Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Grafton Notch State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

We frequent Puzzle Mtn because of our close proximity to it. It is news to me that dogs must be on leash. I have seen hundreds of dogs on this trail and never on a leash. My own dog knows the trail by heart. In fact you might strangle your dog on some of the ledger sections if it was on leash. Just be sure your dog is well socialized, and is not threatening. A nice trail and great views from the ledges at 2/3rds way up and many great views from the ledges above that. Also Woodsum Loop is well worth it to extend your hike. For backpackers the Grafton Loop is tough but a gem.

nice trail. lightly traveled trail. some blow downs. Could not summit do to slippery wet slabs. Some monorail, stable and unstable. Avoidable mud. Nice views from ledges.

Nice hike through forested path. Lots of stairs following the AT. Did not do the Table Rock loop. Some trees down but work was being done clearing. No view from summit Bald Pate. Did not go to East Peak time did not allow. Would do this hike again as views from top are great. Easy trip down. Some steep sections. Dog did great.

Wicked good challenge, quick but steep. Hope to conquer a few more like it. got on the app before I did it. was a solid 56:10 going up, with ice and snow so not bad at all.

Hiked it on August 26, 1995, and rook 3 hours up and 3 down, at a slow pace with lots of breaks. Tent clearing at top of West Peak. Steep climbing at times, especially on East Peak.

Hiked again on February 27, 2000, with cramp-ons. Drove up 26 North of Sunday River entrance. Parking Lot on left and marked “Hiking Trails’ with a round brown and yellow wooden sign. Trail to Baldpate starts across the street. Followed white blazes. 2.9 miles from parking lot to top of West Peak of Baldpate. Was easy hike with mild incline and fair amount of down hill until the last mile or less, where it got very steep to the summit. Too foggy and cold to justify going to the East Peak, which was another 0.9 miles from West Peak. Started hike at 10:45 a.m. and ended at 3:30 p.m.

We only hiked to Puzzle Mountain, but the trail and views were amazing!

hiking
7 months ago

Loved this trail.

-Quick but difficult
-Prepare to climb over boulders
-Quiet trail, did not pass any hikers through entire loop
-Brought my 8 year old dog, he managed well
-Caution, dangerous drop off
-Great views

hiking
7 months ago

Simply spectacular! Do not miss this hike. One of my top three in Maine. Steep, hard up (orange blazes). Gradual, easy down (blue and then white blazes). Together = moderate hike difficulty overall. Lots of dogs and kids on trail. Took us 2 hours almost to the minute, with a leisurely lunch at the top.

Such a beautiful hike. My friend and I hiked with our 9 year old boys. Where the trail splits, the loop on the right is much harder, be prepared to be on your hands and knees crawling up and over many large boulders. The loop on the left is a nice walking path.

Great hike !

hiking
9 months ago

Orange markings lead to a strenuous slow moving trail. Incredible views at the top.

hiking
9 months ago

My wife and i took the Orange trail on the way up. We had a great time. This was our first hard trail and it was fun. On the way down we took the blue/white trail and enjoyed a more leisure hike back to the parking lot. Definitely recommend this trail.

backpacking
9 months ago

Great views, fun area to explore. Some caves along the face of the cliffs to explore through. Continue up the AT to West Peak and a lean-to for camping.

9 months ago

weather and view was awesome. loved the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Take the trail to the right for a challenging climb up. Near the top are caves to explore, crawl around and get dirty it's a fun place. beautiful views at the top.

10 months ago

Amazing view. We went clockwise around the loop. From the summit down was the most challenging portion of the trail going in this direction. There was light traffic and we went mid-day on a July Saturday.

10 months ago

Great

hiking
10 months ago

The view was worth it all!

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike, lots and lots of bugs, protein rich environment. Views are great, trip down on loop pretty wet but pretty easy

Great hike - you need to be in shape - lots of rocks to climb over - family of 4 completed it on a beautiful day!

hiking
11 months ago

Was told it was an easy hike, was not at all but was definitely worth the work!! Killer views at the top, wicked buggy -- bring bug spray

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

This trail offers a spectacular view of the grafton notch mountains. The fall colors were just amazing. My boyfriend and I hiked this trail in fall. There are two paths to the summit which divides initially at the beginning. We took the one to the left which is a gradual ascend. The other path on the right is a quicker path to reach the summit which offers a straight ascend with lot of rock climbing and is a bit tougher.

Monday, October 17, 2016

At the fork, taking a right is the difficult trail, recommend this trail if an experienced hiker! Taking a left at the fork is the more moderate hike! Less rocky. Great view at the top! I recommend the left, more easy trail for dogs! And don't recommend this in the spring if you are not experienced. Lots of ice!

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Great hike! The orange trail was very steep, but it was also a good workout! Took the blue/white trail down to get different views and it was awesome! Autumn colors are amazing here!

hiking
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Excellent hike up the orange trail with an exceptional view from atop. Well worth the hike.

hiking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Love this short hike as it packs a lot of exercise and views in a very short timeframe. We will pop over to do it after work as sunset is beautiful. As others have stated, southern route is difficult because it is short and steep, with some bouldering. Recently included friends who hike (but less than we do) and was teasingly told that next time, they would confirm whether we were climbing or hiking. But, we always bring our dogs (including an 18 yo and a puppy), who are also experienced hikers, and they have no trouble. One winter day 2014/2015 I hiked it by myself and the last pitch which sheds a lot of water on granite had thawed and refrozen so it was too icy for my micro-spikes (needed full-on crampon) so had to turn back. But usually micro-spikes are adequate. If you travel only on northern route, fine for our older relatives and small children as easy pleasant hike with good boardwalks and trail maintenance where it's wet. Nice wildflower so in spring too!

hiking
Thursday, September 01, 2016

I took Ben Ericson's advice and took the southern trail to ascend. It was incredible! A definite muscle leg/bun burner. Don't be afraid to use your hands! Reaching the top was very rewarding. The descend on the northern part of the trail was nice and easy. I am looking forward to return in the fall when the leaves start changing. Great challenging hike. I don't recommend bringing dogs or youngsters for the full loop. Take the northern trail and return that way if you do. I came across a woman with her dog on the southern trail and they had to turn around. Enjoy and happy hiking!

Monday, August 01, 2016

A great short hike. Love the challenge on the way up. love the ease coming down. Wicked views!

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

This trail has the perfect ratio of challenge to reward. It is one of the single most physically intense trails to ascend but has one of the single best views I've ever witnessed. I absolutely recommend ascending on the steeper southern part of the trail and descending with the Appalachian Trail on the northern section. Bring some food, lots of water, and make sure your children and dogs are under control... or leave them at home and enjoy this hike with other like-minded adults!

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Difficult, extremely steep trail with an absolutely amazing view from the top. At the top is a straight drop down, so use extreme caution.

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