! Well marked also! My 4 year old did 75% of this trail on his own (it’s the top that’s hard) will definitely do it again down the road.

Great hike for a moderate pace. Spectacular views! Will return in the Fall.

Fantastic trail that is well-marked and leads to a wonderful view at the top (note: we only had time for the West Trail). As others have said, the trail gets a lot of use but in most parts it’s plenty wide to allow faster hikers a lane to pass. Definitely kid friendly, though it is a very steady upward climb, a few rock scrambles, and the last leg is over the smooth and somewhat steep boulder face of the summit. Definitely will do this hike again when we are in the area. I’ve been walking/hiking some, so in moderate shape, and the hike took us 1.5 hours up and back (though we were moving a little faster on our descent) using only the Western Trail.

A real gem, one of my favorite hikes. The last quarter mile or so runs above tree line to a totally exposed summit with 360 views. It is frequently windy up top, so bring a warmer layer if you want to stop and gawk.

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2 months ago

Hiked today. Quick trip to the views! Nice breeze when you get above the tree line. Great way to spend 1/2 the day.

This was a good hike, not to difficult for someone who is a little out of shape like me. The view is amazing at the top!

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2 months ago

Great hike!

June 17. Great trail. Did the Rimrock -> South Peak -> Peak -> Firescrew route and back as my first hike of the season. Legs are just the right amount of Jelly by then end of it for a intermediate hiker. Great views as always!

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3 months ago

I love fire towers. This was a great hike with a great view at the top. Check out my trip report with photos and some things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/cardiganfiretower

It’s a busy but very nice trail. Not too steep , not too long , just right . Perfect for kids . The views on top are gorgeous too !

Easy side of moderate hike, just when you start to feel winded, you’re at the top! Amazing views!!

Nice break from the west ridge trail. I preferred this way up. The South peak has pretty good views to the south east. The only thing you miss is the waterfall on the west ridge trail. There is a side trail to the fire wardens cabin which was pretty neat.

Hiked with my 10 and 6 year olds. both faired well but this loop does extend the amount time spent on bare rock. My 6 year old feels uneasy on open bare rock with an incline.

I don't think I would hike just the west ridge again. I preferred this loop.

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4 months ago

Easy trail with great views. Fun drive out to trailhead and perfect hike for dogs too!

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4 months ago

We tried to get to the Holt trail, but accidentally drove to the wrong side of the mountain, so ended up taking the West Ridge Trail instead. It was very beautiful, but fairly easy. It took us 40 minutes to get to the summit, and then we looped around to Firescrew (the other summit), and went down the South Ridge Trail (hitting two more summits along the way). Overall, we did 6 miles of trail in 4hrs, including lunch.

The trail starts out very simple, but then gets more difficult, with some scrambling over bald face rock at the top. It's very scenic!! When we went, it was muddy in parts, but no ice or snow, and we were entirely fine in just running shoes.

Small spots with ice , up with two dogs on leashes no problem! Muddy wear gaiters! Lunch just below the summit.

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4 months ago

I went this past Saturday! Was way too icy to get to the top, very dangerous. Will update review once the ice melts and I go in the summer.

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4 months ago

icy with snow

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