|Expansive views from the summit|
Given its ease of hiking and multiple trail heads, its one of those hikes that is great any time of year. I happened to hike it during one of those fall days where the mountain was exploding with color but its a great winter hike too.
|Even the drive up was pretty|
Usually I'll try and do a GoogleMaps hiking map for every hike I do but the map linked above is perfect. There are three options for hiking this mountain. The first is from the North via Winslow State Park. (Sidenote: the gate closes in the winter which adds another two miles or so to the hike). The parking lot itself is actually a great view too- if you're not feeling up for the hike up the mountain, there's a great place to sit and enjoy a picnic.
The best way to hike from Winslow State Park is to take the Winslow Trail up and the Barlow Trail down. The way up is steep and doesn't have much views but gets to the summit in approximately 1.1 miles. The Barlow Trail is 1.7 miles down and can be done as a loop with the Winslow. The Barlow Trail is far more scenic and I enjoyed moseying down and stopping frequently.
|I love the layers of color that come with increasing elevation|
|Views down the Barlow Trail|
The Lincoln Trail is the final option which is really a scramble up a sort-of-maintained trail. I don't want to knock it, but if you're looking for a more pleasant hike, any of the other options work perfectly.
The bare granite slabs of the summit also have ample opportunities for a good old summit nap or just sitting and enjoying nature. Not bad for a 2.8 mile hike, right?
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