A fun hike. Not too hard with some nice views from the peaks. Did the red trail up to Piper North, then Green to Whiteface. Took the yellow Vista Trail to Piper South at the intersection where Whiteface turned off. Came back and continued on to Whiteface. Total trip was 9.1 miles and about 4 hours. The app stopped recording for some reason once got to Whiteface.
This is a fantastic trail, but classifying it as 'Easy' is a bit misleading. I consider myself to be in great shape, and my friend has done more hikes than me, but we both had to stop a few times to catch our breath! Granted, it was about 90 degrees outside, but the incline is very steep pretty much the entire way up. I've done Mount Major a few times and felt that this trail was a bit more challenging; however, we didn't encounter anybody else on the trail that day, so it was very peaceful. The summit is super cool and the views at the top are spectacular. I would give this trail five stars, but it was very buggy at the summit and frankly that was a bit of a distraction. Would still do it again, though! Perhaps in the fall.
If you take the Red Trail from the beginning of the Carriage Rd with a minimal amount of effort you get to enjoy some great open-summit views from the top. I traveled along this trail to start my 12 mile loop across the western Belknap peaks. Really well marked a quite nice. It was a great day out for me despite the afternoon snow showers that popped up!