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Pretty good hike. Went up Gorge Brook trail and Down Carriage Road. Would definitely recommend this because it gives u great views on the way up and down. It took a bit longer than we thought and we should have started earlier in the day as it was getting dark by the time we got out. It is definitely a moderate hike, and u should expect it to be steep for a good portion up and down. It is dog friendly and our dog had no trouble with it, other than being a little tired. A little disappointed because it was really foggy and we had no view. Good hike for a rainy day other than that.

You need to be ready for the distance other than that not too bad. Mostly small rocks on the trial. Steady climb. Pretty cool at the top.

I loved this trail. It was hard though & I maybe found it more difficult as my last hike was in March so I had muscle soreness for a few days after & bad knees due to a fall. Nothing serious, just tired legs during the last 2 Miles. Amazing views throughout, the waterfalls are stunning. A very busy trail & need to get there early for prime parking. We ended up parking at the shuttle car park off exit 34c, which was fine. Took us 6 hrs 20, I’m in pretty decent shape & not been hiking for a good few months. We went up the falls trail & back on the old bridal path.

I loved this trail. Probably my favorite 4,000 so far. It had everything. A little steepness. A little flat. The views were beautiful. Did Gorge Brook up and Carriage trail to Snapper down. So much fun. Lots of people passing me but that’s okay! So great. Loved it.

As mentioned by others, the beginning of the trail is fairly easy, however, once you cross the river it becomes way harder. There are very big rocks to climb and it is very steep. Unlucky us, when we were at that part of the trail, it was raining a lot. We had to pay very close attention to where we were putting our feet and hands because the rocks were slippery. We were very happy to reach the lake of the clouds hut, there, we got to change and put on dry clothes. When we left, the rain stopped and we had a spectacular view! Moreover, the trail from the hut to the summit is a lot easier than from the base to the hut! We aren't advanced hikers, but because we were well prepared, we loved our hike and we would recommend it to others. However, we wouldn't recommend it for going back down...

Gorge brook & the snapper are well maintained trails throughout and offered an enjoyable hike. Most steep sections are quickly balanced with flat stretches and the summit offers some great views. Bridges are sketchy, but held up to a 200lb hiker. We hiked in on a rainy day and had no trouble. We were able to finish the loop in just over 4 hours traveling at a moderate pace.

Challenging hike due to the elevation gain and terrain, but easy to follow trail. There aren't many clearings on the Tripoli Rd side of the main peak, but the view once you get there made it well worth it.

Hiked it in the rain today, couldn’t see more than ten feet in front of you up top. I honestly loved it, it wasn’t too hot or too cold, I didn’t find it challenging either. I frequently hike Monadnock and I think that’s a more challenging hike. We did get a bit lost and did 12 miles instead of the 8.5, but it only took us 6.5 hours

Took this trail down from Mt Washington summit last week (ascended via Tuckerman/Lions Head). Weather was perfect and trail was dry. In wet conditions, I could see where slippery rock could be an issue. Enjoyed the views. My knees got all they could handle.

This is a beautiful trail with some great variety in both terrain and sites. Avalon had great views. Tom and Field weren't as open on top, but there were still some nice views through the trees. In addition to the peaks, this trail offers a few easy water crossings, some rock scrambles, and several different forest environments. For me, the highlight was the wetter sections of forest, where there was a mix of deciduous and evergreen trees, significant undergrowth, and a thick carpet of mosses, it was reminiscent of a temperate rain forest.

7.5 hours, lots of nice hikers. Beautiful views. AMC hut on Bridal Trail a bonus.

Started at 11:30 with dog, finished a little before 5 with only a few short breaks. It was rainy at the top so no real views today unfortunately. The "hard" rating was appropriate though, especially with water on all of the big rocks in the trail coming down after Avalon things got very slippery.

Starts off easy but gets significantly steeper during the ascent. Went up north and down south. Steep loose rock so be careful on the way down (I took a pretty good spill).

Long, tough climb. Would be best to do on a dry day.

hands down my favorite hike I have made to date! absolutely gorgeous. I brought my dog and very quickly regretted it as we ended up having to life him and hoist him up a few rocky parts and he was not at all happy- but lesson learned that he is not as much an adventurer as I believed and from now on I'm doing a hike without him before I ever bring him on one!

other than my personal dog issues- this was certainly challenging and even more rewarding than expected. bring lots and lots of water tho! we did not make it to the hut because of my dog, so we were slipping into dehydration the whole way back down as we anticipated refilling at the hut.

Awesome hike with fun and somewhat challenging terrain, amazing views and beautiful water features. Doable as a day hike but have to be a moderately experienced hiker. Greenleaf Hut seems like a great option for those who want to extend the hike to a two day trip (it’s a lot like the refuges in the alps, complete with food and bunks and friendly folks to chat with). We did it as a day hike in ~7hrs in reverse of this guide (up Old Bridal Trail over the pass and down Falling Waters). Going down Falling Waters was great because it allowed us to take plenty of breaks on the final stretch down and take in all the water views. Bring a good camera to capture the waterfalls and the views.

Highly recommend this loop, so far my absolute favorite day hike in the Whites. Go for it!!

Wow! The views here were perfect. If you bring a hat, watch for the wind at the summit.

