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used microspikes and snowshoes. a little steep and tricky on the ledge to Whiteface. Beautiful 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.

Did this loop and enjoyed it very much. There was plenty of snow and well packed in most places. I found the views from the summits of all three mountains to be excellent. Look forward to doing it again in the fall of 2019

Great winter hike for hikers of all abilities. However this mountain requires traction (microspikes, Trail crampons) in winter months; without traction, the slopes near the summit would be treacherous (quite a bit of ice). With traction, the whole loop is enjoyable, easy-to-moderate, and can be completed in 2-2.5 hours. Enjoy!

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.

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 !

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Hiked this trail on 1/4/19 with my dog. Snowshoes or ice cleats were a must, as well as hiking poles with snow baskets. The trail is steep for sure, a real good work-out. With the snow covered the entire trail, there was no rocky areas to tackle, and my dog had no trouble doing the hike (no icy areas on the day of our hike). The view at top is out-of-the-world beautiful.

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.

overall awesome hike with a really cool railroad stretching over a bridge, and stunning rock walls. I gave it 3 stars because there’s only one peak where a clear view is visible, and most of the hike is under the trees. Hiked this on 12/31, snowshoes were not needed but microspikes are a must. In the winter this was a rather difficult and dangerous hike.

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.

We've been here a couple of times. It's always gorgeous!!

Views on top of Mt. Avalon are unmatched. Went in the wintertime and did not have spikes— this was a big mistake. The last half mile up to Avalon is pretty steep and it was very slick in the wintertime but snow was very compact. Heavily trafficked. Saw about ten groups of people.

Fun trail great to do with family and friends. Can’t beat the view.

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.

Beware: about half a mile into the hike there's a bridge that's out and has been partially removed by the AMC (there's a notice to this effect at the entrance to the trail). You can still cross the stream, but holy moley is it terrifying - someone found a thin, rotten log that they lay across it; the water is moving fast and about 3.5 feet deep in places with thin ice cover. You'll cross it on your way back as well.
Otherwise a nice hike. Views from Avalon and along the ridge to Field were spectacular. Didn't get to feed any gray jays in Mt.Tom, but did startle one on my way down. Took
a little under 4 hours, rest included, although I felt like I was pushing it a bit.

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!

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.

We opted for Whiteface first. Which was good. After some heavy rain 2 days ago the scrambles at Whiteface were Icey. Crampons were necessary and in a couple spots I even used my ice axe for some extra safety. The views are Whiteface near the summit were grest. Views of Chocorua and the Sandwich range. Views of Washington and even Franconia ridge at the summit. Aside from the scrambles these 2 peaks are much like a lot of the 4k footers. Easy lead ups with moderate summits. The trail was well packed snow in most sports even with the heavy rain. The ridge to Passaconaway was more pleasant than expected with some views. Passaconaway summit is anti climactic and in the trees. (you can go on further for a lookout if you please). Great 11 miler in these conditions.

This is my favorite mountain. I grew up nearby and any chance I get when I visit New Hampshire I trek the White Dot trail. I have a cousin who has hiked Monadnock thousands of consecutive days setting a record. The views are incredible in the summer, fall, and winter. White Dot is difficult. 800 to 3100 feet in one mile. Be somewhat fit, bring water, dress properly, and use caution on the granite. It can be hazardous to your well being. On clear days the Boston skyline can be seen, Canada and Vermont are visible and many lakes, ponds and church stepals are also visible. My favorite butt kicker trail.

Took 5 hours through a fresh coat of snow. Used snowshoes about 1/2 the time. Did it clockwise as others have. Great views from all 3 peaks in winter.

Really liked this hike! It was crowded when we started in the afternoon on a weekend. We had to park on the main road outside the parking lot and saw a ton of people on the trail. The hike was challenging but the views at the top were great!

Great winter hike! I would suggest microspikes and poles for some of the steeper areas! The Fall itself was completely frozen when we went!

Wife and I climbed Mt Major this morning. A beautiful day to be outdoors. Temps were in the Low 40’s with sunshine. Wind made it a little chilly at the summit. Always remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather. Just poor choices in clothing:). Took us 1.5 hours up and 1 hour down. Recommend some sort of traction cleats or crampons as well as trekking poles. Approximately 6 to 8 inches of snow throughout most of the hike. A little slippery coming down the blue trail. All in all a very blessed day.

This is a very unique hike which is totally different from any conventional hiking trails you’ll find in the sierras. Definitely worth doing at least once. Be careful; it’s very easy to slip and fall. Views are OK, not much to look at honestly.

Beautiful trail. Starts to the left of the parking lot. Very fun to hike with snow at the top, would definitely recommend chains. The views were incredible and well worth the hike.

Climbed for first time. Not a traditional walking trail. Trail begins at white dot trail over rocks and tree roots and ascends quickly. Lots of granite on trail. In fact the “trail” turns to all grainte rock scrambling most of the way, sometimes crab walking on all fours becomes necessary. The summit is beautiful. Getting down equally rocky. Follow the trail markings, take your time, enjoy to views.

Really great hike!! First mile is relatively simple, second mile is more climbing than hiking. We underestimated how cold/windy/icy the hike would be towards the summit. Wear good hiking shoes and many layers!

Great hike with a good mix of wooded hiking and rock scrambling above the tree line. Includes a false peak. Be prepared, it’s 10-15 degrees colder at the peak vs the base. It’s also very windy at the peak. The payoff is worth it at the peak as the views are stunning. So many great photo ops during the climb. I took the White Dot trail up and the White Cross trail down. The White Cross trail is supposedly less steep, but it still is a steep rocky decent that can take its toll on the knees and ankles. These two trails are heavily trafficked so be prepared to make the hike with 1,000 of your closest new friends. All-in-all, a solid day hike!

Great day hike and close to home.

Great day for a hike:) Mount Major did not disappoint!

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