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loved the winter hike 2 years ago

1 month ago

Went up and back from 112 on the north (Greeley Pond trail to Osceola trail to Mount Osceola summit and back). Went on Sunday Oct 11. Cold and clear day, and 6 to 12 inches of hard pack on the trail. Definitely needed spikes. Hard climb but well worth it. Took 5.5 rountrip with plenty of stops.

Nice hike after a 5 hr drive from NY. THe chimney/by pass was nowhere near as hard as I expected. Definitely need traction now and about a foot of snow above 3k feet. Some nice views. Would rate this as moderate.

Fun challenging trail up. Try the less crowded Rainbow trail down and watch for moose and other wildlife. Summit views are limited.

1 month ago

Very rewarding hike. There are a couple challenging spots, especially towards the top, but the final view is well worth it.

Deceptively easy at first, the ascent was steep and slippery. Probably one of the toughest climbs in the area. Views at the top are great. My recommendation would be to go up Mt Flume and down from Mt Liberty.

Low 30s, I thought it was perfect weather for hiking. Got warmed up once we got moving and don’t stay too long in one place because you will get cold! Gloves/mittens were a must. Hiked in this order: Avalon, Field, willey, then Tom. Went the wrong way passing willey adding an extra mile but we did the whole thing including breaks in about 8 hours. Got to feed a bird at the top of mount field! Bring bird seed! The three 4000 footers did not have good views but Avalon was very pretty. Personally wouldn’t hike it again but glad to get 3 4000 footers out of the way.

2 months ago

5 stars for the views at the top. 3 stars for the unrelenting rocks, scrabble, and boulders to step on, over, and around. I'm not extra-fit, and my thighs almost gave out 10 minutes from the top, but I'm glad I persisted. The forests were perfumed with a rich pine scent higher up and the view was divine. Not 360 but you can see far and wide.

2 months ago

Great hike but demanding. No breaks on the way up or down. Take your time and you can have a great hike.

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

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.

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.

Hiked the flume slide trail today with my experienced hiking dog, unfortunately the rocks were soaked and we both slipped... a lot. Must say the trail is very well marked up until the rock scrambles, so be cautious of that if you chose to walk along the trail which it appeared many have done. Overall if we didn’t summit in the clouds then the hike would’ve been VERY rewarding. Just know it’s very difficult for that last.. maybe 0.8 mile section before you reach flume summit.

Liberty springs was awesome, we were able to run the whole day down without any incidents, even with soaking wet rocks. That last leg of the hike on whitehouse is painfully boring and lasts forever.

Do not underestimate this trail! We hiked it yesterday and it was awesome! We are slower hikers and started at 8am and got back out 10 minutes before dark. To put in perspective we did little Haystack, Lincoln and Lafayette starting at 11am and finishing just before dark. Allow yourself plenty of time to complete. Beautiful trail though

This is by far the toughest trail in white mountains that I have done. Make sure you do Washington or or adams individually before attempting this. We started at 9 am on caps ridge and made it to jefferson summit at 11 am. The vies were breathtaking of fall foliage in New Hampshire. We reached adams at 1 and Madison at 230 and back to trail head at 730 pm. Got delayed a bit due to high winds in gulf side trail.

Getting to the ridge of adams was fine however climbing adams was quite tough, there is no stairway like path to adams summit and involves twisting and turning your feet in slightly awkward angles, with a little bit of scrambling sprinkled in.

After adams we went a long way down the ridge towards Madison hut. THE HUT WAS CLOSED. We gave some of our water to a couple who had not brought enough thinking they could refill at the hut. we left our backpacks at the hut and hurried up mount Madison. I felt Mount Madison summit was much more breathtaking than either adams or jefferson, with its 360 degree views and fall foliage of high fall season.

Things to note:
1) wind near and at adams and jefferson summit brought the temperature down significantly. We had to thrown on all our layers each time we came near to these peaks. Madison was much more tamer.

2) though the forecast said clear skies for the entire day, it became quite foggy on the way back, which along with higher than predicted winds made the going very tough on the gulf side trail.

3) we avoided climbing adams and jefferson on the way back by taking the gulf side trail and continuing on to the jefferson loop to reach caps ridge.

4) Gps tracker with all trails was extremely useful. Once it gets foggy and real windy, it becomes easy to lose path.

5) make sure each of you bring headlamps and hiking blankets just in case. We hiked the last half hour in complete darkness.

6) fix your turn around time as half the daylight that you half left minus an hour at the beginning of the hike.

Overall this hike got me a fair bit of respect for phrase “exposed over the tree line” hiking. If you are considering doing the entire presidential traverse, I highly recommend doing this trail first to get a taste of it. It pushes the strength of knees and leg muscles to the next level.

If you are fit and weather is good, this is a great hike.

A great all around hike with different terrain throughout. Some narrow spots, lots of mud but a good day hike. A few river crossings too for a pup to cool off in.

For those wanting a view — not many look out points but the one at Mount Willey is stunning especially in the fall.

The views throughout this hike can’t be beat. As others have commented though, be sure the weather is solid and you’ve packed gear accordingly. There are a lot of criss-crossing trails and the majority of the hike is rock jumping so it can be pretty slow going. I wound up getting turned around a couple of times but even with minimal stops, this took me 8 hours at a very good pace.

