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01/16/17 This trail was less traveled for sure, it brings you up onto a ridge for a ways but then goes down into the valley and brings you to a wide brook, crossing this in the Winter is very dangerous, myself I turned around, the water was deep and moving at a good rate, snow bridges are hollow underneath with running water also, it was about 3ft deep or better and wide, I'll go back in the Summer
Did a nice loop hike from the AMC Cardigan Lodge back in August of 2016. Manning > Firescrew > Mowglis Trail > Mt Cardigan > Clark Trail > Holt - Clark Cutoff and then the Holt Trail back to the lodge. The trail from Manning to Firewscew as beautiful, serene and a perfect woods hike until just before the summit. My wife, daughter who was 7 at the time and both our dogs. We had a late start (1pm) and saw only a few people on the trail until we reached Cardigan. Cardigan was a gorgeous open summit and only slightly crowded. After a short stay, we returned to the lodge. This is one of my family's favorite hikes. The trails are relativley quiet and very woodsy without having a great deal of obstacles. They were also very dog friendly. The AMC lodge is a nice place to stop and visit and they also sell maps of the area. Highly recommend
Took my family on this hike in August of 2016. We had a late start (1 pm) but were easily back to the car by 5/6 pm with a nice stay at the summit. We took the popular White Dot Trail to the summit and the White Cross trail on the return trip. It had been nearly 20 years when I last ascended (still had the map from them in one of my backpacks). The White Dot trail was definitely a steep scramble. It was my kids first hike and they definitely worked a little harder than they expected. The summit was crowded which was expected. Beautiful 360 views however. Side note: Fourth of July night hikes up are a treat with the full view of fireworks from Boston to Manchester and around. The White Cross trail was less step overall with a few pitches. Mostly the trails were marked with rock and roots and obstacles which made it hard to get into a good rhythm on the descent. Overall, a close mountain with different options and a nice view for a reward. Not my favorite hike on those trails. Need to try a different approach (although longer) next trip.
Did a quick run from 302 to the falls (not Frankenstein Cliff) via Arethusa Falls Trail in August 2016. It was an easy hike made slightly more challenging with the Bemis Brook cutoff. Very popular trail and the view of the falls from the base were spectacular. The falls themselves were crowded, which should be expected. Nice way to spend an afternoon if you're in the area. Just a short drive from North Conway.
I haven't done a lot of hikes, so I have no point of reference. That said, this hike took my breath away. The climb with pines and spring melt was primordial and wonderful. Our 7 year old dog did very well. Moderate hike with many places to stop and take in the green, and smells, and water sounds.
Did a loop from the park HQ to North Mt and back by adding in a visit to South Mt. Starting trails over North Mt were clearly marked and easy to follow. Trails around the Boulder Trail area had poor signage but good blazes on the trail. Signage from the fire tower was a little poor but in retrospect it should have been obvious. Trail conditions were mixed with plenty of clear trails but a fair amount of ice in spots. Descending off North Mt was fairly treacherous. GPS recorded track showed a 10 mile trip that took just about 4 hours to complete with the last hour after sunset. (firetower sunset view was perfect) Some type of traction is highly recommended. HQ Lot > Mountain Trail >Round Pond Trail > North Mt Trail > Boulder Trail > South Ridge Trail > South Mt > Mountain Trail > HQ .
I've hiked several mountains in New Hampshire, but the Franconia Ridge Trail Loop has been the most epic and scene so far. My friend and I camped at Campton Campground (nice site, no complaints) the evening we arrived and then hit the trail the next morning. I wrote up a long photo-filled blog post about it if anyone is interested: http://photography.lukepeters.me/hiking-the-franconia-ridge-loop
Went up via hale brook trail. FYI Zealand road is closed in the winter. Ends up being close to 10 miles total up Zealand rd and then up Hale round trip. More difficult on the ledge than expected, because of all the snow. it was pretty deep in some spots. Great views of Mount Washington from the trail.