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I can see why this hike is a lot of peoples favorite, including mine. Went up falling waters and came down old bridle, Whole loop took me and my Dog 7 hours with long breaks at the peaks. up falling waters trail was moderate in difficulty, my dog a Brittany Spaniel had no problems as he is an experienced hiker. Falling waters really inclines near little haystack. Perfect sunny weather, amazing views at the top really rewards you.

We had perfect conditions for our first Mr. Washington hike. The detour wasn’t bad, slightly muddy. Past the hermit lake Shelters is definitely steep but totally doable. We were fine without poles but probably would have helped on the descent. The views were absolutely gorgeous.

Moderate for a 4,000 footer. Staircase is a killer. View was much better than reviews.

I prefer blue up and yellow down. It takes about an hour to go up and an hour down, if you don't take many breaks. Blue is steep but it's nice to get up there quickly. and this is a perfect mountain for sunrise hikes because it's not a long hike up

It was my favorite hike I have ever done. The view at the top is beautiful and the falls on the way up are amazing as well. The trail is busier than others I have done in the past but definitely not as trafficked as I was expecting it to be. We did the hike in about 5.5 hours roundtrip but we were definitely moving quickly. I definitely will be doing this hike again!

I loved this trail. It was hard though & I maybe found it more difficult as my last hike was in March so I had muscle soreness for a few days after & bad knees due to a fall. Nothing serious, just tired legs during the last 2 Miles. Amazing views throughout, the waterfalls are stunning. A very busy trail & need to get there early for prime parking. We ended up parking at the shuttle car park off exit 34c, which was fine. Took us 6 hrs 20, I’m in pretty decent shape & not been hiking for a good few months. We went up the falls trail & back on the old bridal path.

22 hours ago

Hiked it again today. Went up Blue and down Orange. Steep going up but definitely glad it was shorter than yellow with the steepness. Orange was challenging going down but not as bad as going down Blue.

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23 hours ago

It was amazing when you get to the top.

Had a fantastic time hiking this on Thursday, perfect weather for a day hike. Like others have mentioned, the trail is steep - very easy from the start to the Greeley Ponds junction, then the vast majority of elevation gain is over the next mile and a half to East Osceola, and it doesn't let up often. Trail is in mostly good shape, a couple of the wood bridges over brook crossings have broken and one was unstable when we put pressure on it. The steepness suddenly lets up just after a short slide when you hit a false summit with some pretty solid views, then the rest of the hike up to East is pretty easy. If you've done scrambling before, the Chimney is not bad up or down, there are no technically challenging spots, just don't be careless - great fun! Views from Osceola are great, I thought it would be semi-wooded as well but it's a rocky summit with solid wide open views on half of the mountain. I would agree it's intense for a moderate hike, the elevation gain is steep and quick, but we round tripped it in about 5.5 - 6 hours. Definitely a great way to bag a couple peaks, get some good views and still have some time left in the evening!

Amazing views! Lots of stops with water ways if you have a pup in tow. Quite a few off-leash dogs though, just something to watch.

This is not an easy mountain to scale. The last one mile made me question my confidence. But the beauty of this mountain makes you forget the pain and move on. Weather was excellent and totally different from what I was afraid of. The beautiful hermit lake, hiking next to the waterfall, wild flowers and the alpine zone are treat to eyes. There are couple of detours but the hike was worth it. There was a lot of traffic on the trail. I missed hiking down the Lion head trail and came to Tuckerman Ravine again. Will definitely gonna do it next time.

My first hike to White mountains. Not that steep and advanced compared to other peaks but it has some really beautiful spots for a scenic view. A Must go!!

Challenging hike due to the elevation gain and terrain, but easy to follow trail. There aren't many clearings on the Tripoli Rd side of the main peak, but the view once you get there made it well worth it.

The views are not the best, the terrain is fun. A few lookouts at the top and a couple openings as you get closer to the top. The ledge portion is fun to scale. This hike is perfect for warming to to larger hikes

Hiked it in the rain today, couldn’t see more than ten feet in front of you up top. I honestly loved it, it wasn’t too hot or too cold, I didn’t find it challenging either. I frequently hike Monadnock and I think that’s a more challenging hike. We did get a bit lost and did 12 miles instead of the 8.5, but it only took us 6.5 hours

Absolutely amazing. This trail tested my physical limits and mental toughness in ways I couldn’t have imagined, but it was a most rewarding accomplishment. Pay attention to the weather! The last half mile on the Rock Pile is very challenging and if you get caught in wind, fog, and rain, it becomes that much more treacherous. Pack more water than you think you need, wear solid hiking boots, take your time, and enjoy what will likely become one of the greatest moments and memories of your life. Hiked to the summit using only Tuckerman (and the current detour ski slope).

