dogs on leash
cross country skiing
White Mountain National Forest lies within the White Mountains in the U.S. states of New Hampshire and Maine. It's crossed by the White Mountain Trail and Kancamagus scenic drives, plus part of the Appalachian Trail. Dating to the 1860s, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway climbs to the summit of Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern U.S. The area is also known for bright fall foliage and winter skiing.
Fun hike! We did the 4.4 mile loop which hits both peaks. Took about 3.5 hours for my girlfriend and I with many stops for pictures and water. Definitely some steep rocks to scale and climb where we needed to go on all fours, but nothing too strenuous.
When we went it was close to a drought so the falls were pretty much dried up. The trail is alright, not to difficult, but it's hard to know when you've reached the end point, at least when it is dry. Our 3 mile round trip did not deliver as expected but people say that it's nice when it's full. It is a pretty secluded trail so just be aware of that too.
There are a variety of trails in this area accessible from the most idyllic parking area hands down! These range from an hour or two to a full day or two. We chose to hike to Mount Katherine, and enjoyed an easy and leisurely paced walk through field and woods to a nice rewarding view at the top. Easter Egg: find the frog pool.
This is a great trail. Use the east side of the loop when ascending. You'll want to linger at the ledges, where the view is much better, rather than at the summit. The climb is mild and great for younger kids. You could descend the east loop without summiting and it would be a great family hike.
Slight descent from the ledges and then a steeper ascent to the summit. The descent on the west loop is very steep. Look for a nice view of mt Washington as you descend.
All in all the view is fantastic for the rather moderate effort.
One of most incredible hikes we've ever done (and we live on the coast in CA). It's quite strenuous but if you're in shape or want to go slow it's no problem. There are very steep granite shelves that you climb up and down. We read everywhere that it's a 4-5 hour loop but we were able to do it in 2 hours and we stopped a few times. Go in Autumn!!! It's absolutely breathtaking (see our photos). Don't miss this if you're looking for an incredibly scenic hike in the White Mountains.
One side note: get there early. If you arrive late on a fall weekend day, you'll see a line of cars for 0.5mi or so. It's worth it, don't give up!
Point to point. Had to spot a car at Brickett Place. Went up Spruce Hill to Speckled Mountain. Went across Blueberry Ridge to meet Bickford Brook trail, then down to Brickett Place.
Beautiful views at Sp Mtn Summit, and all along Blueberry Ridge. Very friendly Canadian Jay.
Ascent on Spr Hill starts steep right out of parking lot. Might wanna do a few jumping jacks after car ride. :)
Descent: Steep, somewhat tough descent down Bl Rdg trail. Initially lots of open ledges. Then gets into long stretch of steep rock steps. No scrambling, but just tough on the knees and slow going. Bi Brk part very easy down from waterfall junction with Bl Rdg.