Greeley Ponds Trail via Kancamagus Highway is a 7.2 mile out and back trail located near Lincoln, NH that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and cross country skiing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
Hardwood forest trail leads to two pristine mountain ponds Trail is rocky and muddy in places and there are several stream crossings. The second stream crossing can be difficult when the water is high (Spring) but is generally easy other times of year. The ponds are very pretty and there are many protected plants growing in the boggy section of the second pond. The shelter does not exist anymore but there are good places to relax by the water and even to swim. This is a good year round hike. You can turn around at any point you decide to. There are some nice water spills below the lower pond. Upper Greeley Pond, with its dark aqua-green color, is a beautiful spot, surrounded by old growth timber and towering cliffs. By contrast, Lower Greeley Pond is shallow and more typical of a beaver pond. Both ponds offer trout fishing and an enjoyable place to have a picnic lunch.
Fantastic hike! Relatively easy great for a family. I did it as very relaxing possible fishing trip. The ponds are beautiful and very scenic. Camping is possible but only outside of the posted boundaries. Camping is Nowhere near the ponds but they are only a short hike away. I highly recommend. Stealth is the way to go. By the way the fly fishing may have been great with lots of beautiful native trout. But I will never tell.