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Great hike. Some clouds and snow squalls, so limited views, but overall great hike. Total time was 4.5 hours including a few stops along the way. For a 4000 footer, would most definitely recommend as a good starter.

Definitely one of the best loops in the White Mountains. Expect a short road walk, since you can’t park at the Ravine Lodge. Once at the Ravine Lodge, I would recommend ascending Gorge Brook, the “steeper” of the two. Gorge Brook is pretty easy as far as trails go in the Whites, with no scrambling and lots of switchbacks. You follow the brook for the first half. The summit is pretty spectacular, with about 100 miles of visibility, and views of the White Mountains and Green Mountains. The Carriage Road is a very easy descent, very wide and low angle. It’s a ski trail in the winter, so it’s designed to meander along the mountainside at an easy grade. The 0.1 mile spur to South Peak is definitely worth doing. Definitely would recommend this to anyone who likes hiking. Also, if you want a fun adventure, do what we did and make it a sunset hike!

This one is easy if you are used to doing 4000 footers. Really barely any steep inclines and the trails are not the large rocky ankle-breakers that I'm used to. My 10 year old said it should have been marked "easy". I was longer than normal though of course... but still took us only 5 hours total even with 30 minutes break at the top. Will do again since we missed the South Peak shoot-off...

Just did this trail today and it was great! Definitely started as a crisp fall hike but winter conditions up by the summit right now- so be safe! Took me a little less than three hours with a mix of running/hiking. Presidentials looked gorgeous, as always.

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.

Low 30s, I thought it was perfect weather for hiking. Got warmed up once we got moving and don’t stay too long in one place because you will get cold! Gloves/mittens were a must. Hiked in this order: Avalon, Field, willey, then Tom. Went the wrong way passing willey adding an extra mile but we did the whole thing including breaks in about 8 hours. Got to feed a bird at the top of mount field! Bring bird seed! The three 4000 footers did not have good views but Avalon was very pretty. Personally wouldn’t hike it again but glad to get 3 4000 footers out of the way.

We did Asquam Ridge to beaver brook to Gorge brook. It was a 9.2 mile hike, 5.5 hours. You could probably do it quicker, but we had a mini snow storm during our hike. Gorge brook was a lot easier trail than Beaver brook. Beaver brook was very rocky with some scrambling (took us about 49 minutes to go 1 mile on that portion in the snow) . We didn’t get views at the summit, but getting two seasons in one hike and facing your fears by summiting a mountain when your tears are freezing and you can’t see more than 15 feet in front of you, gives you a huge adrenaline rush. I was terrified on the way up because of all the snow, but coming down I was so happy with excitement because I was so proud of myself. This hike will for sure make you feel accomplished!

Awesome hike! Gradual easy incline up Gorge Brook trail. This trail has the best views headed up. We went down Carriage Trail to Snapper to head back to parking by the Ravine Lodge. Took us about 5.5 hours with a stop for lunch at South peak. Highly recommend doing the 1/10 of a mile sidetrack to see the views!
One tip - don't miss the Gorge Brook trail- go over first bridge, take a left, you will be walking along the brook, about 100 yards, take a right up to the trail. If you're walking along brook awhile, you've missed the turn. Have fun!

Awesome trail. We went when there was bad weather so the top didn’t have much of a view. But it was a great hike overall. I highly recommend.

Great trail, not super hard as long as you’re in good shape. Took me 4 hours round trip with about 15 minutes spent at the top of each peak. There was snow starting at about 3,500 feet and the peaks were very snowy/windy. Would definitely recommend this hike.

This is a beautiful trail. The hiked up is a steady incline with a couple leveled out areas. There is a little bit of a view at the top.

Great trail. Not too difficult to find the trailhead, and once you do it’s very easy to follow. Took me 4 hours round trip, did not stop at the peak due to strong winds and mist. Would definitely come back to see the views.

My Wife and I are new to hiking. We had never climbed a 4000' ft mtn. It was a challenging climb but a lot of fun. The weather was overcast with no rain. I would say it took 3.45hrs to ascend and 3hrs to descend. Finding the trail head was not very hard. Just go down the stairs and look for the apple tree. Over all we will climb again

Hiked the South Peal Loop on Saturday 10/6/2018. We were optimistic that the weather would cooperate to allow views that so many have reported in their reviews. Unfortunately, we were in clouds and fog for most of the hike and only got brief glimpses from the summit.

The hike totaled just over 8 miles from where we parked which was about .7 from the trail head.

We did not bother to take the .1 out and back to see South Peak.

As others have noted, there is a distinct lack of trail blazes on Gorge Brook and Carriage Road trails which I found strange. With the holiday weekend, there were plenty of people on the trail but it was never overbearing.

All-in-all, it was nice to get one of the higher of the 48-4,000 footers and it's a very manageable hike. The Moosilaukee Ravine Lodge s absolutely spectacular and hopefully we'll return to stay there and get Moosilaukee on a clear day.

