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walking
3 days ago

The first half of the loop was a great walk through forest and wet-lands, including two points that have great views of the river and pond. Well maintained and marked trails/boardwalks. Really enjoyable. The second half included a severely overgrown boardwalk, a confusing wander through sparse and buggy woods, and some time on a road. There is a canoe launch that had a public canoe which was very cool, we took it for a quick spin and saw some beaver lodges up close. Wear boots as there are muddy/puddley spots along the trails.

Nice walk, well marked for the first half but quite overgrown and hard to follow for the second half. Very buggy, bring bug spray. Several nice lookout spots for the pond, and even a free canoe you can take out, very cool!

camping
7 days ago

Nice hike. There is a first come first serve tent site area to prevent over use of the first part of the trail. I brought my son out for his first overnight hike but not to tough. We went well beyond the protected forest area. Be careful out there though. Heavy bear activity in this area. We had at least 3 visits overnight.

Getting up to Mount Madison via the Watson Path is FUN. Probably the most fun I've ever had on a trail. But I actually audibly gasped when I noticed that AllTrails gave it a "Moderate" rating. It's not Moderate. It's Hard-- at least. I get that the ratings are subjective depending on surrounding trails (or so I'd imagine), but this trail is definitely hard and I do a LOT of a hiking.

But seriously, such a fun a trail. It took my group and I 3 hours to get to the top with the last .5 miles taking the longest. It took 9 hours total from the Valley Way trailhead and back with a substantial break at the Madison Hut and adding the summit of Adams in super (SUPER) sketchy very limited-visibility weather conditions.

While the Watson Path is seriously fun, if you're doing a Traverse, you may just want to bite the bullet and do Valley Way the entire way up to the hut, double-back to summit Madison and then continue on to conserve energy and maybe save some time.

A great area to walk in the woods. A good mix of in the woods and on the gravel road. The falls area is nice but can also be seen from the road. This one is more for those looking to enjoy the forest away from the crowds.

hiking
3 months ago

The trails are wet (expected this time of year) I love all the wooden bridges through the wet lands. I tracked 5.4 Miles for the loop. The road to the parking lot is a Not maintained road. Bring bug spray!

Nice hike . Trail rides along the lake with beautiful vuews. It loops around (yellow trail) takes about 1 hour. 1.3 miles approx.

Amazing trail easy going lots to see!!!

One of my favorite loop trails. I usually do 3 laps.

Nice easy trail. No elevation.

hiking
9 months ago

easy trail

walking
10 months ago

Beautiful walk through the trails today. Only did a few of them. It was a great day for it. Got lots of pretty pictures. I'll definitely go again when I have more one to check out the rest of them

Hard hard hard and steep from the beginning of the Watson trail from valley trail. False summits and some scrambling in winds and sleet (October) make it all the more challenging - but totally worth it. Amazing day. Took us 6 hours from valley to Watson and back down valley.

Loving all the fall colors!

This was a beautiful place to hike, kayak, read a book, or simply explore! Some places are what you make of them! Nothing strenuous, a lot of flat ground to run, bike and/or walk along a railroad track. Good place to bring kids and dogs! Several soccer fields and areas for kids to play.

so much glass and trash on the trail also ran into a few hobos living in tents

hiking
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Save this one for the fall. Nice hike if you like a little mileage without much to view but not much else. The bridges down past the campsite have been removed so be ready for a water crossing if you wish to continue much further.

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Very difficult hike.
There are parts where you are rock climbing so be prepared.
I wouldn't recommend a rainy or soft day for this hike.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

great trail.....walked 18 miles....saw a couple of deer.....bugs not too bad for August

hiking
Thursday, July 27, 2017

NOT A MODERATE DIFFICULTY TRAIL.

From the beginning, the Watson Path is a challenge. Shortly after a brook crossing the terrian becomes very rough and gains elevation quickly. It does not let up until you reach the top of the ridge.

Once you break above treeline, the trail mostly dissappears and you climb from carin to carin over rocks and boulders.

There are three false summits on the ascent that make this trail mentally taxing.

I would not recommend this trail for descent, due to its rugged and steep sections, however you could descend if you are carefully and take your time.

Valley Way and Airline are far less taxing ways to ascend Mt. Madison. This trail should only be attempted by people in good physical condition.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

It's New Hampshire, need I say more. Beautiful!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Nice walk along the road adjacent to the Swift River. Good for kids and dogs. Should be rated easy.

Always a favorite of mine, year round!

Long, but very serene trail with a river on one side and a babbling brook on the other. Well marked and maintained. A perfectly peaceful and shady stroll on a sunny day. Loved it!

hiking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Pleasant trail, very interesting historical info, nice bridges built by boy scouts, links to other possible trails, def want to come here on bikes!

walking
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Very short loop took us only 15 minutes, and right in the middle of Sanford town.. won't be coming again.

Friday, December 30, 2016

What's with those pictures with the snow lol?

walking
Friday, October 14, 2016

Nothing spectacular about this place but it was just a fun stop along the way.  You can get out and go right to the water and walk around (and across) the falls.  I recommend going and bringing a towel in case you decide to take your shoes off and dip your feel in the water.  There is no trail here just a stop right out of the parking lot.  Don't pass by this one!

hiking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

This is a wonderful trail around a wetland and pond with lots of varied wildlife. Several geocache can be found here. The road to the entrance is not plowed in winter.

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