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    Adventures with Dogs User reviewed Edmands Path Trail

    9 days ago

    As of today, Mt. Clinton Rd. was still closed, adding 2.6 miles total to the hike (1.3 each way). The work done by J. Rayner Edmands on this trail in 1909 is still very much in evidence. This is a very family-friendly way to get up to Crawford Path and the Mt. Eisenhower Loop. There are a couple minor rock scrambles before you get above treeline, but nothing even small children can't handle. Currently, there is no snow or ice left, and the trail has had a lot of work recently, so there are no obstructions.

    Adventures with Dogs User reviewed Jewell Trail

    12 days ago

    Something I realized after posting my previous post. The distance of just over 5 miles total may be correct, but the route shown is not the entire Jewell Trail. This shows the Jewell LINK to the Jewell Trail. The actual starting point of the trail is directly across Base Station Rd. from the Ammonoosuc Ravine trailhead. Mea Culpa!

    Adventures with Dogs User reviewed Jewell Trail

    12 days ago

    I have suggested an edit to the info above. The actual out and back distance is 7.4 miles. The picture I took of the sign where you meet up with the Gulfside indicates 3.7 miles to base station rd. I used the Jewell Trail as an alternative route to Mt. Jefferson, since the Notch Rd. to the Caps Ridge trailhead was still closed. This is a very beautiful trail, and in my opinion, a family-friendly way to hike to Mt. Washington. This is still a trail in the Whites, and one leading to an area known for dangerous weather. It shouldn't be taken lightly, but with trail-savvy adults to guide, the kids won't have any problem. It's a constant climb, but nowhere are there any rock scrambles or anything too strenuous until you get above treeline, and by then you're almost at the end,The Jewell runs almost parallel to the Gulfside Trail for a short distance, then meets up with it. When you exit treeline, the trail is now marked with cairns, and where it veers right and runs alongside the Gulfside, they can be a little hard to follow. At each one, just orient yourself toward the summit, and look for the next one. Happy Trails!

    Adventures with Dogs User reviewed Ravenswood Park Trail

    12 days ago

    Ravenswod is a great place to spend a few hours with the family and the dogs. The pups especially love the fact that they are allowed off-leash here, except in a few designated protected areas. With the exception of some low-lying spots, there are fewer bugs here than on trails more inland, due to close proximity to the ocean. The lack of overlooks and long distance views is more than made up for by the beauty of the trails themselves, and by the many different boulder formations, and plant life.

    Adventures with Dogs User reviewed Bald Hill Reservation Loop Trail

    24 days ago

    I'm writing specifically for the section around Crooked Pond. As I live in Middleton, a 5 minute drive to the trailhead, I wish I could give this section a better rating, especially since many of the trails are part of the Bay Circuit Trail. The first .2 mile section is wide and well-maintained, since it is a fire access road. You can then choose to continue on the main path, or go left. Either way will take you on a loop around the pond. There are many side trails/game paths diverging off the trail, but as long as you keep the pond in sight, you'll find your way. This area is very poorly marked, and not well-maintained. Several years of storm damage is evident in the many fallen trees. It's easy to see that some have been there for a while, as a well-trodden path has been worn down around them. There are also many parts that are too close to the water. As the summer progresses, and water levels drop, these areas become almost impassible from mud and insects. I would advise anyone through-hiking the BCT to avoid this particular section, and seek an alternative route.

    Adventures with Dogs User reviewed Mount Madison and Adams via the Valley Way Trail

    25 days ago

    This was an out and back for me, using the valley to ascend to the Madison Spring Hut. From there, the ascent to Madison is only a half mile, to Adams, a mile. The Osgood trail to Madison is well marked and a bit of a scramble here and there, but easily done (I saw a family there, and a couple dogs). For Adams, I took the Star Lake Trail, which is much more challenging, and involves some real rock work. Whatever way you choose, the views from either summit are well worth the effort.
    The Valley Way itself isn't a trail with a lot of scenery, though near the beginning, there is a parallel trail called the Fallsway. You can probably guess why (it's not because of any falling danger!) It is rated here as hard, and in the White Mountain Guide as strenuous, but I think that is more for the length and continual elevation gain. I completed the Valley Way ascent in about 4 hours (taking lots of time for pics and a break), and had a great few hours on the summits and hanging around the Hut. The AMC folks were just preparing for their opening in two days, so I couldn't get a souvenir, but I did chat for a while with the folks there. I highly recommend this trail as an easier alternative to the more scenic Air Line.

    Adventures with Dogs User updated fishing Jimmy

    28 days ago

    Adventures with Dogs User reviewed Mount Lafayette and Franconia Ridge Trail Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Hiked this loop today counter clockwise. The Falling Waters Trail is as beautiful as ever. The snow and ice are almost completely gone, and no traction devices were needed. The Ridge Trail was a little windy, blowing from the west at about 40 MPH. The views from all 3 summits are breathtaking, with Lafayette the jewel in that crown. Highly recommended, but do your research first. This is known as one of the toughest day hikes in the Whites, and for very good reasons.

