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The first 2.3 miles was a brisk walk then starts increasing its incline steadily for the rest of the way. Going to the observatory was a little foggy because it was cloudy, but there was still a beautiful view at the summit.

hiking
1 day ago

Fantastic hike. We followed the directions listed in the description. The views off of WhiteFace were great. This would be a great trail to break up and spend a quiet night in one of the great tent spots we found along the trail.

hiking
2 days ago

This .6 mile hike into Ripley’s Fall is so worth the journey. There are a lot of rocks and roots to traverse. The path is narrow in places and it was a little wet in places (we went in Sept, probably is very wet in Spring). The granite face of the falls is amazing, creating more of a water slide then falls. The slab is wide so I would imagine in the Spring it’s even more grand.

It’s a nice little loop. Great for kids as there is a follow along picture story posted on the trees that they can read. Nicely marked, a little bit buggy.

Great hike. Glen Boulder is steep and the return hike had a lot of uphill too. Be prepared!

Beautiful hike however encroaching construction towards the far end of the trail makes the path hard to follow. But it was certainly an adventure!

hiking
6 days ago

Trail was super easy to navigate and it didn’t take long at all to reach the base of the falls. A little more climbing brings you to the top where I was able to sit with my dog and enjoy the views and the sound of the rushing water. Would totally recommend for any skill level!

This trail was so much fun for our family to hike! The perfect amount of a challenge for our 5 and 7 year olds, and the waterfall is beautiful! The kids had a ball walking and splashing in the water.

I went up the cliff path first so I wouldn’t have to on the way down... those first couple miles were tough! But it was really refreshing getting to the waterfall right near the end. The rest was a breeze after that!

A great hike with a beautiful payoff at the top!

Interesting hike. If you are scared of heights I would not recommend because there are some parts on whiteface where you need to do some free climbing (my dad said he hiked this when he was a teenager 40 years ago and there were ladders but there are NO ladders at all now). We went up whiteface and down passaconaway, completed the whole loop in 7 hours and 48 minutes.. including breaks. We did take a long break at the top of whiteface (maybe half hour to 45 min long). Started at around 11:30ish and finished by 7.. just minutes before sunset! We weren’t paying attention to time at the beginning of the hike but once we left whiteface we sped up to beat the sunset. Also if you have bad knees I wouldn’t recommend unless you have the time to descend carefully and some type of support.

This trail has a variety of scenery and is not heavily traveled. We hopped onto this after taking the Bemis Brook and Arthusa Falls trails. The climbs are decent, if you are a newer hiker just take your time and it will be fine. The ridge top has a nice view. Be careful on the climb down (or the climb up if starting on the trail head.) This had a lot of small gravel and was a bit slick even in dry weather and with hiking boots. Would not recommend wearing sneakers on this trail if you can avoid it.

Lots and lots of fun scrambling, even a wooden ladder at about a 45 degree angle bolted into the rock face. It’s a pretty steep route, but because it’s only 2 miles or so up ,not too difficult if your a regular hiker. I did this after a storm and would have been better off doing it on a dry day as the descent can be slippery and is the trickiest part. Consider going down via lonesome lake trail if conditions aren’t ideal. Views at the top of the observation tower are unreal.

A friend and I made this a two day trip. Trailhead parking and directions were not entirely clear as we drove right to the Blueberry Ridge trail head. After some deliberation decided that we would park at the Ferncroft parking area 2/10m from the trail head.(this is the right move). We hiked in at 0900 and took our time. Even with the heavy rains the day before there was no water avail until the old Camp Rich site just below the summit loop. We saw a lot of moose and bear sign(picture of bear scratching was taken 10-12 feet from my hammock at Camp Rich). Although the summits are in tree line there are a couple of good overlooks. Camp Rich was a cool little piece of the hill. You can feel some of the care and history of that camp and can imagine many hikers and backpackers having great times and creating life memories. There are 4-5 decently flat sites with a large fire pit and plenty of deadfall. It has been very responsibly used with a solid “no trace” look. There is a pristine water source right at the eastern edge of the camp. To find the camp you will have to pay close attention. As you start to round the northern height of the clockwise loop, you will see the first ascent trail to Passaconway. Just before that left turn is a small stream running across the trail, back up from the stream about 20 feet and look north(left) to see a clearing and a lightly tread path into the clearing. Once in the clearing the path will lead you NW about 20-25 yards to the campsite. It was beautifully silent all night, no highway or road noise, with just the occasional jet wash overhead. BRING A BEAR BAG! To really up the seclusion and very lightly used trails we choose to bypass Diceys Trail and take Walden Trail to Wonalancit Ridge Trail. We where very happy with the choice as it was obviously very infrequently used. Great hike, great company, awesome. In summery if you are in it for the big bold summit views, not here. But for nature, seclusion, and very light traffic, you will love this hike.
Say hello to Lip the “fungi” on the Walden Trail (see photos)

