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2017 hikes Map

Great day today to snowshoe this loop. Did it clockwise. Snowshoes were a must have after the falls. Only one set of snowshoes in front of us so lots of trail breaking. Beautiful views over the top at the look out and coming down. No wind until coming down made it nice. Lots of fun butt sliding and laughing on the steep sections. Ice on the cliffs were huge. Not recommended for beginners.

Snowshoes required!!

6 days ago

Beautiful even during winter!

Very strenuous, but well with the effort. Beautiful location, sites, a cave (which I crawled into), a rock seat, and some other rock formations

Amazing hike up Mount Watatic, a little strenuous but a very nice view from the peak. You can even see the Boston Skyline from the top of the second peak

Is the road to the trail always closed??

11 days ago

really nice 37°day, brought a lot with us preparing for quite a hike. it was really fun and nice to get out. definatley going back, the top is just beautiful.

on Bear Mountain Trail

11 days ago

Easy climb

I live 5 minutes from this campground and try to get out as much as I can - even if for only the short loop! Peaceful trail, never busy! The 8 mile loop is a good workout in wet/snowy weather.

Great hike and view at the peak. There’s a man made rock formation you can climb on top and get a great view of at the peak. Went today and am glad we took others’ advice and went up Pleasant Lane Trail. We barely made it up it was so icy and a little dangerous, couldn’t imagine it being possible to make it down due to it being covered in ice. If you go out and back using the Appalachian it is pretty gradual the whole time, awesome hike.

overall awesome hike with a really cool railroad stretching over a bridge, and stunning rock walls. I gave it 3 stars because there’s only one peak where a clear view is visible, and most of the hike is under the trees. Hiked this on 12/31, snowshoes were not needed but microspikes are a must. In the winter this was a rather difficult and dangerous hike.

I hiked the trail yesterday. I thought the snow'd made it easy to hike. Definitely worth it, let alone the spectacular view at the summit.

16 days ago

Great short family hike with amazing views and water attractions on the route. Best value hike in the white mountains.

17 days ago

I have hiked this trail during the summer months and this trail in the winter is so smooth and the snow leads to an ease of hiking (no loose rocks to fuse about).
The trail still has plenty of snow on it. Microspikes and Poles worked best today, but I did see hikers with snowshoes (some in hand) and plain hiking boots.
There were some downed tree but easy to navigate around.

on Ripley Falls Trail

22 days ago

The road to the trailhead was closed and so required an additional climb to get to the trailhead. The trail is in good shape and the snow is well packed although there are some icy areas and at one point we had to do some rock hopping over a shallow stream. We didn’t see anybody else on the trail. The waterfall is gorgeous and icy this time of year. Highly recommended quick hike.

I went clockwise down the blue trail and came back towards the trailhead on a red trail. if you're looking for a great cardio workout, I suggest this route! Four to five solid climbs that got my heart pumping. Majority of trail was very muddy after a rain storm 2 days ago.

Great place to hike and bike, and I have a just move to Lynfield and the park is right in my back yard, having fun!!!

Water crossings are not frozen. Be prepared. Otherwise fantastic hike.

23 days ago

Hiked this today. Icy up top be careful. Beautiful view and nice and cold just the way I like it.

Great hike today!

Hiked there today after a heavy rain last night until this morning.. water was flowing! Awesome.. hikes into woods and grabbed the orange marked trail then ventured off here and there.. went towards devils oven rocky and steep lots of voids under rocks wouldn’t personally do it in summer could b good spot for snakes..went back down and continued on orange trail didn’t hike whole trail but have plans to go back great hike well
Marked good views

Trail's are marked well. Great hike with my dog on a beautiful December day. No one else anywhere to be found, great way to start the holiday. I will be coming back!

Very nice trail. Nice colors.

1 month ago

Great short hike for the view! Takes about an hour or less to get to the summit. The snow was packed and very easy to walk on, no need for snow shoes or spikes. Our dog loved running freely and as always, all the hikers we met were super nice :)

Great hike, Idk what people are talking about. I thought the orange blazed trails were marked fine. I loved the waterfall and the running streams through the trail. A little bit of a workout but very peaceful.

1 month ago

7-18, This trail map was not clear to follow. The trail was also not marked or maintained very well. Gillette’s castle itself was beautiful and I’m very happy we went. The views of the water were great. Took us a little over 45 mins

1 month ago

Awesome loop with challenging inclines and a few local historical sites. (Wolf Den Indian Chair, and Table Rock) I have a video up on my YouTube channel (Camping with Cav) if you're interested in see what the trail's like.

trail running
1 month ago

Love this loop! Went up to the canal that connects to Morse's Pond to the north. There is a nice viewing spot and picnic bench there, pretty cool. The water was flowing!! Check it out.

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