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Wonderful hike. Bring crampons this time of year.

Enjoy!

FANTASTIC hike!!! moderate but totally doable for even a beginner. it does get steep towards the top, just take your time. we went up stone house trail. the rattlesnake pool and gorge are worth a stop - so majestic and beautiful! the view from the top is one of the best. warning: the trails are NOT well marked. if it wasn’t for this app and a hiker we passed, we would have been plenty lost. the lookout at the top was almost impossible to find. thinking it may be easier to navigate when all the snow melts. the trails were very slippery - lots of wet leaves - just be careful. our pup loved this hike! happy trails!

great hike. With a few inches of new snow it was beautiful. Just right. we used Microspikes and were fine. Met some with snowshoes but we did fine by 10:30 on the way down snow was a bit soft. Great day.

Trail was hard packed snow all the way to the summit, but it turned the rocky trail into a sidewalk so that was welcomed. In snowy/winter conditions, microspikes are needed to scramble on the ice-wrapped summit rocks. Slope is kind and gradual, aside from some large steps at the summit. Great one!

hiking
11 days ago

Very well-marked and beautiful trail. Challenging at some points. Amazing views!! Unfortunately I couldn't quite make it all the way to the firehouse- had a scary ice wall that I just couldn't cross. So close!! Will definitely go back to make it all the way to the top.

Not quite sure why they classify this trail as moderate... it was very icy and when you come down the first summit if you don’t have traction get your butt to the ground and start aiming for grabs!!! Lol it was fun but I wasn’t expecting it to have a certain degree of difficulty... I went with my water bottle, and my car keys... thought I was going for a little stroll... not quite a stroll... but breath taking views for sure!!! I recommend it just remember to take your time! I just started this whole hiking game I can think of at least a few things I could’ve done to better prepare myself

Absolutely beautiful hike. The trail to South Moat Mountain starts out as an easy uphill stroll along a nice wooded trail. Just past the halfway point views begin to show through the thinning trees. 3/4 and the trail turns into open sloped ledge with sporadic trees and vegetation. Shortly after you will emerge onto the summit. The summit a completely open cone with plenty of flat space to roam as you take in the incredible views. I was fortunate to visit here on a day of clear skies and could see Mount Tecumseh one direction and the Presidential Range in the other. Although a relatively short mountain when compared to many it certainly gives you the impression you are standing the summit of a "big league" mountain. Most of the trail is steady uphill but not overly strenuous, the steepest sections are fairly short and well spaced out from one another. I would rate this trail on the higher end of moderate and very well worth the effort. As a very experienced 30 year hiker of The White Mountains, this is my first time here and I must say it is one of the VERY BEST views you could find!!!

Fantastic views. Good for all hiking levels.

By far one of my favorite hikes. Not too challenging amazing 360 views with some shelter on top. Already can’t wait to go again.

Super rando! De belles vues et un sommet ou l’on peut prendre du temps pour relaxer. C’est beau! Quand même facile comme montée . Je ferai la boucle dans le sens anti-horaire la prochaine fois .

I didn’t start this one to early afternoon so i knew i had to move if i didn’t want this to be a full night decent, but when i go to the top it was one of the most amazing sunsets i’ve ever seen, definitely worth the wait if you don’t mind hiking down in the dark!

Went out for our first ever snowshoe hike, and picked this trail because of the good reputation and great views. We were not disappointed. The snow was perfect for snowshoes. We are somewhat strong hikers, and we were up and down in 4 hours. The trail is not a great challenge, although much of the trail is unspectacular, but it is a full sized mountain. The summit is VERY cool. Its a sharp pinicle that makes you feel you are out in open air. The views of Mt Washington were utterly stunning today (today was EXTREMELY clear with several feet of fresh powder). Be aware that Mt Washington is 19 miles away, so a super crisp view isnt guaranteed. We would've carried on the 0.6 miles to Middle Moat Mt if it weren't for the literally subzero wind chill.

All in all, this is a nice, sometimes uneventful, trail that leads to a wonderful summit.

