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First 1 1/2 miles the path is a steady incline - not much to view! Once you hit the evergreens, it becomes a nice hike. Not many views until you get to top of Mount Starr - no 360 degree views, but nice! No views from the peak of Waumbek as you remain in the tree line. Recently snowed, so the evergreens were covered in snow and very pretty. Completed the hike in about 4 1/2 hours in microspikes. Most of the hikers we encountered were using snowshoes. If you're doing the 4000's and need a relatively easy day, do Waumbek.

nice trail in winter. snow was well packed 13 jan

As others have said, this is also one of my all time favorite loops summer or winter.

Please take note that sometimes the streams on Falling waters trail can be very treacherous and sometimes raging so much that you cannot, or should not cross.

In the winter if you're planning on doing a loop, I would suggest starting up Falling waters so you can choose to turn around if the streams are too much. Either that or hike for 8+ miles up Bridal, down falling waters only to have to bushwack to the highway to get over the last stream and back to your car.

I hiked this about a month ago and stream crossings were not possible due to heavy snow/rain/melt so we went up and down bridal path which is not ideal but still fun.

This is one of my all-time favorite loops in New England, White Mountains. I approached from the Falling Waters/ Haystack side, walked the ridgeline over Lincoln, and Lafayette. Don't get half way to Garfield before realizing that the Greenleaf Hut Trail goes down the front face of Lafayette.

There are a couple of risky river crossings with minimal markings on the approach. Nice steady climb up with some steep stuff in the last 3/4 mile to Haystack. Once on the ridgeline, there no little to no cover as you are above the trees for the entire time your hiking over Lafayette and even .6 miles down the face. Winds can pick-up out of nowhere so be prepared for anything.

At the Greenleaf Hut going down, starts the gradual incline picking up to some steep sections .7-1.0 mile down. Near vertical rockfaces are frozen with ice in the winter so microspikes/ crampons are necessary in areas, during the winter. The rest of the movement down is at a moderate grade.

This trail is super fun in the winter, just be prepared. Its not easy, and anything can happen.

My first 4K. Pretty easy hike done in the fall right before first snowfall. Also added the side trail out to the ski area for some photo ops. Steep in the middle but still manageable for a rookie like I was at the time.

lovely day hike. did on 1/5/18. definitely watch out for the upper section of old bridle, super icy in a few spots. broke out my crampons for that. fantastic views. I did the loop clockwise, which i would reccomend, although I think it would be great either direction!

hiking
8 days ago

Not my favorite 4,000 footer, but not a bad hike overall. The gate was left open and the road was plowed which is a big plus. Trail was fairly well packed as we started. It snowed the entire hike but it wasn't heavy, maybe 3" of accumulation throughout the 4 hours we were on the trail. The top was great because we encountered a Canadian Jay which was fun to interact with and feed from your hand. The hike down was easy on the knees due to the new snowfall.

Awesome day trekking. The ascent was nothing technical but a constant incline and relentless but the clear view of Mt. Washington was well worth it! We took the blue trail up/down when we got to the junction. Be sure to go straight at the first junction and at the se one one you can pick the blue or yellow trail. The trail was packed enough for just spikes but we did put on snowshoes towards the top mostly to use the televators in the steeper parts as the heel lift made it easier to walk up but many just used spikes. We saw the two little squirrels that come looking for food!

Started late with my friend at 9:30AM and wasted a lot of time taking pictures. Wouldn't mind doing that again, mad views. The ice was pretty thick and the microspikes were not really holding on at some places. Would definitely advise crampons. Went up falling waters and down old bridle, but old bridle IS REALLY ICY at some places. So climb up that rather climb down.

Anyways had a beautiful sunset at Lafayette, and descended in the dark. Was fun.

This hike is the source of my best memories in the White Mountains. It is a brutal hike, but worth the reward of the variety of peaks you can experience. We did it in one day, overnight, after some sunset snacks on the top of Flume, but had the privilege to hike the ridge under the moonlight: no headlamps required. After the ridge, there's some devastating elevation loss and gain through Garfield and South Twin. The Galehead hut saved us as a refueling station and point of refuge from the approaching weather. We finished in the morning, with the 4-mile hike out of Lincoln Woods: a worthy break after the long hike down off of the Bonds. Highly recommend this hike in both one push if you'd like a challenge, or a weekend backpacking trip. Enjoy some of the best the Whites have to offer.

Very nice hike. Pretty easy for this first mile, then gets relentlessly steep for the rest of the hike except for a short, flat section right before the summit. The view from the lookout at the top was surprisingly good, especially considering the relatively short time it took to get there.. Spent about 3:45 minutes on this one with a few long breaks at the summit outlook and the ski slope viewpoint.

Epic hike! Hiked on 12.27 solo and took 3:57 for the entire loop. Other reviews recommended to go at it counter clockwise so I went up Falling Water and then down Bridle. Microspikes were definitely essential. The cold killed my phone while I was taking pictures before Lafayette so I must come back! I regret not bringing goggles because it was so bright with sun/snow and the wind.

Falling Waters - good workout, be careful at the first water crossing. Looks a little sketchy and the ice isn’t too thick in some places. Take your time to cross.

Little Haystack to Lincoln - gorgeous views, super windy when you make it out of the tree line.

Lafayette to Hut - follow the cairns! With all the wind and snow there’s no telling where the trail is and not much footprints to follow. Look for the cairns to guide you.

Greenleaf - all down hill from there!

