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22 days ago

I expected this hike to be a work out and it delivered. There's no trailhead marker and only a few blazes along the way. Signs at the top were not much better. It was a partly cloudy day in the 50's, the babbling brook and then further up the trail a gorgeous waterfall. Too, a friendly chat with some folks on ATV's. Overall, a special hike.

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24 days ago

Good trail. Some trees down. Like others said need to watch markers closely bc easy to get off track. At end of trail we missed the correct trail and were not able to get to the top.

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blowdown
24 days ago

Great views and really cool quarry but there was a lot of blow down. I don’t think I found owls head despite following a lot of herd paths from Gilbert’s Lookout. The lookout was incredible but I’d say it was more of a difficult hike due to the last half mile. I had to use trees to get up due to how steep it was and somewhat washed out. Well worth the climb though! My dog had a great time as well.

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blowdown
27 days ago

this is not a moderate hike. it’s pretty steep doing the blue trail and the very top is a scramble. Found the overlook but could not find Owls Head (I think). I came a few days after a big storm in October so everything was freshly coated in leaves and hard to follow the trail. bunch of downed trees blocking the trail. VERY cool Quarry about a half mile from the trail head. VERY good views. will come back in the spring to see the top

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome view at top. Chilly day, overcast, but fine.

hiking
1 month ago

A really nice little hike. True, there's a lot of uphill. But the trail is easy to follow, with frequent blue markers all the way up to Gilbert Lookout, and there are plenty of handholds as you get toward the end. The fall colors were amazing today, and the views well worth the trip. But even if you don't make it to the end, the quarry itself is both beautiful and interesting. Hiking boots well advised.

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rocky
2 months ago

Great hike, first mile is relatively easy and then the climbing begins. Had a beautiful day and limited views from the Tower. Trail was easy to follow.

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washed out
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

A decent trail in its own right, mostly uphill. You’ll definitely want a pair of hiking boots, as sneakers just aren’t suitable for many parts of the trail. Gettysburg quarry and Arts lookout bench will be your first main stop. Both are spectacular, and definitely worth the hike. I was really disappointed to find that the trail to Gilbert lookout, in my opinion, is for experienced hikers only, and a bit dangerous as well. Parts of the trail were washed out and running down the mountainside, parts of the trail also looked as though they might give out from underneath you, and there is very little land between you and the edge. My friend and I ended up turning back as we didn’t feel comfortable enough with reaching the summit.

on Owls Head Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Thank You to the Vermont Youth Conservation Corp there is new easy to follow signage and markers all the way to Gilbert's Lookout. The Quarry and Arts Bench in itself is a great reward. The trail to Gilbert's is nice through different type of forest. Definitely worth the almost 2hr drive here from NY and pair it with Merck Forest.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail. Lovely forest! Blissful experience. Got to summit not much of a view but wonderful place to take in the forest. Highly recommend! Beautiful brook running beside you on trail. Go get it!

hiking
3 months ago

The rating of moderate is fair as far as the trail itself goes but, one should know before they head out that this is almost completely uphill. Wear hiking boots or trail shoes as sneakers would be WAY to slippery as you return down the hill. The Art Bench is a beautiful look out and you can see most of the valley.

awesome hike. obviously a lot of uphill to see the lookout. the quarry alone was worth the trip. once the trail leasing to the lookout gets a little more action it'll be a little better. more of a deer path right now. but it's nice to see not so much human activity. that's the point of hiking I like anyway. the last stretch to the outlook is a little sketchy due to practically climbing steep "trail". I wouldn't say it's kid or pet friendly at that point. but well worth it if you're adventurous.

hiking
4 months ago

The hike was more challenging than I expected seeing the "moderate" rating. The last 10 minutes to Gilbert's Lookout were steep and narrow and hand holds with the adjacent trees were helpful. The views overlooking Eadt Dorset were spectacular.

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bugs
muddy
4 months ago

nice trail follows an old logging road that parallels a stream for a while. Decent view from the tower & a cool little fern forest at the top.

hiking
4 months ago

You can add another .25 to .5 miles by taking the loop on the left to Lower Quarry at the beginning of the trail. It's a little buggy but a nice little detour. Then after a 1 mile climb, look for frogs at the Gettysburg quarry and enjoy some time at Art's bench (great place for lunch but only room for a couple people at a time). Then continue on this recorded trail for approx 1 mile and there is a sign for Gilbert lookout and Owls head. Take that route which is off the recorded trail but a beautiful view! After GL there is no marked trail for Owls head so we went back to this recorded trail and kept going towards Owls head and there was Nothing there! No view after another .5 miles of technical climbing. My advice would be to head back to the quarry after GL. Overall a tough climb but enjoyable and rewarding.

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rocky
5 months ago

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washed out
5 months ago

This is a review only for most of the trails on the western and southern sections of the Merck Farm and Forest grounds. It is not a reflection of the rest of the grounds and activities on the farm, which is a fantastic, beautiful, and welcoming place. I hiked on the Merck Forest grounds yesterday, and the trail listed here is the Antone Mountain (or Antone Road) trail, which ends in a rather average lookout from its summit. Antone Road is easy to follow, but many of the other main trails that run along dirt roads and foot trails are very overgrown, to the point where I felt uncomfortable continuing on some of them. At least one trail called Beebe Pond promised a view of a pond near the end, but when I explored it fully, I found there was no pond. Another disadvantage is that you are surrounded by big, green mountains, but you can hardly see them or get to lookouts a vast majority of the time on these trails. I didn't take any stars off for all of the bugs because that was my own fault for not wearing repellent at the tail end of May. I recommend stopping to say hello at the Visitor Center and sticking to the main dirt roads that run right through the farm itself, where you can view beautiful mountain valleys below, the animals, and the more educational grounds, such as the Silviculture or Old Farm Trails. The other trails just had no rhyme or reason and little payoff for the amount of mileage required. Peaceful and quiet, only saw two or three groups on a Friday afternoon. I hope that the staff use some of their funds to maintain more of the foot trails this season. Trail signage and markers were decent for a farm.

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rocky
5 months ago

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7 months ago

Great views on the hike up this time of year (no leaves yet) even on a cloudy day. We didn’t make it to Owls Head turned right instead of looping around to left. Trail makers disappeared after ravine and there was a trail to the right. Amazing quarry!

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