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This is a great hike but people need to be aware that this is not a 6.6 miles, nor is the description above accurate when it says its an easy mountain (this seems to relate to finding the trail). As people note, its more like 3.8 in (so closer to 8 total), and a fairly challenging hike, though the trail is well maintained. Top is not totally clear, which is disappointing, but there are nice views on the way up, and from the fire tower at the top (if you are ready to climb a 40 foot ladder). As many note, if you can handle a steep initial climb its nice to do the eyebrow trail up, and the AT down. Some good views on the last part of the eyebrow trail. Overall a nice hike! Maybe not my favorite ever, but nice.

It is a tough hike but with rewarding 360 views. Much better and secluded than the busy Mt.Kineo.

12 days ago

took down from North Carter. a narrow, wet, rocky, glorified bushwhack with no views or interesting parts.

more like 7.6 miles as the signage says 3.8 from trailhead. hike was challenging but overall i’d say just OK as far as payoff for level of effort. the 360 views are great but this was not my favorite trail. only a few views on the way up otherwise you’re covered in the trees

Gorgeous views from the summits

This was a great hike although it was very difficult. We started at 9:30am and hiked up to the Lakes of the Clouds Hut by 12:30/1pm. We took a break and then hiked up to Mt. Washington. Did not do the peak of Mt. Monroe. The views are incredible and the waterfalls are beautiful! We started hiking back from Mt. Washington at 4pm and made it to the car by 7:45pm.

Would definitely not do this hike in bad weather. The terrain can definitely be slippery and tough to navigate. Very sharp inclines with large boulders!

My one feedback is regarding this being dog friendly. There were a lot of dogs on the trail and most (like my dog) were unleashed except when we got to the huts. The first 1/3 of the hike was definitely doable for my very fit dog, but it definitely got very difficult for him. By the time we were heading back it was obvious he was in pain and ended up hurting the pads on his paws. There was also blood on the trail when we were hiking back and we suspected it was most likely a dog. It’s a great hike, but would definitely not bring my dog again on this one.

Good workout. Near the top it was very wet and rocky and muddy and steep but as long as you have good traction shoes it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Small area at the top but nice 360 views.

Beautiful hike! Amazing views from the top of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Tons of broken glass at the top, presumably from the old fire tower, so be careful if you bring dogs! Very steep on the second mile!! I’d rate this moderate-strenuous for the last mile in itself

Nice view of Moosehead Lake and mountains to the west. It would be a great hike for viewing the foliage in the fall.

The view from the top is fabulous! There are two beautiful lakes to see. No guardrail, so hang onto your kids!

great hike! we did the eyebrow up and the at down. challenging enough without being a killer. views were ebautiful in several spots, and the view was incredible from the fire tower.

We took this trail down from Monroe after a very rainy day and night. It was very slippery and technically challenging and we consider ourselves capable, experienced hikers. Would do it again but would prefer dry weather.

This is a nice trail right on the Maine/New Hampshire border, it gains a fair amount of elevation over a short distance, so it is a decent workout. The view from the tower is great, and there are several spots along the way up with very nice views. I enjoyed being able to see the White Mountains at the same time as Maine's western peaks.

We did it in 2 days, 53km (we went the wrong way for 5km ). Very nice hike but not that easy as we did a lot of km each day. Views on the 7 summits are breathtaking. Don’t worry for the water, there’s a lot of place to refill all the way to Galehead Shelter. Make sure to have enough water at this point because the next water supply is on the way down. So you must have at least 2L from galehead to the end of the hike ( if you do it in 2 days ). Many campsite are available all the way. Make sure to not have to much weight in your backpack and hike sticks. For the rest, you must be in shape to do this trail. Definitely recommend.

Quick, sustained elevation but doable in 2.5hrs. My 14yo daughter outpaced me handily. Nice views at top and good workout.

Great short hike. Surprise climb at the summit. Very rewarding!