We went up on the Tecumseh trail and came down on the ski mountain side under the chair lift. It was pretty windy at the top, and the snow was not fully packed down due to the storm overnight. No view for us due to the clouds, but overall a really fun first winter hike! :)

hiking
14 days ago

I didn't have a lot of expectations heading into this hike. The lead in is very easy. With the rain we had in the last week the stream crossings were fun. Ice covered rocks always add to the experience. We did North peak first. And the steepness made it really fun. I honestly wish more hikes were like this. Crampons and an ice axe make it really fun. Great place to practice those skills with less risk if something were to go wrong (not suggesting anyone try practicing self arresting here!) the walk between summits is a neat little snowfield. Good view of the slide in North peak from South peaks summit. Fun quick hike that gets you two 4000 footers. Not bad.

Great hike! Our only problem was, as we just started on mile 10 a nasty storm rolled in and the group decided to head back down. An hour later it was clear again! I guess that’s mount Washington weather! We had a great day of it though and I recommend the hike to anyone.

Excellent hike, did it with my friend Chadd in about six hours, with breaks as needed. Slid down the flume side. Formidable! Happy New Year 2019.

scenic driving
15 days ago

12/31/18 - Zealand Rd closed right at 302 with no parking, trailhead is inaccessible. Five stars given only because I didn’t want to negatively review the trail.

amzing and tough hike did on 12/30/18 counterclockwise. Waterfalls going up Falling Waters Trail were AMAZING as were the views on the ridge. Busted ass to make up for a late start. 5 hrs 15 min. Going up FWT almost made me question my sanity. Microspikes the whole way, snowshoes went for a ride. Going down from Lafayette was a little tricky to navigate...pay attention to the cairns. Look out for a sharp left, steep section of packed/crusted snow was very slippery...had to dig in really hard with microspikes...crampons would have been ideal especially w/ tired legs going down but managed ok.

Ditto to all those before me :)

trail running
16 days ago

This was an amazing experience! I will do it again. It took me 9 hours and 30 min to complete North to South, which includes 1.5 hours of rest at the summit of mount Washington.

Hiked 12/29/2018. The parking lot is still open, but it's not a well maintained road up by the trail head. The trail is easy to follow all the way up. Due to the unseasonably warm weather the first third or so of the trail was very muddy. I put my microspikes on once I got to firmer snow, but it's manageable right now to do it without them. Snow shoes are not currently necessary since the path is very compacted where snow is present. Naturally, it gets colder near the summit, but you're never above treeline, so you can find places to rest that are comfortable. No views today since I was in the clouds at the summit. Took me a little over 4 hours to hike, but I'm slower than most hikers. Near the old chimney there are gray jays that will eat from your hand.

Parking can fit at least 12 cars. Trail begins with a gradual incline that crosses over many streams, in winter micro spikes are necessary, snow shoes if it has recently snowed. Trail takes a slight left and runs across the mountain for a bit more than up it. After that section the trail turns again and brings you right up the mountain, that last section to the intersection with carriage road is very steep and the hardest part, easy with right equipment. From there it’s a very gentle incline to the summit which has great views. 3.5 hours up. South peak is also a great spot to check out and is only .1 miles of a hike, worth it.

Headed out around 8 this morning. The trails were crunchy and new due to the rain. The trails were pretty packed down heading up to Whiteface. Being in the trees blocked the wind that I could hear howling the tops of the trees. A couple spots were iced out but manageable. When heading over to Passaconway the trails became very soft and the snow was deep. I only had my micro spikes which was a poor choice at this point. By the mid point down I passed a few groups on their way up wearing snow shoes. The remainder was packed enough for me to run a bit. The last few miles were slushy but with the warm temps not an issue.

Went up on 12/27/18. Highly recommend going up falling waters trail and down old bridal path. Spikes are a must if you intend to tackle this in the winter. Weather was clear and the snow was well packed. Slid down many of the steepest parts coming down the mountain. Water crossings were tricky but doable.

12/27: trail runs right next to the ski slope, so lots of noise from the slope. The trail is pretty flat for the first mile, then a very constant 20% grade for a little over a mile before it flattens out again close to the top. That second mile is hard but short. Views from the top are good, and there are nice views on the way down as well. Lots of people, lots of dogs, and some beautiful brook crossings. Took 2:10 round trip (1:14 to reach the summit), plus a generous break at the top.

hiking
20 days ago

Hiked this Christmas Day. Trails are snow covered and packed nicely. The river crossings were a slightly slippery with the frozen rocks but that just gets the heart pumping. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the wind at the summit was minimal. Overall took us about 3 hours with about 25 minutes of picture taking time.

Great views on the top of the Whiteface!! Cold but amazing weather for a mid December hiking. Very exhausting, so much climbing and fun at the same time. We started at 8am and completed around 4:30pm. Going back to the our starting point was extremely tiresome though.( straight downhill !!) So.much.fun!

Easy 4000fter for the winter! Snow is very packed, used microspikes, brought snowshoes but they weren’t necessary! Great views at the summit, not a full 360 but rewarding nonetheless. Took me a little over 3 hours even after stopped for multiple pictures. Take your time to admire the trees with all the frozen snow, it’s a winter wonderland at the summit :)

I loved this loop. I did it solo on a bluebird snowy day Nov 11, 2018. I mainly wore micro spikes but wished I’d had snowshoes between the peaks as the trail was less traveled and the snow a little deeper. I did the loop clockwise and climbing the ledges to the Whiteface summit were fun. Great views. Not much to see from Pass summit but all around great hike.

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