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hiking
1 day ago

Great family hike

hiking
2 days ago

This mountain is gorgeous!! The trail goes for around 4 miles until you get to the base of the mountain with a steep ascent. We went yesterday and the snow has a crazy thick base on the way there-- around 3 feet that was packed and good getting there but as it warmed up on the way back we were falling through like crazy. The ascent was pretty sketchy because of all the snow and we were slipping and some parts were definitely hard to get around. The top section is gorgeous-- walking through a beautiful path with evergreens all around you. We wanted to do the loop but rainbow trail hadnt been done since the snow fell so we had to go back down the way we came. Which was pretty insane-- the steep parts were done with us sliding on our butts or feet, some places with rocks and close to ledges. Pretty much no way not to do this with the current conditions. You pass a hut on the way up that has water (and in our case on the way down). The whole route was 12 miles for us up and back. Definitely not ideal conditions. You basically need microspikes and poles right now as you're on snow the entire time. As it warms up it will get worse for postholing on the way up so it might be better as a summer hike. We used the coordinates from the app to get to the trailhead but we ended up at a parking lot for cross country skiing before we could get there and parked there instead. We took that trail straight until you hit the trees/ trailhead.

hiking
2 days ago

Incredible day on Saturday for a hike. The view from the top was crystal clear and the trail was packed and a bit slushy. Would highly recommend doing this before all the snow melts over the next week or so. Great little hike. Didn't use spikes or snow shoes.

For a short distance to the top of this 4k you will be packing a punch, it is quite steep, but the path is well-marked, no issues with that! Need microspikes, the snow was melting in a lot of areas though so it was REALLY slippery, I gotta say this mountain surprised me with how hard that last part was, it just keeps going up and up and with melted snow well..... I was extra slow! View at top was amazing and worth it and the decent was a breeze!

A beautiful day, and no regrets. Definitely would rate this a moderate trail. A little slushy down bottom, but not muddy yet. A steady incline for most of the trail. It firmed up enough where we could use micro spikes and not do any damage. You can tell this trail is used by a lot of casual hikers. Lots of post holes and doggy presents. It’s all good, glad to see people taking time to enjoy the mountains. I prefer a little more solitary experience myself, but it was a pleasant day with friends and sunshine. And we got to check a 4K off the list, so happy Easter and happy trails!

hiking
1 month ago

Based on other reviews and the description I thought I was going to have to break the trail. This has seen a lot of traffic and I even passed about 20 people. I'd still say use snowshoes and if you are winter hiking you really need them. I mention that because of all the foot holes in the trail. But yes, a good hike, but not worth doing again.

Did this hike the previous summer. I would say this is definitely the most fun and challenging way to the summit as well as rewarding. The rock scramble was a ton of fun and a great way to get the adrenaline pumping. Hike was very easy to follow as there were paint marks on the mountain. Views at the top of the mountain were amazing and made the difficulty of this hike totally worth it. I recommend coming down the Tuckerman ravine trial as this trail is too steep to go back down it. Took about 7 hours round trip but also because of one hour spent on the summit. Overall an awesome way to get to the top of the highest mountain in the Northeast.

Great day for a hike! The trail is perfectly flat snowpack right now. Hiked in winter boots with micro spikes, which was perfect. No ice, just a nice smooth trail the whole way up!! Hiked with 2 dogs, 1 hr 10 minutes up, 45 mins down. Great views of snow capped presidentials in the distance. Passed a couple of people in snow shoes and one guy skinning up.

Good hike, definitely has some very tough points at times but great views once you reach the top!

Its an ok hike, nothing to amazing and not a great view at the summit, but overall not to bad!

Solo single-day winter traverse

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this one in December during the beginnings of a storm. Majority of the trail was unpacked snow roughly 10-12 inches in depth. Even with spikes the descent was tough, limited reward at the summit due to visibility. Great workout and a good story to tell nonetheless.

backpacking
2 months ago

Beast of a trail for backpacking, much more suited for ultralight backpacking or slack packing. Made it halfway to through but forced down after submitting Washington due to weather. Will definitely be going back to complete the rest of the traverse.

hiking
2 months ago

Damn, but that last mile was a killer.

This was my very first hike ever, and I didn't quite expect a 30°-45° ascent to get to the summit. But I did it, so I guess that makes me a hiker now.

