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11 hours 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.

Plan a two or three day stay, the weather pattern changes by the hour.

15 days ago

Favorite hike for years, first hiked around 12yo

great workout or beginner family hike with nice view.


Well marked trail. Very rocky and filled of roots. Definitely suggest spikes. Nice views and plenty of Gray Jay's on the trail! Would definitely do this trail again in nicer weather!

Awesome must-do hiking experience.

I hiked this trail 10/26. It was a clear day with great visibility, around 32 degrees at the bottom, frigidly cold and windy at the top.

I would rate this as a fairly easy trail, especially for the Whites. Steady incline, with no scrambling. No snow at the bottom of the trail, but reached about 8-10 inches at the summit. It was beautiful to watch the change scenery as we ascended. Some frozen ice over rocks near the river, so use caution.Obviously, very windy at the top (bald summit) and frigidly cold.

I brought crampons, but didn't need them. Poles were extremely helpful on the way down as the snow can be slippery. I packed a lot of layers and was only a tiny bit uncomfortable at the top: base layer, smart wool mid layer, my Patagonia R1 Fleece Pullover, a warm puff jacket and windbreaker for the summit. Neck warmer, hat and gloves. I wasn't sure how to pack for this, so I brought more than less layers and I'm glad I did.I took a few off as we got going, the hike up I was pretty warm, but very glad I had them as we ascended.

It was a beautiful trail. I've never hiked around this time before and it was an incredible experience. I highly recommend!

1 month 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.

One of my "go-to" trails in the Northeast!! Absolutely amazing!

1 month ago

We had a wonderful hike with our pup. Not too easy. Not too hard. Good investment in time. Outstanding views from the top. Could have stayed up on the ledges for hours.

Hiked this last weekend and was getting over a cold and a great trail since it’s not really difficult. Grades are moderate with a couple nice book crossings over bridges.

This particulate Sunday it had snowed at the higher elevations so that was a nice treat to see as the elevation changed and the snow that was there.

Views from the top were really clear and you could see some decent foliage in the valley. Our dog was psyched with the cool weather and absence of any rock scrambling. Windy at the top which made it a little cold. Just plan ahead with layers.

1 month ago

Found it to be a difficult hike. Not because of the elevation or not being in shape, which we were, but the entire trail was walking over large boulders. Coming down was total concentration on where to step to not twist an ankle. Other than that, it was beautiful with great views of the clouds racing by.

1 month ago

We do this hike about ten times a year. The trail is a great morning get away. Only negative is to those of you that can't respect to dog leash rule, this weekend was a mess, enjoy the forest,,, respect the humans.

What a view! Rocky, with boulders, and roots make this trail interesting. A few steep spots but overall steady inclines. It was hard to leaVe the ledges. The view was so beautiful. We had them all to ourselves on a Saturday, after 3:00. You have to go back to the trail each time you go explore the ledges.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This was a fun hike, trails are well maintained and blazed, until you get about 200 yards from the summit and the blazes are on rock and rather hard to find but makes for a fun climb. would rate it as moderate.

Fun hike

1 month ago

This old lady took 4 hours to get to the top on a very cloudy/overcast/foggy day. Some of that time included my son stopping to take pics and the two stop-offs on the way (recommend both) . I liked this trail as it was variable terrain. There were a few level spots where one caught their breath and hard spots that you had to climb by hand (near the.top). it was very pretty. It was cold and windy at the top which was a relief. bring bird seed for the friendly grey Jay's. Benefit of going on a cloudy day was that we only saw about 8 people on this typically busy trail.

Learning difference from 12 yo to 67 yo as far as scampering up and down rocks. Excellent trail but definitely took longer than anticipated and challenging.

We went up on a beautiful day, taking Piper up and “west” loop down. The latter was longer but we avoided going down the rocks we had scampered over on the way up. Summit was glorious- beautiful 360 views.

We started at the Piper Trailhead, then took Carter, Middle Sister, West Side, Liberty, Hammond, and Weetamoo back to Piper. Be careful if bringing dogs. I had my 55lb dog with me. He made it the whole loop but there were many large rocks that I had to boost him up onto. They were at the end of Carter Ledge up to and in the beginning of Middle Sister. We took the trail pretty slow with many breaks. We had 7 hrs moving and about 10 all together. All in all a beautiful trail! Well worth the work to get up.

Started trail around noon, completed trail around 5/530 Dog was able to do it but needed to be assisted up boulders and down boulders. 75 lb dog but his feet were beat up after. Reallllly muddy, recommend waterproof boots. 3 decent waterfalls/rivers. Awesome view. But very windy on top.

2 months ago

Really enjoyed our hike. We went counter clockwise and spent about half an hour at the summit. Personally, I'd rank the hike easy overall. There was a brief period of steep incline, but it was short and not technical. Be careful you don't miss the summit!

2 months ago

This was a tough hike to do yesterday, Sunday, October 7, 2018, but the feeling of accomplishment was worth it! I am 56 and my husband is 59, and we just started back on the 4000 footers. Why tough? It was rainy, foggy, muddy, slippery and steep - sometimes all at once! The slick ledge scramble at the top was a bit scary- both up and down. We took 6h to get up and down. Others seemed to sail by us both going up and going down, though, and we saw plenty of four legged hikers enjoying their hike, so it might just be we are still out of practice. Still, I'd recommend doing this hike on a day without rain when you the rocks would not be so slippery and you would get the benefit of a summit view!

2 months ago

Great hike with super rewarding views at the top. Definitely follow the advice to go counter clockwise, glad we did. My dog loved it, too. Not too crowded, even in peak foliage season.

Great views!

Tuckerman Ravine is like some foreign alien looking landscape! Absolutely nuts! The glacial cirque is truly a sight to behold. Once inside the bowl, you climb up the headwall, and then another push up a set boulder fields. A fun and very memorable climb! Then, you’ll see the parking lot and cars and craziness that is the top, and probably have to wait in line for a summit pic if that’s your thing. Any serious east coast hiker, would be remiss to have missed out on Mount Washington.

This is not a great trail. You can hear the road for most of it, and the views are not enough to make up for the slog. Starts out with a fairly steep climb — not the worst, but not enjoyable — and then mostly evens out for the last bit. We did it mostly to check it off of our 4000 footer list and we won’t go back.

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