    Adventures with Dogs User reviewed Pine Hill Trail

    about 1 month ago

    I hiked this trail with my two dogs today. It's one of my favorites on the mountain. Every time I come here, I am amazed at the amount of work and care shown by the DCR staff and volunteers who maintain these trails. Today the trails were a little muddy in spots, but not too bad. You can plainly see where staff has cut little runoff channels to drain those spots. The bugs are out in force right now, so bring repellent for yourselves (and dogs, if you bring them). All in all, this mountain has some of the nicest trails in the state. There are a multitude of options to reach the summit, ranging from moderate for the experienced hiker, to easy for first-timers or those with young children (or old dogs!). Whether you are looking for a good workout, or just want to spend some time with the family, this is the place to go!

    Adventures with Dogs User completed Pine Hill Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Adventures with Dogs User reviewed Ravenswood Outer Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Commenting on the entire park: As an avid hiker, both solo and with dogs, I can say that this is one of the nicest parks of its type I've ever explored. I've now been twice, and walked every trail in the system. You won't find challenging climbs here, or 360 degree views into the distance. What you will find are a variety of well maintained trails that are varied enough in length and difficulty (some may be classed as moderate, but that's just for the length, not the difficulty). My more recent visit was last week, and I noticed that the parks proximity to the ocean helps to keep the bug population down. There are some lower areas, so do bring repellent for your family and pups. Dogs are allowed off leash, except in a few small, clearly marked areas. I would add that the coyote population in Eastern Massachusetts has grown significantly in the past few years. Although coyote/human incidents are very rare, they have been known to go after small pets. If your puppy has a tendency to run off, I'd keep him leashed. (Not just here, but anywhere!) All in all, the entire park merits 5 stars!

    Adventures with Dogs User reviewed Osseo Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Hiked this trail to the end and the short distance on the Ridge to Mt. Flume. Osseo is a beautiful trail, and moderate in difficulty (the hardest part is really the length- 11.2 miles out and back). The monorail is still there in the flat area below the summit, but was easily negotiated. The stairs are snow and ice free. Great trail, fantastic views!

    Adventures with Dogs User completed Osseo Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Adventures with Dogs User reviewed Mount Pierce and Mizpah Hut Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Today's hike was up the Crawford Path to Pierce, out and back. The snow monorail is almost gone, and except for a few snow bridges over the small runoff streams, the route is hazard-free. Beautiful, sunny day, about 65 at the summit. There are some wonderful picture opportunities at the summit, but take some time at Gibbs Falls near the start, and pace yourself on the ascent. There's an abundance of wildlife here on display for those who take a few moments to look!

    Adventures with Dogs User reviewed Mount Tom, Avalon, and Field Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Did this loop today clockwise. Both stream crossings have been washed out, so bushwhacked up the left bank to where the Trail crosses again. In hindsight, may have been better to just get wet at the start. The left, trail less bank was very difficult with some serious posthole/snowbridge collapse hazard. After I rejoined the trail, the going was much easier. The monorail is still there, but beginning to melt. Spikes were fine all the way (though I could have used shoes on the bushwhack section) Avalon has some very nice views,while Field and Tom have heavily forested summits. Don't let that stop you from this hike, though. The summits themselves are great if you're doing the NH4000, but the best parts of this loop are on the trails. The Avalon follows the Brook all the way up to the second crossing, and there is much to see and appreciate.

    Adventures with Dogs User reviewed Doanes Falls to Spirit Falls Loop

    about 1 month ago

    I was a little disappointed with this hike. The falls are very nice, especially now while the levels are still high. I went with my two dogs, who loved the Trail (they both gave 5 stars). Even the older guy, who's mildly arthritic, had no problem with the little rock scramble. The problem I had was with the trail markings. After Spirit Falls, I could see the pups were getting tired. There was a trail to the left marked by white, which I think of as a connector. I took it, thinking it might link up with the bike trail. It goes in a direction toward the bike path for a few hundred yards, then seems to vanish. I swept forward, left and right for a hundred feet or so, but saw no signage, or even a game trail. At that point, we just turned around and backtracked. A nice hike if you're doing the entire thing but I wouldn't travel any distance for this particular one.

    Adventures with Dogs User reviewed Doanes Falls

    about 1 month ago

    This is a short, easy trail that is family and dog friendly. The only reason I'm giving it a low rating is because of the viewpoints. The falls are very nice, especially right now when the levels are high (and the bugs still low). But there are barriers erected along the Trail, along with signage, to prevent closer access. I could clearly see that plenty of people have ignored that. I resisted the temptation, but there would be some great pictures from the river's edge. As a break from the Tully Trail, it's a nice walk. Just don't expect great pics.

    Adventures with Dogs User completed Doanes Falls

    about 1 month ago

    Adventures with Dogs User reviewed Mount Willey Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Summited Wiley this morning around 11:30 via the Ethan Pond Trail I wanted to get Field and Tom as well, but the cloud cover was still pretty dense. Beyond the cairn, around the next bend to the right, it was pretty much pea soup. As of today, all the streams are still easily crossed, but the posthole danger is very high, especially on the snow bridges over the streams. The first two sections of stairs were an easy walk-up, but I could have used an axe or two on the upper ones, as they were still ice-covered. All in all, beautiful trail, nicely maintained!

    Adventures with Dogs User completed Mount Willey Trail

    about 1 month ago