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I am a pretty good hiker but found this one a bit tough. I didn’t realize it was mostly rocks...ALL the way to the top. I found it moderate to hard. Great views once you get closer to the top. Having never been here before, i found it confusing in spots to know where the trail was. After crossing once of the bridges, there were several pathways....i figured it out. My bostie pup did ok for awhile but all the rocks really did a number on her knees and hips. Overall, never doing it again. Met some great people along the way though!

Not a great hike. No views at the top. Perfect hike for a rainy day. Lots of others were there to bag a 4000-footer. The trail feels like a rocky straight shot to the top, but at least it's short. I'm a slow hiker and it took me 4 hours.

bathrooms in the parking lot. nice flat path. awesome views. beautiful easy hike.

Wanted a non strenuous 4000 footer and this delivered! Appreciated the long flat parts and amazing views at the top. Did get kinda bored along the way at points ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Great Hike. 5.5hrs with East. Started off Tripoli, leaving a car on the other side at Greeley. Mount Osceola was a short time hike to the summit at about 1hr 45min. The summit was magnificent with dozens of peaks in view. Crossed over to East Osceola and down the chimney. I went around this section but a friend did it. Summit of East is just a rock pile but never the less, satisfying. Views can be found surrounding. East descent is steep and definetly a quad burner. We stopped at Greeley Pond after making it down which was a nice ending. Loved this hike.

Gorge brook is beautiful and offers a few great viewpoints on the way to the summit. The summit was slightly crowded, but had insane views of the surrounding landscape. The carriage trail was a real slog after the south summit, with a lot of loose rocks that slowed us down. The snapper trail was pretty nice. No real rock scrambles, just a steady climb up and down. Moderate seems about right, but I’m still pretty sore from this hike a day later.

Moderate for a 4,000 footer. Staircase is a killer. View was much better than reviews.

Pretty good hike. Went up Gorge Brook trail and Down Carriage Road. Would definitely recommend this because it gives u great views on the way up and down. It took a bit longer than we thought and we should have started earlier in the day as it was getting dark by the time we got out. It is definitely a moderate hike, and u should expect it to be steep for a good portion up and down. It is dog friendly and our dog had no trouble with it, other than being a little tired. A little disappointed because it was really foggy and we had no view. Good hike for a rainy day other than that.

You need to be ready for the distance other than that not too bad. Mostly small rocks on the trial. Steady climb. Pretty cool at the top.

Very easy up to the hut but after that it was a bit difficult to the peak. No view at the peak so if you're looking for a pretty semi difficult hike i would try something else.

I loved this trail. Probably my favorite 4,000 so far. It had everything. A little steepness. A little flat. The views were beautiful. Did Gorge Brook up and Carriage trail to Snapper down. So much fun. Lots of people passing me but that’s okay! So great. Loved it.

Gorge brook & the snapper are well maintained trails throughout and offered an enjoyable hike. Most steep sections are quickly balanced with flat stretches and the summit offers some great views. Bridges are sketchy, but held up to a 200lb hiker. We hiked in on a rainy day and had no trouble. We were able to finish the loop in just over 4 hours traveling at a moderate pace.

great hike. rated hard due to distance but nothing technical about climb. gradual elevation gains and only one steep section right before summit.great views. just did Bondcliff and was out/back from visitor center in just under eight hours including a few stops and 20-30 minutes at top.

hiking
2 days ago

Challenging hike due to the elevation gain and terrain, but easy to follow trail. There aren't many clearings on the Tripoli Rd side of the main peak, but the view once you get there made it well worth it.

Went in the fall, so beautiful. Had soup up in the hut. Definitely recommend this hike!

Started at 11:30 with dog, finished a little before 5 with only a few short breaks. It was rainy at the top so no real views today unfortunately. The "hard" rating was appropriate though, especially with water on all of the big rocks in the trail coming down after Avalon things got very slippery.

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).

Long, tough climb. Would be best to do on a dry day.

Fun hike! Usually wooded summits aren’t particularly exciting but the trail itself is so beautiful that I didn’t mind hiking into the middle of the woods to turn around and go back. The huts are always a treat, too. My favorite part was the blueberry bushes on the top between Zeacliff and the summit.

