Every review on trip advisor said that this was a very challenging, steep, "One of the most arduous and tiring hikes ever", they all also said it was only 4 miles round trip. After 17 peaks this year, 4 miles is very manageable no matter how steep it may seem. I'm not saying this hike was easy, but the length of time we spent working for the reward, was minimal compared to ANY of the ADK hikes I had done.
|this path is made by leaf-cutter ants.|
|ifyou look closely on the left you can see a dinosaur, jurassic park is real folks.|
|semi bushwacking through the jungle|
I took the opportunity to go for a swim. The water wasn't particularly warm nor was the air, but really when will I ever get a chance to swim inside a volcano crater again?
We hung out for 30 minutes before venturing back down the trail. Downhill was definitely easier and not so steep that I wish I had poles. I was glad that we took the time to hang out and enjoyed the hike, otherwise it would have broken my streak of hiking for 6 months.