This is a difficult trail if you aren't an avid, in shape hiker. It took us 4 1/2 hours out and back w about a 25 minute stop at the top. It's a mix of roots, a lot of rocks, almost reminding me of walking thru a semi dry Stream bed. We took our 5 Year old, 75# dog with us as well. The dog made it up and down with a little soreness, the same as the two of us. The views at the top are amazing! Do know that the hike is tough, but well worth it!

Love this hike! So pretty and tough, but not killer.

1 month ago

I normally take Bryce's up to Cathedral and then over to Whitehorse and down this trail since it's less steep than coming down Bryce's. Then take a dip in the lake! yesterday's hike was perfect as there was a light breeze to keep the bugs away and it was mild temps.

We headed out on the trail and continued clockwise around the loop. The hike does have a few moderate inclines on the way up. We were with four kids ages 5-8. They all handled the hike well even though they were pretty tired. The top is large bare rock which is fun to explore. The decent is much trickier and steeper so you want to keep an eye on the kids even though they may want to race down. Mileage was just under 5 Miles. I think the mileage listed was 3 something so definitely keep in mind it may be longer than what’s listed on this site. Also there were lots of little roads that the kids kept finding which they enjoyed.

We parked along Cathedral Ledge Rd. and made our way up Bryce Path trail which starts out easy but then comes to a steep area that doesn't last too long before leveling off again. The rest of the hike up was easy from there with great views down to North Conway, surrounding mountains and direct views of Echo lake and Cranmore ski slopes. The hike down the other side brings you below and across the base of White Horse ledge and you will see some very large boulders along the path which is really something else to see. Overall, it's a nice loop hike worth repeating!

Beautiful trail, great views of presidential range along the way and 360 views at top. A pretty constant incline and some scrambles once you pass Surprise but all manageable. Would recommend footwear with good tread for safety, even if it’s not wet. I’d rate this as easy to moderate, but may be difficult for someone who isn’t in the best shape, however still doable.

Hiked yesterday morning with my wife and 9 year old son who are both experienced hikers. Trail is fairly flat and was a little muddy during the first mile , but there are plenty of stepping stones and bridges to help cross. Last part of trail is steep to the top but it also had stones set in place that form a natural stair way to help climb. Once at the top views are simply amazing!! 360 degrees all around. Highly recomen. Took us 1hr 40 mins up , 1hr 20 mins down.

Great trail, opening up for some nice views from Surprise peak. Moriah itself offers a stunning 360 degree view of the Whites and Wilderness to the East.

Top 2 most difficult hikes I have done; I would not attempt this unless you’re in good shape and are an experienced backpacker. The reward for the difficulty are 7 amazing views atop some of the most gorgeous peaks in the north east. Did it two days highly recommend.

Tip: water is scarce between lafayette and last tent site so be prepared before you summit lafayette

2 months ago

We hiked from Mt. Washington Cog Railway (starting point is right behind the station, meets the Ammonousic trail) and up to the summit of Mt. Monroe and back down; took us a little over 5 hours. If you do your research on weather conditions, should be manageable; rocks can get slippery at a few spots and it does get windy in the alpine zone. Would recommend using hiking boots on this trail. The views from the summit are beyond spectacular.

picked out of a hat, steep in the beginning and really pretty at the top. we did white horse and prob will do athedra next time

2 months ago

Challenging and fun trail - I did the Eyebrow Trail up and the AT Down. I did this trail years ago when it was foggy. I still loved the fun trail features like the steel cable and ladder rungs that are necessary when the trail is wet. I hiked this July 4 with my dog. There were only a couple spots that I had to help my golden retriever up, but the rest was easily done by her. I definitely would NOT recommend going down the Eyebrow trail as other have said, especially with a dog. The views from the fire tower give you a great 360 of the mountains! I was so glad my hike this time was clear. It was well worth the effort to see the amazing view! Screw Auger Falls a few miles from the parking lot on RT 26 is a great post-hike stop to walk in the stream and cool off!

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