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This trail gets very steep, very fast. If you want a 4000fter they give it to you, quickly. The trail takes you straight up rocks but opens up to some amazing lookouts before reaching the gondola at Wildcat. It was a cloudy/foggy day for our group, which made the hike a bit more mentally challenging because you couldn't quite place where you were. A lot of up and down to get to all the peaks. Overall, good trail and would recommend especially on a clear day. Tough trail but worth the views! If you have time, I suggest also hiking Lost Pond at the bottom of this trail head.

I think this is rated correctly as “hard.” This is not an easy trail given all the rocks that need to be navigated. And signage isn’t clear at spots but we found our way. Otherwise a fun hike.

This is not a great trail. You can hear the road for most of it, and the views are not enough to make up for the slog. Starts out with a fairly steep climb — not the worst, but not enjoyable — and then mostly evens out for the last bit. We did it mostly to check it off of our 4000 footer list and we won’t go back.

A great all around hike with different terrain throughout. Some narrow spots, lots of mud but a good day hike. A few river crossings too for a pup to cool off in.

For those wanting a view — not many look out points but the one at Mount Willey is stunning especially in the fall.

This was a very enjoyable day hike. There are views but they are more limited and not as spectacular as other trails but it was enjoyable nonetheless. When you encounter the cairn on the top of Mount Wambek Go about 150 more feet on the trail and there is an area where some trees have been blown over and uprooted and there is a pretty nice limited view of the Presidential Range. We took about 5 1/2 hours to do this round trip with stopping for lunch and stopping on both peaks to enjoy the day and the views. We are moderate hikers. As someone else suggested we stayed at Applebook bed-and-breakfast about five minutes away and that was great advice! They sent us to the trail very full With a delicious breakfast! The trail is fairly well marked with one snafu on the way back there seems to be two ways to get to the parking lot and it’s not very clear. We descended to the trail to the left and continued following yellow blazes and it worked out fine. There were some other people after us who came stumbling out of the woods a little disoriented from being sent on the wrong trail the last eighth of a mile!

I think I’m in pretty good shape and the first two miles kicked my ass. Got much easier after that. Amazing views once you approach the boulder. Went the extra 1/2 mile to Boot Spur. It was a very easy 1/2 mile and I would recommend to get some great views of Washington.

Took my dog with me. He had some difficulty just before reaching the boulder at about the 1.25 mile mark, I had to lift him up- luckily he is only 30lbs. If your dog can make it to the boulder, it is simple after that.

Took me just over 7 hours with a few breaks. I pushed very hard though.

Fairly easy hike. Limited views. Only did this as part of my quest to hike all the NH 4000 footers. Not worth doing unless trying to hike all the 4000 footers

Very nice hike. Agree with other reviews that the beginning is not marked. Luckily there was another hiker who told us where to go to find the start of the hike. More signage would have been beneficial.
Hiked up the Gorge trail and it was an ongoing climb. If you're in shape it's not bad at all. If you're not, this may get your blood pumping.

Gorgeous views along the way. The summit was beautiful: full 360 panoramic view: it was spectacular- not a cloud in the sky. The hike down running the carriage trail was nice.
Gorgeous day. We didn't see too many hikers which was nice. A handful at the summit at 11a and along the trail. This would be even more beautiful during the foliage season.

If you are in any shape remotely resembling physical fitness, then you'll find this to be a piece of cake. My only criticism is that it was a little TOO easy, given the time it took me to get there.

But with that said, if you're not in the best shape but you still want to hike to a beautiful little alpine zone, this is your trail. I took Carriage Trail to Snapper Trail back down, and it seemed equally gradual. You'll never find as friendly a hike with such a good payoff at the top.

Very easy ascent with no scrambles and a few good lookouts along the way. Bring a jacket! Bald summit = cold and windy. I went early on a Thursday morning and there were a ridiculous amount of people heading up as i went down, so this isnt really a good place to go escape crowds, but the views were unreal, so it was worth it. It took me 4.5 hrs including 15 mins at the top and a few breaks at the other views.

I can see why they call her the gentile giant. Very gradual elevation gain, with not a lot of scrambling, and a decent amount of above tree-line hiking. Pretty cool summit with 360 degree views on a clear day..

The views once you break the treeline on Glen Boulder are stunning. But the hike towards Isolation is deceptively long and the trail quality is poor. You're gonna want at least 3 liters of water and give yourself plenty of time to hike; took myself and a buddy, both very experienced, nine hours.

Just an absolute joy of a hike on the first crisp day of the season. The ascent is broken up with wide, smooth, gently inclining sections, and the descent down the carriage road is easy, and lovely with some pretty views every now and then. The summit offers a wonderful 360 with lots of room to spread out and a couple of dry laid curved walls for shelter if the weather is bad. I took a runner friend who hasn’t hiked much, and round trip was about 4.5 hours including 15 minutes at the summit and another five minute break to let a group of Very Loud Talkers pass. Awesome trail for families!

Very hard hike w Donna

Beautiful mountain, heavily traveled, easy to follow trails. Took Gorge to summit carriage back.

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