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Took 5 hours through a fresh coat of snow. Used snowshoes about 1/2 the time. Did it clockwise as others have. Great views from all 3 peaks in winter.

Beautiful views from the fire tower at the top. Did this hike back in November, rainy at the bottom and all snow at the top. Neat cabin at the top that provided a bit of respite from the wind.

snowshoeing
11 days ago

Loved this hike and I loved that we got to blaze for about half of the hike.
We only saw one trail marker the entire hike. When you are starting out in the snow with no trail to follow - markers are key.
I have The AllTrails app and luckily we were able to check our progress and location against the trail recording which was nice. First time we ever had to use the app during a hike.
The clouds rolled in just as we got to the summit. Unable to see a large view, but the trees were amazing just the same.
We did not see any moose, but we saw a TON of moose activity.
We will be back to do this one again!

Did this with a summer camp. Really fun, not challenging. There is a cliff at one point but you don't have to go near the edge. Steep rock face to climb but I was fine in hiking boots. Took five hours with slow frequently stopping camp group. Would probably take four hours with a frequently stopping but well paced group. (done somepoint in July)

Great hike on a beautiful sunny day. The trail was well-packed so snowshoes were not needed. We wore spikes the whole way. It became really soft in the afternoon, so expect icy conditions tomorrow when temps drop. It took us about 2 hours to reach the summit and one hour to get back down. Our dog had no problem at all going up or down.

loved the winter hike 2 years ago

Beautiful day, gorgeous views from the fire tower, and lots of friendly pupperinos on the trail! We were glad to have our microspikes on some of the steeper sections near the top.

I’ve done this hike a few times. Gone with kids ages 8 and up during May in New England. May flies prohibit a great hike during this month as they’re everywhere.

The trail however is an incredible family adventure with challenges up a somewhat flat and steep incline. Slow and steady and the kids find the challenges once traversed as monumental achievements.

Beautiful scenery and skyline views and surprisingly little traffic.

Makes for a full day adventure where you can stop numerous times for water, potty, feeding breaks.

I suggest plenty of water and healthy snacks in a medium travel pack. The more people the merrier this will be in your group.

This hike never gets old

Good moderate hike. Nothing fancy, just a good, steady climb. Great views from the top. Was a little slick in spots, with some ice. The top had lots of ice, so wear appropriate footwear in late fall and on.

Beautiful trail. Starts to the left of the parking lot. Very fun to hike with snow at the top, would definitely recommend chains. The views were incredible and well worth the hike.

This was a great hike! It was a little tough to tell which season Mother Nature had in mind, lol. About half way up, spikes were VERY handy! The summit was windy and cold, but oh so majestic with ice and snow and bluebird skies! I didn’t consider this an overly difficult hike...moderate at best and perfect for what I needed! I WILL be back!

Hiked November 11, 2018. Good amount of snow on the trail but trail was well maintained. Took us 5 hrs 15 min (took 3 hrs to summit). Parking lot was full and saw about 10-12 people on the trail (some with dogs). Moderate incline throughout with some plateaus (never very steep and no steep boulders to climb as some of the other 4000s). First mile is mix of mud, water, ice and snow and then the trail becomes more a more packed/firm ice/snow. There was probably about 6 inches of snow throughout the second half of the hike. I used my micro spikes and hiking poles majority of the time. Was thankful for my hat and gloves. If you walk about 2 minutes past the Waumbeck summit sign there is a nice lookout (I think of a Washington). Was cold but manageable with a layers. Almost all of the trail is under tree line but it was beautiful under the snow covered trees and the mounds of snow. Agree with others that this was a good winter hike - if you have micro spikes.

hiking
1 month ago

Unbelievable views from the fire tower, but we definitely regretted not bringing crampons to help scale the icy 30% grade sections. The incline is constant, but not too difficult, especially considering our frequent brakes to look at the amazing views. There were about 5-6 inches of snow on the top but it was easy to climb without getting too cold.

Even in early November there was still quite a bit of color. Tricky to find the start of the trail but once you do it the trail is well marked with yellow dashes. Going down was more difficult to me with the slick rocks, I fell 6 times, but it was the day after a moderate rain. Amazing views and a great first New England hike.

I love the Champney brook trail. Beautiful waterfalls about 1.5 miles into the hike. From there the grade goes up a little bit as you hike towards the first outlook. The outlook to the summit offer some rock scrambling and great views. The summit is breathtaking. 360* views. Easily one of the best hikes in N.H. More rewarding than many of the 4,000 footers in the area. A must do hike.

Not a terribly hard 4000ftr. Good for winter hiking. Did it in 3.5 hours with a 10 minute break at the top.

Awesome hike!

I went on November 3rd after it had been raining for a few weeks, so no surprise there is a lot of mud and water, and ice and snow towards the top. Definitely steeper on the first half, but then becomes more moderate. I went on a grey day because I saw that it was recommended for a rainy day hike, and as summits are below tree line, it’s not like you’re missing out on amazing views and can instead appreciate the trees in the mist. My Garmin said I had done 8 miles in the end, but I’m not sure where it got that from.

A review that I should have posted 3 yrs ago. A 1st hike in the Whites for myself and son in law. We weren't in the best of shape, and without poles. At the top although soaked with sweat( Climbed in summer) we were rewarded with amazing views.

Hike to Smarts Mt is an excellent about 8 mile loop going up the AT to the summit and down the old Ranger's trail. Views from Lambert Ridge are very nice but the 360 degree views from the fire tower on top are fantastic. The Ranger trail is an older trail that isn't well blazed but isn't hard to follow normally, but could be in snow. Both trails are pretty steep. I'd rate them strenuous.

Very nice moderate hike. Views of the lake at various spots on way up. Summit has views north and I’m told if you continue off the summit on the Ridge Line Trail there are nice views north about a mile or so down. Enjoyable hike... would definitely do it again in the future.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views at the top.
This isn't an easy hike, there's quite the elevation gain, and it's just up, up, up. However, I wouldn't categorize this hike as "hard" in terms of terrain difficulty. Most of the terrain is pretty easy to climb, even the day after a big rain storm, but there was nothing slippery. Nothing that seemed that dangerous or treacherous. I was glad to have my trekking poles on the way down, but most other hikers I saw did not have them.

Solid moderate hike. Enough to get a little sweat and the heart rate going. Definitely worth it for the view. First time seeing needle ice (identified after googling)

Beautiful hike. Moderate hike, not too difficult. View at top was worth it.

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.

I love the challenge. going up was a challenge but going down was rough. the hardest part was the rock climbing. be prepared to climb up that mountain with all your limbs, otherwise you'll have to turn back and not able to make the loop. be sure to have good shoes or hiking boots on during the autumn season because the leaves may be a bit slippery.

Fairly straight forward hike, nothing too strenuous and nothing technical. Beautiful views at the summit. Trail was a bit hard to follow, with all the leaves on the ground, and very limited blazes. I’d say moderate is a correct rating.

Views for days! This took us about 6 hours because we kept stopping to appreciate where we were - a new favorite!

Beautifully scenic views...

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