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hiking
19 hours 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.

I did this hike on July 28th with my wife, daughter (3 years old) and 2 dogs. Pretty muddy due to rain the previous night, but the trails are marked well and an amazing view at the top! The scramble at the top is worth the work! overall a great hike!!

We took this trail down from Monroe after a very rainy day and night. It was very slippery and technically challenging and we consider ourselves capable, experienced hikers. Would do it again but would prefer dry weather.

Did this as a traverse in one day. Left once car at Lincoln woods and hiked south from the North Twin Trailhead. Added Galehead enroute. Although it was long (22 miles), it wasn't too difficult-last 7 miles were super easy. Highly recommend if you can get a second vehicle.

hiking
8 days ago

As others have noted, this is actually a 5.2 mile round-trip, not 4.4. It's a small difference, but worth correcting.

Regardless of the distance, it's a very good trail. It's fairly short but decently steep and technical. It was a warm and humid day today, but the trail is largely very shaded, so it wasn't overly hot, despite temperatures in the high 70s or low 80s. Perhaps the thing most worth noting is the top of the trail, which does indeed have quite a scramble. It's very do-able, just something to be aware of. Once you get up, there are tremendous 360 degree views, which are well worth the effort.

Be sure not to miss the waterfall just off the Webster-Jackson split, 1.2 miles in. We found it on the way back, and it was a great way to cool off near the end of the hike. The water was more than a little frigid, but it's a pretty little and a lovely little pool. It's definitely worth the detour.

backpacking
8 days ago

Challenging doing ~1000ft/mi but the views are worth it. Surprisingly no bugs at night 8/4 at the Valley Way tent site.

hiking
10 days ago

Really strenuous but absolutely beautiful. This was my first presidential and it kicked my butt in the best way! Drink lots of fluid and plan for a full day hike unless you’re a pro. Gorgeous all the way up and down. Worth it!

this trail is one of the most beautiful I've ever hiked and HIGHLY recommend it as your way up to Mt. Isolation! However we were a bit skeptical about coming down this steep, exposed scramble. So we spotted a car and returned via Rocky Branch Trail, which was long, easy, gradual, BUT also confusing at times as the trail is not marked and required several river crossings. This route is a little more than 13.5 miles and took us 10.5 hours, which includes about 1 1/2 hours of summit and food breaks. Highly recommend this route!

Very rocky and lots of roots. The view at the top is well worth the climb though!

hiking
13 days ago

Finally did the commonly dreaded Owl's Head. While it did live up to its name of being a least favorite, it wasn't completely terrible. Would I do it again? Probably not. The water crossings were fun, the water level was high enough to not completely rock hop through. We didn't stay long at the summit thanks to mass amount of flies. The rock slide was challenging both ways but doable especially in dry conditions which we were fortunate enough to experience.

hiking
14 days ago

This was NH 4K footer summit number 47 for me. For the most part I really enjoyed it. You definitely see fewer people during the late stages of this very long trail than most of the other 4Kers. So if you're looking for peace and serenity, you'll get it here. I hiked on 07/29/2018 and here are some very important things of note if you're thinking of doing Owl's Head soon: About 1 mile and 1.5 miles into Lincoln Brook Trail, there are big river crossings that DO NOT have obvious dry ways across. I searched up and down river for 15-20 minutes looking for rock steps to no avail so eventually I just decided to wade across with my hiking shoes on. The water came up about thigh-high. Obviously my shoes got drenched but having wet feet and shoes for the remainder of the hike in warm weather seemed less risky than attempting to leap from rocks that were simply too far apart for comfort. Or wading across barefoot. So just be prepared for this. It's far enough into the hike you won't want to turn back, esp. if you're attempting to check off all 48 4Kers. Other than that, yes the last mile is brutal. Just brutal. Very steep grade along loose, wet rocks and mud. Silver lining is that about a third of the way into this last mile, you do get some amazing views. I altered my "beer at the summit" routine and had one at this spot on the way down after reaching the summit. Be prepared and have fun!

hiking
15 days ago

This was a very hard hike, to begin with, you have to cross a river that can be very challenging. After you start the trail, almost immediately you are hit with very steep rock scrambling that was very difficult at times, this continues through the whole hike. The day that we hiked Wildcat was very foggy and the visablity from the top was none. This was my first 4k and would not reccomend it as your first. We were planning to do the whole hike but just to get to the first peak took us about 3 to 4 hours so we headed down after just the first peak. On the way down it started to rain and the rock scrambling down was very challenging, I would not recommend bringing your dog. On a final note, this trail was not very well blazed but was fun nonetheless.

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Nice mildly strenuous hike with some nice views of Mt Washington.

hiking
25 days ago

One of the most difficult and most interesting adventures I’ve done in the Whites. I decided to tackle this peak is part of my NE Hundred Highest, and from what I heard it was going to be suffer fest. I found it wasn’t as bad or unrewarding as I was told it would be. You begin with Lincoln Woods, which is very wide and pretty well trafficked, with plenty of signage. After the split for Franconia Falls, there is a big bridge into the wilderness. From here there are no bridges, no blazes and no trace of humans aside from the trail. You have to negotiate many river crossings, most of which would be very difficult in high water. As of 7/19/2018 the water is quite low and you can easily rock hop. The path is very lightly trafficked and very peaceful. The beginning of the Owls Head slide has almost no indicators aside from a small “fence” made from trees. I’d suggest using the AllTrails tracker. The slide climbs very steeply up loose rock before connecting to the obvious herd path. The slide has great views of Franconia Ridge. There is no official trail to the summit but the route is very obvious, there’s one clearing where the summit was previously thought to be, continue past this clearing to the left to the true summit, which has a clearing and a cairn as well as a large fallen tree. From there, go back the way you came. If you don’t want to go down the slide, you can always take the Brutus Bushwhack down, which is a herd path that goes around the slide. This herd path is harder to follow, in fact I lost it for a while and had to search for it by following a topo line on my tracker until I hit it again. This hike would be hellish for a leisure hiker. But if you’re an adventurous hiker who finds pleasure in being deep in the wilderness, bushwhacks and scrambling. This is the perfect hike for you. Definitely one of the most remote and difficult peaks in the Whites.

