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Our first time doing this trail with our German Shepard and Boston Terrier. Was a great hike, but definitely think your dogs need to be in good shape as our Greman Shepard wasn't. We weren't aware of the rock scrambles, so we had to lift our Shepard in a couple of spots. Great workout with great views! Would do again, just not with our out of shape dog...

it was rainy so had no view at the top, but the woods were absolutely beautiful to hike through. I would definitely do this one again.

3 days ago

did this with my 7 yr and my 69yr old mother. I am not even close to fit and it took us 2 hours to summit (with a 30min break for lunch and pictures) and about another hour to get to the south cliffs and back. GO TO THE SOUTH CLIFFS! It is the best views of the hike. took us under an hour to come down. It is quite steep so poles would have been good.

This is one of our favorites-not too far of a drive from Portland, and an easy to moderate level of difficulty. This was one of the first mountains we did, when we went back several months later and with a few more mountains under our belts, it was MUCH easier. Second time we did burnt meadow and stone mountain together, up and down and to both mountains took us about 3.5 hours. Beautiful views!!! Highly recommended.

Nice hike. Some erosion damage on the trail and some jerk flattened the cairn at the top. Cairn fixed and hope the jerk that took it apart gets poison ivy in some horrible places. The views were awe inspiring and could not have been better weather! Our kids handled it without issue.

This is a nice trail right on the Maine/New Hampshire border, it gains a fair amount of elevation over a short distance, so it is a decent workout. The view from the tower is great, and there are several spots along the way up with very nice views. I enjoyed being able to see the White Mountains at the same time as Maine's western peaks.

A pleasant hike. Previous reviews are correct, rocky terrain early on, and great views of the lakes near the summit. Recent rains made the early trail section muddy and buggy, but not enough to be a consideration.

Great short hike that makes you work a little towards the top, the bottom is very mellow and the last few hundred feet look like the picture you see of my dog, wife with our infant son. So manageable for sure, great views at the top.

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.


Love this hike- but this online map is wrong. The part labeled “bald knob viewpoint” is actually the top.... and the part labeled “Bald knob” is actually a different mountain called Turtleback.

Moderately steep. Very isolated trail. No views at all if you don’t continue to the ledges / summit.

14 days ago

We were unsure if our Fiat would make it to the trail head, but the roads weren't bad! Once at the trail head, we chose to go up Coot Trail. It was a steep and rocky climb to the top, but the tree coverage kept us shaded and cooler. Once we got to the top, we were greeted by the fire tower and beautiful views. The climb up wasn't easy, but the payoff was worth it. There's a path nearish to the picnic table on the right-hand side that leads to a ledge with some great views. If you're not afraid of heights, you can also climb the fire tower for more amazing views. We took the Bobcat Trail back down. It was definitely much more wet and slick than Cooter Trail. The rocks are abundant and slippery, so take caution as it's a steep descent. It was nice, however, to be able to try both trails!

We liked the trail overall. Kind of lonely trail. We met only 2 other families and a mountain biker.

Good -
1. Tree cover throughout the trail - no need to bring your sunglasses or caps. Just have some bug repelant.
2. Floor is covered with pine needles, leaves and moss - very easy for feet.
3. Accent is very gradual (always under 25%)
4. Few scenic views - looking over Squam Lake

1. trail is unmarked and has many splits that will take you in circles. Have All trails app on your phone
2. trail splits in to a small loop close to the summit. Take to right side path to get to some vista points. Also not that this path is harder that the trail so far. some spots are scary for kids to be alone.
3. Trail beyond the summit marker is rarely traveled and bit risky
4. I think we should avoid this trail on rainy days, as narrow parts of trail may get flooded.

Spur of the moment decision to hike this with a friend and my pup. Pretty hot summer day so taking the yellow trail up was a bit longer but being in the trees was a welcome relief from the sun! Tons of wild Maine blueberries were ripe enough to snack on - sooo good! This was my 1 year old labs 2nd hike and he did great! After the hike we found a great little public beach at the pond below and all went for a swim. Really fun day!

A difficult hike in our opinion but worth it! It gets really steep at parts and it didn’t help that we did most of it while it was raining but those views at the top are breathtaking. Overall a really fun time!

18 days ago

Really crowded, but overall a good time!

