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Lots of snow but the trail is nicely packed down! I used microspikes the whole way which worked perfectly. My pup did fine the whole way too...

Not safe for dogs yet. Falls are gushing and icy. Make sure to wear hiking boots, the trail is very rocky and can be slippery at times. Requires some maneuvering.

Loved it!

conditions were perfect. the cold created spectacular views. Best time of year to enjoy this trail without the crowds. don't forget to explore the old train tunnel post hike

Pretty intense in the snow

hiking
4 days ago

My friend & I Did this mid-november wearing spikes, but definitely were missing our snowshoes near the top! Awesome hike with great views of Maine & NH forest & hills, and of course Mount Washington.

Amazing hike. Trail was very packed down and easy to follow. It gets really steep after you cross Phelps brook. The approach to the summit above tree line was very technical and needed concentration and skill. Very steep and icy at some points. Once you reach the summit the views are amazing but the wind makes it so you cant stay very long. Overall the hike was long but gradual and well worth the views.

Great day today to snowshoe this loop. Did it clockwise. Snowshoes were a must have after the falls. Only one set of snowshoes in front of us so lots of trail breaking. Beautiful views over the top at the look out and coming down. No wind until coming down made it nice. Lots of fun butt sliding and laughing on the steep sections. Ice on the cliffs were huge. Not recommended for beginners.

Great quick hike beautiful waterfall. There was a dusting of snow there today

Very steep!!!! You’re basically scouring the cliff by using thin metal bars to help you up. If you’re bad with heights this is not the trail for you

Amazing hike. One of our favorites. Our daughters age 7 & 9 loved climbing the rocks. We went at the beginning of November. The weather was perfect and the foliage was beautiful.

Sunny ski, beautiful view. Do not consider it as a challenge. it's just fun. easier with microspikes

Hiked trail in fair weather. easy hike. Planning to hike again on this Friday the 11 for my birthday. Starting to train for Mt Washington hike this summer. Any tips?

I LOVE THIS HIKE! This hike can be as easy or as challenging as you want it to be. There’s a relaxing trail that can lead you in or out of the rocks that still gives you an amazing view (for beginners) or for those who like the “fun” way, there is a wicked awesome rock scramble on the way up the mountain. One of my favorite hikes on skyline. It’ll never get old.

hiking
10 days ago

The lower half of the trail looks perfect for snowshoeing

Good hike no fishing spots I think there was a error on this.

Completed this hike over the weekend. It was about 28 degrees out—perfect for a winter hike. The views were amazing. Very easy to navigate and microspikes were essential!

Awesome!

Great trail for my daughter and me. Took our dog on his first real hike today and it was great for him. The rocks made it a little rough to navigate when he was pulling (excited) to keep feet from sliding, but he caught on quick.

incredible hike with breathtaking views.
We were lucky enough to choose to hike Giant Mountain on a mild winter day.
Crampons are a must for this trail as the trails are steep and icy.

My wife and I Hiked on this trail on 1/3/19, it was her first winter mountain climb. It had all the makings of a great adventure! I loved the water crossings, lots of blowdown and it definitely felt like a slog near the top, although we only made it to 3444’ and decided to turn around after the post-holing became too much and we started to lose day light.
If you plan to hike this in winter make sure you have at minimum micro spike and trekking poles to deal with all the ice/ water crossings
I’m originally from about an hr from this trailhead and I will absolutely be back to bag this one!!!

Nice views and not so hard trail

Awesome hike with great climbing opportunities

I’m a beginner hiker and I thought this was a challenging trail. That said, it was 100% worth it. The views were amazing! Went 1/6/19, gorgeous day ~ 50 days and the falls were flowing!

Hiked the trail round trip in about 7 hours. Beautiful trail and amazing view at the top! 95% of the trail is uphill, so bring plenty of water and be prepared for quite a workout.

hiking
12 days ago

Love it!

This is a great hike. Lots of others hiking and enjoying the scenery from the top. A few strenuous sections, but overall a pretty consistent challenge.

Perfect day out for a winter ascent. No need for showshoes, although we brought them the whole way up and down with us just in case. Definitely need microspikes the whole hike (we did see two guys without but I’m not sure how well they managed descending without). Packed snow the whole trail - easy to follow. Took my husband and I 4 hrs, 15 min at a fairly leisurely pace (for us) and spending a good 15 minutes at each summit.

Did this trail in peak fall foliage season and loved it, though no matter how you dice it there will be lots of others with you and I prefer a more solitary hike. Still beautiful views on top !

Beautiful and challenging hike upstream and then easy walk down through very quiet and spooky forrest. Early January late afternoon.

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