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My dog and a few friends did this trail in late August of 2017. The trail was very difficult but immensely rewarding. Bring plenty of water and supplies, Views are stunning throughout the trail. Great hike for experienced and well trained dogs.

pretty easy, nice view at the top

Toughest hike for me so far... I loved It! The views are absolutely amazing. Weather was clear and partly sunny as I walked up but you could see the clouds blowing over the ridge line like something out of a movie. Bring your ice cleats or crampons. plenty of places to slip and fall. Especially climbing back down. There was a decent amount of wind the walk up but nothing crazy.

I would have given this 5 stars if I was fully prepared for how hard this hike was going to be for me. I did this hike in late August, 2017, on a BEAUTIFUL day. Cold but manageable. One thing that I was unprepared for was the sections of the ascent and descent that were either climbing hand over foot, or literally sliding down on my butt. Would recommend but would say that if you're not EXPERIENCED, it could be a challenge.

wild hike. 40 to.50 mph with some bigger gusts. The ridge didnt dissaspoint. spectacular views and the weather added that little bit of excitement that gets the blood pumping! Do this hike now!!

I started out early in the morning. It was a long gentle climb. I was alone at the summit, amazing views, the clouds were below me! Total serenity and peace! I could see all the way to the Catskills! I recommend this hike

Hiking this in the winter is a must. Don’t forget microspikes!

I hiked this route yesterday morning starting at 7:30 am. The sun rising, and not another soul in the woods. The snow gives the forest a whole new look. I loved the trail!. The minimal snow depth made micro spikes a serious challenge when on a slope, and they made rock contact. I had several close calls. I can't wait for Spring so I can bring my wife!

Beautiful waterfalls!!! Stunning views from the Ridgeline!!!

I did this today(MLK day) and it was amazing! The weather could not have been better and the winds were not that high at all plus I had the entire ridge to myself for most of the hike! The three challenging/dangerous parts are the river crossings on the fallings water trail, patchy ice on the ridge trail and some ice on the descent from Lafayette, otherwise, it was very easy and I only used microspikes and some trekking poles. The river crossings are possible, but you need to take your time following previous tracks to find a crossing, including one log walk/schooch. The ridge trail as of MLK day has almost zero snow and little ice, just some patches here and there which can be avoided or tackled with microspikes( you dont need them for the rest).


Loved this hike,challenging but worth it.

My first longer hike and the one that got me hooked. We hiked with our blue heeler/Hound and she did really well.

A tough hike but an excellent one. One of the best loops in NH.

Good strenuous hike! The Seven Sisters part of the trail (approx 12 miles) was a calf/thigh buster...step inclines/declines with lots of rock hopping. Starts off will a steep slope which is pretty much what your in for for the rest of the hike. Approx. 2 - 4” of packed snow and ice throughout the trail (12/15/2017). Take good traction. I did the M&M trail part and then had problems finding the loop at the end...before you approach the stairs headed up to Skinner State Park lookout bare to the right. I also did a few easy trails by the parking area at Holyoke Range State Park parking area...total 17 miles. Overall great workout and awesome hike!

Hiked this on 11/24/17. Beautiful hike and definitely worth it in winter IF you are prepared. If you hike in winter you will be exposed to very cold temperatures and very high winds. Dress appropriately.
-Crampons/Microspikes are absolutely necessary. The entire trail is snow/ice.
-Waterproof hiking boots are absolutely necessary.
-Hiking poles are recommended to aid in stability on the ice
-Bring 1.5+ liters of water per person
-You should be in good shape. This is 4k feet of climb over 9 miles.
-Try to pick a sunny day so you get the views from atop
You should always end a hike with extra water/food. If you were to get stuck out there you would need it.

That being said- this hike is well worth it and the views are amazing!

3 months ago

We checked out this trail as this is where the Seven sisters trail race is held. It's tough with lots of ups and downs. Impressive for anyone who runs it. We had a late start and only went out a little over 3.5 miles and back. Very busy the first half mile which is all uphill with lots of people going up to the only view point of the trail. But it gets quieter further out. Other limited views later are only possible from leave-less trees. Fallen leaves made some downhill quite slippery. Overall a nice decent wooded trail that provides lots of hill work out. But very limited view. I also didn't like hearing constant gunshots in the early part of the trail from a nearby shooting range.

I was there 2 weeks ago, and it was an absolutely gorgeous hike. Moderately trafficked for it being so cold (10 degrees) but you warmed up fast hiking this loop. Now the trail was completely covered in snow. Which made it even more whimsical of an experience. However, we did not have crampons so there were some points of difficulty that we'd had to overcome...although we still made it so it's not the end of the world if you don't have them, but I highly suggest you bring them if you do, especially since it's probably more icey/snowy by now. Again, amazing hike! You feel so accomplished at the top, one of the most beautiful mountains to hike on the East in my opinion!

We did this hike past Sunday and it was beautiful, snow on the trail but as long as you have spikes you are fine so that you do not. Because they’re definitely is ice doesn’t take away from the beauty though. What a fun.hike ... we took our experienced hiking husky

Beautiful and tough.

By far the best views....went up falling waters trail. Challenging.

Not a bad hike for fit people.
I don't recommend it for not fit ... experience is irrelevant here because the trails are well seen and not that dangerous.This hike tests really your cardio, knees, nerves and strength .
Lafayette has the best views ever in NH you can tell and that is what different hikers I met in the mountain told me.
The only thing that holds me from keeping it 5 stars is that the some parts of the trail are blocked by fallen trees from last week storm.. so you have to go around it or over it and you are already tired.

Amazing experience , incredible views, waterfalls birds...
make sure to check the weather before you climb it. It my be frosty on October - November what makes some rocks slippery.
Took me 3.5 hrs up and 3 hrs Down from 8:00am till 3:30 pm almost , 2.5 liters water, 2 chocolate bars...
dogs friendly.
-bring water/food
- hiking sticks are must .
-good to have partner(s)
- Stick with trail.
-warm clothes in cold time.
This is not any hike,Was so exhausted after it .
Enjoy it and be safe.

The best hike I have done so far, icy at the top and some fallen trees, the views are amazing

Great hike with tremendous views at the top. We took the Falling Waters trail up and Bridle Path down. The trails were easy to follow despite a few fallen trees blocking the way. Will definitely do again!!!

beautiful trail run, up falling waters and down old bridle path. good fun with heavy wind, rain and hail on the summits and through the ridge traverse.

This was a moderate pretty hike with a great view.

This is a great place to get a good, vigorous hike. It is a moderate to strenuous trail in a mixed deciduous forest in central Massachusetts. There are many side trails and they are true to the map you can get at the park headquarters near the entrance from Rte. 116. There are some beautiful, expansive views from the summit.

4 months ago

Between the waterfalls the ridge it was an easy to rate this 5 star...awesome. Check out my write up along with some other things to look out for.

Race Brook Falls is a steep and strenuous trail but it’s well worth it. You’ll find yourself taking detours to observe the water cascading down over the rocks.

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