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hiking
2 days ago

Amazing 360 views. This was an incredible hike, highly recommended. trail is well compacted with some powder in the last quarter mile as you get above the trees. Spikes (and poles) required. While the trail is good, stick closely to it. Depending on the elevation there is up to three feet of snow and immediately off the compacted trail it is soft, watch where you plant your poles. Did I write I loved this hike.

great hike with some of the best views in the whites, we had mid winter conditions!! snow no ice!!

This trail can be described in one word: STAIRS! I hiked this trail after a morning on the Welch/Dickey loop. This was my first of the NH48 so it was tough on me especially after a full morning of hiking, but the accomplishment that I felt upon reaching the summit was unparalleled! Views are obscured by trees but beautiful nonetheless. I had beautiful summer weather on my side, too. Highly recommended for hikers beginning their exploration of the 4000-footers, but may be underwhelming for more experienced hikers. This took me 3.75 hours total on tired legs, including about 30 minutes at the summit.

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked from 8:30am - 1pm. Well packed for almost the whole trail, a few areas of dry, unpacked powder. Microspikes were the perfect traction. Small side trails not packed, would need snow shoes for those. Not too difficult of hike, though there are some steep sections.

Great Beginners hike! Was pretty packed when we went up.

hiking
15 days ago

The trail is so well packed that one could do it without any traction at all, but I brought crampons and found them helpful, especially on the steeper sections. I felt like I got a great workout out of it, but it did not feel quite like an inspiring wilderness experience - you skirt a developed ski area, and are also in the trees for most of the hike. There are not many views except from the summit.

hiking
21 days ago

Great day. Had to wear snowshoes from start to finish so this “easy” hike was a bit more challenging than normal. We started from the logging road to avoid the river crossing. I would rate this hike “moderate” level vice “easy” One great view about 2/3 to top. Spectacular view from the top where even Mt Washington was clearly visible to the north. Snow softened from warmer temps on way down, so it was a little dicey. Nice hike overall.

hiking
22 days ago

one of my favorite hikes to do in the winter!

Trail was packed well from recent trampers. Snowshoes and spikes never came out. 3.5 hours out and back. Not much on views but still a fun little hike. The resident red squirrel at the summit is quite the friendly fella.

nature trips
30 days ago

A wonderful history lesson surrounded by the beauty of Concord. Where it all began. Very sentimental. It was an honor to walk in the steps of the minute men and I enjoyed all of the detailed signs pointing out everything. Lovely bridge with birds landing and making for a great picture by the lake. Enjoyable! Not difficult at all. Nice flat surfaces mostly.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice winter hike with some sneak peaks of the rock pile.
There was about 6 inches of snow on the peak and a little ice on the upper 500 feet of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Took us about five hours up and back down with several breaks. A little steep in parts but overall not bad. A little icey towards the top but didn’t even break out our spikes. Good hike for a dog. Our 50 pound hound was able to jump up over every rock on his own and didn’t tire out. There were several other dogs on the trail as well. The only disappointment of the day was the very unfriendly dog at the summit which the owner had off leash and who confronted our dog. The viewpoint halfway up was nice as were the views at the top. The summit is small so probably better on a weekday when it’s less crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful hike. a little snow towards the top, but a great hike for the family.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was open and wide for the most part, went this past weekend (first weekend in November) and there wasn’t many people out there! Trail was easy for most of the way, got a little tougher when we turned to head up to the falls.

Good hike - pretty easy - at least as far as the 4,000 footers go. Snow and ice at the top. Wish I’d warn waterproof shoes/boots but at least I had wool socks. The trail was a brook in spots from recent rain. Also there were a couple of difficult brook crossings as the water was high and fast. I assume those crossings aren’t usually as difficult as they were this day.

hiking
1 month ago

Didn’t do the whole 5 miles. Just hiked out to eagles nest outlook for the stunning views overlooking Lake Sunapee. 10/10 views. Especially in the fall!

Nice hike in the snow. Chose this as a quick single peak option due to norEaster. Has a nice wooded Walk. Ok views, pleasant enough. Good hike for those just starting out hiking high peaks.

hiking
1 month ago

Better than expected. Nice hike through the woods on a fall day. Great streams.

Nice easy walk. Would do it again. River on one side and brook on other side.

Hiked it yesterday, great hike with very limited yellow markings.Need to pay attention to trail so you don't get off. Tricky brook crossing if water is high. Great views from the warden's tower. 360 degree views. I'd do this hike again but in the summer.

1 month ago

This is definitely not a “moderate” trail in my estimation. Steep hike almost the whole way. The views of Lake Solitude however may make it worth the climb. Very poor footing on the way back down.

Sweet little hike

The trail is a challenging enough workout, steep midway. I was fortunate enough for a friend to tell me to “keep to the right “. The slabs in the upper area can be confusing and easy to get lost. It lacks big enough cairns. They were ‘baby cairns’, a couple of stones here and there. There were very few and faded blazers also. It’s easy to miss the trail markers for the turn to Stairs Col trail as well, if you’re heading that way. Once at the top, the views are worthy. Starting the descent is also confusing without cairns to guide you. Otherwise it’s a pretty good trail for a moderate hike. Keep to the right!

Sweet little hike

hiking
1 month ago

Great views! NOT EASY! Goes straight up, over roots and rocks. Tough river cross(river was high and fast after rain). Worth the hike if you’re looking for a moderate hike.4.8 miles total.

Nice walk, not challenging. Nice scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

I went with friend during fall expecting a great fall foliage view. But there is no views on this trail. Even the top is covered by trees.

Hiked this yesterday & Sawyer River Road was open. Took me around 5 hours total. The trail itself was pretty with the fall foliage but psychologically tough because most of it is uphill through the woods with few views. Since it was a clear day it was worth it to see those 360 degree views from the deck though.

This was such a great hike, and it was even better with the changing of the leaves! Tree cover for most of the hike, until you get the ridge. We had such a gorgeous, and clear view. If you're lucky, you may be greeted by a few Gray Jays at the top of the watch tower. They polished off more of my trail mix than I did...And as people have stated, Sawyer Rd is open, and it's a beautiful drive down the road!

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