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Starts off easy but gets significantly steeper during the ascent. Went up north and down south. Steep loose rock so be careful on the way down (I took a pretty good spill).

My least favorite 48-4000 footer so far. The lower half of the mountain is extremely overgrown. Going up this isn’t an issue, but coming down it’s scary not being able to see your feet and where you are stepping. Many down trees and the trail is poorly maintained. No view at the summit but there are some view stops along the way. The Horn is the best part about this hike.

We did it in 2 days, 53km (we went the wrong way for 5km ). Very nice hike but not that easy as we did a lot of km each day. Views on the 7 summits are breathtaking. Don’t worry for the water, there’s a lot of place to refill all the way to Galehead Shelter. Make sure to have enough water at this point because the next water supply is on the way down. So you must have at least 2L from galehead to the end of the hike ( if you do it in 2 days ). Many campsite are available all the way. Make sure to not have to much weight in your backpack and hike sticks. For the rest, you must be in shape to do this trail. Definitely recommend.

hiking
10 days ago

This trail starts off super easy before the north-south split. I went south as suggested, but it seemed like everyone I met along the way was descending south. South was a difficult ascent with lots of boulders and trees. The trail between the two was decent, but if you go south to north be prepared to climb again! South decent was miserable. I don't use poles, so it was basically a shale slide with trees to cling to like George of the Jungle. Honestly, either side would've been a miserable decent. The whole loop took me 6 and a half hours, with a 30 minute break at each peak and numerous stops on the way up South, for panting and whining.

The trail is beautiful yet pretty muddy since it rained the day before. The first part of the trail is very flat but then there's a short, hard steep to the top. At both peaks there was a lookout which provided some great views. The trail was pretty busy but overall a fun hike :)

on Hancock Loop Trail

hiking
12 days ago

Hiked the Hancocks after a downpour. Muddy, lots of stream crossings, but a fun hike. Mostly flat until the very last mile. When you see the sign for South Peak, 0.5 miles, it's time to work and sweat! Good views but crowded. Would suggest going up south peak and down north as others have said on here but it's pretty comparable.

hiking
23 days ago

...did this trail as an extension of the Lafayette Loop. From all the reviews it sounds like this was a much less strenuous way to bag this peak.

first things first. The 4000 Footers. Com website needs to update their notes to indicate the access road is not open. this will add a boring 4 mile dust walk to your hike.
Trail is easy to moderate but just watch for the turns as the trail is not marked. we took the wrong turn at the fork about a mile and a half in. just head down about another couple hundred yards and the turn is marked. Ridge and Summit views are probably some of the best in the Northeast so well worth the hike just probably would not do it again due to the access road closure.

Started in not the right trail head but ended up at Carter Dome & Mt Hight. A solid hike - fairly lengthy! Carter Dome was a nice area to stop and take a quick rest before continuing on - no views but still cool. Ponds next to the hut were beautiful! Great views with the mountains in the background. Mt Hight was well worth the views. Absolutely beautiful! Very windy and chilly at the top.

Our group of 4 hiked this on June 12, 2018.
We did just the hike to East Baldpate and came back and took Table Rock down, for about 7.4-8 miles.
This is a strenuous hike, but it was fabulous! Be ready for rough trails, stairs, boulders, roots, etc. it is the Maine AT, after all! We needed more water, so I was glad I had my Sawyer filter to use.
Take your time and you’ll do well on this challenging hike. The view up at the top of East Baldpate is amazing! One of the best I’ve seen. We ate our lunch at the lean-to/shelter. There’s a privy there, too.
Enjoy this hike - not easy, but great!

Very mild until the steep .7 up the north. It is steep but there’s no rock scrambling or anything that exciting. The woods between the 2 peaks are nice. Nothing to rush back for but it’s checked off the to-do list

Don't let the first third fool you - the trail gets vertical about a half mile before the peak. Someone else suggested up South, down North which I will also suggest. Getting down south would be a bit more challenging. Views at the top aren't 360° but they're gorgeous regardless! Only gave this 3 stars because there's really nothing outstanding or memorable about the hike up. (it's also way closer to 10.2 miles than the 9.1 listed)

Top 2 most difficult hikes I have done; I would not attempt this unless you’re in good shape and are an experienced backpacker. The reward for the difficulty are 7 amazing views atop some of the most gorgeous peaks in the north east. Did it two days highly recommend.

Tip: water is scarce between lafayette and last tent site so be prepared before you summit lafayette

Amazing views from the tower and ridge trail. Long hike, lots of time in the woods kinda uneventful. Not blazed very well. Blazes are in the spots you need them in the beginning, but could be much better .

I'm a pretty in shape person and avid hiker and this trail kicked my but in the best way! Went up to Liberty than over to Flume than back. Amazing views would do again.

