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hiking
1 day ago

Moderate trail despite the snow on the ground. Our spikes definitely made our life easier. We didn’t have the courage to climb the ladder and boulders, so we took the alternate trail to the summit, which was much easier. Amazing view on the top and lots of space to rest. Highly recommend this trail!

hiking
7 days ago

Did this hike from shaker hill road while I was in the area. I would say the hike was very manageable for a hiker and a dog. The views weren’t great, even kind of disappointed ting from the top of the tower. The trails were easy to follow and there were a lot of sub trails all around that I was able to take. I would do it again.

Beautiful fall hike! Too late for aspens but still a nice, moderate hike

Beautiful but some parts are difficult to follow and not well marked.

snowshoeing
23 days ago

These trails have been a local favorite of mine for day hiking, dog walking, bush whacking, back country skiing, snow shoeing and some convenient quick overnight backpacking.
The easterly views from the northwestern and southwestern points provide an excellent overlooks to the eastern Merrimack Valley, Bear Brook Park and even Pautuckaway Park is visible.

great trail

hiking
29 days ago

Nice trails with scenic views from top. Great foliage trail hikes from easy to moderate.

hiking
29 days ago

Great short hike!

Took the Andrew Brook trail, was DOPE!

It was a bit muddy, so make sure to have waterproof boots.

Great ups and downs. Had my dog on leash. Trails were a bit muddy some wet spots. Nobody fell. Made out for a good backpacking trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Amazing Rocks & Boulder climbing Mecca! Not much of a lookout, trees blocking view.

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail, good time of year for it. Took the doggo. You pay for parking at the park entry station right at the trailhead, like $4-8, they might have you park across the street from the trailhead and walk over. We got to the peak of the hill in no time, so we explored the surrounding trails. It was calm, but a bit lackluster.

backpacking
1 month ago

Awesome trails and decent views. Made a day of exploring set up a fire and made lunch. All in all a great day.

I've hiked this trail this past Sunday looking for a moderately easy hike and for some fall foliage. It was good but nothing memorable. I didn't like how muddy the trail was and there wasn't much interesting to see along the way. I do like the constant soothing sound of the running water in the brook and the view from the summit. Much of the summit is still in the treeline so you've got to look for just the few summit spots that doesn't have tree obstructing your view.

I've managed to take a few memorable panorama shots that look over the entire landscape so that makes the trip worthwhile for me. Some reviewers say the summit is not a worthwhile hike. I strongly disagree. I think it's the hike and view from the summit that makes the trip worthwhile.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a good hike, lots of effort and one of the longer hikes I’ve done with my kids. The view was okay for the amount of work going up and down. I think this was a good hike, but I’m not sure I would do it again compared to all the other mountains and moderate hikes around NH. However, I do think if you are a regular hiker, then this is a must do just because it is a popular hike and it’s nice to be able to compare it with other hikes.

I took this hike as a random pick of some place to go. The beginning of the trail starts out easy before turning to lots of rock. in some places it resembles a brook bed. The trail was well marked throughout. As soon as you enter the state forest there is a register to sign in and make notes. The foliage was just starting to turn in some spots which made the hike even more pleasant. It gets easier as you near the small lake. Continuing on past the lake to the overlooking cliffs was well worth the additional short walk. Beautiful views over the lake and far beyond. Overall I would say it's a moderate hike but very pleasant.

great trails. good for dogs to. love hiking on them.

Long hike! If you continue on to the summit it is 6.8 miles round trip with a 1700’ elevation gain. We did this hike today in 90+ heat with my 8 year old grandson. He was a trooper! The view from the ledge looking over Lake Solitude was beautiful! The hike to the summit was nothing great, just wanted to complete the hike so we did it. If your short on time, I wouldn’t bother to summit but definitely go to the ledge.

Had a good time hiking found a lot of mushrooms. Nice quiet place to hike

This was a good hike but trail was definitely longer than expected- to the lake itself is 2 miles then you have to hike above for the nice look out an back- id say at least 5 miles possibly 6 round trip. Good amount of different things to look a along the hike but very deceiving because around every bend you think you’re almost there but you’re not haha. Not too bad of an incline- doable enough with a baby on your back. Took us slow pokes about 3.5 hrs. Beautiful at the top... once you reach the huge rock above lake just venture out towards cliff and you’ll see the lookout... trail does extend on for a connecting trail.

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked it mid-afternoon. I drove to the location it gave me on the map; 137 Tower Rd Loudon. There was no visible parking so I parked on the side of the road onto a dirt patch hoping my car was safe. Hiking up was a moderately flat, slight incline. Nothing unreasonable. I was unprepared and didn’t have bug spray which ruined the walk for me. I made it to the tower and went back. I was unable to get a lookout onto the horizon. I wish I had a more scenic route. I’m 23 and over-weight and have asthma and it took me about 50 min to do all together. Considering I did a brisk walk/ light jogging. I would recommend to someone and do it again. Hope I was helpful!

When you reach the first junction or point where you decide to go the the fire lookout or take the bypass you need to go up the steep incline straight ahead. Do not go to the left. Once you get up a ways on that steep incline you will begin to see the white diamond shaped markers on the trees that line the trail. It is very well marked and signed beyond that first intersection. Good hike, great views.

it was a great hike with 2 dogs. plenty of cool streams for them to drink and cool off. lots of different terrain. from steep to easy roads. I got turned around a couple of times but keep checking all trails to get back on track. didn't see a single person until way past halfway point. loved the boulders.

Note to dog owners: Please read park website carefully. These directions will take you to the main park entrance, where during the summer dogs are not allowed. You have to go to the trailhead off of Reservation Rd, which is 10 miles away from the main entrance.

Great hike! Lots of trails so you can make your own adventure. Hardly saw anyone. Varied terrain. Loved it!

Very beautiful hike. It was my wife's first hike, it was equally strenuous and pleasant. I would recommend if you are looking for a moderate challenge!

Great family hike with our teens. Trail loaded with various mushrooms and beautiful pond view at top.

Well marked paths. Rocky moderate incline, that our dog could walk. Beautiful streams and views up the hike.

it was a fun hike

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