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Great hike, beautiful views!

it's incredible, I hiked this trail earlier today but had to turn back due to bad weather only two hundred feet above the treeline and Cautionary treeline sign. This was an incredible hike though, about 7 and a half miles I double back down a third of a mile or so and jumped onto the scar trail and did most of the available loop and then meeting back up on Valley Way. I was going to camp at Valley Way campground which holds four or five good tents. I like others only recommend this hike in groups and in at least somewhat decent Weather. The wind was literally knocking me over today around noon and I was still 1.1 miles from the summit of Mt. Adams. Take caution when hiking this trail, especially September-into Winter.

hiking
1 month ago

Take Bald Face Cirlce Trail clockwise to South Baldface, followed by North Baldface (note: do not take the trail counter-clockwise). The majority of the ascent is a consistent 1000 ft./mile up until the last bit prior to the “false summit” of South Baldface. This particular stretch of “trail” is on “The Terrifying 25” list and would be better categorized as rock-climbing than as hiking. Every three steps up places the entire climb before it out of view, but also brings more and more of the surrounding area into view. This stretch of trail is a bit sketchy, but it is manageable with some caution and good tread. It would be ill-advised to traverse these ledges while wet, or with poor tread. These ledges are not well marked and require you to zig-zag quite a bit to complete. After completing the scramble up the ledges you will arrive at the first major scenic point which is the false summit of South Baldface. Looking away from the ledges, you will see a vast landscape of mountains and lakes. We took this trip shortly after the peak of foliage in mid october and the sight was fantastic. Visibility was as far as the horizon and the colors were gorgeous, views are 180 degrees or more. Looking forward along the trail, (in the opposite direction) you will see most of the trail up to South Baldface, and to the right of that would be South Baldface. The climb up to South Baldface from here is quite steep and features some bare rock scrambles, but none quite like the ledges. As we reached South Baldface, Mount Washington came into view. It was immediately obvious that this particular mountain was Washington as the snow covered caps had a striking contrast to the surrounding shades of green, orange, yellow, and purple. The views on this summit are 360 degrees at the trail sign itself, and 270 degrees or more at any point around the perimeter. The trail between South Baldface and North Baldface is somewhat up and down and relatively mellow compared to the rest. You’ll poke in and out of the forest onto various outcroppings, from which Mount Washington will be visible at numerous angles along the way. The North summit is just as prime as the South, with Mount Washington still visible and has similar views. The first half of the descent is very similar to the trail between peaks, popping in and out of tree lines and along outcroppings. The middle of the descent down is a bit rough and slow at times, while the last 2 miles are quite mellow, gentle, and go by fast. The route we took is identical to the one featured in the alltrails link above, with one exception; at the junction of Baldface Circle Trail, and Bicknell Ridge Trail, we took Bicknell Ridge Trail to hit a few “points of interest” that were marked on a more detailed, physical copy of the trails that were not present on the outer loop suggested by the website. While there were a few of these (a couple of cascades, a few streams, etc.), we were well spoiled and too impatient to spend any time at them. Personally, I would call this hike the highlight of the season and would be more than willing to go again.

Went hiking on this trail when the rain was heavy and the summit was cloudy, didn’t make it to the summit but made it to both of the other caps. Will definitely pack lighter next time and bring a buddy, but overall, a great and challenging hike!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Can't say enough about this loop... great views and a nice overall challenge. My Garmin came out to 9.6 miles, 3600 ft gain, and took us just about 5.5 hours. Beyond that, you get 360* views of peaks and valleys, with Mt. Washington glaring in the distance.

As with all other reviews, always start on the south and work your way clockwise. There is a section between 2-3m just passed the shelter that gets tricky... took up about 40 minutes to get through that .2 and trying to descend would have taken at least twice as long.

