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Can be a bit steep (For Southern Calfornians - if you have hiked Echo Mountain, you can do this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Amazing views ....

It's a steep 4km uphill with wooden steps to assist along the trail.then it's a gentle slope going... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2018
Ottawa, Canada
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Dingwall, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can be a bit steep (For Southern Calfornians - if you have hiked Echo Mountain, you can do this) but the trail path is gorgeous, you don't really mind it and did not feel dangerous - the views up top are so worth it.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SavvyTraveller3
Reviewed 19 September 2018

It's a steep 4km uphill with wooden steps to assist along the trail.then it's a gentle slope going down. It's a sunny hike so make sure you have sunscreen, hat and water! As you peak the top make sure you look behind for views too....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 8 September 2018

My husband and I had limited time so this was one of two hikes we chose. This hike took us three hours but the we also ate lunch at the top. This hike is rated hard and I can see why. The 4km trail in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Bleuberrie
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

We did this hike in 30 degree weather, but so worth it! 7.5km return..easy to follow trail with wooden platforms to walk on as well. The view is amazing!!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Courtney M
Reviewed 17 August 2018

This was a pretty steep climb. The views were okay. The river was dried out so we didn't have a chance to see that. The day we went it was pouring rain and the rocks and the stairs became even more slippery which was very...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Abhigna R
Reviewed 9 July 2018

A good mix of gentle climbs, a few challenging spots, a beautiful view at the top and fairly mellow descent made this a great first hike for us to start our adventure in the Highlands Forest. And for those on the lookout there is a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank fatfranny
Reviewed 22 May 2018

Before I begin my review, make sure you check out my YouTube video of this location at Josh the Travel Guy! Franey is a great trail. It's about 7 kms long and will take the average hiker 2-3 hours. The trail is rated hard, although...More

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank JoshtheTravelG
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

There are two path to get to the top. I recommend to take the upper path on the map to climb up then take the other path to climb down. It took about an hour and a half to climb up then another an hour...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank kozirok
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

According to the map it's one on the more difficult hikes in the area but with a bit of stamina it should be no problem. Except for the lower lookout spot at the top the path is never exposed or in any way dangerous. We...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank 38jeanpierrem
Reviewed 3 August 2017

The caveat to this review is that my husband and I have done a lot of beautiful hikes. This hike didn't really impress us. The view from the top (there's only one viewpoint) is nice, but I'm not sure it's worth the hike up there...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Erin M
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sharon s
26 April 2016|
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Response from CynthiaMargaret | Reviewed this property |
HI, Franey is very steep, not a long hike up maybe an hour or less with great views at the top. I dont recall 2 trails to take up, we hiked up the main trail and then took a very rocky riverbed type trail down because it was... More