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We loved it! Lots of water coming down the mountain. Trails were well marked and only saw one other human the whole time. Too misty for any views, but we knew the weather before going up. Lots of blueberries!

Hard trail run, steep ascents for both North and South Mtn. Great views. Lovely spot.

I hike here often. It is an easy hike & a lovely area. There are some alternatives for getting to the pond- the Hutchins Orchard Trail, which runs parallel to the dirt road is one. The access to this trail is on the right a ways down the wide road that leads to the pond. This trail is in the woods and much more interesting than the road to the pond. I love that there is also a handicapped access trail that runs parallel to the dirt road, through the woods, that allows anyone in a chair to access the area. Once at the pond, the loop around is lovely & there are picnic benches located around the pond with scenic views.

Great Signage!

I went last week and it was great! nice little view!

Love this trail. took my dog and she love it as well. They need to do some clean up some trees fall down but other then that. great and easy trail.

Beautiful all year round! One of my favorite places!

I went last week. Usually I enjoy this trail because it’s easy and beautiful and lightly hiked. Last week, I pulled about 20 ticks off my dogs after the hike. It’s the only place in New Hampshire I’ve been that is absolutely loaded with tIcks.

Beautiful spot!

nice hike despite the overabundance of mosquitos and deer flies. no view to speak of at the top. some parts moderately challenging. all in all a good hike

1 month ago

I hiked the Thoreau falls Trail as part of a loop with the wilderness trail and Shoal Pond Trail. A notice at the Zealand parking lot said that the bridge was out at the intersection of Thoreau Falls and Wilderness. Luckily I found that crossing the water there was no problem at all, and I didn't even need to take my shoes off to get across. The trail is in good condition and was quite easy going for the most part, following the river for most of the way with some short, steep jaunts up and down the hill. Really beautiful hike with nice tree cover and easy water access (bring a filter, of course) for a hot day. I saw lots of moose scat, but only later in Shoal Pond did I actually see a beautiful cow moose.

The section of wilderness trail between Thoreau Falls Trail and Shoal Pond Trail was in good condition. Saw only two hikers once I got off the path to the AMC hut. Hiking North on Shoal Pond Trail was definitely the most difficult part of the loop, due to many downed trees in the trail and lots of mud and decomposing bog bridges. Still a great hike all around and the ~18.5 mile loop to/from Zealand lot took me (fit hiker with light backpack) 9.5 hours total.

Great easy trail with nice places to stop and let our puppy cool off. Not at all crowded.

2 months ago

Nice hike, didn't take too long, but the trail isn't just poorly marked -- for the most part it isn't marked at all. Very frustrating at the start. We didn't encounter another hiker, just a biker at the start and a walker with his dogs at the end.

2 months ago

Great hike, trails were slightly hard to keep track of. Beware if you have a dog, I pulled 7 ticks off of mine.

2 months ago

Trail is marked, but all markers are the same color: you could get on a different trail by mistake quite easily if you are not comparing to GPS. some good rock scrambles and elevation changes. Mosquito problem is bad in the lower wet areas at this time of year. Met a few well heeled of leash dogs with no drama.

The Belknap Range trail is a good alternative if you're trying to get into the wilderness near Lake Winnipesaukee but away from the crowds drawn to Mount Major. I took the purple trail to the top of Straightback Mt. and then followed the blue trail back to the trailhead. The trail is very lightly trafficked, I took my time and did not see anyone over my 5 hour hike. Be sure to pack bug spray as the mosquitos are pretty vicious closer to the trailhead and the bottom of the waterfall. This hike is a loop but if you're willing to add on another couple miles you can see a great view by taking the red trail from Mt. Anna to the top of Mt. Mack.

on Catamount Trail

2 months ago

Nice trail, however not marked very well. We saw several lady slippers along our way. The trail ( 1 mile trail) leading to the main trail had several bikers but once on the main trail (Catamount trail), there was no one but us hiking. I rated this trail a 4 star due to poor signage.

Easy walk, all accessible trail .Has a picturesque pond, with picnic tables and benches.

nice small walk about 40 mins some ups and downs small water creek that runs through rocks to see as you cross a small bridge if you follow the blue markers it also intersects with a completely different trail worth the walk claim and peaceful

great trails all around the mountain. shannons trail was the one took most of the way but the gregg is nice too. good views throughout.

3 months ago

Great trail! Took my dog, she had a great time and we got some good exercise! Be cautious of a few downed trees in certain parts of the trail.

3 months ago

Nice easy hike a few miles from home

3 months ago

Beautiful spring day. A bit muddy in places but I'll take that over work any day!

Easy walk and with 4 kids under the age of 9...

4 months ago

8 months ago

A good trail, the dogs love it!

I’m sure this trail is much better not washed out, but it is pretty washed out from the storm a few weeks ago

The full loop took 5.5 hours with some resting and a quick lunch. The rest was hiked at a relatively brisk pace. Careful during winter. We started at 1:15 and by 6:30 it was pitch black. Bring headlamps in winter. Went through 2L of water. Many people on this trail, and scenery was nice but nothing to write home about. Would have preferred fewer people. We did this one for the exercise. Great smells abound and silence is soothing during the pockets of time when no one is close by.

You definitely need to take a map with you AND use this map if going up to the summit. We had to reroute at least three times thanks to the app gps!
Also, there isn’t really a “view” at the top... you won’t miss it- it has the rocks sculpture; that’s where the highest point is.
Other than above, it was a great hike!! We and I ur dogs loved it!

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