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I am glad I had a chance to read the reviews before hiking this trail. I enjoyed it tremondusly. But it would have been more difficult if the rocks were wet.

Great trail, and fairly easy compared to tecumseh. the view was the best ive ever seen. hands down.

This is our 3rd 4K, Jackson and Tecumseh were our first two. I'm glad we didn't do Osceola first as it would have set a pretty high bar! This is a fantastic hike. While Jackson and Tecumseh were pretty much uphill the entire way, Osceola gives you mini breaks with intermittent gradual ascents. There are a few rocky areas that can be tricky, but I'd say only about 20% of the trail is challenging. The payoff is the unbelievable views at the summit. This trail is our favorite so far. In addition to the great views it is a fairly quick hike. We arrived at 8:00 a.m., spent about 20 minutes at the summit enjoying our lunch and then headed back down where we reached our car a little before 1:00 p.m. My daughter and I keep a pretty quick pace, however we are novice hikers.

Went counter-clockwise which was more steep but in the end worth it bc the descent was much easier on my knees. Great views, even overcast!

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3 days ago

Nice quick hike with a high reward. Great views of cannon mountain.

What a great trail! I have hiked Pleasant Mountain via the Ledges Trail before and almost did that one again today but at the last minute decided to try something new, and I'm so glad I did! the trail goes through lots of different zones - open forest, bare rock, grassy areas, more dense forest - so there's a lot of variety to keep the hike interesting. A few spots with nice views on the way up and gorgeous views of the Whites from the top.

Watch out for porcupine my dog got jacked up at the Vet

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4 days ago

Great hike with a couple of beautiful views and cool boulder formations along the way.

Great hike with our 3 boys. Well maintained trail. Wonderful views at top!

Nice view from the top, cool rocks on the ledge. I would rate this moderate, there were some steep parts up and down, about 2 hours up, 1 hour down.

Had trouble at the top with being very steep for me but I totally loved the workout and would do again.

Hiked with my 6 and 10 year olds.

I did not consider this a moderate hike and found it quite easy. Neither of my kids found it difficult either. The only "steep" sections are found in the staircase around the falls and these are short.

The trail is about a mile to the falls and is fairly flat with a gradual incline. There is a stream crossing immediately after the trailhead we managed in the rain to avoid getting wet.

You've reached the falls when you hit a fork in the trail with a sign. The right continues on to Mt. Chocurua and the left heads towards the falls. They meet again after the falls to create a loop. I would avoid the loop by going up and down the staircase. If you head up the left the first or second side trail leads to a wide waterfall with a huge squarish bolder in the middle of the stream. Keep heading down the gorge another 200' to see a tall 50' waterfall. There is also a cut out in the canyon with a large overhang in which you can shelter. We ate lunch here out of the drizzle and dried off our gear.

Although we come to summit Chocorua this was a nice plan B. Had conditions been better and we summited I probably would have by passed the falls and missed out completely.

We started the trail via Frankenstein Cliffs which was a pretty steep incline but happy we got the hardest part over with in the beginning of the trail. There were very few people on the Cliff trail but once we got closer to the falls, there were many more- a little too busy to my taste. But all in all, a very beautiful 5 mike hike from start to finish and a great workout. It took us 4 hours but we stopped and picnicked by the smaller falls.

Not easy! Definitely moderate, some pretty steep climbing. It was beautiful but tough for a family

Awesome hike, made the trek with my 9 year son, 7 year old daughter, teen niece, and 64 year old mother and it was an all around crowd pleaser. We all found it challenging, yet very rewarding as the views were spectacular. Looking forward to do the hike thru to the North Moat Mountain.

A great hike, but should definitely be rated as a moderate level. The rock scramble at the top was definitely not for first timers within an experienced guide with them. This was My birthday hike with my 26 year old son! It rained and was overcast, but it was an awesome trail, hike and day! Would definitely do it again!

