Piper Hammond Loop Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Conway, NH that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Fantastic view of peaked summit and surrounding mountains The Piper trail is wide and very easy at the start. It is well traveled and well maintained. In the fall you will have excellent and exciting views of the summit and of the Carter ledge on your right. You need crampons in the winter. It can be very windy at the top. You have great views of the White Mountains including Mount Washington. The Weetamoo rock trail can be a bit of a slog on the way down but there is a huge boulder to look at - hence the name. There are several streams on the Piper trail where you can replenish your water supply if you have a filter.
I am 74 years old and facing a very serious foot reconstruction surgery, on 11/11/2016 my lady friend and I hiked the loop, just spectacular, I had to take my time but made it without any problems, as others have said ! not marked very well, so next time I go I am going to mark it, and another time install signage, to exact specifications. this will help others enjoy their hike, this is now one of my favorite places to hike,
Jim Raymond, Massachusetts
Great hike, but poorly marked with all the leaves on the ground. Can't even imagine how good it would be before all the leaves dropped.
Really great hike. Love mount chocorua. Views were amazing!!
Great views and moderately difficult climb.
My first hike ever last year, I was 51 and not in great shape but was an amazing experience with 360* views!!! So worth all the sweat and rapid heart rates!! Did it with my family son, niece, nephews and sister and brother in law---who kept saying it's just flat rocks up ahead?????-----yes flat rocks you had to climb in all fours!!!! I didn't get all the way to the summit, I stopped on the big rock flats just before it was my summit!!! And only like 100 ft from the top!!!! My daughter and bro in law and a couple friends did it in the early morning this year to witness the sunrise, they stopped at the big rock outcrop half way up maybe, because one of them got ill, but still had some amazing sunrise views, may try that one myself soon!!! Highly recommend!!
This is a beautiful trail! It is well traveled and easy to navigate. We followed this trail across from First Sister (after ascending via Carter Ledge and coming across the three sisters), to the summit, then descended down mount Chocorua following this trail. Might be my favorite favorite hike this year. We saw numerous folks with dogs on this trail so feel free to bring Fido along!
Great hike for dogs just enough to get your heart pumping we chose the Nikerson Ledge Trail.
Absolutely beautiful hike! I'd like to think I'm in pretty good shape but this was my first "long" hike upwards of 5 miles or so. My dog loved this loop but had some real difficulty near the top where she had to be hoisted over some boulders and she didn't actually hit the summit with me -- she's a 50 lb Brittany, for reference. Overall, the view and sheer pleasure of the hike was well worth the effort. Took about 7 hrs round trip with rests.
So much fun! A great trail. Sometimes hard to find markers, but it was a great hike. The middle to end of the hike is more challenging then the start.
Loved it. More difficult summit than I've experienced however worth it.
Apparently the summit point has a trail around the back (if you're coming via Piper) to make the final climb easier. I didn't realize that and basically free-climbed the front face. Whoops.
A great trail. Tough enough to test your endurance but not too terribly difficult. Soft in parts. Steep climbs in others. The rocky summit will be the hardest part but well worth the trip. If you're on a trip the Penacook Shelter is roughly .25 miles off the main trail and it's just shy of a Ritz Carlton.
Nice and relaxing climb.
The pace of the approach and ascent are nice - from flat, to incline, to switchbacks then rock scramble. The switchbacks are a bit challenging bringing you to a viewpoint just when you need it. Rock scrambles are fun and the 360 views from the top are beautiful.
This is a classic White Mountains hike on a well-maintained trail. The blazes are fading and can be difficult to follow over the rocky summit. They are planning to replace the blazes with cairns but currently the cairns are few and far between.
Awesome reasonably strenuous hike, and so many good views as a reward! 360-degree stuff at the summit.
Went veteran's day 2014, definitely bring layers because it will get chilly at the top! Dog loved it but definitely struggled at the rocky top.