Last Tidbit: You are on a ridge line and there is not much water from miles 2-8.

hiking
2 months ago

WOW! JUST! WOW! Love this hike, especially in fall. One of my favorites in ME/NH. First hiked it in 1993 and again in 1994. Definitely follow everyone's advice and take the south leg of the Baldface Circle Trail going uphill, not downhill. An easy to moderate hike form Route 113 to the intersection with the Emerald Pool diversion. (Take that diversion on the way up, by the way, because you will not feel like it or not have the time to do it on the back end of this hike.) Still an easy/moderate hike to the Gorge diversion. (Take that little-traveled diversion to an even better, more private pool than Emerald for swimming.) The rest of the Circle Trail from there to the tight elevation lines on the map is easy/moderate. THEN, it gets REALLY fun! Steep rock climbing with sections requiring close attention to pick the best route up the open, steepish rock faces that are too slick to traverse straight up. Not for those fearful of heights or of falling. The spectacular views for which this trail is known start at the steep stuff, so take advantage of those breaks while trying to find a way up to look behind and take some pics. This section took so long to cross with our group of six, that we had to cut the itinerary short and skip going all the way to the summit of South Baldface or Eastman Mountain. Darkness comes early this time of year. Good news is that you need not go all the way to the summit to have unsurpassed 360-degree views. The "Lunch!" waypoint was a beautifully open and scenic spot, rewarding enough to make it easy to conceded the summit and hike immediately from there to the intersection of Baldface Knob Trail and begin our descent. Hiked Slippery Brook trail down as the last leg of the Boldface loop to make for a shorter loop and an easier trip. Slippery Brook is a pleasant, yet still scenic-at-the-top, contrast to that steep section of the Circle and highly recommended as a way down if you want/need to shorten or ease the last leg of your hike. Great lookout spots for lunch on the Baldface Knob Trail after the intersection with Baldface Circle Trail. Dogs on Slippery Brook Trail? Yes, very manageable. BUT NO WAY ON THAT STEEP PORTION OF THE SOUTH SECTION OF BALDFACE CIRCLE TRAIL. Way too steep and too many smooth, slippery expanses of bare rock face to navigate safely with a dog. This loop has a number of nice brook crossings, by the way, some of which do not appear on the map. See my reviews at "Slippery Brook Trail" and "Baldface Circle Trail to Emerald Pool."

Hike was every bit technically challenging as it was strenuous but huge payout above the tree line. Absolutely breathtaking. Definitely need to watch the weather and pack smart, you are very exposed to the elements up there. It had rained the day before I hiked so the trail was extremely slick. Took me 7hrs with a few short breaks.

Did this trail with a 30 Pound pack, and including the 35 minutes for lunch at the summit it took us, in a group of 3 to do it in about 7 hours. We got to the parking lot at about 10, and stopped many a time along the way up for water. As there is no water source on this peak, one should expect to bring more water than you would normally think. Otherwise I had an excellent time hiking even though it was very strenuous. If you get there late bring a flashlight for hiking in the dark, as the way down can be dangerous if you can't see your footing.

I will admit, my husband and I were not completely prepared for this hike. This is a tough one. Be prepared to do some bouldering as well. I would recommend some hiking sticks if you have some as there are some spots that are tricky. If you are new to hiking I would hold off on doing this trail until you get some others under your belt. It is a beautiful trail and has some amazing views but make sure you are prepared for a workout.

Ambitious group of intermediate and beginner hikers. Definitely more than we expected but 100% worth the trek, lifetime memories. Took detour to Tuckerman’s to Huntington’s. Immediately appreciated so much less foot traffic on Huntington’s. We encountered 5 other hikers on our trip. Straight forward in the beginning following a stream and cool water features. Easy going all the way up as you get to the end of the tree line. Weave and duck your way through a rock slide and now the real “fun begins.”
The boulder pile was challenging but fun. It almost feels like a puzzle as you find the best way to sprawl up. Make sure you pay attention to the trail markers, especially the further you go up. They often directed the best spots to ascend. Still some wild flowers out along the stream. The most challenging/ exciting part was traversing the slab. This was unique for everyone and was basically rock climbing. Between this, climbing some chimneys and the heights, some nerves were frayed in the group.
Eventually you get to the “stairs” and reach the real reward and what feels like the true summit for those who hiked. Views and feels for days. We had awesome weather and visibility. Happy with the extra layers and hats we brought. One last trek through what felt like endless rocks but in no time you are united with everyone who drove up. In total it took us 6 hrs to ascend with a ton of breaks and safety first with the sprawl/ climb. Take your time and pack accordingly. Look forward to taking this route again next time I climb Mt Wash

hiking
3 months ago

Bear in mind that whoever made the path on this route went off trail.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking this trail will ever be dry because a stream feeds a lot of damp moss that covers a great deal of the difficult part of the trail, which makes for slippery conditions even on the driest days.

