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hiking
4 days ago

Used spikes the hole trip and had no difficulty. The deepest part of the gorge is closed off but there are cute covered bridges that make the trip worth seeing. Trail was easily navigated

hiking
4 days ago

Very excellent trail for hiking!!! Great for dogs. Had a great experience with this trail.

icy at times, had to stay left or right of trail. had to go slow. alaways a fun hike.

Hiked this on 1/15/19. Cold day - 10F at bottom at start, with 15-25F mph wind forecast. Started up Falling Waters route based on advice. Due to previous cold weather the streams were low and not a factor. Waterfalls were frozen over in veils of ice, like bells - but neither of our phones worked due to cold temps, so no pictures. Hike to Little Haystack is challenging and steep, lots of switchbacks and was fully snow or ice covered. Off the packed part of trail in snowy areas you can post-hole up to mid-thigh. Ridge hike that day was tough - wind gusts to 50-60MPH or so and steady at 30-40, and hard to stay on trail! We pretty much flew through the ridge - very brutal and exposed in those conditions. We were layering up right below treeline on the way up and two hikers passed us. They came back 5 minutes lighter with wide eyes and started layering up!! Trail is very well marked along ridge - with rocks on either side or frequent cairns. After Lafayette on the way down we did have a little difficulty keeping track of the trail and got a little off the path for a while a couple times - be very careful. It was like being on the moon that day - above treeline was a whole different environment. Once we got below treeline on Bridle Path the hike down was quick and easy - clear and calm conditions. It took us 6 hours without much stopping - just snacks, water, etc. No time wasted on the Ridge Trail - so on a clear day with time for gawking I'd budget 7 hours. Micro spikes were essential and worn from lot to lot. Great hike, quite challenging - my dogs are barking today.

Easily the best effort-to-payoff experience we've had. We went during winter so we didn't have to pay and there were not a lot of other people around. The park is not maintained during the winter, so the snow on the paths isn't shoveled and there are no rangers patrolling. Be careful on the wooden paths as these can get very slippery.

did this trail in the fall after a little rain and it was definitely difficult without spikes. trail wasn’t marked well. only continued up to take clarke back down.

As others have said, this is also one of my all time favorite loops summer or winter.

Please take note that sometimes the streams on Falling waters trail can be very treacherous and sometimes raging so much that you cannot, or should not cross.

In the winter if you're planning on doing a loop, I would suggest starting up Falling waters so you can choose to turn around if the streams are too much. Either that or hike for 8+ miles up Bridal, down falling waters only to have to bushwack to the highway to get over the last stream and back to your car.

I hiked this about a month ago and stream crossings were not possible due to heavy snow/rain/melt so we went up and down bridal path which is not ideal but still fun.

This is one of my all-time favorite loops in New England, White Mountains. I approached from the Falling Waters/ Haystack side, walked the ridgeline over Lincoln, and Lafayette. Don't get half way to Garfield before realizing that the Greenleaf Hut Trail goes down the front face of Lafayette.

There are a couple of risky river crossings with minimal markings on the approach. Nice steady climb up with some steep stuff in the last 3/4 mile to Haystack. Once on the ridgeline, there no little to no cover as you are above the trees for the entire time your hiking over Lafayette and even .6 miles down the face. Winds can pick-up out of nowhere so be prepared for anything.

At the Greenleaf Hut going down, starts the gradual incline picking up to some steep sections .7-1.0 mile down. Near vertical rockfaces are frozen with ice in the winter so microspikes/ crampons are necessary in areas, during the winter. The rest of the movement down is at a moderate grade.

This trail is super fun in the winter, just be prepared. Its not easy, and anything can happen.

My first 4K. Pretty easy hike done in the fall right before first snowfall. Also added the side trail out to the ski area for some photo ops. Steep in the middle but still manageable for a rookie like I was at the time.

lovely day hike. did on 1/5/18. definitely watch out for the upper section of old bridle, super icy in a few spots. broke out my crampons for that. fantastic views. I did the loop clockwise, which i would reccomend, although I think it would be great either direction!

Amazing hike up Mount Watatic, a little strenuous but a very nice view from the peak. You can even see the Boston Skyline from the top of the second peak

Awesome day trekking. The ascent was nothing technical but a constant incline and relentless but the clear view of Mt. Washington was well worth it! We took the blue trail up/down when we got to the junction. Be sure to go straight at the first junction and at the se one one you can pick the blue or yellow trail. The trail was packed enough for just spikes but we did put on snowshoes towards the top mostly to use the televators in the steeper parts as the heel lift made it easier to walk up but many just used spikes. We saw the two little squirrels that come looking for food!

hiking
19 days ago

Easy short hike, pretty in winter time! Be careful with parking though if you drive a smaller car, our car got stuck as did another group’s !

very nice well maintained trail with clear markings all the way to the top!

