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“Great hike for active seniors”
Review of Castle Rock Trail

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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We loved this hike. We stayed at the Hedges and you could see the rock from our cabin. We spent a beautiful September day doing this hike. It's not what I would call a hike for beginners. Although you could do probably the first two thirds if you're not a regular hiker. The top part of the trail got significantly steeper, although it was still a hike not a rock climb. Hiking sticks or double poles are recommended. Substantial shoes are necessary, no flip-flops. The view at the top was breathtaking. All four of us are over 55. My husband and I are over 65. He had a knee replaced 6 months ago and he could do this with a hiking stick. Younger hikers had no problem. There are several ways up and down, so you have to keep track of the trail markers.
Definitely a must-do hike if you are in the area

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Reviewed 9 August 2016

A medium hard trail -- easier at beginning with steeper climb near the top. Awesome views of Blue Mountain and Blue Mountain Lake.

Thank blueandgreen2016
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

This is a gorgeous hike and the view from castle rock is well worth the modest effort to get there.

I found it listed in a guide to easy hikes in the Adirondacks. I'm not sure I agree with the "easy" rating though. There are several places where you have to scramble up steep rocks and twisted roots. The guidebook also said the whole trip could be done in 1.5 hours (round trip). Granted, my daughter and I are pretty slow, but it took us nearly twice that.

Another issue - and this seems to be common with the NY DEC trails in the Adirondacks - the trail markers are infrequent and not well maintained. Even though my guidebook had detailed instructions about every turn, there were several places where you couldn't tell where the trail went. There were several

Thank Jim P
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Reviewed 12 May 2016

Looking for a modest hike in the Blue Mountain Lake neighborhood? This is it. Shorter than the trek up Blue Mtn itself, with much less elevation gain/loss, this is a good way to get some exercise, look over the scenery of Blue Mtn. Lake, and still have a little energy and plenty of time for touring the museum, fishing, boating, etc.
Find Maple Lodge Road on the north end of town off Rt. 30. Take it to the public access end and park on the lake-side of the road in the designated trail parking area. Sign in, walk along the continuing road following trail markers and signs. Eventually, you will come to a trail junction. Straight ahead is an option for a longer loop hike; a left crosses a wooden bridge and heads more directly for the summit of Castle Rock. In a half mile, a trail branches off leftward, stay to the right. Cross a drainage, ascend moderately steep terrain to a "plateau", where the trail turns toward Castle Rock itself. The trail winds a little bit in order to take in the fascinating boulder formations at the base, before climbing steeply to the summit. There is no tower, but plenty of open spots, with particularly good views of the lake.

Thank jayclimbs
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