Great 3 day hike. Took a couple guys out there for their first time backpacking and they had a blast. Make sure you have enough water containers and know where to refill. And remember leave no trace!!

hiking
1 month ago

starts flat and picks up all the elevation in the last mile. the view from both the peaks is incredible. we did South then North, and it worked out well, although it seemed like North-South is a more popular direction. there were as many as 7 river/steam crossings, not all of them straightforward. perhaps that's the effect of early spring, but expect them.

This trail kicked my butt! Not sure how much of that was the 90 degree, 60% humidity weather, but from mile 2 to mile 4 I was begging for it to be over. I’d agree with the other reviews... “stairs on steroids!” The view from the summit was not great for me, and even though there weren’t many people out, it felt too busy at the top because it’s a small summit. The description doesn’t tell you, but the map takes you past Mount Liberty to Mount Flume. I couldn’t make it that far that day! I am looking forward to hiking up Flume one day though, because it seemed like a serious scramble! I prefer scramble to stairs any day

hiking
1 month ago

Nice loop trail with some steep climbs at the end. The views are great but limited, they are not 360 you only have a couple of overlooks. Recommend going up the North and coming down the south.

hiking
1 month ago

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Nice hike. Several streams early on for pups to cool off. Steady grade up then maybe 1 mile of level grounds ( we saw a moose) then up you go. Lots of steps. West Baldpate summit no view. Several yards past summit sign is where the views are. Nicely marked. Did not make it to East Baldpate as pup was to tired.

The views from the ridge approaching the summit are spectacular. And the 360 degree view from the fire tower are equally amazing. The access road to the trail head is closed due to a washed out section of road, this adds a pretty boring 2 miles each way from the parking lot at 302. The trail starts off pretty flat, but then you pay for it. It levels out at the ridge, and then a final ascent to the summit. No views whatsoever on the way up until you hit the ridge. Lots of water toward the bottom and thankfully a trickle coming out of a mossy rock wall about 2/3 the way up where we were able to refill. The views always make the hike worthwhile in my opinion, but at 14 miles, I likely won’t be doing this one again. Encountered 6 people total, so probably a good choice if you like to avoid crowds.

Great trek as others have stated. Sawyer River Road not open yet so did the 2 mile hike up to the trailhead. Continued up Signal Ridge for 5 miles to summit. A good hike in that when you start from Rt 302 you get another 500' or so gain which puts you at about 3,900' gain to the summit. Not that many 4K footers where you can say you trekked 4K to get to the top (my Garmin actually read 3999' at the fire tower!). Continued down Desolation to the Stilwater area to camp. Wanted to do more than just peak bag this one. Nice camping options in the Pemi there. Read in Steve Smith's book how Brutus the bear (450 lbs) terrorized campers back in the day, when there was a shelter in this area. That was nice to know as we dozed off! Returned via Nancy Pond which is amazing! Try this, you'll like it!

2 months ago

I recommend going up South and down North. Both are very steep and loose so be careful with your footing. I found North to have some semblance of stairs as opposed to South so it was a little more controlled going down and there seemed to be less small rocks that could be slipped on. It’s a very tough loop to reach the summit. Be safe!

This was not an easy hike and took us about 6 hours to/from the parking lot with a few breaks and lunch. With a 4 hour round trip from the city, it was a long day but DEFINITELY worth it. Gorgeous views once we reached the second summit and you could see Mt Washington in the distance. The rocky climb and descent was really a meditative experience!

hiking
2 months ago

Wow, super long in and out, so you need to leave ample time. The hike itself is awesome, very challenging with lots of scaling rocks. Lots of loose rock and stumps. The views on either peak are limited and can only fit so many people. But what you can see is gorgeous. Follows a river part of the way. Took us 7 hours at moderate speed. Mileage was booked at about 13 miles, not 9.1. So is very long for sure but nice hike. I think we each lost 3-5 pounds on this one! Would recommend.

Amazing hike with the best views coming from MT Garfield.. .Not recommended for newbies or out of shape hikers. .My hiking partner and I started clockwise finishing coming down the 4.9 mile trail off bond cliff then the long 8 miles on the Lincoln wood trail to the Parking lot...Next will be the Presidential Traverse

If you can do stairs you can conquer this ! Worth the effort

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice trail that was built and maintained. We went up at 8:30 am and went from warm, humid to heavy fog at the peaks. I recommend doing the North Peak trail first and then going to the South Peak. Not much of an overlook and we could not see more than 100 feet in front of us.

hiking
2 months ago

got there a little later than we should have, we started the hike at about 12:30pm. We had taken the bog brook trail up to rainbow up to Carter Dome instead of the one proposed here. we then followed the normal path down but with heavy stopping we were out until 10:30. Were definitely reasonably new to hiking, I did Lafayette last month and man let me say, for a much shorter mountain this was almost just as steep. definitely a challenge but the view is well worth it. the best view isn't on the summit btw for us it was going down the Wildcat River Trail from the summit overlooking another massive mountain, I think you could see Washington from out in the distance too

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