If you choose to stay on the trail and meet up with Cook Trail, prepare to add an additional mile or so to your day.

This was definitely an epic trail but not one for the faint of heart. There were plenty of places where upper body strength and hip flexibility were key.

And dear God, don’t bring your dog unless you plan on stuffing it in you backpack.

Good luck and have fun! We did!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, took about 25 minutes up. I went around sunset and it was extremely worth it!!

I'm not sure how this rates as moderate. Somewhat steep but short and easy hike. The payoff view-wise is outstanding. Suddenly, you find youself standing on a gorgeous precipice.

Great hike. If you bring the dog make sure the dog is tough. The views are awesome.

This was a truly gorgeous hike. I went along the Caps Ridge Trail and it was comfortably populated with other people, always a good thing to have company on the trails. Definitely don't go if it's rained at all as there are several bald faced spots to scramble up. Also, I wouldn't bring a dog unless your pup is well accustomed to difficult hiking. Overall I thought it was a wonderful challenge. I am a fairly experienced hiker and in moderately good shape, I completed this loop in about 4 hours. Happy trails :)

Tough hike! First mile is easy but then it gets pretty steep with some nearly vertical rock scrambles. It’s pretty fun on the way up (you’ll need to climb up some rocks) but difficult on the way down. Just scooted down the steep sections on my butt! Such amazing views! Unfortunately when I went the summit was in the clouds. Would highly recommend!

Incredible views along the ridge.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trail. Hiked this with family which included 2 kids. It was a challenging short hike that rewarded us with the most incredible views! Highly recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

Quick easy hike with amazing views. I'd recommend this trail for sure. We lucked out and got there before a large group of people, so we had the summit to ourselves for a few minutes.

I hiked it 25 years ago and it started to storm. It was a very strenuous hike but very rewarding at the same time. Once we got to the top the clouds came in and we had to descend fast . Never be on a mountain during storms! However a blue sky can change fast and you will least expect it.

We hiked up Tuckermans and heeded the detours and returned via the same route. What an accomplishment climbing rock over rock! The best part of the day were the views and the 88 ye old woman hiking up with her 3 sons. We met her just as we started out descent! Amazing day with friends

Mount Jefferson is tough for newbies. I hiked Mount Jefferson, then walked over to Mount Adam's via the Gulfside Trail and had lunch, then back to Jefferson, round the Cornice Trail and then back down Cap's Ridge to the trail base parking lot. That was too much and took me almost 11 hours and I broke my glasses. Don't do that.

But Jefferson all by itself via Cap's Ridge is still a challenge for those new to the Whites. Have good boots and plenty of food and water. There is some rock scrambling needed, but not too overwhelming.

Went up Tuckermans and down Huntington this past Monday (07/30)... definitely a challenge descending Huntington's, but can be done. Take your time going down Huntington's and avoid it if it's wet. Had a few spots where the blazes were hard to find. Going up Tuckermans be was straight forward. The detour gets your heart pumping pretty fast and was pretty muddy and potentially slippery in spots.

4 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in the area. Great views! The ascent to south baldface has lots of ledges, I personally would not attempt it in wet weather. We took our time and went for a swim and it took us about 7 hours

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with great views! And it was awesome to dive into the emerald pool at the end of the hike!

This was as difficult a hike as I have done in a while. Airline is much more steep and straight than Valley Way. Packs were lighter because we were staying at Madison Hut; lucky us. This hike was totally worth it though. The views once you get to Durand Ridge were phenomenal! If you want a challenge, go Airline on the way up.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty steep hike, but it's quick and you are rewarded with great views!

Great trail. Challenging but not hard if you are in shape/athletic. There is some pretty steep faces that are essentially rock climbing more than hiking

Good trail just wasn’t well marked at times. If you are patient it’s worth the challenge

This is one of our favorite trails on Mt. Washington.

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