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Great canoe trip

hiking
21 hours ago

Moderate+ difficulty. Trail is moderately easy for the first 3/4 of a mile then gets a bit steeper for the next 1/2 mile before becoming slightly difficult for 1/4 mile until reaching the ski trail.
Cloudy and a bit cool today so we missed the great views at top. Top tram lodge had food, water fountain, and bathrooms. Wifi as well.
Had not planned to have lunch at top but the menu looked good, wife had a tuna sushi bowl and I had a pulled porked sandwich, both very good. Light traffic and met very few people on trail and a few good dogs.
Good footwear strongly encouraged. wet in spots, top to bottom.

Hicking trail on this app was not well described we took the “RED” road on the map provided by this app..... we ended up “off trail” almost got hurt! It was badly indicated and also to much detail were left out! It’s not a hicking trail so much as your walking in the rocks of the ski descent! There was one part after the the Lincoln Peak that was fun it was really a hicking trail in the woods and fun! Other then that it was very dangerous and we could have got hurt ! This should have been only for winter
Also we went all the way to Lincoln Peak and it clearly says 1200m or 3973 feet of altitude! And this app says that we only did 700m of altitude!! Kinda sucks after all this hard work you like to have your stats correct!!

Beautiful and easy walking trail. We did 6 miles out and back (3 each way). It was a great recovery walk after doing The Long Trail to the Chin the day before.

1 day ago

Good day to spend time with the kids. Plenty of climbing & easier than I thought to get back down. still have to be careful though.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice trail with beautiful views at the top. It was crowded though. The summit area is not very large and there were so many people up there that it was difficult to find space to sit and enjoy the view.

only went the 1.1 miles in. stopped at the falls. a lot of up. good for active people. beautiful views

Climbing Hellbrook two weeks ago was one of the most amazing hikes I have ever completed. This steep and challenging trail was exactly what I was looking for. Its steep ascent and decent amount of clambering was just the intense workout I needed. I started early in the morning and with the previous day's rain much of the trail was damp and at times slick however I never felt in danger as the trail provides just the right amount of roots and rocks to use as handholds when necessary.

I sweat profusely climbing the ascent in just about two hours and wouldn't have it any other way. I took brief pauses along the way but otherwise kept my body moving at a moderate clip throughout.

Due to intense fog and humidity I can't mention the views overly much but i can say it was satisfying to compare my elevation with the ridge across the mountain pass behind me. It was certainly an encouraging aspect to the climb.

At one point in the trail there are a couple of iron rungs mounted in the rock face for additional hand and foot holds. Never having seen this before on a hike, I found it quite intriguing and a nice little benefit right when I needed it. This also stoked my ego a little l knowing I was climbing a trail that necessitated such an addition.

All in all I couldn't be happier with the hike however it is definitely an intense workout and meant for people who have some experience and are able to conquer any nerves they might have about heights.

great trail great views!

Nice trail, a little heavily traveled, nice water views with waterfalls, good for kids and families.

Great hike!!

Did this trail in an hour with 3 kids, and that included 20 mins spent at the fire tower at the top and 5 mins picking blackberries on the way down. Easy trail, mostly rock “stairs.”

Great network of easy hiking trails, perfect for exercising a dog. Enough space to spend hours walking. Beautiful natural setting.

One of my favorite hikes! Challenging but well worth the effort once you reach the summit.

This is going in one of my top 3 hikes so far this summer. I loved the trail, the trees, the quartz and the rock formations. The view is SO worth it. It was awesome to see Mansfield from a totally different angle.

Hiked to Bourn Pond via the Branch Pond trail from The Kelly Stand Road. Very muddy for a good portion of the hike. Spur leads to Branch Pond before heading into Lye Brook Wilderness. Well kept trail to the pond’s south shore. Relatively flat and easy hike.

hiking
3 days ago

This is a good hike if you’re in decent shape and don’t mind hiking uphill for 2.5 hours. There were only two spots were it really leveled off, other than that it really was uphill in varying degrees. The views are great and totally worth it. I hiked to the White Rock overlook that others have mentioned, a good stopping point. Fyi on the map, it’s about a 20 minute hike after the sharp bend on the map trail. It took me an hour and half to get back down.
I would highly recommend hiking poles for stability. The trail is narrow at some points, packed earth, and there’s plenty of stepping over and around rocks. I wore hiking pants because there’s a fair amount of brush to get through. Also, there’s a fair amount of bugs, a hat and bug spray were a good idea.

Gret amaxing wonderful trail. its a loop one. not hard. Great to families with kids and pats. nice atmosphere of the wild forest. Very very recommended. Its rated as Moderate,however its very EASY. we enjoyed very much (family with 12, 15 years kids)

While the woods are lovely the trail is virtually impassable and difficult to find and follow. In serious need of maintenance!

hiking
3 days ago

Awesome scenic views from the summit!

I hiked this on a Wednesday and saw a total of about 10 people. I had the west view to myself for a good thirty minutes. I’d agree that this is definitely on the harder side of moderate...perhaps just hard. The cascades were beautiful and perfect for my pup to cool down in. I only went to the west viewing platform, as I had read that the summit’s views were not as stunning. So many mushrooms!! I have never seen so many mushrooms of different shapes, sizes, colors. I found the trail to be very well marked and easy to follow. I highly recommend this beauty of a hike!

pretty nice trail great views ar the top. signage is slightly cryptic but we found our way. to access trail from north parking lot u must use part of a multi use trail that is fairly overgrown but easy to follow.

hiking
4 days ago

Was a challange for my crew but we made it to the top was so worth it!

mountain biking
4 days ago

I loved it! The only flaw is that for me I had no idea where to turn around and the constant background noise. Other than that, it was incredible!!!!

We jogged this trail which had many stream crossings and gently meanders up to Bromley Skiway. It rained hard the night before so the trail was muddy but not terrible. We met some AT hikers at the top (there’s a small lodge) and checked out the surrounding mountain ranges that weren’t blocked by the clouds. It’s 6 miles round trip (out and back) and it took us almost 2 hours jogging most of the way with about 20 minutes spent at the top. It you’re in the area and are looking for a good hike that won’t take all day, I’d recommend it!

Great trail, even better when the sun came out

hiking
5 days ago

It's an easy, short hike with decent changes of scenery and a nice view from the firetower and an overlook at the top. I encountered few people on the trail on a summer Saturday, but quite a lot of feces, seemingly both human and dog. Pretty disgusting and more than I'd ever encountered on a trail before.

hiking
5 days ago

If you've got friends or family visiting you in Vermont, Mount Philo is the perfect way to spend a few hours. A very easy mile each way gets you some great views of Lake Champlain and the surrounding areas. Very crowded in the summer, try to hike this one around 5 or 6 pm to catch the setting sun over Lake Champlain.

My favorite day hike in Vermont! A relatively short hike, most of this trail isn't very steep. There are 2 or 3 rock "scrambles" along the way, but mostly it's an enjoyable hike for some spectacular views at the summit.
This trail can get very crowded though so try and do it on a weekday or in the winter (even better views!)

Trail started out in a campground ($4 to park for the day per person). Hiked .6 miles up to the beginning of Sunet Ridge, which soon split into Laura Cowles. Laura Cowles was the most unrelenting trail I've done in Vermont, very steep with very few, if any, flat sections. It was all worth it for the great views coming above the treeline. The summit was covered in a cloud the whole time, but going down Sunset Ridge led to some of the most spectacular views.
My advice to anyone not extremely experienced, pack a LOT of water and be prepared to take most of the day. We did this in about 6 hours.

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