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8 days ago

Beautiful day at Peaked Mountain today! I took Middle Mnt trail up to Peaked and then Peaked Mnt trail down. Well..that was my plan but soon agree getting on the trail to decent I started to follow some snowshoes tracks thinking that was the trail....nope!! Before I knew it I was in waist deep snow following bushwhacked tracks. I throw my snowshoes on which really made no difference in that deep of snow. But eventually it met back up to the main trail at the connector. So if your coming down keep to the right for the nicely groomed trail unless you want a challenge!
The loop was beautifully packed down and used my microspikes just for some added traction. The view was so amazing and was a clear day!! There was no technical aspects of this loop just a nice grade up!

A wonderful vigorous hike with a phenomenal view at top as your reward. A decent pace will get you to the top in 45 minutes.

14 days ago

Great day. Had to wear snowshoes from start to finish so this “easy” hike was a bit more challenging than normal. We started from the logging road to avoid the river crossing. I would rate this hike “moderate” level vice “easy” One great view about 2/3 to top. Spectacular view from the top where even Mt Washington was clearly visible to the north. Snow softened from warmer temps on way down, so it was a little dicey. Nice hike overall.

21 days ago

Pretty! Snow made it harder but was a great workout.

This was a great fall hike. I took the yellow trail up and wasn’t sure which trail I’d take down. The yellow trail is VERY hard to follow in quite a few places. This seemed to be the consensus as I said hello to other hikers as well. It’s gorgeous in the woods on this trail, so if you take your time and pay attention I would still recommend it. Because of this, I took the blue trail down, and was glad I did because this offered some variety and was a fun challenging way back down. Overall would highly recommend it. Beautiful, challenging, and great way to spend the day.

Second time doing the trail, I suggest doing the loop counter clockwise it’s fairly steep and rocky on the way up, it’s a bit challenging but nothing too bad, and the trail down is long but pleasant. The views are great, even before the summit. Certainly a fun hike

Surprisingly nice hike considering the minimal and not too enthusiastic reviews. Pleasant steep climb up Cotton, nice mini view on top. Easy-ish and pretty hike over to Livermore with an even better view and lunch spot there. Lots of pretty little brooks but it was easy to stay dry in spite of colossal rain. Old highway is pretty washed out. Nice hike overall with some good views and just enough of a push without being hard.

I live a house away from this trail is a great hike just not always a very good view .

Would plan to come on a sunny clear day next time but the hike was still nice! Cotton is steeper and with the wet fall leaves a bit slippery but all the other trails were easy waking. Especially the Prescott section - it’s just like a walk in the woods! No challenges.

This should be rated as moderate, good view atop the tower.

Went up blue trail and down the yellow. As others have said yellow is a little harder to follow especially in October with the leaves down HOWEVER I would 100% recommend coming down yellow for the views of snow capped white mountains.

Very nice moderate hike. Views of the lake at various spots on way up. Summit has views north and I’m told if you continue off the summit on the Ridge Line Trail there are nice views north about a mile or so down. Enjoyable hike... would definitely do it again in the future.

WE FOUND A FITBIT AT THE TRAILHEAD on Saturday October 20th. It was right around 1pm when we began. If this is yours, please email me at marlanaujoks@gmail.com and I will mail it back to you.
The blue trail was well marked, steep at times, and overall a 5 star hike up, with outstanding views on the way up and at the summit. There is not a sign when you reach the summit, but it will be pretty obvious. The yellow trail, though lovely, was terrifying to head back down on due to the yellow paint marks being inconsistent in brightness and not being marked in areas where it should have been to keep folks from straying off the path. I would recommend giving yourself plenty of time to go down this train in case you get lost. I would give this particular trail 5 stars if it were clearly marked, and in a color other than yellow, so I'd give it 3 stars at this point. I hope it is changed in the future.

Beautifully scenic views...

I enjoy a good rock scramble. This trail has a lot of loose rocks. A couple steep spots to begin with, but it eventually levels out. Some nice views off the lookouts. I just didn’t enjoy this trail.

