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Really enjoyed this hike as an intro to snow hiking in the white mountain. Micro spikes were absolutely necessary. Be prepared with extra layers and freezing temps. Amazing views and fun trail. Looking forward to this hike in warmer temps.

Great winter hike! Went Saturday 1/5. Hard packed snow the whole way, easy going with microspikes. Fire tower at the top is super cool and 365 degree views makes for a spectacular summit!

Great hike!! Trails are hard packed with ice, traction is a must!. My hillsounds made easy work of the ledges. Some mixed conditions (ice and rock) going up Welch. I did run into a group that turned around because they couldn’t get purchase safely with their traction (yax and katahoulas).
The saddle in between the 2 is packed nicely. Beautiful views!! Will be hiking this again.

I have always LOVED this hike! Great views.

hiking
19 days ago

Took my pup and began at 8am on 12/29. There was a mix of snow/slush and ice all the way up. I took snowshoes but kept spikes on the entire way although I could have switched to make the last bit of ascent easier. It took about 1:45 to ascend and about 1 hour down. Overall a good hard quick hike with amazing views from the fire tower.

On my descent there was a "present" on the trail someone's dog left behind about 1/2 mile from the trailhead. Please be sure to pick up after your dog. Thanks.

on Boulder Loop Trail

hiking
19 days ago

Pretty easy hike, no difficult terrain. Good for families with kids.
The official name of this trail is "The Boulder Loop Interpretive Trail" there are 15 numbered markers along the way. US Forest Service has a guide for this trail available here:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd573843.pdf

hiking
20 days ago

I love this trail so much. It’s difficult, but the reward of being able to see North Conway, etc and there’s even a fire tower at the top with information about the history of it. I’ve hiked this about 4 times if my memory serves me, and it is really cool.

hiking
21 days ago

We hiked up the orange trail on Boxing Day, starting our hike at around 9:30 am. There wasn't any recent precipitation, so this was an overall moderate-easy hike and we were back down by 2 pm. Had a lovely time and I proposed to my girlfriend on our way back down (she said YES!).

Views were great, considering how easy the hike was. A bit exposed at the top, so the wind chill was real. Mini-spikes were completely sufficient and most of the trail was packed snow. We had a hard time finding the yellow trail on our way back, so we ended up just going back down orange.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is a great hike. We did do the Trail counterclockwise and it was a lovely hike. I want to go back and hike it clockwise to see which way is “nicer”.
There were some smaller trees down throughout the trail - easily maneuvered
We wore spikes as the path was packed by hiker traffic.
Note: When you cross the covered bridge from the parking lot take a right to the trailhead.

Done this twice. Each time in the winter. Very hard but perfect for a day hike. 2:15 up and 1:45 back. Skipped the eyebrow trail each time which is now a regret. Micro spikes were necessary.

Did this with a summer camp. Really fun, not challenging. There is a cliff at one point but you don't have to go near the edge. Steep rock face to climb but I was fine in hiking boots. Took five hours with slow frequently stopping camp group. Would probably take four hours with a frequently stopping but well paced group. (done somepoint in July)

Great hike on a beautiful sunny day. The trail was well-packed so snowshoes were not needed. We wore spikes the whole way. It became really soft in the afternoon, so expect icy conditions tomorrow when temps drop. It took us about 2 hours to reach the summit and one hour to get back down. Our dog had no problem at all going up or down.

Beautiful day, gorgeous views from the fire tower, and lots of friendly pupperinos on the trail! We were glad to have our microspikes on some of the steeper sections near the top.

I’ve done this hike a few times. Gone with kids ages 8 and up during May in New England. May flies prohibit a great hike during this month as they’re everywhere.

The trail however is an incredible family adventure with challenges up a somewhat flat and steep incline. Slow and steady and the kids find the challenges once traversed as monumental achievements.

Beautiful scenery and skyline views and surprisingly little traffic.

Makes for a full day adventure where you can stop numerous times for water, potty, feeding breaks.

I suggest plenty of water and healthy snacks in a medium travel pack. The more people the merrier this will be in your group.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Killer winter Hike. Most definitely will be going back to do more hiking there! I highly suggest this hike to anyone looking for a solid day hike with great views at the top!

Enjoy!

Andrew V

great workout or beginner family hike with nice view.

hiking
2 months ago

Incredible views, not too challenging (except in inclement weather the rocks are very slippery) definitely a fun hike I plan to do it again after winter, it was so beautiful.

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

This was a great hike! It was a little tough to tell which season Mother Nature had in mind, lol. About half way up, spikes were VERY handy! The summit was windy and cold, but oh so majestic with ice and snow and bluebird skies! I didn’t consider this an overly difficult hike...moderate at best and perfect for what I needed! I WILL be back!

hiking
2 months ago

Unbelievable views from the fire tower, but we definitely regretted not bringing crampons to help scale the icy 30% grade sections. The incline is constant, but not too difficult, especially considering our frequent brakes to look at the amazing views. There were about 5-6 inches of snow on the top but it was easy to climb without getting too cold.

Awesome!

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.

Awesome hike!

Great hike up to enjoy the fall colors. Went up eye brow and down the AT, eyebrow wasn’t a must do and wouldn’t be a good trail to descend. Clear day up top on the fire tower, views were stellar- snow on top made it even better. Took longer than expected due to icy conditions but beautiful hike, another great 4ker.

hiking
2 months ago

Boulder Loop is a great intro to the White Mtns. The solidly moderate 900' ascent and gentle descent are a good workout, rewarded by spectacular views from the ledges up top. Our knees hurt the next day - but we're getting old. ;-) Hiking shoes and trekking poles advised.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views at the top.
This isn't an easy hike, there's quite the elevation gain, and it's just up, up, up. However, I wouldn't categorize this hike as "hard" in terms of terrain difficulty. Most of the terrain is pretty easy to climb, even the day after a big rain storm, but there was nothing slippery. Nothing that seemed that dangerous or treacherous. I was glad to have my trekking poles on the way down, but most other hikers I saw did not have them.

I love the challenge. going up was a challenge but going down was rough. the hardest part was the rock climbing. be prepared to climb up that mountain with all your limbs, otherwise you'll have to turn back and not able to make the loop. be sure to have good shoes or hiking boots on during the autumn season because the leaves may be a bit slippery.

Views for days! This took us about 6 hours because we kept stopping to appreciate where we were - a new favorite!

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked up the yellow and down the red. A very nice half day hike, moderate climbs and beautiful views along the way and top. The many blueberry bushes were a brilliant red and so pretty. It was also a good distance and climb for our older dog. Only concern is the yellow trail is not marked very well.

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