Started late with my friend at 9:30AM and wasted a lot of time taking pictures. Wouldn't mind doing that again, mad views. The ice was pretty thick and the microspikes were not really holding on at some places. Would definitely advise crampons. Went up falling waters and down old bridle, but old bridle IS REALLY ICY at some places. So climb up that rather climb down.

Anyways had a beautiful sunset at Lafayette, and descended in the dark. Was fun.

Very nice hike. Pretty easy for this first mile, then gets relentlessly steep for the rest of the hike except for a short, flat section right before the summit. The view from the lookout at the top was surprisingly good, especially considering the relatively short time it took to get there.. Spent about 3:45 minutes on this one with a few long breaks at the summit outlook and the ski slope viewpoint.

Epic hike! Hiked on 12.27 solo and took 3:57 for the entire loop. Other reviews recommended to go at it counter clockwise so I went up Falling Water and then down Bridle. Microspikes were definitely essential. The cold killed my phone while I was taking pictures before Lafayette so I must come back! I regret not bringing goggles because it was so bright with sun/snow and the wind.

Falling Waters - good workout, be careful at the first water crossing. Looks a little sketchy and the ice isn’t too thick in some places. Take your time to cross.

Little Haystack to Lincoln - gorgeous views, super windy when you make it out of the tree line.

Lafayette to Hut - follow the cairns! With all the wind and snow there’s no telling where the trail is and not much footprints to follow. Look for the cairns to guide you.

Greenleaf - all down hill from there!

We went up on the Tecumseh trail and came down on the ski mountain side under the chair lift. It was pretty windy at the top, and the snow was not fully packed down due to the storm overnight. No view for us due to the clouds, but overall a really fun first winter hike! :)

Trails are super confusing and not marked

I've been herw many times. Gorgeous things to see. Lots of people and heavily maintained.

The falls were lovely and my son had so much fun sliding on the rocks and getting wet. The problem was rhe popularity of the site. It was insane how many people were coming and going!!

amzing and tough hike did on 12/30/18 counterclockwise. Waterfalls going up Falling Waters Trail were AMAZING as were the views on the ridge. Busted ass to make up for a late start. 5 hrs 15 min. Going up FWT almost made me question my sanity. Microspikes the whole way, snowshoes went for a ride. Going down from Lafayette was a little tricky to navigate...pay attention to the cairns. Look out for a sharp left, steep section of packed/crusted snow was very slippery...had to dig in really hard with microspikes...crampons would have been ideal especially w/ tired legs going down but managed ok.

Ditto to all those before me :)

Went up on 12/27/18. Highly recommend going up falling waters trail and down old bridal path. Spikes are a must if you intend to tackle this in the winter. Weather was clear and the snow was well packed. Slid down many of the steepest parts coming down the mountain. Water crossings were tricky but doable.

12/27: trail runs right next to the ski slope, so lots of noise from the slope. The trail is pretty flat for the first mile, then a very constant 20% grade for a little over a mile before it flattens out again close to the top. That second mile is hard but short. Views from the top are good, and there are nice views on the way down as well. Lots of people, lots of dogs, and some beautiful brook crossings. Took 2:10 round trip (1:14 to reach the summit), plus a generous break at the top.

hiking
28 days ago

Hiked this Christmas Day. Trails are snow covered and packed nicely. The river crossings were a slightly slippery with the frozen rocks but that just gets the heart pumping. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the wind at the summit was minimal. Overall took us about 3 hours with about 25 minutes of picture taking time.

hiking
28 days ago

Great trail for all ages. We enjoyed the winter view!

Easy 4000fter for the winter! Snow is very packed, used microspikes, brought snowshoes but they weren’t necessary! Great views at the summit, not a full 360 but rewarding nonetheless. Took me a little over 3 hours even after stopped for multiple pictures. Take your time to admire the trees with all the frozen snow, it’s a winter wonderland at the summit :)

on Diana's Baths

hiking
30 days ago

An easy but very icy trail. Microspikes are highly recommended—we saw several people slipping and falling on the ice. Beautiful falls at the end of the trail.

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