AMC's Best Backpacking in New England
by Matt Heid (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
© 2014 Matt Heid/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.
Started the hike at about 7am and completed about 11am. The leaves and wet conditions made for some pretty slick footing conditions, but that's to be expected. The marking of the trail was excellent and left no chances of taking a wrong turn. Unfortunately, visibility was terrible due to the foggy conditions, but will just have to come back with the family at another time. The trail definitely tested you at times, but it still allows for those with less experience to enjoy themselves without overexertion. There may be better hikes in other states with better views (as I believe someone mentioned NH), but this one is still not bad.
Great hike, challenging although not overwhelming, hiked at a brisk pace finished in less than 5 hours. Very few people on the trail, last mile to the summit was tough, great views throughout waterfall, summit veiws were awesome. The decent back was difficult, leaves covered the trail covering the rocks and making it slick. Overall looking forward to coming back.
This was my first hike where I was totally dependent on my iphone app and car nav. That mattered little, as the trails are pretty well marked.
It was pretty moist at times, and I could tell that some trail maintenance was due before the crowds come approximately 10 days from now.
The Money Brook section was nice. After the final crossing I veered off trail a bit, but that became quickly apparent as there were no blue blazes anywhere.
The final approach from the AT was a nice climb, and the view in a clear day was very nice. Returning via the Hopper, I could appreciate how vast the bowl-shaped feature was. I decided to forego the Cataract Falls trip, thinking to leave something to experience with my family for the first time upon my return. Total trip time: 6 hours.
There are numerous trails to take from the south side. I parked at Sperry Rd (day parking only) and then jumped on the Hopper trail then went to the AT to the top. It was about 4 miles. If you park down near the campground it's a couple miles longer. I would suggest taking Hopper to the Overlook trail then ending at the summit. It's longer with a bit more scenery on the way to the top. Great views from the top from the tower.
Started at 7:30am , finished at 1:30PM, keeping at moderate pace. No rock scrambling, but a good workout from the distance and constant uphill. Highly recommend the trail. A little crowded at the top due to bikers and sightseers but I will try later in the fall to see less people at the top. Otherwise excellent solitude on the trail.
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