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Really enjoyed this hike. Great views at top. Did not find lower part of trail well marked. Quarry has lots of broken glass.

This loop totaled out at 5.7 miles rather than 4.7. We took the Morgan trail up and followed the loop clockwise to the Percival trail.

Coming down the Percival trail is steep and very rocky, and might be better described as a Harder trail for some folks.

Overall, a great hike with some great payoff views of Squam Lake and the surrounding mountains, but not one to sneeze at.

One of my favorite trails. The beginning of the trail is pretty steep There are lots of rocks to scramble at the quarry, and the quarry is extremely beautiful. After the quarry, the trail gets steep again but there are stretches where the trail levels out. At the top of the mountain there are 180 degree views. It was absolutely worth the hike. The only problem that we had was not being able to find the fire road on the way down. And the mileage is wrong. If you go down the same way you go up, it’s about 4.5 miles long.

ALSO it was hard to walk the trail without the map. There were lots of trails that went off the maine trail that we didn’t know where it led to

hiking
2 days ago

Maybe I didn’t walk far enough but I walked till the trail ended. This is a Walk not a hike up a mountain. It is virtually 0 grade uphill. I would plan to come and sit on the huge rocks in the creek and enjoy the day, not do this as a hike for fitness etc.

Hiked with my 6 and 10 year olds.

I did not consider this a moderate hike and found it quite easy. Neither of my kids found it difficult either. The only "steep" sections are found in the staircase around the falls and these are short.

The trail is about a mile to the falls and is fairly flat with a gradual incline. There is a stream crossing immediately after the trailhead we managed in the rain to avoid getting wet.

You've reached the falls when you hit a fork in the trail with a sign. The right continues on to Mt. Chocurua and the left heads towards the falls. They meet again after the falls to create a loop. I would avoid the loop by going up and down the staircase. If you head up the left the first or second side trail leads to a wide waterfall with a huge squarish bolder in the middle of the stream. Keep heading down the gorge another 200' to see a tall 50' waterfall. There is also a cut out in the canyon with a large overhang in which you can shelter. We ate lunch here out of the drizzle and dried off our gear.

Although we come to summit Chocorua this was a nice plan B. Had conditions been better and we summited I probably would have by passed the falls and missed out completely.

We started the trail via Frankenstein Cliffs which was a pretty steep incline but happy we got the hardest part over with in the beginning of the trail. There were very few people on the Cliff trail but once we got closer to the falls, there were many more- a little too busy to my taste. But all in all, a very beautiful 5 mike hike from start to finish and a great workout. It took us 4 hours but we stopped and picnicked by the smaller falls.

Absolutely breathtaking! A short scramble, but worth it!

Very cute, very short, tons of people

Definitely tough going the first half of trail. A bit confusing at the start, when the gravel road takes a hard left, go up the trail straight ahead. Also, by the quarry is not well marked. We might not have found our way without the trail map on our phone.

I hiked it 25 years ago and it started to storm. It was a very strenuous hike but very rewarding at the same time. Once we got to the top the clouds came in and we had to descend fast . Never be on a mountain during storms! However a blue sky can change fast and you will least expect it.

Many areas of this trail are on the hard side of moderate. A great trail with the most amazing views at the top. Some of the elevations over rocks are hard for short folks.

Did this with my 10 and 1 year old in a backpack and it was pretty easy. A little long for the 1 year old, 90 mins up and 60 down. Beautiful view of the brook most of the way up and nice cool breeze. Will definitely be doing it again!

We did this trail in April, when there was still quite a bit of snow on the mountain, which made the ascent pretty difficult, but it was our third mountain we’d hiked so it would be much easier now-especially in summer or fall! Views at the top were really great, so overall I’d say it’s not too difficult a hike. A bit hard to find the parking for this mountain though-even asked the locals and it took 2 stops and 4 people before we were finally pointed in the right direction. Overall a good hiking experience.

Once in the parking lot there are no signs. a lot of the reviews say that it's just an access road to a tower, and all though this is still an awesome view,its also only one peak. In the parking lot walking over to that access road, if you get yourself so that that dort access road going up the mountain is on your left, there is a trail straight ahead of you (maybe slightly to the right). This is a fun, steep trail, short hike with a phenomenal view!