Did this as an impromptu hike while checking out Echo Lake. Some parts are steep but the rocks were t as slippery as I thought since it rained that morning. It was very heavily trafficked and it didn’t take that long to get to the top, and of course the views of Cathedral Ledge was the icing on top. Loved the natural stairs and the old abandoned car on Bryce’s Path was so cool to look at. Trail markers were very clear and easy to follow. Would love to attempt this hike in the winter!

Definitely one of my more difficult hikes in the white mountains. I’m glad we went counter clockwise as others mentioned. Awesome views to take in and worth the climb!

only went the 1.1 miles in. stopped at the falls. a lot of up. good for active people. beautiful views

7.5 hours, lots of nice hikers. Beautiful views. AMC hut on Bridal Trail a bonus.

great moderate hike with some smooth rock scrambling at the upper sections. beautiful views... good workout for 3 hours at medium pace with stops to take in the sites.

Left the trailhead at 8am. Ascended Welch first, counterclockwise, and found that the loop as mentioned by others was definitely the easier direction. I'd note that for an easier single summit, you'd probably want to go up Dickey alone, clockwise. Descending Welch is more challenging. I had a first time hiker with me, and they found the Welch ledges intimidating and challenging.

The reward is panoramic views from the peak of Welch, and near panaromic views around Dickey's. You can pretty much see it all from up there!

Easy pace, and lots of sightseeing saw us at 5 hours for the whole loop. A few tough scrambles and steep spots but otherwise easy to moderate trail!

Amazing hike! We took Tuckerman's up...took Crawford to Camel to Davis to Boott Spur down. DO NOT DO BOOTT SPUR...EVER. For the love of God it sucked. Crawford/Came/Davis is some of the most beautiful hiking I have ever don...gorgeous. It sort of meanders a long the ridge. Boott Spur is what plummets you down the mountain and it is looooooong and very hard on the knees. Took forever. We should have just gone back down Tuckerman's.

challenging but beautiful.

This loop totaled out at 5.7 miles rather than 4.7. We took the Morgan trail up and followed the loop clockwise to the Percival trail.

Coming down the Percival trail is steep and very rocky, and might be better described as a Harder trail for some folks.

Overall, a great hike with some great payoff views of Squam Lake and the surrounding mountains, but not one to sneeze at.

Excellent trail if you are in a time crunch or just want a short hike that ends with great views.

hands down my favorite hike I have made to date! absolutely gorgeous. I brought my dog and very quickly regretted it as we ended up having to life him and hoist him up a few rocky parts and he was not at all happy- but lesson learned that he is not as much an adventurer as I believed and from now on I'm doing a hike without him before I ever bring him on one!

other than my personal dog issues- this was certainly challenging and even more rewarding than expected. bring lots and lots of water tho! we did not make it to the hut because of my dog, so we were slipping into dehydration the whole way back down as we anticipated refilling at the hut.

Awesome hike with fun and somewhat challenging terrain, amazing views and beautiful water features. Doable as a day hike but have to be a moderately experienced hiker. Greenleaf Hut seems like a great option for those who want to extend the hike to a two day trip (it’s a lot like the refuges in the alps, complete with food and bunks and friendly folks to chat with). We did it as a day hike in ~7hrs in reverse of this guide (up Old Bridal Trail over the pass and down Falling Waters). Going down Falling Waters was great because it allowed us to take plenty of breaks on the final stretch down and take in all the water views. Bring a good camera to capture the waterfalls and the views.

Highly recommend this loop, so far my absolute favorite day hike in the Whites. Go for it!!

Wow! The views here were perfect. If you bring a hat, watch for the wind at the summit.

WOW. what a trail. the best ever. However, it should have been rated as hard ( due to the VERY slippery granit rocks and the high climbing). We were family with 12, 15 years kids. It took us 3.20 hours with occasional breaks. The view is amazing! and the climbing is really worthy.Very recoomended to families with older kids (which are not very young and are experienced in hiking). In our opinion its not recommended for dogs. Very enjoyable trail.!!
VERY IMPORTANT:Pay attention to do the loop- counter clockwise

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