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    Nina G reviewed Mount Cube via the Appalachian Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Finally came back to finish this hike (came last winter, but didn't have the right equipment so had to turn around after a couple miles.) Overall, a lovely hike. First COLD hike of this season for me, and I again didn't have quite what I needed to stay warm. Cold at the top, muddy and snowy and leaf-covered down below, so the path was slippery - moreso going down than up. Not steep or strenuous - but rocky and rooty (as are many hikes in the Whites.) The rocky summit is beautiful. Took us about 4 hours roundtrip. Oh, one last thing: the mileage reading I got was about equal to what this site states: 6.8m

    Nina G reviewed Piper Hammond Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This is a wonderful trail! Up Piper, down Hammond and Weetamoo in 6h (with a nice break at the top.) 360-degree views with fading blazes once above tree line (but a few well-placed cairns helped us navigate, plus this app.) No real scrambling per se, but the open rock when wet requires some caution. Saw our first ice of the season today, and snow on the distant summit of Mount Washington!

    Nina G completed Piper Hammond Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Nina G reviewed UNH Trail to Hedgehog Mountain

    4 months ago

    Even in the rain and fog, this was a little gem of a hike. On the easy side of moderate. Will definitely return in sunny weather for the views.

    Nina G completed UNH Trail to Hedgehog Mountain

    4 months ago

    Nina G saved Edmands Path Trail

    5 months ago

    Nina G saved Piper Hammond Loop Trail

    5 months ago

    Nina G saved Moat Mountain Trail

    5 months ago

    Nina G reviewed Drakes Brook Trail to Jennings Peak

    7 months ago

    Love this trail. It's uncharacteristically dry for spring hiking; no worrisome slick ledges or slippery mud on slopes. We ascended via Sandwich Mtn Trail and descended Drakes Brook, all in the quiet (saw very few people on Memorial Day weekend!) Jennings Peak has beautiful views and dry ledges. As others have said; the bulk of the vertical rise happens early, and then you walk on a soft mountain pass. I rate this trail moderate. Yes, there are steep parts, but if your balance is good and you take it at your own pace, you'll do fine. Shorter legs (small humans) may have a harder time on some of the steps up.

    Nina G reviewed South Moat Mountain Trail

    7 months ago

    Beautiful trail - varied terrain. Lower portion is a smooth dirt path with constant but mild ascent. Upper portion is increasingly rocky, giving way to open rock expanses and views of the surrounding scape. As others have said, the climb is moderate. Some steeper sections but good breaks between. No real scrambling on the way to North Moat. My pup (45lb hound) did this trail easily. Watch yourself on the rock if it's wet - we found it to be very slippery in bareboot. All ice is gone and spring/summer bugs are out in force. :) Can't wait to do this one again all the way to North Moat.

    Nina G completed South Moat Mountain Trail

    7 months ago

    Nina G reviewed Mount Cube via the Appalachian Trail

    12 months ago

    Beautiful woods with a long, gradual approach in. Didn't summit today, made it about 2.5m in. Fresh snow, some ice, lots of animal tracks, few human tracks, and multiple (still unfrozen) stream crossings. Didn't need spikes or poles, but it was slower going and slippery in places.

    Nina G reviewed Percival/Morgan Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    This hike can still be done easily without spikes. Almost no ice and got lucky: morning sun was warm and wonderful. A bit of crunchy snow on top. Roundtrip (up Morgan, down Percival) took us under 3 hours.

    Nina G reviewed Doublehead Trail

    about 1 year ago

    I'm sorry to see the last review before mine was 1 star. I found this brief out-and-back hike to be just wonderful. Original plan was to summit Doublehead and then trek across to Percival, but it was gusty and snow-sleeting so we only did the out and back. Trail is well marked and woods are beautiful. A couple somewhat steepish spots, but no scrambling. Would be a GREAT beginner hike. It took us 3 hours in wet, leaf-covered conditions with fresh 1/2 inch of snow.

