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I really enjoyed the challenge of this hike! Not impossible by any means though! Great views along the way

Tower is closed but you *can* climb up the side if you're feeling bold ;) Otherwise the long trail is not worth it. Take the short mile trail from BRP to check it out.

Absolutely gorgeous hike! Camped on top of Hump Mountain with a few groups of friendly hikers and enjoyed an unbelievable sunset and sunrise from the peak. Challenging hike as well, great weekend backpacking trip!

ugh ... damn, hump and little hump... wow were they impressive, and quite the ass-kickers!

This trail gives you an easy hike to go along with the short paved walk to the summit viewing area. I started from the Balsam Nature trailhead in the lower level of the parking lot. It was enjoyable seeing and learning about the Canadian-like spruce-fir forest. And I got to finish the nearly mile long loop by including the amazing views from the highest point east of the Mississippi River.

9 days ago

Awesome views at each peak! Definitely do this as a two day, one night hike to make sure that you see everything.

18 days ago

The trailhead is available if you drive through the camping area and you actually find it and able to park there. Alternatively you can park outside the camping area where the trailheads cross and plenty of parking space available. Then you walk to the trailhead through the river loop trail (see my recording). The waterfall is pretty, but the forest a bit ruined along the trail.