2 months ago

I read all the reviews before the hike (I always do). Man this one really is a “quad grinder”. Much harder than I expected. It’s day two since the hike and boy do my legs still hurt!
Very challenging for my husband and I who I consider to be in pretty decent shape. Take your time going down. Very wet and slippery. Our dog was tired and cranky after this one too!!
It’s challenging but well worth it. Very doable if you take your time. From start to finish took us 6.5 hours. That includes about 20 minutes at the summit and breaks along the way.

What a hike! Perfect for the end of September. We took Livermore road up to mt Tripyramid trail loop to pine brook trail to scaur trail back to Livermore out with our dog and although going up was a little challenging for him, it was doable with a harness to pass him up and down. Very straight forward trail. Highly recommend.

Great trail but we screwed up and did the south peak first instead of going up the north peak and down the south. I think it would be significantly easier to go up the north and down the south. Amazing views from the upper sections of the trails, not so great from the peaks due to the trees.

Great hike, exhausting though! I did it in a counterclockwise loop going up Dicey’s Mill to Passaconaway first. It was quite wet toward the top (above Rollins trail) due to recent rain. I opted not to do the view spur because it is a downhill hike and well, it would have to be a pretty amazing view to make that worthwhile, especially given all the mud. I then took Rollins trail over to Whiteface. It felt longer than 2.3 miles, with more ups and downs than I was expecting, but there were a couple of nice viewpoints along the way. Whiteface has stunning views, especially of all the big lakes. One could spend a lot of time on those beautiful boulder ledges! The descent down Blueberry Ledge trail was challenging! Lots of butt sliding and small prayers hoping my tired legs would hold up with some jumps down. I can’t imagine hiking UP this trail. I was thankful to have gravity on my side. It would be an incredibly challenging hike up, not just the ledge part, but lots of just generally steep parts too. Kudos to trail crews who have done an amazing job with granite steps. My dog handled everything no problem, but she is part mountain goat for sure!

2 months ago

My boyfriend and I hiked this trail labor day weekend, unaware it was ranked as hard. It was our first hike, we're both in our early 20s, and it was so much fun! definitely steep at parts, we were grateful for packing lots of water and clif bars. Perfect for a cool, overcast day

Tough to finish In one day, only made it to Adams and had to head back. Did a number on my pups paws, would not recommend bringing a dog for this one.. lots of rocky terrain especially at the top and along the ridge.

Took pine bend brook trail to North and middle tripyramids, then descended down sabbaday falls trail. Sabbaday trail, with the exception of one steep section at the top is amazingly gentle sloping, and easy on your feet. I love Sabbaday trail.

2 months ago

Fantastic hike. We followed the directions listed in the description. The views off of WhiteFace were great. This would be a great trail to break up and spend a quiet night in one of the great tent spots we found along the trail.

It says leashed dogs allowed on trail, but I DO NOT RECOMMEND BRINGING YOUR DOG! Also, listen to the reviews, you will NOT go down the slide! You have to hike down the mountain and up to Mount Liberty and then down again because Mother Nature is just making a fool of any sense of distance or direction you will have during this trail. My dog is an incredible hiking dog, and he DID get through this trail, but unless you can carry your dog securely rock-climbing and your dog has something to cover his footpads, I just do not recommend the Mount Flume Slide into Mount Liberty and back down. There’s even some dangerous rock going up to mount liberty you will need to find a way to carry your dog while you climb. There are wooded areas on the side of the flume slide and he was able to go around, but this is a hard hike. No, you don’t get it, a hard hike. It’s terrifying because one slip, and you CAN get seriously hurt. Not like a broken leg. Like dead. This was my first 4K footer, and I’m glad I’ve got one of the worst ones over with. I was with 3 other people and my dog. One of my friends ended up just taking my dog along the wooded side of the slide while we rock-climbed. Not hiked, ROCK CLIMBED our way up. Seriously carb up before this hike...this trail doesn’t care about your diet. You’ll need the energy. Great bucket-list hike, but wow. Your physical and mental limits will be tested. Also, the weather was perfect for us, and it didn’t even matter. This hike is no joke. I just got home and showered from this. Took us about 9-10 hours and I was moving at a snails pace.

If you plan on going on this route be prepared. The north face is considered one of the hardest trails in the northeast. Do some research before going. It is on the Terrifying 25 list.
Other than that, its a great hike. I enjoyed it and was exhausted at the end. The views on the three tops were blocked by trees. The return trip down the south was very enjoyable after the rock slide.

Flume slide is little challenging but fun.

Really enjoyed this hike and the views were great. The slide was fun, but tough - not for the faint of heart. Make sure you have good traction and don't even think of doing it on a damp day much less wet. The saddle to Liberty wasn't bad unless, like me, your legs were toast from climbing the slide. Don't miss this one. And thank you to the folk who left the flag on the summit of Liberty.

Interesting hike. If you are scared of heights I would not recommend because there are some parts on whiteface where you need to do some free climbing (my dad said he hiked this when he was a teenager 40 years ago and there were ladders but there are NO ladders at all now). We went up whiteface and down passaconaway, completed the whole loop in 7 hours and 48 minutes.. including breaks. We did take a long break at the top of whiteface (maybe half hour to 45 min long). Started at around 11:30ish and finished by 7.. just minutes before sunset! We weren’t paying attention to time at the beginning of the hike but once we left whiteface we sped up to beat the sunset. Also if you have bad knees I wouldn’t recommend unless you have the time to descend carefully and some type of support.

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