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Awesome hike! Gradual easy incline up Gorge Brook trail. This trail has the best views headed up. We went down Carriage Trail to Snapper to head back to parking by the Ravine Lodge. Took us about 5.5 hours with a stop for lunch at South peak. Highly recommend doing the 1/10 of a mile sidetrack to see the views!
One tip - don't miss the Gorge Brook trail- go over first bridge, take a left, you will be walking along the brook, about 100 yards, take a right up to the trail. If you're walking along brook awhile, you've missed the turn. Have fun!

Did this trail on October 14, and started it at 8am, finished about 6:30pm, and that’s with quite a few stops along the way, and about a 30 min lunch break at the summit. We took the Falling river trail up, and bridal path down. The hike is challenging(mostly because it’s a long hike) but if you are in decent shape, you should handle it ok. Id recommend waterproof hiking boots and gloves, especially if doing this trail in the autumn months, because it may be snowy/icy (near the summit especially) and muddy (like it was for us).
Breathtaking views at the top for sure, well worth it.

4 hours ago

I went with friend during fall expecting a great fall foliage view. But there is no views on this trail. Even the top is covered by trees.

October 14. Started at 8am. Got to the first summit at 12pm. Started to go down at 2:30 pm. Finished at 6:30 pm. 10,5 hours non stop hike.

Awesome trail. We went when there was bad weather so the top didn’t have much of a view. But it was a great hike overall. I highly recommend.

Great trail, not super hard as long as you’re in good shape. Took me 4 hours round trip with about 15 minutes spent at the top of each peak. There was snow starting at about 3,500 feet and the peaks were very snowy/windy. Would definitely recommend this hike.

Did this hike 10/13. Snow became sleet on the ridge. Whiteout. No views and slippery. Even without snow, I recommend hiking poles as this trail is a real class 5 boulder climbing trail. Go up Falling waters and down Bridle. And, guide said this is an 8 hour hike but most take 9 BUT everyone I spoke with said give yourself 10 hours or you will never stop to eat! VERY challenging trail. Not for altitude, but for elevation gain and very boulder strewn “trail.” Bring crampons if snow is even a remote possibility.

What an amazing hike. My friend and I only had one full day in the White Mountains and this is the hike that we chose. It was a perfect choice. We lucked out with clear skies at the top. It was a little rough with 100 mph gusts of wind, but we had hats, gloves, and layers so we were good.

My 9 pound dachshund made the hike as well, so don't doubt your abilities. It's definitely a hard hike, but you can definitely do it as long as you keep going.

Everybody talks about how hard the climb is, but do not underestimate the descent. It is hard on your knees and seems to go on forever. Don't forget...what goes up will go down!
Enjoy the hike and views, it's absolutely amazing.

I am literally the slowest walker ever and not in the best nor worse shape and this hike kicked my butt. It took approximately 9 hours and there was a blizzard on the top. Still was super fun but now I’m in recovery for about 3 days.

It was very cloudy when I went, with a few breaks in the clouds. But it was totally worth it! Just walking along the ridge to Mount Lafayette was breath taking! It was a pretty long trail, I would recommend going up Mount Little Haystack and down Mount Lafayette, it is less steep in my opinion going up Mount Little Haystack.

Great hike. Beautiful trek up through woods. A little stream crossing at the start but nothing too bad. The summit was very cold and windy when I went in mid October but was worth the hike.

I found this hike much tougher than I was expecting having read the reviews prior to the hike. The climb is steady and unrelenting the whole way, and of course, the last section is very steep. I recommend it, but it’s not easy.

3 days ago

If you’re doing Owl’s Head you know what to expect more or less- a very long out-and-back with a brief view. Not the best pay off. Having said that it’s not as bad as it sounds. I did it the other day during peak foliage, and it was very pretty strolling along the brook. You should think of it as a long walk along a stream with an abrupt summit. The trail is a little tricky to find in some places but if you pay attention you’re fine. I didn’t do the bushwhack going up, but I did take the Brutus bushwhack to cut out the slide, which I would recommend if you’re with company, as it was not to easy to detect the herd path there. Stop in Franconia falls for a dip in summer months. Overall I would only do the hike if you’re going for your 48, otherwise you can achieve All Owl’s Head has to offer elsewhere at a discount price for your legs.

Seriously great hike; challenging in a few spots, but determination got us all through.

Between the waterfalls and the ridge it was an easy to rate this 5 star...awesome. Check out my write up along with some other things to look out for.

4 days ago

This old lady took 4 hours to get to the top on a very cloudy/overcast/foggy day. Some of that time included my son stopping to take pics and the two stop-offs on the way (recommend both) . I liked this trail as it was variable terrain. There were a few level spots where one caught their breath and hard spots that you had to climb by hand (near the.top). it was very pretty. It was cold and windy at the top which was a relief. bring bird seed for the friendly grey Jay's. Benefit of going on a cloudy day was that we only saw about 8 people on this typically busy trail.

4 days ago

Steady climb. Not super hard but some scrambling.

Give lots of time. Avoid rain. Going home to cry into a beer now...

This is a beautiful trail. The hiked up is a steady incline with a couple leveled out areas. There is a little bit of a view at the top.

