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I love this trail. Some big views on the way up, firepower & old cabin on top, and a loop to get back down. The Ranger Trail (which I took down) is wet and requires crossing back and forth across the stream bed to keep your feet dry, but that didn't both me. Latham Tavern in nearby Lyme was a perfect post-hike watering hole!

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icy
muddy
1 month ago

Beautiful day on the Mt, as is all days on any mountain, many slippery spots with wet leaves on both the AT and Ranger trails. Some icy areas towards the top of the AT trail. I can see why it is rated as best used until October.

Very wet and muddy yesterday. Slipped a few times on the wet rocks ascending. Beautiful weather at a nice 45 degrees. Clear view from the tower. Lambert up and Rangers down.

We went point to point on Appalachian trail from north. Fine hike but going over smarts is not worth it given rickety viewing tower (with dog it is impossible). I recommend just hiking up to ledges from south on AT one of the two sets of great ledges with gentle views. One is about 30 min up trail, the other maybe 15-20 further. Don’t bother to go further.

Wonderful. Did point to point on Appalachian trail from north over smarts then down. Summit is not great; no view. Wonderful views from rock ledges about 30 min up from Dorchester road and about an hour from same trailhead. Don’t bother with smarts summit.

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scramble
2 months ago

starts up hill and has few level spots. some Rocky and rooted areas great view on top. enjoyed the hike

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muddy
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

This is certainly a hard trail with some easy to moderate sections. The views from the fire tower were amazing! I clocked in a total of eight miles today.

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muddy
washed out
4 months ago

Very nice view at the top. The hike is what I would call moderate, not hard. Much of the Ranger Trail on the way down was like walking through my local woods, pleasant and very easy.

Beautiful reward when you get to the top. Streep at the start and end, middle is moderate. Lots of roots and rocks on the trail though.

Steep grade, some muddy spots, but well worth the effort.

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muddy
rocky
5 months ago

nice walk pretty muddy and rocky but overall enjoyable. views were spectacular!

Ranger trail was easy to follow going down. It did have more small rocks and was muddier than taking the Appalachian.

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muddy
5 months ago

This trail was a bit strenuous for us, and the ranger trail had lots of little ankle-Turner rocks. Took us about 6 hours and we got back to the car around dusk...I reccomend leaving yourself more of a window as the wildlife was quite rambunctious around that time! Okay view at the top, but if I were to do it again I'd probably just hike up to holt's ledge and back.

We hiked through all the way to Smart's Mountain, but Holt's was definitely the best part. Stay off the ranger trail when there has been a lot of rain...it is basically a riverbed! Also, be careful with dogs and keep on leash as it is a bear reserve!

Beautiful view from a fire tower on the top of the summit—some steep parts on the way up but they have stairs and rocks placed so that makes the way up more manageable. The way down has some slippery rocks but is easy enough. Fun hike! This recording wasn’t turned off until car stopped in Lyme; actual hike is shorter.

Aside from having my wallet stolen from my car while hiking, enjoyable hike. Fairly short hike.

nice view at top. it's a workout but it's close and lots of parking too.

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off trail
9 months ago

This is a moderate loop trail that gives hikers about 8 miles to contend with. I’m sure it is an easy path in summer but the lack of markers make it much more difficult in the winter. Off trail several times which is fine but buyer beware. The ranger trail is completely unmarked beyond the utility shed so follow water downhill. All in all a great experience with wonderful views at the top.

Beautiful views from the fire tower at the top. Did this hike back in November, rainy at the bottom and all snow at the top. Neat cabin at the top that provided a bit of respite from the wind.

Hike to Smarts Mt is an excellent about 8 mile loop going up the AT to the summit and down the old Ranger's trail. Views from Lambert Ridge are very nice but the 360 degree views from the fire tower on top are fantastic. The Ranger trail is an older trail that isn't well blazed but isn't hard to follow normally, but could be in snow. Both trails are pretty steep. I'd rate them strenuous.

A nice little hike if you don’t want an overly strenuous experience or are limited for time, to get striking views. Still a respectable workout leading to expansive views from a dramatic, precipitous cliff.

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