    Nina G completed Doublehead Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Nina G reviewed Mount Shaw & Black Snout

    about 1 year ago

    Started at the small parking area off 171 intending to ascend the Shaw Mtn Trail. However, there are so many spin-off paths in these woods, I got turned around and wound up summiting Big Ball (via bushwhacking) and from there heading up to Black Snout (on a real trail), and then over to Shaw and down the Shaw Mtn Trail. It's quite beautiful atop Black Snout and Shaw, and with 3" of snow with bear tracks! The hike down Shaw Mtn wasn't great; mainly the footing is challenging. Lots of tennis-ball sized rocks that roll underfoot leaves and make the route feel very "goaty". All in all, a great way to spend 7 miles and 4+ hours, but not my favorite hike ever. PS: my dog LOVED it. Soft snow up top to roll in and very good smells everywhere. One more thing: super-nice people on the trail. Not many, but all really friendly :)

    Nina G completed Mount Shaw & Black Snout

    about 1 year ago

    Nina G reviewed Jewell Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Loved it - the views above treeline are truly breath-taking. As others have commented, the trail is very exposed once you're out of the woods. There were gusts that made me extra cautious about foot placement and slipping. Had to turn back early (maybe 1/4 to 1/2 mile from summit of Clay) because I had a gear failure and didn't want to chance it. I can't wait to come back and finish the entire trail; maybe even summit Washington. note: Make sure you bring warm gear - once out of the woods it is cold and windy.

    Nina G completed Jewell Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Nina G saved Mount Tremont Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Nina G saved Nancy Brook Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Nina G saved Jewell Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Nina G reviewed Jennings Peak and Sandwich Mountain Trail Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Hiked with my pup; followed the advice to take Sandwich up and Drake's down. That was definitely the right way to go. The first 1.5m on the Sandwich trail are a steady ascent with some steep parts but no rock scrambles. After that, you walk on a magical mountain pass; many level parts with minor ascents. Don't miss Jenning's Peak. The summit of Sandwich is very understated. Drake's is a lovely walk down the mountain. Once the trail meets the brook, it levels out and widens, too. Very nice on the knees :) Definitely recommend this loop. We loved it. I would say it's a moderate hike, not a hard one. However, I hiked it in dry conditions and that made it easier for sure.

    Nina G saved Nelson Crag Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Nina G reviewed Horn Pond Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Took a different path than what's mapped here. As another reviewer suggested, I parked on Woburn Parkway and walked along the gravel/sometimes paved path around the pond, but then veered away from the water up a slight hill and then down again. The footing there is rockier and woodsier, but not really hiking. Still, be careful with the loose rocks going downhill :) Nice location away from car-traffic, with a taste of nature in an otherwise densely populated neighborhood. Distance: 3.8m

    Nina G completed Horn Pond Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Nina G reviewed Skookumchuck Trail

    about 1 year ago

    This is definitely a less-used trail and that's the main reason I chose it during Columbus Day (aka leaf-peeping) weekend in the Whites. Saw no-one else on the trail and enjoyed a long, moderate ascent. No panoramic views on the way up, save through thick trees, but great views once you reach the ridge and approach Lafayette. Several minor stream crossings, stone steps (that can be slippery on descent), and passes through both golden-leaved birch and conifer forest. If you need a quiet hike on a single-file path, this is for you. Took us 7 hours roundtrip, with generous stops at the top and all along the way.

    Nina G completed Skookumchuck Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Nina G reviewed Hi-Cannon Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Attempted this summit in the rain this morning. DEFINITELY trying again on a better-weather day. Wonderful trail; far less trafficked than others in the vicinity (during the Columbus holiday, leafing season.) One "warning": there's a ladder that climbs pretty much straight up at one point. I couldn't figure out how to cross this section of trail with a leashed dog, so turned back and headed over to Lonesome Lake. Will take suggestions from dog-hiker people if you have them :-))

    Nina G completed Hi-Cannon Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Nina G saved Mount Garfield Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Nina G saved Greenleaf Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Nina G reviewed Welch and Dickey Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Fantastic panoramic views both going up and and coming down. Sheer rock faces with significant incline (steep in parts for beginners); very dog-friendly trail. Summit is very exposed, and long stretches on the trail without water (so bring your own water for both you and your pooch.) Overall the trail is well-marked, but a couple places (both above treeline and mid-way up) that you need to hunt around for the blazes. Also, if you have hiking boots, wear them. Your ankles will thank you. Did I mention the views? Loved this hike.

    Nina G completed Welch and Dickey Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Nina G reviewed Mt Moosilauke Glencliff Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Wonderful trail. Slow, steady climb up to South Peak and the Carriage Road. Several small streams in the first half of the hike. Amazing 360-degree panorama from the summit of Moosilauke. Bring warmer gear for the summit - with even a little wind, it can be pretty chilly. Today it was just perfect.