Howker Ridge Trail

HARD 5 reviews

Howker Ridge Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gorham, NH that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.0 miles 3753 feet Out & Back

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nature trips


trail running


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old growth

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The trialhead begins at a dirt parking lot on Pinkham B road (Dolly Cop), see "getting there" for more info. The trail has several waterfalls, Coosauk falls, Stair falls and Hitchcock falls and a steep ravine view called Devils Kitchen. Hitchcock falls has a river crossing leading to a steep section and a small cave off trial called Bear Pit before Blueberry Ridge. The trial is named after the Howker family who lived at the base of this trial. The four mini peak-let summits on trial are called Howks and will have you ascending and descending several times and are exposed on the tops, I suggest hiking in good weather as strong wind makes scrambling the Howks a challenge. The trial intersects onto Gulfside trail leading to the summit of Madison.

10 days ago

4 months ago

Hiked Mt Madison on may 8th, saw some nice water falls on the way, the trail
Was Howker ridge trail, it was very steep and filled with ice flows, a river crossing and 3 false summits, it was raining at first but then is stared hailing and snowing at alpine, the wind was reaching 60mph making the sleet painful, it was very difficult to keep going, all my gear was soaked and the wind made me freezing, we had to crawl over blips and rocks as the wind gusted, I made it 100 yards from the summit but the wind was to powerful so I took shelter in a small cave like overhang well Jon reached the summit and came back, it's crazy how fast the weather can change at 5000 feet, the wind and sleet was getting more intense making for a quick decent to treeline to block the wind and sleet, definitely the hardest hike so far.

10 months ago

Loved this trail. The most beautiful way up Mt. Madison. Tough, but worth the views of course!

10 months ago

This is a hard trail. It has 4 knobs on it. you go up one and down to the bottom of the other .This
repeats 4 times in a row and it seams like you gain no elevation until you pull away from the last howk. It is a beautiful trail. You really feel like you have accomplished some thing when you are done

2 years ago

Beautiful Ridge Hiking. Awesome views of the gulf of Madison and Mt. Adams