Holt Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bristol, NH that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from May until August.
The trail starts off easy - but quickly gains 1000+ feet in less than .8 Mi. If you are afraid of heights, do not attempt. I climbed the sheer rock face which was about 75% grade. AWESOME if you're the thrill-seeking type who's not afraid to get out of your comfort zone
The weather was not to bad but it rained and snowed (!) the day before so the path was really slippery. With good shoes and caution it was feasible but not easy.
As many other said, do not even think about going down this way.
I loved this trail. It has a big mountain feel to it and is a nice challenge. But you've got to be comfortable on steep slabs with some exposure. Don't even think about it when conditions are wet, or if you don't have grippy footwear, and unless you are prepared to rappel, descending this trail is foolishly dangerous.
That's ok because descending by way of Firescrew and the Manning Trail is fabulously scenic and by comparison quite easy.
Plenty of warning signs about skill level needed for the trail at the Grand Jct. I had the hike to myself until very near the top. I was overtaken by some younger gentlemen who had climbed the trail before. Got some tips on best route back down from them. Came down Moglis to Manning. Plenty of bare rock there as well. Recommend good sticky shoes but the rock face has good texture for grip. Wonderful climb! 360 deg. view from summit is great.
Good hike with some fun yet challenging scrambles. What it lacks in overall length it makes up for with a few mentally tough sections. Lots of open rock scrambles so be sure to have hiking shoes that grip rock. Great views from the top in all directions on a clear day.
Do not take this trail down. I looped it with Mowglis Trail over to Firescrew and then down the Manning trail back to the AMC Cardigan Lodge. It ended up about 5.2mi loop with +1900 ft elevation.
Excellent trail plenty of ledges and great views.