AMC's Best Backpacking in New England
by Matt Heid (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
© 2014 Matt Heid/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.
Very nice hike, I would never recommend it as a loop. Once you converge with the AT, it's two miles of brutal downhill on a dirt road, which then links up with the paved road back to the car for a total of 4 miles (or 25% of the trip) on roads. You're better off with an out and back to the pond. The falls were nice and the lake is gorgeous. The trail is seriously overgrown after the falls, blazes are few and faint. This could be a serious endeavor in wet weather - it was muggy and slick and it's been dry. Great trip overall, we camped on the lake and listened to loons all night.
very hard trail. the first half is all uphill and they arent kidding about the bogs. they were all the way through. It got tricky and we lost the blazes at a beaver dam. However the hard work was worth it. A gorgeous watrfall, beautiful lake, and an awsome view off the mountain. I suspect that the walk on the road is longer than 1.5 miles like the guide says...we drove the suburu half way to clock it and we went over before we finished the drive back. so while it says 15 mi...id say it is a bit more. We were a group of four---intermediate hikers and we did this in one day out the next. Start early if you want the good campsites though. (or bring hammocks like us...you can really put up anywhere in a hammock...tents will be a problem,)
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