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hiking
2 days ago

Fantastic views and ponds. It is a little muddy and lots of water, due to the rain. I followed the directions on the map and it brought me to a large building. I drove around that building and parked near the second one. I followed the sunset waterfront sign, passed the boyscout camp, bathrooms. I came across a sign on the right that read emergency skills. I took the path to the left of that sign. You pass more camps and a firing range continue to follow it to the pond. When it split, I took the red trail along the pond. I was not able to cross the water crossing to continue on the red trail. I ended up following the water/trail up.You do see two newly made bridges, but I didn't Bother to go across. I continued to follow the trail up and to the left. If necessary, use the alltrails app/map to navigate. I came across another wonderful pond. Back track a little and continue to follow the trail you reach the top and see amazing views. I stayed until almost sunset. I took the yellow trail down. I could not find a marker for the trail, but it can be found to the left of the two ponds, if you are at the top facing them... Closer to the edge of the top. *again, if you are unsure use the alltrails map, it works well.

Nice hike. Great view from top. Did the loop clockwise and about 1.8 miles into the hike the trail required a river crossing (to continue on the red trail) that was flowing fairly fast. Any rocks above the water level were frozen so crossing the river would have been dangerous. As a result we were forced to backtrack about 0.3 Mile and bushwhacked back to the trail. Everything worked out but we were running out of daylight so this is a perfect example why you should always have a headlamp “ just in case”. Enjoy but be cautious of river crossing.

Awesome!

Came back today. 11/10/18. Again in the rain. Did the loop up the mountain. It was a nice easier workout and still nice in the rain. Of course very slippery on the leaves but that was expected. Only fell once and I laughed more then anything. May do again in the spring.

walking
9 days ago

Nice, very quick easy to moderate climb. Nice views of the lakes. Would be a great climb with small children.

Very nice moderate hike. Views of the lake at various spots on way up. Summit has views north and I’m told if you continue off the summit on the Ridge Line Trail there are nice views north about a mile or so down. Enjoyable hike... would definitely do it again in the future.

hiking
21 days 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.

Beautifully scenic views...

I enjoy a good rock scramble. This trail has a lot of loose rocks. A couple steep spots to begin with, but it eventually levels out. Some nice views off the lookouts. I just didn’t enjoy this trail.

Wonderful hike! Great views of the lake at various points prior to reaching the peak which has interesting views up to the whites. Washington snow shrouded on this October day. I’m told there is a view point about a mile further from the peak along Ridge Line Trail. The trail is well marked and moderate. The day was topped off by a hawk landing on the trail directly in front of us near the end of the hike.

hiking
26 days 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.

hiking
27 days ago

GREAT views and colors. A bit difficult to find the trail head but fun and easy hike, especially when you practically have it all to your self!

Loved the trail. Perfect for a short walk if you only have an hour or two. We took the Bob Chase trail up and then the loop back. Next time will also take the South Face trail but we were short on time. Nice, gradual ascent easy on the knees and nice views in several spots of the mountains and lakes. We will be back!

Pretty steep initally for about 10 to 15 minutes then it becomes a nice moderate incline. Quick hike. took me about half an hour to get to the top. Beauitful views. Lots of cool mushrooms around. Worth it.

hiking
30 days 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.

Love this little hike! Great view at the top and the trail goes through the woods, over a charming bridge across a babbling brook and expands into an open granite top. This is great for kiddos and dogs.

Just did the Homestead loop today in the rain. Was a nice short walk with the dog. Will be back to do the summit trail on another day.

Fun hike

hiking
1 month ago

You have to go to the Scout campground in order to get to this trail. It wasn’t exactly easy to follow but defiantly rate parts of it as moderate. Had to use my data to navigate a few times. The trail is as on the map with AllTrails. Follow the trail straight up and to the left then use yellow trail markers until you get to the flat rocks at the top w/ the look out. Then go right to the yellow/blue trail then turn right again when you get to another fork. It will turn into the red trail markers which are really good if you keep following them. There is a rope swing about 2.25 miles in. Also then it eventually goes back to the beginning. Took my senior aged dog w/ me and he was exhausted but made it only had to help him out once. Definitely will get muddy so prepare for that & have to cross the river once w/ no bridge. We are dirty but tired & overall happy.

hiking
1 month ago

You have to go to the Scout campground in order to get to this trail. It wasn’t exactly easy to follow but defiantly rate parts of it as moderate. Had to use my data to navigate a few times. The trail is as on the map with AllTrails. Follow the trail straight up and to the left then use yellow trail markers until you get to the flat rocks at the top w/ the look out. Then go right to the yellow/blue trail then turn right again when you get to another fork. It will turn into the red trail markers which are really good if you keep following them. There is a rope swing about 2.25 miles in. Also then it eventually goes back to the beginning. Took my senior aged dog w/ me and he was exhausted but made it only had to help him out once. Definitely will get muddy so prepare for that & have to cross the river once w/ no bridge. We are dirty but tired & overall happy.

hiking
1 month 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!

hiking
1 month 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!

hiking
1 month ago

We did not find the climb gradual; the trail typically had repeating steep sections followed by flat. We didn't fully summit though - at the second overlook, we saw thick clouds moving in and feared rain. The decent would have been really tricky if wet. Regardless, the views at both overlooks were beautiful and the trail itself was lovely and well marked.

Light traffic on this trail with a gradual climb. Beautiful vistas along the trail with views of Winnipesaukee. View from the summit is not as spectacular. About 3/4 of the trail is deep woods.

trail running
1 month ago

Enjoyed it. Not really technical but a good trail run. Very runnable both out and back.

on Boulder Loop Trail

1 month ago

We went counter clockwise as suggested. Much easier on the knees. Weather was great. Only a hint of leaf fall color change though. Another week or two and it should be perfect for this hike

hiking
1 month ago

Really great hike, trail is well-maintained and doable for all ages. Awesome views at the top as well as along the trail at look-out points. We took the loop clockwise just because I had forgotten about the suggestions from this app but it wasn’t terribly hard coming down.

hiking
1 month ago

We took the Stone House Trail up and the White Cairn Trail down. The White Cairn Trail definitely is the steeper of the two nearing the top, but it also is the more scenic. If you are not doing the entire loop, and just want to go up and down, take the White Cairn Trail. It was a busy trail, but the good news is that you can find a number of lookouts at the top to have a private lunch with a view. By the way, the top is a little hard to find too. Watch for the "Lookout Loop" sign and follow the trail/cairns to various rock-faced clearing overlooking the valley below. You can have great views and spots to have lunch below the summit along the White Cairn Trail; no view lost by the lower elevation. I marked several of those good lookouts as waypoints.

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