It was beautiful, though, what with meandering streams and everything covered in snow. The weather was perfect, sunny and in the low 20s. Spikes are essential.

on Mount Katahdin Loop

3 months ago

Strenuous, but very fulfilling! I’ve climbed this mountain twice. It’s life-changing. Do it..

hiking
3 months ago

This was one of the more memorable hikes of my life. I did it late in the season (knifes edge had just iced over a bit), and was the only one on the mountain. And no bugs! I would highly recommend doing this early winter, if of course the park ranger says it’s not too dangerous. There aren’t many days in life that are memorable, but I’d imagine for most that hiking this mountain is one.

Climbed on New Years Eve. Steep! Cold! Nice broken out trail. One good scramble around the icy chimney. Take with caution using tree handholds. Some great views reward your efforts. Took it slow on the steep descent. Snowshoed the whole thing. Lots of blowdowns on the ridge necessitated some hands and knees to navigate. Great day! Saw only one other person out.

If you like rivers this is a nice trail.

Did this a couple times. I prefer it over most Mt. Washington routes.

Traction needed!

At least spikes and snowshoes aren’t bad for a the descent but not necessary. Awesome short trail, gains about 2k in elevation over 1.5 miles so it can be tough if you’re not used to it but it’s nothing scary and the summit and hike back down is breezy and lovely!

What a great and fun loop. Parking at the trailhead is alongside the road which is a bit tight. The trail going up to Straightback Mountain was not very well blazed (at least in the snow). Had there not been tracks ahead of us we would have had trouble finding our way. The connection from the summit of straightback to major (blue blazed Belknap range trail) was well blazed again. We hiked clockwise which was a great idea as to descend the shorter and moderately steep and very well blazed red trail. We had to break the trail through the snow on the way down to complete the loop and not go back the way we came. There was one brook crossing which was maybe a bit tricky but we found a way across without getting wet. Took us a bit under 4 hours in the snow.

hiking
4 months ago

A great trail, pretty much steady uphill the whole way with a couple pretty steep areas. There’s not a wide view at the summit but you can see pretty far in a limited arc. Washington and the Southern Presidentials were snow-capped and looked great, and Tripyramid was pretty imposing about 5 miles away.

Bring spikes, you’ll need them. It got snowy maybe 3/4 mile up on Nov 25.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail overall not too much too see at the top but the 1 mile stretch straight up can be difficult if out of shape!! Spikes are a must , especially for coming down with the snow cover..!!

Good winter hike! The straight up for a mile was a bit killer, but we are still beginner hikers. Beautiful scenery hiking up the trail with the cozy snow covered pines.

hiking
4 months ago

Great 4 Seasons hike today 11/25/17. Just enough snow dusting and ice to fill in some of the rocket. Steady hike straight up, no switch backs. Just over 2 hours up and 1.5 hours down. Small view at the top.

hiking
5 months ago

What a great winter hike. Not too icy but still a slippery challenge. Pretty fast up and back. One sided view that is beautiful!

Happy Labor Day! What a brisk 20 degrees!

hiking
5 months ago

Wasn’t prepared for snow on the ground, but it made it even better. Constant climb. Great workout.
1 hr 45 to summit, 1 hr 15 to come down.
If you start at Waterville Valley Ski Resort, try to park at Lot 1, that’s where trail head is located.
Tripoli Rd is closed during the winter months (starting in November) after the Ski Resort (going west). If you’re coming from I-93 exit 28 and then 49, getting here is not a problem. The other trailhead starting further west on Tripoli road is accessible via exit 31 with exception of winter (November til April) as Tripoli Rd is closed. Again: trailhead on Tripoli Rd NIT accessible in the winter.

hiking
5 months ago

Best view I’ve ever seen. Make sure to go on a day with good weather or you won’t even be able to see the view and path can get narrow. If you go in late summer you might be lucky enough to see some Thru Hikers! Took us about 3 1/2 hours total up the AT trail and down knives edge. May take longer and we were in top shape.

Just wasn’t for me. Most of the trail is not steep or rigorous at all. There are several brooks to cross and after rain you HAVE to cross right through the water. The trail to the north is tougher than the south. The last half mile to the summit of both you’re scrambling up rocks. Requires some legit rock climbing, particularly up the north. The views on the way up are nice (no views at the summits) but really only offer views to the west and south.

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