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Pretty cold and had to hike in from the road because Ravine Lodge is closed. We used micro spikes until we switched to snowshoes at the trailhead. Great hike. Too cold to hang out at the summit though.. It was truly stunning.

My first 4K. Pretty easy hike done in the fall right before first snowfall. Also added the side trail out to the ski area for some photo ops. Steep in the middle but still manageable for a rookie like I was at the time.

11 days ago

One of my fav hikes in the Whites.
I was even lucky to see a moose on the top.
The view from the top is stunning. You should be able to see the presi’s if it’s a clear day.

hiking
12 days ago

Amazing trail! Hiked in early Jan 2019 and despite the clouds, wind and snow at the top, the winter weather made the scenery even more spectacular. Even without the views over the surrounding area, the variable trail conditions and different types of scrambling and climbing, along with the dramatic scenery at the top (even more moon-like with ice and snow all around) made this an enjoyable and challenging hike. Took about 5 hours round trip in heavy wind and ice conditions. Crampons definitely not optional in the winter- from about 1 mile in, it was solid sheets of ice for the rest of the walk. By about 6 miles in the wind picked up and visibility dropped, making the cairns absolutely necessary- fortunately, they are quite well-placed and visible, with the exception of one or two less obvious spots on the way back down. Surprisingly, still saw a dozen or so other hikers on the trail, including some other brave souls lingering at the summit. Can’t wait to try this in the Summer!

First half of the hike was a steady incline with several small Brooks to navigate. Views to the right of the trails, through the trees were great! You only get them in the winter. Once you get about a 1/2 mile from the peak be prepared for a work out! Plenty of snow and ice make it a slow ascent. Spikes are a must! There are several sets of stairs to assist you in the steepest parts. The views at the top make it all worth it! Fantastic views of Washington in the distance! In the snow, give yourself a good 5-51/2 hours to complete the climb (we started at the rt 302 lot) Snow in some areas was at least 4-5' deep. Hard work,but enjoyable!

Awesome day trekking. The ascent was nothing technical but a constant incline and relentless but the clear view of Mt. Washington was well worth it! We took the blue trail up/down when we got to the junction. Be sure to go straight at the first junction and at the se one one you can pick the blue or yellow trail. The trail was packed enough for just spikes but we did put on snowshoes towards the top mostly to use the televators in the steeper parts as the heel lift made it easier to walk up but many just used spikes. We saw the two little squirrels that come looking for food!

hiking
15 days ago

The sign in the parking lot says 2.5 to Mount Crawford summit. I do not record my hikes so I am leaning towards trusting the sign over this description.
The hike up is definitely steep, but the view is worth every inch.
We went up without our snowshoes today and probably could have used them after the first lookout.
To get to the summit keep right after the first lookout. This means turning into the trees.
Leave plenty of time to take in the scenery.

hiking
snow
16 days ago

Hiked this trail on 1/4/19 with my dog. Snowshoes or ice cleats were a must, as well as hiking poles with snow baskets. The trail is steep for sure, a real good work-out. With the snow covered the entire trail, there was no rocky areas to tackle, and my dog had no trouble doing the hike (no icy areas on the day of our hike). The view at top is out-of-the-world beautiful.

Very nice hike. Pretty easy for this first mile, then gets relentlessly steep for the rest of the hike except for a short, flat section right before the summit. The view from the lookout at the top was surprisingly good, especially considering the relatively short time it took to get there.. Spent about 3:45 minutes on this one with a few long breaks at the summit outlook and the ski slope viewpoint.

We went up on the Tecumseh trail and came down on the ski mountain side under the chair lift. It was pretty windy at the top, and the snow was not fully packed down due to the storm overnight. No view for us due to the clouds, but overall a really fun first winter hike! :)

12/27: trail runs right next to the ski slope, so lots of noise from the slope. The trail is pretty flat for the first mile, then a very constant 20% grade for a little over a mile before it flattens out again close to the top. That second mile is hard but short. Views from the top are good, and there are nice views on the way down as well. Lots of people, lots of dogs, and some beautiful brook crossings. Took 2:10 round trip (1:14 to reach the summit), plus a generous break at the top.

hiking
24 days ago

Hiked this Christmas Day. Trails are snow covered and packed nicely. The river crossings were a slightly slippery with the frozen rocks but that just gets the heart pumping. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the wind at the summit was minimal. Overall took us about 3 hours with about 25 minutes of picture taking time.

Easy 4000fter for the winter! Snow is very packed, used microspikes, brought snowshoes but they weren’t necessary! Great views at the summit, not a full 360 but rewarding nonetheless. Took me a little over 3 hours even after stopped for multiple pictures. Take your time to admire the trees with all the frozen snow, it’s a winter wonderland at the summit :)

Summited today with snowboards! We didn’t find a good way to the ski trails from the summit so we hiked down a little ways and found an out of service ski lift off through the woods to the right(going down), just off the Mt. Tecumseh trail. We passed through the first ski trail and crossed into a fully operational, fairly busy, moderate trail. Short ride down from there, but totally worth it!

