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snow
1 day ago

Fun easy trail. Some sections tough to navigate and others super easy... although it’s all super easy with the app.

My first 4K. Pretty easy hike done in the fall right before first snowfall. Also added the side trail out to the ski area for some photo ops. Steep in the middle but still manageable for a rookie like I was at the time.

hiking
11 days ago

Champney in the winter was great. Enjoyed seeing ice climbers at the falls and crossing the river over ice bridges. My dog had a blast!

Awesome day trekking. The ascent was nothing technical but a constant incline and relentless but the clear view of Mt. Washington was well worth it! We took the blue trail up/down when we got to the junction. Be sure to go straight at the first junction and at the se one one you can pick the blue or yellow trail. The trail was packed enough for just spikes but we did put on snowshoes towards the top mostly to use the televators in the steeper parts as the heel lift made it easier to walk up but many just used spikes. We saw the two little squirrels that come looking for food!

Very nice hike. Pretty easy for this first mile, then gets relentlessly steep for the rest of the hike except for a short, flat section right before the summit. The view from the lookout at the top was surprisingly good, especially considering the relatively short time it took to get there.. Spent about 3:45 minutes on this one with a few long breaks at the summit outlook and the ski slope viewpoint.

We went up on the Tecumseh trail and came down on the ski mountain side under the chair lift. It was pretty windy at the top, and the snow was not fully packed down due to the storm overnight. No view for us due to the clouds, but overall a really fun first winter hike! :)

I have been here a few times and love it. Easy hike with a fabulous, unique waterfall. If you stick your head under the skinny falls you'll have a memorable experience, (ask my husband!).

12/27: trail runs right next to the ski slope, so lots of noise from the slope. The trail is pretty flat for the first mile, then a very constant 20% grade for a little over a mile before it flattens out again close to the top. That second mile is hard but short. Views from the top are good, and there are nice views on the way down as well. Lots of people, lots of dogs, and some beautiful brook crossings. Took 2:10 round trip (1:14 to reach the summit), plus a generous break at the top.

hiking
25 days ago

Hiked this Christmas Day. Trails are snow covered and packed nicely. The river crossings were a slightly slippery with the frozen rocks but that just gets the heart pumping. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the wind at the summit was minimal. Overall took us about 3 hours with about 25 minutes of picture taking time.

Easy 4000fter for the winter! Snow is very packed, used microspikes, brought snowshoes but they weren’t necessary! Great views at the summit, not a full 360 but rewarding nonetheless. Took me a little over 3 hours even after stopped for multiple pictures. Take your time to admire the trees with all the frozen snow, it’s a winter wonderland at the summit :)

Summited today with snowboards! We didn’t find a good way to the ski trails from the summit so we hiked down a little ways and found an out of service ski lift off through the woods to the right(going down), just off the Mt. Tecumseh trail. We passed through the first ski trail and crossed into a fully operational, fairly busy, moderate trail. Short ride down from there, but totally worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail can be described in one word: STAIRS! I hiked this trail after a morning on the Welch/Dickey loop. This was my first of the NH48 so it was tough on me especially after a full morning of hiking, but the accomplishment that I felt upon reaching the summit was unparalleled! Views are obscured by trees but beautiful nonetheless. I had beautiful summer weather on my side, too. Highly recommended for hikers beginning their exploration of the 4000-footers, but may be underwhelming for more experienced hikers. This took me 3.75 hours total on tired legs, including about 30 minutes at the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked from 8:30am - 1pm. Well packed for almost the whole trail, a few areas of dry, unpacked powder. Microspikes were the perfect traction. Small side trails not packed, would need snow shoes for those. Not too difficult of hike, though there are some steep sections.

1 month ago

Fun trail. Did back in June.

Great Beginners hike! Was pretty packed when we went up.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is so well packed that one could do it without any traction at all, but I brought crampons and found them helpful, especially on the steeper sections. I felt like I got a great workout out of it, but it did not feel quite like an inspiring wilderness experience - you skirt a developed ski area, and are also in the trees for most of the hike. There are not many views except from the summit.

Nice little secluded hike. Constant moderate grade and trail in good shape. Woods were perfectly still and silent and the fresh snow was soft. Hike to Big Rock Cave had traffic, but beyond we were the first down to the brook which was running high and fast. Made a turn back today rather than cross.

Love this trail. Ran it on 11.23 and 11.24.18 loop took under 2hrs but was flying fast on the downhills. Nicely packed up to noon peak. Then a few tracks up to Jennings and then back down drakes. I had trail running shoes and yak-tracks on and that was perfect for me. Trekking polls don’t hurt on this loop. Can’t wait to run this again over the Christmas holidays.

Trail was packed well from recent trampers. Snowshoes and spikes never came out. 3.5 hours out and back. Not much on views but still a fun little hike. The resident red squirrel at the summit is quite the friendly fella.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Took us about five hours up and back down with several breaks. A little steep in parts but overall not bad. A little icey towards the top but didn’t even break out our spikes. Good hike for a dog. Our 50 pound hound was able to jump up over every rock on his own and didn’t tire out. There were several other dogs on the trail as well. The only disappointment of the day was the very unfriendly dog at the summit which the owner had off leash and who confronted our dog. The viewpoint halfway up was nice as were the views at the top. The summit is small so probably better on a weekday when it’s less crowded.

Even in early November there was still quite a bit of color. Tricky to find the start of the trail but once you do it the trail is well marked with yellow dashes. Going down was more difficult to me with the slick rocks, I fell 6 times, but it was the day after a moderate rain. Amazing views and a great first New England hike.

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful hike. a little snow towards the top, but a great hike for the family.

Good hike - pretty easy - at least as far as the 4,000 footers go. Snow and ice at the top. Wish I’d warn waterproof shoes/boots but at least I had wool socks. The trail was a brook in spots from recent rain. Also there were a couple of difficult brook crossings as the water was high and fast. I assume those crossings aren’t usually as difficult as they were this day.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked up post Nor'easter 10/28/2018. 3-5" snow accumulation throughout the trails.
Great hike. Highly recommend going up via Sandwich Mountain trail (steep incline) and down Drakes Brook Trail (gentler decline). We bagged 2 peaks (Noon & Jennings) on this loop; would've continued to Sandwich Dome but didn't have enough time because the hike up took longer than expected with the snow on the ground. Moderate to steep climb going up to both Noon & Jennings. The snow made the trek up and down a bit more challenging but you can balance yourself holding on to trees. Nice semi-exposed ledges on top of both peaks. The views of the valley would've been great except we were in the clouds but we loved the mist and the clouds nonetheless. Coming down Drakes Brook Trail was a little mundane. Overall, doable even with snow on the ground but can be quite slippery near the top. Expect to cross several brooks; trails along the river can get quite muddy and waterlogged. The hike was very enjoyable, beautiful and serene.

Nice hike in the snow. Chose this as a quick single peak option due to norEaster. Has a nice wooded Walk. Ok views, pleasant enough. Good hike for those just starting out hiking high peaks.

hiking
2 months ago

Better than expected. Nice hike through the woods on a fall day. Great streams.

Cabin trail to Whitin brook to Big Rock Cave trail. Excellent and fun!

A lot of rocky ground. If raining can be hazardous.
Good 360 view at the top.

excellent hike! Trail is listed as moderate. I believe that is spot-on. I went up to Noon peak first and did the loop counterclockwise. somewhat of a challenge in the beginning but after you reach the Peak at Jennings the trail is completely down hill for 3.2 miles. use caution when following, some of the yellow Blaze marks are worn off and being in the fall it's tough to spot them. overall it was a beautiful hike.

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