This is a great workout on one of the worst maintained trails in the Whites. Nice hard work going up and rather annoying decending with lots of silt. Still, a go-to hike if you're training for bigger climbs. And the view of the ledge on the way up is awesome. Be prepared for numbnuts who have taken the tram to the top and think it would be fun to hike down. I've seen barefoot walkers carrying Uggs and entirely unprepared tourists starting down with the idea that the tram was short, so how hard could it be? Believe me, it's not a fun descent for the inexperienced.

backpacking
3 days ago

We came from the north on the Lincoln woods trail which if you get the chance to do is very cool being in the middle of the Pemigewasset Wilderness. The hike up Owl's Head was a lot of fun! The steep ascent on the slide is tricky and tiring but makes for a very exciting climb. The true summit has a small cairn to mark it so after the steep up you have to do some flat walking before reaching the top. The river crossings were a bit challenging but manageable in relatively low water. :)

Hiked on a rainy day. Not too bad. The rocks were slippery but it’s totally doable. In the beginning it’s windless in the thick woods and very humid, which made us very uncomfortable. It got better as we went higher. After we broke the tree-line, we found ourselves in very thick fog, the visibility dropped to 100 ft or even less at some point, plus it’s very windy and very cold around the sign! The wind blowed cold rain to my face. Thank god there are some stone-made shelters on the top. I can imagine how dangerous it could be if you get wet and exposed for more than half an hour.

One of the prettiest hikes I’ve ever done. A quintessential northeast hike, should be on everyone’s list. Well worth it.

My favorite 48-4000 footer so far!! This hike was easier than expected which was nice. Well maintained trail, good footing, and a lot of rock steps. The first few miles the trail follows a river and you cross it a few times on bridges. The bridges could be redone they are a bit sketchy, but they do the job. The summit of the mountain is gorgeous! Highly recommended. The only bad part of this hike was the parking. We had to park almost a mile away from the trail head due to many cars for the Ravine Lodge.

I hiked this Saturday 8/11/18 it was a beautiful day the trail was great. Mount Starr King had a beautiful view.

Spent five hours on this loop two days ago with drizzle. The trail was wet and the summit was foggy and windy and chilly. But we were surprise to met a Dartmouth College student at the summit as an “Alpine Steward”. She was sitting in the foundation of a burned away hotel and answered some of our questions. I admired her spirit of protecting the fragile alpine vege on top of the mountain and had to hike all the way up to meet different hiker and educated them. Thumbs up for her! Then from her I knew that the snapper trail and carriage trail were wider in 1920-1940, so people can drive jeeps to the summit! Amazing facts! Of course, the way down was much easier than way up. Also loved all kinds of mushroom beside the Carriage Trail. Enjoyed the brooks below 3300 feet. Anyway, this is a memorable hiking, especially feel the real “rain forest”.

Hike is tough but worth it. Beautiful views throughout.

loved this trail! Definitely the right level of difficulty for me. Need to try this peak on a more clear day for the amazing view

My husband and I did this as our first hike in New England. Extremely challenging, but very fun. Very crowded day so couldn't see too much, but the ridge walk was a lot of fun and a nice reprieve from falling waters. Definitely start up falling waters. Will do again on a clear day!!

on Wildcat Range Trail

hiking
7 days ago

This hike is difficult/strenuous. We started at Glen Ellis Falls, crossed the river, and immediately were met with a vertical climb. After getting to the ski lift area, the hike is up and down and up and down. Not flat between peaks. Be prepared to work. I'd suggest taking an alternate route to get down if you can plan right (19 mile falls trail past the huts w/car spot at the bottom or bicycle spot for example). Heading back to the car across the same 5 peaks was crummy. Beautiful views, met a lot of wonderful AT hikers, but a challenging hike. Plan 8 to 9 hours.

GOOD GRIEF is this trail beautiful. Is it hard? Yes. Did I get about two hours in and start to huff and puff and wish I’d stayed home? I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. But when you clear the tree line and see the ridge that awaits you, it actually does take your breath away. I did this hike without trekking poles (I personally don’t like them) but most people I saw had them, so something to keep in mind. There is also the AMC Greenleaf cabin on your way down— great place to pee and grab something to drink. Bring tons of water and snacks, that’s a given. It took me about 6 1/2 hours with lots of little breaks, but no big ones. Descent is very rocky and slippery in places— hard on the knees. Don’t be afraid to slide on your butt. All in all, this was absolutely gorgeous, exhausting, rewarding, and I’ll be back for more.

As noted by many others, this trail starts off fairly benignly, and is totally manageable for the first 2 miles. I was expecting things to become steeper and more strenuous as we ascended, but I was not prepared for the frequent scrambles up enormous smooth boulders peppered throughout that last mile. While others scampered up with no trouble, I was terrified I’d lose a hand or foothold and tumble perilously off the rocks. If I weren’t even more afraid to go back down the trail, I would have definitely given up. I should say that conditions were ideal on the day of our climb (8/10), so that was not the issue. I guess it was just more than this 62 yr old fit but somewhat inexperienced hiker should have bitten off! Thank goodness my husband was with me to lend a helping hand! Btw, the hike from Lake of the Clouds to the top of Mt Washington was a piece of cake in comparison, and views were breathtaking!

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