My husband and I hiked to the top of this peak via Loterie Farm on July 31, 2013 given we like a good hike and we read it can be dangerous to drive to the peak. Well, make sure you are in darn good shape if you do the entire hike to the very top--it's a doozy! We are both very athletic and have done some mountain hiking before, but combine that with high heat/humidity and LARGE rocks to climb over and it will push you even a seasoned hiker to his/her limits. We were soaked with sweat when we reached the top. As if we weren't wet enough....a thunderstorm rolled in and I was rushed to take my pics. My husband decided that it was too wet to hike back down the way we came (feared slipping and falling/injury) and claimed our best bet was to hike down the crime-ridden road that lead back to Loterie Farm. I was mortified after reading about all the theft and thugs on this road, but then again we come from a crime ridden state and it wasn't much different or more dangerous than walking through certain parts of Delaware. It was storming its butt off as we hiked back down, and I grabbed a large stick just in case we needed it. All we had on us was $20 and my camera so any would-be thief would have been disappointed, but I didn't want some dirtbag running off with my precious pics! Luckily, the only people we saw were other hikers driving up and down the little mountain road. In fact, a very friendly French couple even offered us a ride just as we approached Loterie Farm. I loved the hike and the views, just wish it hadn't stormed. I DO NOT advise others to hike back down the road as we did; I think we lucked out because the storm scared off all the thugs. It is very remote and desolate up there....hike back via Loterie Farm and make sure it's not going to storm that day.
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