Super easy trail up to Zealand Falls Hut. Along this first 2.8 miles you travel gentle grades as it follows an old rail road bed. Upon entering the beaver pond area wildlife is abundant and the landscape is draped it beautiful autumn colors! The next 1.3 miles to Zeacliff is much steeper with many large boulders to work around. There is even a ladder to scale your way up a very steep almost vertical granite wall. The view from Zeacliff is amazing. From here you can see Mt. Washington in the distance with the distinct round hump of Mt. Eisenhower in the foreground. Mt. Carrigain towers into the sky and if you use binoculars you can even see the firetower on the summit. You also get a view of the rugged cliffs of Whitewall Mountain with Ethan Pond just beyond. As I continued on, bog bridges helped keep things dry as I passed through the col between Zeacliff and onward and upward to the summit of Zealand Mountain 1.6 miles from Zeacliff. Although the summit is treed in it is still a great trip, and a cool summit sign! I read where others described the trip from the cliff to the summit as boring or nondescript, I did not find this to be the case. On this final leg of the ascent there is yet another marked view point and you can take a side trip to the shores of Zealand Pond. There are also much rare plant growth and wildlife along the way. Overall a great day out and another 4K conquered!!! Took me 6 hours total with approx. 1-1/2 hours of breaks & exploration.

Great trail. Not too difficult to find the trailhead, and once you do it’s very easy to follow. Took me 4 hours round trip, did not stop at the peak due to strong winds and mist. Would definitely come back to see the views.

So I went with my girlfriend, friend, and his wife this past Saturday for the first time and we had a great time. A couple of things to note - this is a very busy trail, many trails around this area are not nearly as busy. At time we found ourselves in lines of 20 people going up/down so be prepared for a bit of a log jam at certain points in the trail.

We hiked up Falling Waters and down Old Bridle, total round trip was probably quicker than the average at 6 hours. I will say along some other people on here that it was a very foggy day and we didn't get any of the views that you would traditionally get. We had a good time and brought the dog along with us (for anyone else that hiked that day she was the black lab crying the entire time).

The hike is challenging in the sense that you need to be in decent shape but by no means really hard. On a clear day it's probably an amazing hike but was just ok without the views. Also - on the way down Old Bridle has some great cliff spots that give great views of the ridge that are worth stopping and taking in. Also lastly, be prepared for a TON of people parking down in the parking lot and along I-93, arrive early to avoid having to park at the lot an additional mile away and take the shuttle. Also the bathrooms at the trailhead get very backed up.

Fun, challenging hike. Starts of with gradual incline before the slide either way you go. The way up and way down are going to be steep and loose no matter which way you go. I went when it was dry and was sliding a lot so if it’s wet be careful. Views on the way up and down the slides were beautiful but I got fogged out on all the summits. Finished in under 5 hours moving at a moderate pace.

Started trail around noon, completed trail around 5/530 Dog was able to do it but needed to be assisted up boulders and down boulders. 75 lb dog but his feet were beat up after. Reallllly muddy, recommend waterproof boots. 3 decent waterfalls/rivers. Awesome view. But very windy on top.

My Wife and I are new to hiking. We had never climbed a 4000' ft mtn. It was a challenging climb but a lot of fun. The weather was overcast with no rain. I would say it took 3.45hrs to ascend and 3hrs to descend. Finding the trail head was not very hard. Just go down the stairs and look for the apple tree. Over all we will climb again

I’ve done 16 mtns this year and this is by far the most insane hike yet. Definitely a good call to go up north slide and down south slide. I did this hike on an overcast day after a night of rain. The north slide took me an hour, as there was very little hand and footholds and it was very slippery. If I had done it in dry conditions it would have been less terrifying, but nonetheless a good experience overall. About 75% of the hike is done on an old logging road (Livermore) and is very easygoing, whereas the slide is only 25% the hike, but will take the most time to complete. The slide is very wide, and I veered from side to side as I went up. Try to stay to the right of the north slide, since the trail to the summit eventually starts there. This trail definitely belongs on the terrifying 25, and should be treated as such.

Okay, don’t let any posts scare you. My fiancé and I are in decent shape, in our 20’s, and are novice hikers, and we did this in a total of 8 hours- many stops, especially when ascending, but you CAN do this!! Our fitbits/Apple Watch tracked the whole thing to 9 total miles. Yes it’s very tough, and you will at some points hate everything, but it’s not a race, remember you can take all the time you need. We did this hike on October 6th- we didn’t take into account it was Columbus Day weekend and Canadian thanksgiving so the trail was flooded with people. We kept passing people, then we would take breaks and see them pass us and vice versa, a funny little game it seemed. We brought about 5L total water (you can refill at the hut), plenty of snacks, jackets, beanies, gloves and anything else you can think of to layer, because you’ll need it- especially at the summit since we’re heading into the colder months. Since it was a Saturday we got to the trailhead parking lot at 7:40 exactly and got lucky because there were about 10-20 spots left in the lot (keep in mind we totally forgot it was Columbus Day weekend and Canadian thanksgiving). So I’d say if you’re going on a regular weekend you’re totally safe to get a spot by 7:30. All in all it was a great experience, and we will definitely be back!

Hiked the South Peal Loop on Saturday 10/6/2018. We were optimistic that the weather would cooperate to allow views that so many have reported in their reviews. Unfortunately, we were in clouds and fog for most of the hike and only got brief glimpses from the summit.

The hike totaled just over 8 miles from where we parked which was about .7 from the trail head.

We did not bother to take the .1 out and back to see South Peak.

As others have noted, there is a distinct lack of trail blazes on Gorge Brook and Carriage Road trails which I found strange. With the holiday weekend, there were plenty of people on the trail but it was never overbearing.

All-in-all, it was nice to get one of the higher of the 48-4,000 footers and it's a very manageable hike. The Moosilaukee Ravine Lodge s absolutely spectacular and hopefully we'll return to stay there and get Moosilaukee on a clear day.

Awesome hike! I’m pretty much out of shape so the whole loop took me around 7.5 hours with LOTS of stops and a good lunch break. First time I hiked in the clouds so the view from the summit was obscured. Clouds or not, terrific experience! Be ready to layer up at the top. Gloves and a hat are recommended. The Greenleaf hut was an awesome relief! Great pumpkin bread!!

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