Wonderful hike! Great views of the lake at various points prior to reaching the peak which has interesting views up to the whites. Washington snow shrouded on this October day. I’m told there is a view point about a mile further from the peak along Ridge Line Trail. The trail is well marked and moderate. The day was topped off by a hawk landing on the trail directly in front of us near the end of the hike.

1 month ago

The only annoying part was the long dirt road to get to the trail head ! I was the only one hiking, and it was very peaceful. Although I started it later than most would recommend (4:15pm) in mid October I was back down at the car by 5:30pm. However, I did run most of the way down because I wanted to catch the sunset on my drive by Mount Blue State Park on the way out. Great hike overall. Stunning views at the top and very windy.

1 month ago

Great views! NOT EASY! Goes straight up, over roots and rocks. Tough river cross(river was high and fast after rain). Worth the hike if you’re looking for a moderate hike.4.8 miles total.

This was a lovely hike on a beautiful fall day. Well marked. We enjoyed the creek on our uphill climb. Always enjoy the ridge line portion of the hike - Straighback offers nice views (Anna, not so much). Not much traffic even though I’m sure Major’s trails were packed.

Beautiful hike. Took the blue trail up and the yellow back. There is an unmarked grassy trail leading down from the peak which we mistook for the yellow trail but turned back pretty quickly and found the correct trail. The markings on the yellow trail were very faded and at times difficult to spot, but as long as you stop for a minute you can regain your bearings pretty easily. We passed a bunch of friendly people on the blue trail but saw absolutely no one on the yellow trail.

Hiked this mountain two weekends in a row with friends. Last week we took the blue trail both ways. Great scramble and reasonably challenging climb, especially closer to the top. This week we took the yellow trail up, and the blue down. We had a great hike both times, and the view is beautiful with fall foliage. A couple of notes. 1) I (and my hiking companions) would not recommend the blue trail for small children or for dogs, unless your dog is extremely agile and energetic. There are sections that are extremely steep, and the rocks are jagged in a few places. 2) the yellow trail is a great walk, but extremely poorly blazed. I'm sure the trail was harder to find due to fallen leaves, but there were several points at which we had to keep one person at the last known blaze and send others in different directions to find the trail. Many times the trail made abrupt turns with no blazes marking the turn. It made for slow going on what would otherwise have been an easy to moderate walk through the woods. It's a longer way to the top, even without the frequent stops to make sure you're on the trail, but this is definitely the trail to take with kids and dogs. Overall a really fun hike! Also, for those who want more or less company while hiking, the blue trail is much more populated than the yellow.

Loved this hike! Nice views of the Presidentials at the beginning of hike and again part way up! No view from the peak but DO continue on to the ledges a mile or so from the peak. Wonderful views there on large open ledges toward Pickering, Stanton, Langton, Atatash and many more. Somewhat steep, but Moderate is an apt rating overall. As others have written, the dirt road leading up to the small lot is very narrow and has gullies on both sides. Made it up in a car with no problem, but fortunately met no vehicle on the way. Not sure if two vehicles could squeeze by each other. Parking area is small but it seems this hike is “off the beaten path” enough to attract few hikers. We met only two people during our hike. A “ hidden gem” in my opinion!

Wonderful “bang for your buck” hike! On the easy side of moderate, well marked, and expansive views towards Lake Winnipesaukee and surrounding mountains. Shannon Brook and waterfalls are close by and add nice variety to this hike! A definite “must do” hike!

Very well marked. Took us about 3 hrs. Some scrambling on the way up. Recommend going clockwise.

2 months ago

Nice trail, with room cool volcanic formations at the peak.

2 months ago

Great hike with wonderful views from the ledges. There is a small water crossing and a semi steep climb towards the top with lots of roots.

This is a great hike. When wet a little slick but worth the steep ascent.

2 months ago

Hiked up peak. Started as a walk in the woods but quickly turned into a steep consistent incline through dense wood. The trail wasn't too technical, but we were winded on the way up. View from peaked mountain is nice, though a large Walmart is clearly in view. The way down was beautiful for the first half mile or so.The remaining mile was through the woods again. I recommend following the trail this way, as otherwise you'd miss the views down Peaked. This hike is best for someone who doesn't have a ton of time and is looking for some reasonably nice views.

Amazing view, it’s a tough claim at some parts but definitely worth it!

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