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on Boulder Loop Trail

16 days ago

Pretty easy hike, no difficult terrain. Good for families with kids.
The official name of this trail is "The Boulder Loop Interpretive Trail" there are 15 numbered markers along the way. US Forest Service has a guide for this trail available here:

This was our first hike since the heat of summer and with my four year old along for the adventure it was a challenge. We started at the burnt meadow trail head and started up blue but when we got to the fork decided to go yellow to the summit and take blue back down. Taking his naturally tired state and little legs it took us about 5 hours to complete.
Some notes: to be prepared for for the blue trail summit scramble this time of the year, boot spikes and walking boot spikes. Large portions of the trail are iced over this time of year.
If you take our route as you reach the final summit before descending blue trail there is an unmarked trail that goes down the mountain to the left. We took this a pretty decent distance because of the foot traffic on the trail... I'm honestly not sure where it goes to but didn't see yellow or blue markers for a while and went back up to find the blue trail markers.
Proud of my little man for toughing it out over some of the iciest terrain hes ever seen.

Excellent hike! Plenty of parking in the lot off Chestnut Ridge Rd. , however it is not plowed in the winter (as it is just loose stone.) You would be advised to park and enter the trial off Seufert Rd.) This trial is very well marked! It’s also Great for dogs!

Hiked this on Sunday Dec 16, 2018. The trail was fairly packed but had some iced over spots. I wore micro spikes for the trip up the blue trail named Burnt Meadow Trail. I decided to come down that way as well, since the trail is very well marked. Be sure not to miss the little goat path under the short scrub pine as you go up. It gives you your first real view from a ledge. The parking lot at this time is a packed icy rink. If you don’t have 4x4 or AWD, I wouldn’t go in there. I got stuck. It was a great day with clear views toward Pleasant Mountain and others despite the partially cloudy forecast.
Of note, I saw a beautiful Pileated Woodpecker going from tree to tree and tapping a bit. Thankfully no bears or moose.

Beautiful in December

1 month ago

This trail is a great hike. We did do the Trail counterclockwise and it was a lovely hike. I want to go back and hike it clockwise to see which way is “nicer”.
There were some smaller trees down throughout the trail - easily maneuvered
We wore spikes as the path was packed by hiker traffic.
Note: When you cross the covered bridge from the parking lot take a right to the trailhead.

great workout or beginner family hike with nice view.

2 months ago

As of recent with all the rain a lot of the trail at the bottom side of the falls is all flooded out so you cant walk very far. But still very enjoyable to go and check the falls out!


Fun trail fairly easy with some steeper hills. Lots of roots and unsteady ground. Beautiful views. Great little ferry homes kids and grown ups created all along the path.

Great hike! Very popular though and multiple water crossings. Be prepared to risk getting wet. Small children will likely need assistance.

You can also park off seufert rd for another trail head.

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.

Great path ! Took my friend and me around 1h9m. We did stop at the overlooks and take pics . Our average pace was about 18 -20 min/mile - so it could be completed in around 40 minutes! A few things about the trail ; very very rooty! Also it had down poured yesterday and a lot of the trail was still mucky. Neither of these are cons - just information I would personally have liked to know before I hiked so I thought I would share.

Good stuff, be ready to hold your children at certain points during the trail

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

Hiked this in August/September. Nice hike. No waterfall at that time but the flame was cool to see.

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.

Did Black Snout and Shaw with my husky Sable yesterday via the Gorilla trail. Great short cut to Black Snout and Shaw, but most of it is steep and lacks many Blue blazes, so take your time!

2 months ago

Boulder Loop is a great intro to the White Mtns. The solidly moderate 900' ascent and gentle descent are a good workout, rewarded by spectacular views from the ledges up top. Our knees hurt the next day - but we're getting old. ;-) Hiking shoes and trekking poles advised.

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.

Rained pretty steady for several hours yesterday and drove in from Cleveland to get to it. Great flow. Easy hike that you won't break a sweat on.

Excellent short hike with stunning views of the tidal flats. My wife and I hiked this gem on Friday. We saw seals fishing as the tide retreated. Can be hiked in sneakers like we did but highly recommended a good pair of boots due to the roots and uneven footing.

2 months ago

We had a wonderful hike with our pup. Not too easy. Not too hard. Good investment in time. Outstanding views from the top. Could have stayed up on the ledges for hours.

Beautiful, light filtered, hike in the woods. Great view on the top. If you have your dog off leash, be sure to mind the signs to releash your dog near the top. They are not kidding when they say it’s a sheer 150 ft drop.

Unique, with beautiful views! very short path, but worth the stop for sure.

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.

3 months ago

We do this hike about ten times a year. The trail is a great morning get away. Only negative is to those of you that can't respect to dog leash rule, this weekend was a mess, enjoy the forest,,, respect the humans.

Did this trail yesterday and met Barbara (review below) on the top. We did the trail in the opposite direction, up Italian, down Shaw. I would suggest this way, so different opinions on direction.
I found it amazing how poorly marked the trails are. No signs at all of the lower trail junctions and old faded blazes on the trees. Maybe it would have been easier without a layer of newly fallen leaves. I've done all the 4Ks and 34 of the NH52WAV and consider myself very good at following a poorly marked trail, but this was a struggle. Everybody we met along the way struggled too. Thanks Barbara for the suggestion of using the AllTrails app. It works well and I'm glad you all found your way down OK.
With that said, the views and foliage were fantastic!!

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