Peaked Mountain Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near North Conway, NH that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail that will lead you up exposed granite slabs, past intermittent stands of red pine and pitch pine, and to the summit of Peaked Mountain. It affords excellent views of Middle Mountain, Black Cap, Mt. Chocorua, and the Moat Mountain range. The trail is blazed in yellow and blue. This Preserve is managed by The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire, and is an excellent place for walking, skiing and snowshoeing, hunting, and observing wildlife. Camping, fires or wheeled vehicles are not permitted on the preserve, and all dogs must be on a leash. For more information and a trail map, visit: www.nature.org/newhampshire/greenhills
We totally go lost in the preserve. The entire 2.5 hrs we were on trail we only saw one white dot, no yellow, blue or red trail markers or any cairns. That being said the trail was nicely cleared and challenging. View we did see which ended up being Middle Mountain not Peaked.
This trail should not be rated "easy" since it climbs about 1,000 feet in a little over a mile. Proper hiking footwear should be worn and the north loop, while longer, is easier than the south loop, The north loop offers more views into the valley and toward Mt. Washington, but is also more sun-exposed, which could be a drawback on a warm day. Great views west-south-east at the top.
Great trail, but signage is pretty bad - got lost at the start and the end - somehow ended up coming down a different trail (blue markings) which had us coming out along Artist Brook - no big deal, but a bit of a surprise!
Would definitely recommend doing the loop anti-clockwise as you'll be in the shade for the majority of the way up.
Took 50 minutes (1.1miles) to get up and about 45 to get back to the car (1.6miles).
Definitely NOT EASY - probably moderate/hard, uphill the whole way. Footing would be uneasy on slippery rocks, mud and leaves.
Having said this, loved the hike :) if we weren't hikers and expecting an 'Easy' hike we would have turned around.
Nice trail kids had fun!
Great hike! Instead of going straight when there's a fork in the trail, we went left. That lead to a bit longer of a hike, but more in the shade. We needed to take a few breaks as it got steep to catch our breathe. At the top we were the only group until leaving, when another family for to the top. We went on a Tuesday morning so it wasn't very busy. It took us about 1.5 hours to get up and 30-45 minutes to get down. I would highly suggest as an easy hike, if you have no other plans!
We did the trail in 3 hours, up and down. Family of 5, our kids 17, 16, 13. Very doable but enough challenge to be proud afterwards. Nice views from the top.
pretty steep trail all the way up but we'll marked and maintained. saw 1 bear with her cub they kept there distance. great hike pet and baby friendly
Spotted a bear on the right hand side of the trail about a third of the way up!! He disappeared quickly.
Took longer than our group expected. Wasn't "easy". We did make the summit which had very nice views.
I would not rate this as an easy hike at all! steep trails to the summit!
Good views at top. Well marked. Went shorter trail up. Enjoyable hike.
The Peaked Mtn Trail has great views of Mount Washington and Chocorua but doesn't quite have the wilderness feel of other hikes nearby.
If you have a few hours to kill and you're near North Conway then this would be a good trail for you.
The trails are really well marked with blazes and signs that include mileage. We'd recommend doing the loop counter-clockwise so that you ascend in the cool shade near the brook. Then descend down the more exposed part of the mountain.
We went up on the red trail and came back down on the blue trail. The trails are not challenging but easy enough.
I LOVE NEW HAMPSHIRE and EVERYTHING around North Conway. Great hike with my son and daughter. Quite steep to my Mid-Atlantic acclimation, but what a great workout.