SUPER fun hike. the loop is more like 5.5 miles, as you have to take a connector trail (Morse trail) at the bottom to get back to the mt Morgan parking lot. the ladders and caves offered some really fun technical climbing. nothing outrageous, however, and there were bypasses for all obstacles

Did this one on Friday, 7/20. Once you turn off of Rte 3 you travel 8.5 miles on what appears to be a logging road. The first half of that ride we travelled at about 30mph. Once you turn, the dirt road narrows to one lane where we travelled an average of 18mph! We did meet a couple of cars and much to our surprise there were 6 cars parked at the trailhead. We went up Bobcat because that was the only trail marked. It was a steady ascent. We came down Coot which comes out right near the toilet in the parking area. Coot is much shorter and I guess more steep? There was one big blow down about 3/4 of the way up Bobcat, but there was a fairly decent “path” around the left of it. The view from the fire tower was nothing short of amazing!

Such a fun hike! Has a great rock scramble near the peak. Not a long hike but pretty steep in some parts. Definitely worth the climb.

25 days ago

great hike! pretty good incline the entire way up, only lets up a few times. make sure to stop at the lookout for a breathtaking view of mt washington! (at the fork that splits - go right.) after you get to the summit, you can go another .8 miles to the south cliffs for a better view!

More strenuous than anticipated. Summit views made it worthwhile.

30 days ago

Hiked with my 10 and 6 year old.

This is a pretty straight forward hike with a moderate and steady incline. I've read other reviews that make it seem more difficult than I found it. There are no scrambles or steep sections and very little bare rock. Also the peak and ridge line are forested so you have no real time above tree line. There are several trees down through out the trail all but one were easily climbed over and the largest one was easy to get around. There are also a couple water crossing within the first .75 of a mile but by mid July the were all dry.

The first 1.5 miles are all forested and this is where you will do almost all the elevation gain. The first lookout on the south side of the mountain give a small but nice view of Squam lake and a small view of Winnipsaukee. After that you you have a short bit of incline before you reach the false peak. The view here is nice but you have a little less than a half mile more to the actual peak which is marked with a cairn. The actual peak has a 180 view looking north at the Sandwich range and Chocorua. I plan on returning in the winter.

There is a large parking area in front of a white house but did not see signs for any entrance fees. The trail head starts to the left of this house.

We only ran into 4 or 5 other groups on the way up and down. It mostly felt like we had the entire trail to ourselves

This would be a good half a day hike and I would recommend it for beginners. There is nothing too difficult or technical.

Definitely my new favorite approach to Mansfield. We did Sunset Ridge as our approach to Mount Mansfield, which stayed in the alpine zone for more than half the way up. We were able to see wonderful views of the Green Mountains on the way up including Camels Hump in the distance. The summit of Mansfield had wonderful views into Smugglers Notch and the Northern Green Mountains. We decided to take Subway and Canyons Trail to Hallway House rather than Long Trail. This brought us through epic caves an glacial features. Half Way House was very steep, definitely not meant for downhill hiking. All in all great hike.

An excellent trail that has much to offer especially the views at the summit of Mount Percival. These is a cave close to the summit of Mount Percival which is sure to please young children. You got to take off your backpack and get body position just right to squeeze through. The scenic views on top of Mount Percival is the best that I've seen and I've seen many a trails in my hiking career. We were even treated to a bear sighting in the clearing. I really regretted not packing my zoom lens on my camera along with me. The views of the Squam Lakes region and various other peaks from the summit of Mount Percival is absolutely breathtaking so you definitely want to bring your binocular or zoom lens for your camera.

The ladder down Mount Morgan is challenging as well going down especially for young children and inexperienced hiker. If you got either of those it is better to do the trail clockwise. There is a narrow opening to squeeze through on the Mount Morgan side as well.

Overall this is one of the best trail that I've been on for relatively moderate effort. I will definitely want to return to this trail before the end of the year.

1 month ago

Was not an easy hike by any means. Accessed the Willey ridge trail from the Ethan Pond Trail. Like previous reviews the last scramble all 1.1 miles seemed to never end. If only we hadn’t been socked in the clouds today, then maybe the strenuous climb would have felt better. Despite my frustration with the challenge I feel accomplished and tried my best to enjoy the climb. This is a climb for those who are ready for a challenge!!

Great trail for families. Be aware of mountain bikes coming around corners.

Close to perfection: steep, challenging climb from SR 160. Fabulous views in almost every direction from the bald North Peak. Trunk trail to Stone Mt. and it’s great southern views soft and little-used. You’re not going to see many people in this quiet part of western Maine.

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