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rocky
15 days 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
18 days ago

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19 days 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

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1 month 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.

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1 month 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!

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1 month 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.

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2 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
2 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.

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2 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
3 months ago

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washed out
3 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
3 months ago

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5 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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5 months ago

I did this hike in the winter . I broke trail for the 1st 4 miles which was so lovely to be the first. I agree with some of the comments below . The elevation was great for me . The trail head is really easy to find . There isn’t a trail head marking, per say. Follow the water up till you don’t. That’s your only water source . The trail follows the water . There are also 3 blue horizontal lines on some tree in the direction to follow . One your at the juncture, go right and up. It’s a .5 from the tower to The view from the peek which was pretty magical. I like frozen snow and ice personally. The view from the tower was pretty mind blowing . I will be definitely hitting this hike in the summer .

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snow
5 months ago

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10 months ago

Didn't make it up to the Owl's head lookout, but the quarry was a nice little hike. It was pretty rainy so Art's bench and lookout were pretty cloudy. Well worth the hike. for a good view of dorest and surrounding mountains.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

I found this to be a fairly easy hike. The directions to the trailhead are accurate. There are no signs to indicate that you are at a trailhead. You can drive a couple hundred yards beyond the end of Tower Rd. where you will find parking for several cars. Park, and continue hiking on the road which will peter out into a trail. It follows a drainage that is described as very steep in other reviews. I would rate the grade as moderate (moderate plus in places) but nothing like some White Mtn miles like the Wildcat Ridge Trail or the AT up South Kinsman. The pitch is a sustainted for a good while but not terribly steep. All junctions are intuitive enough that it is easy to follow the trail to the summit, marked with a sign and a register canister. Easy hike, have fun!

Monday, September 03, 2018

This trail was not well marked. toward the top. When we reached the peak there was not an open area for views and pictures. My dog enjoyed the hike as there is a constant flow of water from brooks..

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Friday, August 24, 2018

First part of hike is steeply up old roads to Gettysburg quarry- quarry is worth a visit as is adjacent look out point. Well worn trail then continues south to Gilberts lookout which is a great spot and worth a visit. . NOTE however that trail description on info sign at parking lot is NOT accurate. After leaving quarry on trail to right/south (while facing Gettysburg quarry) the hike eventually enters a slightly steep ravine at the base of Owls head. It is a short walk into then out of the ravine. The parking lot info sign states you should proceed on the trail to a large boulder then turn left- but there is no trail to Gilberts lookout here. Instead we had to come out of the ravine, turn left, leave the trail and proceed ~ 75 yards through the woods to find a smaller boulder just beyond which is a trail marked with blue ribbons that then scrambles steeply to Gilberts lookout. From Gilberts lookout to the summit of Owls head there is no trail that we could find. We just bushwhacked it to the top (top is wooded - limited view just beyond summit to south) Overall a nice hike though a bit frustrating trying to find the blue trail it Gilbert lookout and not finding a trail beyond that

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