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trail running
17 days ago

This was an amazing experience! I will do it again. It took me 9 hours and 30 min to complete North to South, which includes 1.5 hours of rest at the summit of mount Washington.

hiking
18 days ago

We hiked up the orange trail on Boxing Day, starting our hike at around 9:30 am. There wasn't any recent precipitation, so this was an overall moderate-easy hike and we were back down by 2 pm. Had a lovely time and I proposed to my girlfriend on our way back down (she said YES!).

Views were great, considering how easy the hike was. A bit exposed at the top, so the wind chill was real. Mini-spikes were completely sufficient and most of the trail was packed snow. We had a hard time finding the yellow trail on our way back, so we ended up just going back down orange.

Fun trail, beginning is super easy. Gorgeous views

loved the winter hike 2 years ago

hiking
2 months ago

Incredible views, not too challenging (except in inclement weather the rocks are very slippery) definitely a fun hike I plan to do it again after winter, it was so beautiful.

Great hike. Basically a straight line up from the trailhead. Great views up top. Trail markers can be hard to find at times.

Magnifique randonnée que je recommande! Sentiers bien balisés et vue imprenable sur le sommet des montagnes environnantes! Wow!

This was a fun hike, and great for dogs! We hiked this in about three hours today. Lots of leaves... and a smidge slippery... the trail is recently updated with nice clear markers! One of my favorites !

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked up the yellow and down the red. A very nice half day hike, moderate climbs and beautiful views along the way and top. The many blueberry bushes were a brilliant red and so pretty. It was also a good distance and climb for our older dog. Only concern is the yellow trail is not marked very well.

Beautiful and very challenging hike. Contrary to what the listing notes, this is a better point to point hike than an out and back. I would recommend doing it as a day hike over backpacking after doing it both ways.

Very rewarding hike! Please bring Trail App with GPS or Map Note: at times Trail is difficult to identify ,We hiked when it rained and it was very slippery at the top! Would do it again...

Did the hike yesterday - up the red trail and down the yellow.
Cloudy, damp day with a few white flakes on top, but some good views anyway and a great hike going up.
Next time though, if I want to do the loop, I’d go up the yellow and down the red. Some dicey sections going down on steep rock that would be fun climbing going up.

Awesome hike...orange trail...lots of ups but good trail...reward 360 views spectacular.

hiking
3 months ago

A little to steep for me. Came down this trail after going up Ledges trail. Then walked back to the car about 1.5 miles. It was a great day to hike.

The trail after the Bald Knob viewpoint has been closed for restoration.

Very nice hike! Took red trail up and yellow down-yellow needs more trail markers.

This hike is easy to get to, has no parking fee, and offers the opportunity to hike either a pretty hard trail, or one that is fairly moderate. Took Sandwich Trail on the way up and it was pretty rigorous. After the first viewpoint it starts to be a flatter walk in the woods. Went up to Jennings Peak which was really stunning; plenty of room there to sit and relax. Went to Sandwich after that which was less impressive. A good view for sure but it’s hidden by trees and there isn’t a lot of room. Went down Drakes Brook Trail which was a pretty easy descent. One of the toughest parts of the hike was probably the brook crossing on both trails. It required a little more maneuvering than I’d expected. All in all, great hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Took this trail up to the summit, steady and steep elevation the first mile but the view is absolutely worth it. The trail was wet and slippery in some of the more challenging places so we opted to come down via the Ledges trail and hiked about a mile and a half down the road back to the Bald Peak Trail parking lot. Would probably do this trail again after exploring all the other trails on the mountain.

I consider a good hike to have a view as a reward. “Eye candy’. Jennings peak was worthwhile as well as an outlook on the way up. After that we hiked to sandwich dome. Not much of a view there. We came down Drake. I would consider Drake to be a moderate hike. Going up the other way was moderate to hard.

Great trail, well blazed and maintained so it's easy to follow. You will have to park a bit before the trail head as it starts past some private property. Pass by the white farm house on the right, take a left onto Squirrel Bridge road over the little bridge, then continue following a few signs to the actual trail Actual distance ended up being closer to 7 miles. Most of the trail was pretty moderate, getting gradually steeper after the junction with the cutoff trail. Note that the last portion of the trail requires a good amount of climbing which makes it very difficult to do with a dog. I brought along my 11 pound dog so it was possible to hold and boost him along the way, but I can't imagine doing it with a much larger pup. I also would not recommend this trail in rain or high wind due to the climbing! The views on the last half mile are beautiful, definitely worth the scramble.

My wife and I hiked this loop with our dog and we found it tough but rewarding.

hiking
4 months ago

Did the orange trail up and back 9/9/18. What a fun hike, even after blueberry season. The exertion-to-payoff ratio is perfect: steady but not steep up, then flattening over ledges through the final one-third or so to a broad, open summit. Some recent re-routing of switchbacks, all well marked with cairns, signs, tape flags, blazes. Lots and lots of blueberry bushes. 5.2 miles total up and back, acc. to my GPS watch. Took us about 1hr 15 min up with a leashed but curious pup, a bit faster on descent. Wish I'd learned of this hike earlier... Perfect!

Great hike on a dry day. The last 1/4 would be hard to do if it was wet or winter. Will do this one again!

I took the Brook trail down from the lake after going up the Loop trail. This trail was a nice relief from the hard climb up Loop. The water at the lake was refreshing. Will definitely be going back soon.

Did the single day point-to-point with 2 staged cars. The weather and wind is no joke, even if all seems calm at the trailhead. Beautiful views, especially along Monticello’s lawn. Perfect time to do it, first weekend of August. Started at 5am.

Wonderful view at the summit was worth the hike. Definitely expect to get muddy if it has rained recently. We found this hike to be difficult to do with a leashed dog at one spot we had to pass him down some rocks and back up again, good thing he doesn’t weigh that much yet because he’s still young. Definitely bring a suitable vehicle to the trail head parking area, the logging road is quite rough. Would definitely do again to see the crash site now that we know how to get to it thanks to some fellow hikers.

Such an awesome hike with amazing 360 degree views at the top!

rock climbing
4 months ago

This is a high quality hike- it has a decent rate of ascension (to raise your heart and breathing rate) with a fair amount of slab granite and several challenging rock climbs. The ‘hard’ rating very much applies if it were wet. A wide open top makes for great summit viewing- plenty of space to enjoy without crowding other hikers. The crash site gives perspective how hard it would for rescuers to get to people in need of help.

hiking
4 months ago

Very fun hike, the first mile and a half suck and make you curse as it is a steep climb up. It eventually gets better and is worth the view from the summit, would recommend!

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