This was an incredibly enjoyable hike. The payoff in scenery is almost immediate, as you watch the landscape stretch out ahead. The stepping stones are a marvel! Thank you Mr. Dorr!
We reached the crest of the ridge after less than an hour of climbing, barely winded. This is a great beginner trek to this point.
After rounding the crest, the trail leads back into the woods for a bit, and you get your first glimps of Champlain looming up to the right. Your real work is just starting.
Once you cross a wooded glade, there is a scramble up a pretty steep section of broken bolders. Once cleared, you break onto ledge. From here to the summit, you are traversing smooth granite ledge that in itself can be dangerous if you miss your footing. The day I hiked, it was clear and sunny, but the wind was fierce. I can imagine that section of the hike being particularly treacherous when it is wet or snowy.
Follow the cairns to the signpost, and you are rewarded with an amazing view of Frenchmen's Bay. A far more rewarding climbe than Cadallac, in my opinion, as the summit is not crowded with bus-tourists. Everyone you meet up there, walked it!