1 month ago

Beautiful views from the summit. I hiked this in the fall & the colors of the trees were simply amazing. Very well traveled. Passed lots of friendly hikers of various ages.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Excellent hike with some great views, however, the trail was far more technical and challenging than I expected. I would highly recommend snowshoes and hiking poles. I snowshoed clockwise and the first half was moderate so I would recommend doing in and out on that side if you want an easier hike plus it follows along a brook which is nice. If your up for the challenge than the whole loop is excellent, just make sure your prepared.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty icy. A beautiful hike. After moving from AZ this was quite a change for me. Trust in the God of Crampons (lol) and keep going. It was 30mph winds on the peak and quite cold. Make sure you watch your footing when you hit the rocks near the summit. Those are slippery, else this was a straightforward hike and it's impossible to stray off path.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike; continuous and easy elevation gain, trail easy to follow, and decent views. Even with the new snow the trail is pretty well packed down and quick to hike. Took about 40 mins to summit from trail head. Just wore winter boots and had trek poles. Crampons are not necessary.


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Surprisingly easy hike, the trail steadily ascends the mountain at an easy-to-moderate grade. At the top, when you find yourself looking into Crawford Notch, 1,000 feet below, you'll be surprised that you hiked all the way up from there. The summit has unique views, however, it also has an enormous cliff, so be cautious if you have children or are afraid of heights.

Great views, last time I hiked here was 34 years ago. I see people like squeezing through ledges now...the paint blazes are in sad shape but the rut in the ground is pretty hard to miss, the snow is well packed down and spikes are highly recommended. Counter clockwise is easier on the knees coming down, I'm an old fart now...

snowshoeing
1 month ago

This hike may have the best views for a relatively short hike of moderate effort. It's a 4.4 mile loop with one small stream crossing at the begining of the trail to Welch. If you want an easy short hike with views take the trail to Welch up a little over one mile to a large ledge with views east to the Sandwich Range. A very busy trail in the summer and weekends.

Did this one about a month ago, bring microspikes, maybe some snowshoes too in the winter! Incredible views at the top. This little mountain was very memorable for me still! It was extremely windy at the top, but you felt higher than you were because of the 360 view and many places to look!

hiking
1 month ago

Snowshoeing made a trail in and out. No one had been on it since the storm so it was a little rough breaking trail but good work out and fun group. Very Icy in parts but made it to the top to see a small pretty view. Very windy and snow was blowing off the tree and coming down.

on Mount Willard Trail

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Gentle climb.

Lovely snowshoe hike. Can't beat the solitude and winter beauty. Did not see anyone on the entire loop, just saw a few people on the stick of the lollipop near the trailhead. Dog loved it too! There are numerous vantage points for good views in different directions, including Allens Ledge just a short ways off the trail, but no 360-degree views.

There’re are few views to beat the one from the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike if you're new to winter hiking (or a veteran). Used microspikes the whole way up and down as well as hiking poles for added balance. Well labeled trail, impossible to get off track. Persistently back and forth between steep and moderate. Summit was extremely windy but great views. Top is quite icy, both me and my partner slipped and fell while climbing down from the summit but not a big deal. Grey Jay birds are prominent here and love to eat from your hand!

on Mount Willard Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail for walking the Dog before leaving her behind for a day of skiing at Bretton Woods! This would also be a great trail for families with elementary aged children to introduce their kids to hiking(there is even a great picnic place up top).

Pros: Easy and accessible in the winter.

Good views (especially considering the effort)

The trail steadily ascents at a gentle incline.

Cons:
I was surprised how busy the trail was considering it was end of February on a Tuesday (although it was NH school vacation week). I can imagine this place would get packed in the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

one of my favorite views! well marked, and well groomed. steady incline. would be suitable for any level hiker - just take your time if you are a beginner! our puppy did great! huge reward for a shorter hike. happy trails!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing view! It's a great winter hike for beginners, I am incredibly out of shape so I struggled slightly in the snow. But it was totally manageable.

This was a great trail. We are beginners and found it well worth the hike to see the falls. They were completely frozen where we were standing on the falls. next time we need to complete the loop. Weather was getting a bit gloomy this day.

Amazing winter hike! We used microspikes the whole way, carrying snowshoes. Temps were relatively balmy (read: teens) below treeline. Once we were exposed, we made a quick dash for the summit and returned back to trees ASAP. Winds were estimated at a -20 windchill up there. Absolutely beautiful!

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