The trails have been modified considerably over the past few years judging by the looks of it. Halfway up the mountain is a wooden promontory near some blueberry fields that is wheelchair accessible; the remainder of the summit trail is gentle but still foot travel only. I got five ticks from an hour of hiking there so the ticks in the area are numerous.
Easy climb even with my 4 and 3 year olds and the 15 week old puppy. We had no problem Headed right up the Shannon trail. The sky was a wonderful cloudless blue and the trees were in full color all around everywhere we looked.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe