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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”.

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

Moderate-hard hike due to elevation gain. Trail is in good shape though, and there are multiple spots to rest with nice views. The summit is spacious with a great view. We detoured to the lower Greeley Pond on the way back down, and that was very nice as well. Overall a great hike.

on Wildcat Range Trail

hiking
2 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.

Great hike for a rainy day! There weren’t any spots too wet or slippery even in just my sneakers. I just wish I had listened to my gut and taken the Gorge Brooke trail down; the Carriage Rd to Snapper trail was pretty boring. I’m planning to go back next month with my daughter on a clear day to check out the view. Definitely doable for young kids and dogs.

These were 18, 19 & 20 for our NH 4000 footers. We went up 19 Mile Brook Trail to Carter Dome trail. Book time for those 4 miles is close to 3.5 hours but we did it in 2 hours. The trail was 19 Mile Brook Trail was fairly easy, and Carter Dome trail was a little harder but not much- it was mild incline the whole way. From here we took Carter Moriah over to South and Middle Carter. This 2.1 mile leg (one way) took about 90 minutes there and about the same back. Some up and down but nothing too difficult. When we got back to Zeta pass we decided to go for Carter Dome. We skipped Mt Hight to save a little time and distance but missed what we heard were great views. The trail up to Carter Dome was a mild incline and took about 40 minutes (1.2 miles) up and 50 minutes down. We back tracked down the Carter Dome Trail and Nineteen Mile Brook Trail in another 2 hours and 20 minutes. The hike was long- 10 hours including an hour of break time and 15 miles- but the trails themselves were easy-moderate the whole way.

Decided to do this one to check off my second 4000 footer. Unless you are tall than the views are very limited. The beginning was not too steep but as it continued on further it had increased in steepness but also had lots of stone steps to make it a bit easier. I actually did not think it was marked well in the very beginning or in the very end but on the main trail in the middle it’s pretty obvious. I don’t know if I’ll do this one again but I’m glad I did it anyhow and it was a nice day and overall a nice hike. BTW- The summit is extremely small and seems even smaller when there are other hikers up there with you. Nonetheless, a great workout! Got it done in under three hours and probably could’ve done it in 2 1/2.

Beautiful and moderately easy hike to the summit of Moosilauke. We went up Gorge Brooke and then down Carriage Road to Snapper Trail. Incredible views at the summit and a few openings on the way up and down. Would definitely do this hike again.

shit was WACK. May wig was GONE. That aint for fuckin walkin. Ya'll need to CLIMB THIS BICH. Do not recommend unless y'all hate breathing/tryna catch some relaxing time with your baby daddy. BYEEEEE

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.

We did this trail North to South with three nights used camping outdoors below the treeline. If you're coming down from Canada, or from far away, starting at the North and using the free camping site not too far from Mt Madison is a good option. You will suffer the first day regardless getting up past the treeline into the mountain range but it will be worth it.

Q: Which mountains should I do?
A: Is it extremely cloudy? Then you should just stay to the path. If not then Mt Madison has the best overall view of the North to South range and you can even see Mt Washington on a good day. Mt Adams is a pile of rocks (I would skip), Mt Jefferson is a yes on a clear day, Mt Clay is a nice windy spot to relax before you climb up Mt Washington, anything past Mt Washington is really dependent on how quickly you need to get back to a shuttle/car (Eisenhower has a pile of rocks on top... up to you).

You cannot reserve a shuttle seat the day of. You must book in advance or wait around in line to be sure to get a spot. Do not rely on taxi services as they are far and few.

Gearwise you should expect wind, rain and sun with the change dependent on the time of the year you go. If you are hiking in the summer expect a neckburn if you don't wear sunscreen or a hat during the peak sun hours. There are streams that I would risk not filtering before drinking but there are larger stretches after Mt Washington that have still water that need more than just tablets to make it consumable. Hiking poles are not needed but shoes with proper ankle support are. You will be on very rocky terrain once you're above the treeline and you could easily roll or strain something without proper footwear.

Please double layer socks in your shoes. Blisters out here will suck. Thin layer first then a thick wool sock so that you don't have as much friction with your shoes leading to blisters.

The cabins take credit cards. If you want to stay in them go for it but you aren't exactly roughing it. Sometimes if you arrive there off usually eating times they'll have free food to eat or coffee to drink. They also will let you fill up on water there.

Parking is 5USD a day at the centre (South). I would recommend dropping people off at the North trailhead, driving to the centre/parking and then taking the shuttle to regroup. This will allow you to come out of the trail right beside the parking lot on your last day.

It is a long Trek for sure. Views are very limited and trails are very rocky. I don't recommend bringing your 4 legged companion. The only real view is on Avalon and descending via the Avalon trail will make your knees and soul a little sad. If you are looking for something nearby that is much less aggressive with a kickass view, go to Mount Willard!

8/6 Monday 90 degrees, summit was absolutely beautiful! Took Gorge brook trail up and carriage down. Enjoyed the evergreen smell most of the way to summit

hiking
8 days ago

This trail starts off super easy before the north-south split. I went south as suggested, but it seemed like everyone I met along the way was descending south. South was a difficult ascent with lots of boulders and trees. The trail between the two was decent, but if you go south to north be prepared to climb again! South decent was miserable. I don't use poles, so it was basically a shale slide with trees to cling to like George of the Jungle. Honestly, either side would've been a miserable decent. The whole loop took me 6 and a half hours, with a 30 minute break at each peak and numerous stops on the way up South, for panting and whining.

It’s a 9.8 mile hike! I’m a new hiker in my 60s took me 9 hrs but I did it!

11 and 12 for my #48 .. was actually 11.1 miles and took 8.5 hours (breaks included) Went up Fishin Jimmy, Let me tell you doing that trek up after a lot of rain made for some very slick rocks and it's a considerably steep trail! The views were hazy on North Kinsman but very beautiful and nice to see Lafayette and the Fraconia Ridge group from the point of view.. South Kinsman definitely has the views with the larger summit and 360 view.. Descended down Kinsman Pond (very quiet which is perfect and far less steep than Fishin Jimmy) and as far as being "not well maintained" I've been on far worse trails . This trail was small but well marked. Looped back over to Lonesome Lake trail and a very long .8 mile back to the car haha.

Hike starts off easy but long, once you get to the hut you are able to cool off in the falls. Pretty strenuous hike up to the outlook but has a nice view. I don’t recommend going to Zealand summit unless your completing the 48 4K mountains, it’s a long boring hike with absolutely no view.

The trail is beautiful yet pretty muddy since it rained the day before. The first part of the trail is very flat but then there's a short, hard steep to the top. At both peaks there was a lookout which provided some great views. The trail was pretty busy but overall a fun hike :)

My 5.5 yo and 8.5 yo and I hiked this together. Gorge Brook up was difficult for those little legs, but with lots of pit stops for water and snacks, they made it up in under 4 hours. When we got to the summit my little one exclaimed "This is the Best. Hike. Ever! Thank you mom for taking us on it!!" Worth it. Back down Carriage and Snapper took them about 2 hours while singing every disney song they knew. Best. Day. Ever.

on Hancock Loop Trail

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked the Hancocks after a downpour. Muddy, lots of stream crossings, but a fun hike. Mostly flat until the very last mile. When you see the sign for South Peak, 0.5 miles, it's time to work and sweat! Good views but crowded. Would suggest going up south peak and down north as others have said on here but it's pretty comparable.

Our group of 4, Nav, Jimmy, Ragz, and me (Rich) had a blast. 2 day trip, 20 mi. The Appalacia lot start at 4.30 am to beat the afternoon rain paid off. Madison by 8am, Leftover pancakes at Madison hut and a bathroom! Adams by 9.30, Lunch at 10.45, Jefferson by 12.30, Washington by 2pm, and at the LOC hut by 3 as it started to rain.
I do not prefer poles ever. My partners do, but there is rocks, boulders, and more rocks so use rubber tips on your poles. There is a lot of hand over hand climbing over boulders where you will have to tuck away your poles.
Adams was the toughest climb. And we made good speed on the Gulfside trail near the cog.
LoC hut is fabulous, great food and comfort, and i bought my new favorite t-shirt. I used mycoal x-large hand warmers to dry out my boots overnight. Coffee and breakfast is ready at 7, i wish it was earlier. They have a new septic system this year that filters human waste very well, so the water you drink today is someone's pee from yesterday! no joke. The hutsmen and hutswomen are super, tip them a $10 or even more. They like $20, as you will find out from Jack and Rose.
Monroe, Eisenhower and Peirce is a walk in the park compared to day1, lots of downhill, back to the Highland Center. Enjoy a beer and dinner when you get there. I will do the Presi again someday.
-Rich

Wonderful hike! Beautiful landscape and great summit! Nearing the summit reminded me of Scotland with rolling fog and green everywhere, above tree line.

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!

This hike ended up being a little more challenging than expected but still enjoyable none-the-less. Killer work on the legs and was shakey half way through coming back down (For a 26 yo in decent shape). DEFINITELY bring tons of water! Between two people we drank 3 bottles each just going UP. This was on Wed, July 4. Not many other hikers on this trail. Limited views at the top but still beautiful. The reason I gave this hike 3 stars is because when my boyfriend and I were at the top we read 2 signs to hike back down and we chose the sign leading to “Ski Area Parking” because we were parked in the Waterville Valley Ski Area parking lot. However, this trail actually lead us down the backside of the mountain and popped us out onto Tripoli road where we were about 6 miles from our car. When we looked at the sign at the bottom of this trail where we popped out it then showed an arrow pointing back up the trail we just came from that said “Ski Area Parking 5.6 mi.” We were tired and frustrated that the signs were confusing but we also should have gone back down the same trail we came from in the first place. The signage could definitely be more clear though. So we had to hitch hike back to our car and luckily some very friendly people camping on Tripoli road gave us a lift. We did however find that the camp sites on Tripoli road were really awesome and secluded from the next campsite enough to feel like you were out in the wilderness. I would definitely camp there! Overall it was a great hike with just the set back of coming down the backside of the mountain to where the back country ski trails are located. I think it took about 4 hours total hike (not including the ride back to our vehicle).

Had a scary moose encounter before sunrise that made us have to turnaround and walk back to the car, luckily we had just started. Once we waited about 10min we restarted and no further encounters. Hike was ok, going up the North Slide and down the South Slide was a good call. Both suck in their own unique way and we were thankful to have dry conditions. I would not want to do either after or during any rain. It is just frustrating because a lot of it is loose gravel and shocking to see some of these huge rocks be equally unreliable. Not the worse hike but glad to have crossed them off.

hiking
15 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.

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