Perfect weather for this loop on Sunday. Views are pretty limited. If you like extended exposed views, this is not the best hike. Managed the full loop with my 4 yr old lab in about 5 hours. He loved it. For those with dogs, the Blueberry Ledge trail was bone dry. There was no available water until the Rollins Trail just before heading up the final ascent to Passaconaway.

Views are amazing. Sawyer River Rd. is open.

trail running
12 days ago

The Greely Pond in & out was steep and brutal but overall a rewarding trek. The first mile is flat but that quickly changes to a progressively more difficult quad grinder as the trail separates at the first fork. From the split, you will hike up approx. 1.5 miles of HARD, relentless elevation gain that yields to a more moderate traverse into Osceola and back. There are minimal views from E Osceola. Your hard work is rewarded once you summit Osceola, as you will be greeted with panoramic views into Waterville Valley. Take your time on the descent, as there are many loose rocks and gravel.

Dogs are allowed off leash here, but due to the substantial grade of the majority of this trail and rough scrambles, I would strongly recommend against bringing your 4 legged companion.

I lost a black diamond carbon fiber hiking pole on the trail (I think it had fallen out near Osceola's summit.) If anyone finds this please contact me at joe@highlinecapitalpartners.com

I will provide a finders fee. Thank you!

hiking
12 days ago

Amazing 360 degree view from summit. Steep climbs at times. Finished in 4.5 hrs. Great views on bugles cliff half way up mountain. Very tough rock climbing right before the summit.

Other than the already mentioned ‘rocky’ start and finish, I found this to be a very pleasant trail- the ascension rate to the summit was steady, had nothing tricky, and excellent views at the summit. Without going to East, I’d say the difficulty level is a low-level moderate.

This trail almost killed me. I couldn't walk normal for three days after. Kelly Campbell who is experienced took me on this as my first hike. and she practically skiped her way through this trail. The cannonballs we're ridiculous who put them there? why I ought to ! any way it was enjoyable actually during the hike. splendid views on Cannon ! South Kinsman was a real pleasant place to stop eat and take in the views. I enjoyed the friendly people along the trails. oh and the last hour in the dark with Kelly holding her phone for light was treacherous make sure you have a head lamp!

Loved it my dog had so much fun running in and out of the water. The bugs weren’t to bad as long as u don’t stop for a long break!

I really enjoyed this. To get views so quickly on Avalon was a nice reward went Avalon, Field, Tom. The forest in between all was beautiful. even got to see some Grey Jay's on top of Tom on a bluebird day! excited to do this loop in the winter! also - fantastic job by the people maintaining the trails!

Very easy and enjoyable nature hike within the city limits...

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike with wonderful views as you approach the peak. Nice tower at the top to catch a little break and chat with some fellow hikers. The trails is in great shape with many opportunities to dip in the creek.

hiking
18 days ago

Tough, but worthwhile hike. Fairly easy ascent up until Bulge Cliff, but scrambles become steeper and more frequent soon after. Be prepared to scale some rock on the final push to the summit.

a lovely little park. .we did the black loop. .trail is eroded with lots of roots and rocks but serviceable. .just watch your footing. .huge boulders through out the park as well as large old growth trees. .perhaps an old glacier flow?.

hiked this Saturday, road was open

Had my 2 year old on my kelty backpack during the hike. It was gorgeous but I wouldn't recommend doing it since the rocks you had to go over were quick large.

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