The day I went was a little foggy and misty and made it feel like an enchanted forest. I LOVED IT! I really loved all the Fairy homes and different benches you could sit on to rest and contenplate. Definitely going to come back again when I next visit Maine.

Great 3 hour hike. Recommend heading towards Frankenstein cliffs first. Steep climb through shaded area that pops you out onto gorgeous outlooks. It had just rained a day prior to this climb so Arethusa falls was going strong. There are a lot of side paths to other falls and small pools, so if you have time to explore, you could easily make this into a full half day hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice hike close to home

My family had a great time on this hike. On our way through the cave section of Percival, we retrieved about twenty water bottles of varying types from one crevice. Apparently people are either accidentally or purposely dropping bottles just outside the cave proper. Please keep a good grip on your bottles.

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail. We walked with our 7 and 5 year olds and a toddler in a carrier. It took us almost 5.5 hours as we walked super slow and made a lot of stops along the way. We lost the trail twice - near the same location on the way there and back but found the trail again quite easily. I highly recommend.

Mount Jefferson is tough for newbies. I hiked Mount Jefferson, then walked over to Mount Adam's via the Gulfside Trail and had lunch, then back to Jefferson, round the Cornice Trail and then back down Cap's Ridge to the trail base parking lot. That was too much and took me almost 11 hours and I broke my glasses. Don't do that.

But Jefferson all by itself via Cap's Ridge is still a challenge for those new to the Whites. Have good boots and plenty of food and water. There is some rock scrambling needed, but not too overwhelming.

Great hike! Lots of small lookouts with beautiful view. Definitely not meant for trail running, steep incline but with very well set up stairs most of the way. Beautiful view of a few waterfalls. No bugs this time of year!

This was an amazing hike. The trail between Little Jackson and Tumbledown (the unofficial part) was totally unmarked and difficult to follow when you were in tree line. The area had heavy rains two days before we arrived and some of the washouts looks like trails... We used the app to get back onto the correct track - life saver!

I would have to agree with others about the dogs. I have two Siberian huskies and while they enjoyed most of the hike, the scrambles up ledges were eventually a bit much for them. Morgan Road to Little Jackson was fine for them and the Parker Ridge Trail return was pretty good. That segment would have been better for them had they not been as tired as they were. I rarely tire them out on hikes!

Hiked up Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and then down Jewel Trail. The combination of these is perfect. Ammonoosuc is definitely difficult including crossing 2 waterfalls and a constant rock scrabble to the tree line and beyond then from Lake of the Clouds to the summit it is just a killer stair master climb. Jewel coming down is no picnic as it has its own rock scrabbles but no water so it’s less treacherous. I know they say you can take dogs but being a dog lover I think the rocks on these trails will tear most dogs pads to shreds. The views once beyond the trees are spectacular. Bring something warm for the summit, we started at 80 degrees but the summit was 54 plus 25-30 mph winds.

12 days ago

Great challenging hike, relentless 1.6. Loved it!! Great reward at the summit!!

We went to Frankenstein Cliffs first. I felt it was better to do it this way because of the steep incline. Great view from the cliff and excellent water falls!

This trait is not easy to follow. We went up the cliff side, but got lost around the railroad track. There was a fallen bushy tree on the trail, so we didn't realize that was the way to go. We also realized on our way up, we had strayed from the actual trail. Besides it not being marked well, it's a great moderate hike- there are a couple strenuous parts on the way up the cliff, but after the cliff it's pretty easy. Great view and beautiful waterfall (which can be quite crowded). We also accidentally left a tomahawk on the cliff trail before it gets really steep if anyone wants to try to find it.

Beautiful. Calming. You must experience the powerful spray at the base of the waterfall.

Loved this hike! Short and sweet with a big reward after a moderately steep climb. The trail is poorly marked (aka, not at all), but is well traveled and easy to follow. The top has several different views to choose from, and over looks Chemo Pond, which was where we were staying, so that was a bonus. Did this with our 6 year old daughter and she loved it.

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