UNH Trail to Hedgehog Mountain is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Conway, NH that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until November.
This is a great trail. Use the east side of the loop when ascending. You'll want to linger at the ledges, where the view is much better, rather than at the summit. The climb is mild and great for younger kids. You could descend the east loop without summiting and it would be a great family hike.
Slight descent from the ledges and then a steeper ascent to the summit. The descent on the west loop is very steep. Look for a nice view of mt Washington as you descend.
All in all the view is fantastic for the rather moderate effort.
We did the loop counterclockwise and got lost a few times because there were not enough signs along the trail. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the spectacular views from the summit. Great workout as well!
Lots of cool ledges with great views. Trail markers hard to follow at times. I would recommend ascending from the east.
Unbelievable views of fall foliage, great family hike!
fantastic hike the views are fantastic. this would be a great hike in foliage.
Great hike ,great views, a nice workout for sure...
Beautiful hike, but quite long for the height of the peak. The East ledges are by far the best part.
Awesome hike, you do need to be in decent shape. A lot of literature said it was a good beginner hike but we (being in less than perfect shape) definitely struggled at times. Biggest thing I'll say that hasn't already been said, fear of heights will be a problem for some. My fiance is deathly afraid of heights and there's points where you will be just a few feet away from very steep drops in excess of 50 feet. I guess that's how ledges work.. Took us about 3 hours even with 2-3 small breaks.
Easy hike with a great view. I feel like the shelf view is actually better than the top though.
Great hike. Easy to follow trail. Beautiful views.
Great views at the backside of Mt. Chocorua and Passaconaway.
Loved this trail!
Great hike! Competed in 3 hours flat. Definitely recommend doing the loop counter clockwise (as others have stated). Amazing views via the east ledges on the way up, wonderful terrain throughout, incredible rock structures near the summit. A little hard to follow the trail at times in the fall, but all and all a spectacular mid-day hike that allows time for morning and evening activities on either side.
This half-day loop hike over Mt. Hedgehog and little Mt. Hedgehog is a great option if you're seeking mountaintop views above the treeline, but you're short on time. NOTE: the actual trail name, on all the maps and according to the WMNF guidebook, is the 'UNH Trail', NOT the 'Hedgehog Mountain Trail". This lollipop trek begins at the Downes Brook Trail parking lot across from Passaconaway Campground, where you'll follow an old logging road shadowed by pines and hemlocks for 0.2 miles until you hit the loop junction. The loop can be done in either direction, but most hikers choose to ascend up the left side (which is steeper and more rocky), follow the loop over the open ledges of Hedgehog, and descend down the more moderate right side segment. This should lead you back down to the loop junction, where you'll turn left and return to your car in 0.2 mile via the logging road.
Great hike, easy to follow trail, and stunning views from several areas. It's steep going on both sides but not consistently difficult. It was a fairly busy trail but not overcrowded. We had a little trouble finding the trailhead but after inspecting the map at one of the parking areas we realized this loop is connected to the UNH loop trail; the directions from the link here will get you pretty close to the right lot.
Avec des enfants de 8 à 14 ans. Une réussite.