27 days ago

Miles are off from what we tracked. This was a fun hike with lots of different adventures along the way. A little bit of everything, streams, rain, wildlife, rock climb, scramble, and lots of beautiful trees, bridges, and camp sites.

Really fun hike, it was definitely some work to get up whiteface , agree with the hard rating, but more fun than hard. Really enjoyed this loop to bring me 1/2 way to 48!

Amazing doing it for a second time this year

Was expecting a very steep, rugged trail but it wasn’t nearly as steep or rugged as I anticipated. Pretty straight-shot climb. Short as far as 4000 footers go but still a nice hike. No views but the clearing and extremely large cairn at the summit gives the mountain its own character. Couple easy stream crossings of Hale Brook. Great day.

Many folks don't like the long approach (1450' in 8 miles) or the slide (1450' in 8/10 of a mile!), or the fact that the summit is wooded and affords very little view. I consider this a nature hike. If you take your time, and pay attention, you'll see a lot of wildlife. The day of my hike, I was lucky enough to get a great shot of a pine marten at the summit area, and a beautiful, healthy moose near Black Pond (see photos). If you're looking for great summit views, you won't get them here, but you will get a great nature hike, and a chance to view the wildlife of the Whites!

hiking
1 month ago

This hike has it all, including class IV scrambling near the top to finish off the hike before the spectacular views of Crawford Notch, Mt. Pierce and Mt. Washington at the top. Did this hike with my wife, 3 kids (11, 8, 6) and dog.

The summit was awsome. Great view of Washington down to Jackson. The hike itself had some cool spots, relatively tame after 1st 2 miles. Rhe long hike out was the hardest part. Trail is rough and be ready to get your feet muddy and wet. Glad to have done it but dont see myself coming back

Hike was nice enough today. Took about 5 hours. Beautiful summer day. Most of the hike was shaded which is nice. Views were minimal. The view from Tom are limited due to pine trees getting a bit bigger. You can squeeze through some narrow paths to find a few other views but better check for ticks because both sides touch you the whole way.
We went from Tom to Mt Fields. Relatively easy hike over 9/10th of a mile. No view from top but a nice overlook just a few steps down a path overlooking Mt. Washington and others and the Mt Washington Hotel.
Form here to Mt Avalon all downhill. Look for the spur up to Avalon. Tougher climb up to Avalon but only 100 yards or so. Worth it. Best views of the day. Views down Crawford Notch and of AMC Highland Center.
Enjoyable, moderate hike. You do check off 2 4K peaks but for a 0% rain day (like today) there are much better options with much better views.
4 or 5 water crossings. All easy today but after a rain I could see how they could be tricky.

Great trail! Views were worth the hike to get there, great views from Avalon and Field and minimal views from Tom. All in all it was a great trail to mark a couple 4000 footers off your list and to enjoy some nice views! Not too difficult at all, took a little under 5 hours to complete the loop.

Great trail & got to feed the Grey Jays!

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked from Mt. Washington Cog Railway (starting point is right behind the station, meets the Ammonousic trail) and up to the summit of Mt. Monroe and back down; took us a little over 5 hours. If you do your research on weather conditions, should be manageable; rocks can get slippery at a few spots and it does get windy in the alpine zone. Would recommend using hiking boots on this trail. The views from the summit are beyond spectacular.

Loved this hike. Took us about 7 hours to complete. Definitely bring PLENTY of water (there are a few streams, but you’ll want to bring a good amount). Views are fantastic, but not necessarily 360 open view-type summit. The very-heavily wooded hiking is awesome. Would be challenging for dogs, but possible for an adventurous pup. Can’t wait to come back!

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyed this hike. First 3.2 miles have an easy grade with good footing. The trail follows a creek/stream which helped keep us cool on a particularly hot day. The last 1.5ish increases in grade and become more rocky, but never difficult. The view from Bunnell Rock was gorgeous. The actual summit has no views, but just before it are views to both the east and west. The cabin was cool to see as well.

First part of Gale River Trail is easy. Gets steeper and steeper— with the last mile a tough, rocky climb. Then .6 not quite so steep climb to Gale Head Hut and 0.8 very steep rocky climb to South Twin. That 0.8 miles took us an hour on a hot day with packs. Not easy! Beautiful 360 view from South Twin. I recommend staying at the hut. Up and back in a day would be tough.

backpacking
1 month ago

Took the Valley Way up, which is about 4 miles, this ascends the entire time with no switchbacks. Terrain is pretty easy for the most part. At about 4 miles is the Madison Springs hut. We dropped our packs there and took the 0.5 mile trail to the summit. This was a rockier trail with lots of boulders to navigate on. Took about 3.5 hours to get to Madison Springs hut and 1 addition hour to get to summit and back to the hut. We did not descend Madison, but continued onto Adams.

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