Davis Path is a 15 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bartlett, New Hampshire and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October.
The Davis Path travels 15 miles from Rt 302 in Bartlett NH to the Boot Spur Trail on Mt Washington. It is one of the most isolated trails in the White Mountains. The Trail is difficult and water is hard to find. It is a point to point trail, mainly used by overnight backpackers.
This was my route for Mountain Birdwatch. I hiked it many times and loved its challenging terrain and beautiful views.
Hiked to Mt. Crawford and then Resolution via Davis Path - we took our time to rest and enjoy views and completed the out-and-back in just under 5 hours. Since we only covered a small portion of Davis Path, can't comment on the difficulty of what lies beyond Mount Resolution, but the part we took was on the easy side of moderate. The climb up to Crawford is somewhat steep at times, but no need for hiking poles and no full-body rock scrambles. Someday we hope to take Davis from start to finish - in this hike we covered at most the first 3-4 miles of it. Beautiful views of the woods on this sunny October day. Very little water - so bring plenty of your own.
Hiked on a sunny humid day to Mt Crawford.The parking lot is right opposite Notchland Inn on Rt 302. When you start the hike, take the trail to your right and you will know you are on the right trail once you come across the sign that welcomes you to the white mountains. The day we hiked, we were literally swamped by mosquitoes and inspite of wearing bug spray, we were bitten multiple times. The trail is lightly trafficked and it feels kind of nice and lost in the mountains. The hike was hard and we stopped multiple times for small breaks. The descend was tough on the knees and calves. We thought we hiked all the way to the summit, but it turned out later that we were actually 15-20 minutes away from it. I wish there were better signs that would direct us to the summit. The trail near the summit is poorly marked, hence 3 stars.
Hiked on a clear December day 20 degrees and an inch or two of snow. It was very windy, but the trail is well protected by the trees and quite steep. I turned around after 1.4 miles before enjoying the Mt Crawford summit view due to concern about a slippery descent. It was enjoyable and I would like to do it again sometime when the footing is surer.
one of my favorite trails. Very light use and a challenge to follow in places and water is scarce. The climb to the ridge is a long climb but the hike along the ridge is wonderful with views from the top of Stairs, Davis and Isolation. Very lightly used.
Along with my sons Ron and Bob, we hiked the Davis Path up to Mt Crawford a 2100' climb, from the starting point on Rt 302 in Bartlet. The Davis Path travels 15 miles, all the way to the Boot Spur Trail on Mt Washington. The climb to the top of Mt Crawford was grueling, hardly any let up. We were counting on getting some great views of Mt Washington and the surrounding White Mountains, but all we saw was fog. By the time we got to the top visibility was 100' , what a dissapointment. But the hike itself was rewarding, we had a few laughs.