Great loop! The trails are generally pretty easy to follow and the trail is well maintained. I went up Gunstock first, then skipped the Brook Trail out and back in favor of the Outlook out and back as others have suggested. I can't speak to the Brook Trail since I didn't take it this time around, but the outlook was lovely and a fairly gentle 3 mile addition to the route if you're looking to make the trip longer. The summit of Belknap is wooded, but has a fire tower that offers some really great views if you climb up. There's a beautiful outlook a bit further along the White Trail right before the junction with the Old Piper Trail I chose to continue on towards Piper Mountain via the Old Piper Trail rather then taking the carriage road back to the car to add on a bit more mileage and avoid the road walk. I was happy with this decision! There are some great outlooks and views near the summit of Piper as well before a moderate descent via the Piper Mountain trail to near the beginning of the lower carriage road parking area.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing 360 views. This was an incredible hike, highly recommended. trail is well compacted with some powder in the last quarter mile as you get above the trees. Spikes (and poles) required. While the trail is good, stick closely to it. Depending on the elevation there is up to three feet of snow and immediately off the compacted trail it is soft, watch where you plant your poles. Did I write I loved this hike.

great hike with some of the best views in the whites, we had mid winter conditions!! snow no ice!!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail can be described in one word: STAIRS! I hiked this trail after a morning on the Welch/Dickey loop. This was my first of the NH48 so it was tough on me especially after a full morning of hiking, but the accomplishment that I felt upon reaching the summit was unparalleled! Views are obscured by trees but beautiful nonetheless. I had beautiful summer weather on my side, too. Highly recommended for hikers beginning their exploration of the 4000-footers, but may be underwhelming for more experienced hikers. This took me 3.75 hours total on tired legs, including about 30 minutes at the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked from 8:30am - 1pm. Well packed for almost the whole trail, a few areas of dry, unpacked powder. Microspikes were the perfect traction. Small side trails not packed, would need snow shoes for those. Not too difficult of hike, though there are some steep sections.

Great Beginners hike! Was pretty packed when we went up.

Beautiful view and nice hike in the snow! Green trail markers could not be located, but could still find the way to the top. Beautiful view of Mt. Washington.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is so well packed that one could do it without any traction at all, but I brought crampons and found them helpful, especially on the steeper sections. I felt like I got a great workout out of it, but it did not feel quite like an inspiring wilderness experience - you skirt a developed ski area, and are also in the trees for most of the hike. There are not many views except from the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

Conquered this hike yesterday! Starts out as a moderate grade then becomes quite steep the last mile. Micro Spikes a must at the higher elevations. Beautiful views at the 2 outlooks near the summit.

Trail was packed well from recent trampers. Snowshoes and spikes never came out. 3.5 hours out and back. Not much on views but still a fun little hike. The resident red squirrel at the summit is quite the friendly fella.

Enjoyed it!

Snowy and icy towards the top but views were still amazing at the top. Very muddy and wet on most of the trail. Will definitely do again in the spring time.

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate hike with some steeper sections in the final third. There were ladders going over the steepest sections. The summit itself is entirely wooded with a small cairn. However, there is a nice outlook right before the summit itself. Most of the hike was icy/packed snow, so micro spikes are definitely recommended.

backpacking
2 months ago

This trail was awesome. It was definitely steeper than I thought it was going to be. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. I took the time to find the plane crash on Belknap mountain. I wouldn’t attempt to find it unless you are absolutely sure of where you are and and confident in your ability to get back to the blue trail. (You have to leave the trail to find it.) I’ll definitely do it again!

Great views along the trail and from the fire tower and Gunstock Mountain.

hiking
2 months ago

Took us about five hours up and back down with several breaks. A little steep in parts but overall not bad. A little icey towards the top but didn’t even break out our spikes. Good hike for a dog. Our 50 pound hound was able to jump up over every rock on his own and didn’t tire out. There were several other dogs on the trail as well. The only disappointment of the day was the very unfriendly dog at the summit which the owner had off leash and who confronted our dog. The viewpoint halfway up was nice as were the views at the top. The summit is small so probably better on a weekday when it’s less crowded.

Peak bagging is what sent me to Moosilauke, and I'm really glad it did. It was about 31* at the trailhead (Gorge brook trail). about 2 miles in i had to stop and put on my micro-spikes. From there to the summit it was ice/snow. Really perfect fall hiking in my opinion. The Gorge brook trail was a steady easy to light moderate ascent. The summit is exposed and was windy when I was there. I only had about 30 meter visibility due to the clouds but the hike was great. I made my way over to South Peak which was an easy add on using the Carriage road trail. I continued down the Carriage road trail which offered some views below the clouds. To get back to the Gorge brook trail I took the Snapper trail. Which creates a nice little lollipop loop.

Tips: Park up by the ravine lodge as close as they will allow.

There are 2 trail entrances. One is down in front of the lodge. The other is at the end of the dirt road...which redirects you to the other entrance. Either method will get you to the trailhead.

Be careful after crossing the bridge to the Gorge brook trail. It is not marked but you will need to make a right turn to stay on the Gorge brook trail. If you continue walking along the river you are going the wrong way.

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