This is an awesome hike that has a little bit of everything. I guess you could split this hike into two parts. If you park on 517 you'll walk through some flat lands, boardwalks, a suspension bridge, a slight incline and through a cow pasture. At the end you'll come to Rt 94 parking lot where you'll pick up the trail to head up the mountain and the Stairway to Heaven overlook. So if you don't feel like doing the whole thing park on Rt 94. Otherwise I highly recommend parking on 517 and taking it all in. Parking on 517 is limited, maybe space for 15 cars. I was there on a weekday and it was not crowded at all. But I hear on weekends it gets busy. I can totally see that. The hike up the Stairway can get a bit steep at points. Bring plenty of water. I was there in March and it was cool to see the ski slopes in the distance, even though we were having a nice 70 degree day. The trail is marked very well. Follow the white markings. Near the top you'll see a big pile of rocks that's where the trail splits off to blue markers to the overlooks. It's very easy to spot. There was also a sign nailed to a tree next to the rock pile with "The View" etched into it. Excellent views of the valley. Highly recommend this hike.
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