Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures
by Rhonda and George Osterag (Falcon Guides)
© 2009 Rhonda and George Osterag/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Great rock climbing, great scenery and would have been great views but we happened to go on a cloudy day! Definitely going back!
Doing this trail in mid-winter has its plus and minuses. Pluses: less hikers on the trails, snow covered trail makes the rocky surface less strenous on your ankles, dence woods covered with frozen snow and greenery free overlooks have a fairy tale ambiance. Minuses: ice under the snow on the trail can be tricky at best, frequently frozen run offs crossing calls for careful and slow approach. All in all - great hike rewarded with picturesque views from right below the top.
Great hike! Perfect combo of distance, views and time to get both a solid workout and enjoy the scenery. Was a mini-blizzard at the Ledge shortly after I got there but still was afforded some spectacular views!
We did just the loop part (without going to the summit) in under 4 hours. Did not come across many people on this Saturday though the weather was border-line.
Really one of the nicest, most pristine wilderness experiences in the area. So green an lush at this time of year with unending moss and fern. Decent views just off the blue trail on the return loop on a rock ledge. Ascent is long but never too steep.
Because a lot of the trail is a water run-off you spend quite a bit of time stepping from rock to rock to avoid the water so be very careful not to twist an ankle. Would not be ideal for first time hikers but a must for anyone looking for some some of the signature beauty of this area.
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