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9 days ago

Incredible views at the top.
It should be mentioned at the beginning of each review.
Not an easy hike.... uphill from the start. Not to steep, doable, and will get your heart pumping.
Couple if their 50s. Took us 4:45 with a 15 minutes break in top.
Great.

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9 days ago

Best views in the park for the effort. A couple of steep grades where my dog needed help but other than that a doable climb. One of my favorites hikes in the notch.

Finally got to hiking the mountain in my hometown-we went on a hot day so it was difficult with my asthma but if we’d done this hike on a fall day I’d rate it moderate. Trail starts out steep right away! But levels out as you go. We found a BUNCH of blueberries on the trail, bushes everywhere. Overall a fun hike and pretty views.

Very FUN!!

I very much enjoyed this trail- one of the best of the area. The varied path grades and quality keep the hike interesting and moderately challenging. The payoff was excellent- a breezy summit with excellent views. I would happily do this hike again and again.

Wonderful trail with beautiful views. It’s moderate but definitely. strenuous if you aren’t in good shape. Took my dog along. Saw a few people along the way. From Denmark road parking area it’s about 3 miles to the top. There is access from the other side of mountain that is about a mile shorter. Took about 2 1/2 hrs to reach the summit and about 1 hr 40 mins to get down. Stopped a number of times for my dog who was really struggling with the heat, and for ourselves on the way up to catch our breath. We had plenty of water. On hot humid days you will need about 3 liters of water for a person plus a dog. Trail is steep from the start until reaching about 2/3 of the way up, then there is relief as you hike the ridge. Definitely worth repeating.

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11 days ago

This hike was awesome! It was very very difficult given the 60% humidity but, I could see a normal day being rated moderate. Took us about 4 hours with 4 pretty long breaks going up. It starts off very easy like everyone said and then gets progressively steeper. I never felt like I was really scrambling up rocks though and I often feel that way in the whites. The view up top is totally worth it so keep pushing past all the nice overlooks and areas that feel like false peaks. You get a full 360!! Would absolutely do again.

Best part is the 360 degree view at the top. Would be a great picnic spot with large, flat rocks to sit on and blueberries to pick (in season).

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12 days ago

Went with my mom on a too warm day. Hopped over a river and a down tree. The top is pretty steep with slabs of rock. Can be slippery. Not many people on the trail. Very nice views! Blueberries scattered throughout.

amazing hike! strongly recommend hiking boots with good traction, we had ours but watched others struggle without them on the steep 45 degree rocks! trail from tripoli rd isnt too difficult but again is steep at parts! we went the day after a big rain storm so the rocks were a bit slippery but there is also a natural running stream throughout the mountain so i’m not sure if it is always a little slick? like said in the previous review the last 1/2 mile definitely did me in but once you get to the summit it is so worth it! amazing breath taking view that pictures just don’t do justice! and the smell is something you just want to bottle up and take home with you! overall great hike and definitely recommend to everyone in shape or out of shape! my boyfriend does many mountains so it was a breeze for him but i hadnt done one since monadnock a few years back and this really wasn’t all too difficult for me having not climbed recently!

Great 3 hour hike. Recommend heading towards Frankenstein cliffs first. Steep climb through shaded area that pops you out onto gorgeous outlooks. It had just rained a day prior to this climb so Arethusa falls was going strong. There are a lot of side paths to other falls and small pools, so if you have time to explore, you could easily make this into a full half day hike.

A Hidden Gem. Theres 5 great scenic vistas along the trail with different angles of pinkham notch. It gets steep towards the top but its atleast well groomed and stable.

The hike gets steep right from the start but that just means that you get to the great views faster. I found the views along the ridge on the way up to be just as enjoyable as the view from the top, if not even more so. This was my first time hiking alone so I was nervous about getting lost but the trail is very well marked by either yellow diamonds or cairns.

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14 days ago

Great trail. We walked with our 7 and 5 year olds and a toddler in a carrier. It took us almost 5.5 hours as we walked super slow and made a lot of stops along the way. We lost the trail twice - near the same location on the way there and back but found the trail again quite easily. I highly recommend.

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