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We hiked today with micro-spikes and met a couple others with snowshoes. It’s a pretty easy hike with not much elevation gain. The views along the crest are great. It was a day with blue sky, cool (15 degrees), beautiful white snow and lots of animal tracks. If you are the first person on the trail after a snow you’ll want to wear snowshoes.

So far this is my favorite fire tower hike!

If you think you've trained hard enough to hike this trail your probably wrong. Keep your pack light and bring water filtration to save the weight. If at all possible stage your camp at the Devils Tombstone campground. The first half will take between 8-12 hours to complete. It was nice to hike into a prepared camp and recoup for the next days 2nd half hike. The second half starts with a long never ending grade that will tax your aching legs but isn't as difficult as the first half. Make sure you hydrate like crazy at Diamond notch falls. I completed half the hike once and the whole hike the next year after I trained all winter. Well worth the climb because the views are spectacular. I can't wait to do it again while recording it on All trails

Great trail. The road to trail head is ploughed but rough. Trail itself is packed and easy to follow. The fire tower is in great condition.

Scout and I did the winter loop. Great day

Went for a quick little hike here with my fiancé today. The trailhead was a little difficult to find even with using the AllTrails directions. If attempting this hike in the winter, do not go into the main entrance of Grafton State Park. Instead enter from N Long Pond Rd from Rt. 2. There was a decent amount of snow on the ground and even though it is all gravel road it was well plowed and drive-able even in my Chevy Cruze. The trail itself was packed snow with a couple ice patches that were easily maneuvered with micro spikes. The hike was pretty easy and is mostly flat with a few gradual climbs, be cautious about half way in during ascent there is a large ice patch. The day was a perfect mix of party cloudy/sunny and we were able to climb to the top of the Firetower which was super windy at the top! We were offered a 360 view of all of the mountain ranges in the area! Definitely will come back and try it out in the summer.

I recommend this nature center completely! I grew up in Elmira, New York and I went to this trail numerous times every summer for 15 years. There are ponds, open fields, trails based on difficulty and even a children’s learning trail. In the beginning of the trail, they offer natural walking sticks and it is a beautiful walk on each difficulty trail. I highly suggest the red trail! The hardest of them all, but it is so rewarding once you finish your walk! Especially when you see the breath taking view at the end of the trail! :) enjoy!

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2 days ago

This trail I believe is not for beginners. It is very off trail. You should expect to walk through water falls, rocks & mud. I am not a fan of this trail in the winter, and it is much more difficult. However, I LOVE hiking it in the summer time. It was nice to walk about a mile up the trail and see a random, yet beautiful waterfall there. I recommend in the summertime. The winter, not so much.

This is a beautiful trial , just a WARNING, there are about 1,000 steps very steep and hard on the knees , prepare accordingly. Otherwise it’s absolutely gorgeous one of my favorites!

A friend and I are considering hiking Wright, Algonquin and Iroquois this summer. We’d like to pitch a tent and camp overnight on the trail somewhere - that way we can take our time and do all three peaks over a two day period. Anyone know a good camping spot somewhere on the trail?

Great winter hike .

Rough trail because of snow and ice but well worth the extra effort.

beautiful landscape and natural gardens. super easy to walk around lake, picnic lunch and relax.

Great trail. Maybe on the lesser end of “difficult” but enjoyable nonetheless.

Summited both Algonquin and Wright today 1/15/19. Just short of 9 mile RT. Trails were all packed down. I used crampons the entire way. Good sharp microspikes would also have been ok. First mile is easy. Second mile moderate. Third mile moderately difficult and after that steep and difficult. Algonquin summit is hard to follow. Back down I went up Wright. Steep up but only 4/10ths of a mile. Well marked with cairns. 7 hours for the round trip.

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3 days ago

Nice hike 1" or s o soft snow with a base..we did it all in microspikes

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3 days ago

This was a nice winter re-visit to the falls. Snow conditions were good and there was a good ice bridge over Martha Brook. The unmarked path was easy to follow up until the cable crossing. After that, the path climbed steeply above the gorge and wound through some rugged terrain. Quickly, we descended to the falls and enjoyed the winter splendor.

Excelent trails. Love the bog

Great trails, well marked and well maintained. Would be muddy in spring when snow melts or after a rainfall.

Great short and quick hike. Pay attention to trail markers though!

3 days ago

Flat, good for time trial, speed, warm-ups.

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3 days ago

Love it!

Very enjoyable trek through the woods...didn't encounter another soul on a cold morning until I hit the junction with the Anthony's Nose trail. Decided to extend the hike about 0.8 miles and take in the views from the aforementioned Anthony's Nose. If time allows this is a must stop...gorgeous views of the Hudson River and Bear Mountain.

Great route with superb views. Not that the route has been updated to be clearer at the point where you leave the blazed trails.

Couple of detours necessary on Undercliff because of ice

Really beautiful trail. Gentle terrain. A lot of twists and turns. As long as you keep the app open it’s pretty easy to follow the correct path. Would highly recommend.

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4 days ago

We hiked the loop in a counter-clockwise direction, so the sun would be behind us for the majority of the hike, and it was really nice. The water wasn't high, so the stream crossings weren't an issue for us. The first third of the trek was pretty easy, but then it increases in difficulty considerably, gaining the bulk of the 1700+ feet of elevation in just a mile and a half. I would consider it a moderate hike overall, but it was gorgeous in the snow, and makes any strain worth the effort. Once above 3500 feet, it became a winter wonderland. The forest and streams, not to mention the view, were beautiful.

Went snowshoeing 1/12/19 after 8-10” fresh snow on unbroken trail. Absolutely wonderful trail with many ups n downs, really well marked, spectacular views on an azure blue pristine ice cold day! Temps started at 5* and ended at 13*. Highly recommend this trail for folks of moderate fitness. We are all in our 50’s and it was a good workout. Very good trail!

The view at the end of the hike was breathtaking. I went in winter time and it was incredible seeing the falls half frozen. If you are hiking this hike in the winter time it may be tricky! Me and my dog made it but I feel we were on the wrong trail. After reading reviews it looks like you need to go to the left of the bridge. However, we went to the right and followed a beaten down deer path. The destination was the same but it may have made it a little trickier scaling down the steep and icy ravine with no rope guidance. I recommend this hike but be weary it’s not easy and you will get wet.

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