Total trip including breaks took me 5 hours and 35 mins. The first 2.8 to the hut is very flat and took me 1 hour on the way up and 35 mins on the way back (I ran). The trail from the hut to the cliff (1.2) is the most difficult part of the hike and took me 1 hour up and 45 min down. It flattens out again to the summit and that 1.6 took me 1 hour there and 45 min back.

I was skeptical about the easy rating but this really was an easy hike.

This is a great workout on one of the worst maintained trails in the Whites. Nice hard work going up and rather annoying decending with lots of silt. Still, a go-to hike if you're training for bigger climbs. And the view of the ledge on the way up is awesome. Be prepared for numbnuts who have taken the tram to the top and think it would be fun to hike down. I've seen barefoot walkers carrying Uggs and entirely unprepared tourists starting down with the idea that the tram was short, so how hard could it be? Believe me, it's not a fun descent for the inexperienced.

backpacking
4 days ago

We came from the north on the Lincoln woods trail which if you get the chance to do is very cool being in the middle of the Pemigewasset Wilderness. The hike up Owl's Head was a lot of fun! The steep ascent on the slide is tricky and tiring but makes for a very exciting climb. The true summit has a small cairn to mark it so after the steep up you have to do some flat walking before reaching the top. The river crossings were a bit challenging but manageable in relatively low water. :)

My favorite 48-4000 footer so far!! This hike was easier than expected which was nice. Well maintained trail, good footing, and a lot of rock steps. The first few miles the trail follows a river and you cross it a few times on bridges. The bridges could be redone they are a bit sketchy, but they do the job. The summit of the mountain is gorgeous! Highly recommended. The only bad part of this hike was the parking. We had to park almost a mile away from the trail head due to many cars for the Ravine Lodge.

I hiked this Saturday 8/11/18 it was a beautiful day the trail was great. Mount Starr King had a beautiful view.

Spent five hours on this loop two days ago with drizzle. The trail was wet and the summit was foggy and windy and chilly. But we were surprise to met a Dartmouth College student at the summit as an “Alpine Steward”. She was sitting in the foundation of a burned away hotel and answered some of our questions. I admired her spirit of protecting the fragile alpine vege on top of the mountain and had to hike all the way up to meet different hiker and educated them. Thumbs up for her! Then from her I knew that the snapper trail and carriage trail were wider in 1920-1940, so people can drive jeeps to the summit! Amazing facts! Of course, the way down was much easier than way up. Also loved all kinds of mushroom beside the Carriage Trail. Enjoyed the brooks below 3300 feet. Anyway, this is a memorable hiking, especially feel the real “rain forest”.

loved this trail! Definitely the right level of difficulty for me. Need to try this peak on a more clear day for the amazing view

hiking
8 days ago

Easy in the 4000 footer sense. Not truly flat the entire way as others indicate here but a gradual ascent. Views at the top are spectacular but it was unbelievably crowded when we summited. The day we went (a week ago) one women sprained her ankle - might have been because of the overly wet conditions. Trail was almost all water the entire way after a week of heavy rains.

Great hike for a rainy day! There weren’t any spots too wet or slippery even in just my sneakers. I just wish I had listened to my gut and taken the Gorge Brooke trail down; the Carriage Rd to Snapper trail was pretty boring. I’m planning to go back next month with my daughter on a clear day to check out the view. Definitely doable for young kids and dogs.

Decided to do this one to check off my second 4000 footer. Unless you are tall than the views are very limited. The beginning was not too steep but as it continued on further it had increased in steepness but also had lots of stone steps to make it a bit easier. I actually did not think it was marked well in the very beginning or in the very end but on the main trail in the middle it’s pretty obvious. I don’t know if I’ll do this one again but I’m glad I did it anyhow and it was a nice day and overall a nice hike. BTW- The summit is extremely small and seems even smaller when there are other hikers up there with you. Nonetheless, a great workout! Got it done in under three hours and probably could’ve done it in 2 1/2.

Great hike. Very gradual at the beginning and then the last 100 yards or so was a steep climb but SO worth it! 360 views at the top. Beautiful. We started late (1:30pm) and finished at 7:30pm... INCLUDING our 1 hour break. So our hike was 5 hours total from beginning to end (not including break time). I used hiking poles.. and I also wore hiking sandals which I feel slowed me down because there are some rocky parts. Next time I will wear my hiking boots.

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