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Great quick hike. If you love being immersed in a granite and scrub spruce summit ascent, this will make you smile. Enjoy

Excellent trail for a short quick intense hike. Went with my 13 and 6 yo sons and both really enjoyed it. The climb is intense but no problem if your in good shape. The 6yo. Definitely needed some breaks but was capable and confident on the climb. The views are outstanding with bald face rock in many places. Also quick a few areas for some rock scrambling and climbing fun as you go around the summit. We took our time and explored and spent close to four hours.

trial was really good going up beautiful view

Great hike to get the blood pumping. 90% stair climber.

Excellent hike to get the blood pumping. Starts off relatively easy (and the side trip to see the lime kilns is definitely worth it) but quickly becomes a pretty much constant steep incline. The best part of the hike is the variety of scenery you get and the multiple outlooks with a view you get before the actual summit. Blazed relatively well, but pay attention because there are parts where it is easy to get off track. Parking area is small (can fit maybe 4 cars if everyone parks correctly) with some additional parking along the road. The parking area isn't well marked and your GPS will probably take you to the private road to the kilns, so keep your eyes peeled for the small pull out.

Beautiful trail that descends first on wood log steps to a couple brook crossings . Ascends steadily through deciduous forest, red pine and then rock and fir Lots of outlooks for rest stops

Hiked with my 7 and 11 year old. This trail was not hard and I would suggest it being reclassified as moderate. Fairly typical NH hike. I wouldn't call it steep. It was mostly moderate except for one section directly below the ridge line. Views are great but don't just drop your bag at the end of the trail. Walk to the right get good views of the Connecticut River Valley, and Vermont. Go left for views of the Kinsman Range with the Flume peaking behind, and really good views Moosiluake. If you keep heading down the East side of the mountain there is a pretty big Boulder just sitting on a ledge. The Alltrails mileage is wrong. The posted distance is 1.9 up and down for a total of 3.8. I think I ended up with over 4 miles which included exploring the peak. Overall it was a good hike. I would definitely do again.

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blowdown
muddy
4 months ago

Decent amount of ice and mud on the trail still, few blowdowns and a bit of snow after last night/this morning as well. Cool and windy but mostly clear at the top, didn’t see another person the whole time.

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rocky
scramble
4 months ago

This is a tough trail with patches of ice and almost a direct route up the mountain. We cleared some branches off the trail where it looks like logging was performed. This is definitely a technical trail.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

This trail was really fun and very steep. I thought I’d summited three times before actually reaching the summit. The views are incredible. The trail is well marked.

Incredible red pine virgin forest, rock formations and constantly changing trail. Short and challenging with every lookout better than the last. Take time to hang out at the top. Don’t be fooled by thinking you’ve sumitted, look left and see the granite summit. Walk around and up again.

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Monday, February 05, 2018

Incredible open summit views of Mt Moosilauke, Franconia Ridge, and the Green Mountains. Warning: much of the trail is currently a thick sheet of ice with an inch of soft snow covering. Extremely slippery even with crampons. Recommend waiting for heavier snowfall to better cover the ice.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

As an experienced 4000'+ hiker I found the Chippewa Trail to be a great, fairly easy hike. However, I did bring a first time hiker with me and he felt it was a bit steep and he is in good shape. Anyway, The views are absolutely stunning, more so from a open ledge just below the summit. With a front seat view of Mount Moosilauke it becomes apparent just how large of footprint that massive mountain consumes. Views go on almost forever, Franconia Ridge all the way to the mountains of Vermont!. The autumn colors only added to the views with so many "leaf" trees in the surrounding valleys. I will be adding this hike to my "winter to do" list!

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

steep, as everyone has said, but great panoramic view of white mountains from the summit

Monday, September 04, 2017

Steep and short with beautiful views at the top.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Very steep but fairly short, went with two friends who are new to hiking and they did fine with plenty of breaks. Good views at the top, and the shorter distance leaves you plenty of time to enjoy them. No crowds, in fact no other humans around at all on a Friday. I have done this hike many times before and while it wasn't too slippery or wet this time, I do recommend waterproof footwear as there have been times when you're basically walking up a small stream bed.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Wicked nice hike - well worth the climb, 270° view....

An untapped gem of a hike. No question, the "hard" rating is well deserved. While the hike is relatively short, the steep areas are in unrelenting, but great views reward the effort. You see the massive Mt. Mousilauke in front of you and the Franconia ridge to the northeast, not to mention many southern and western prominences. Also, wonderful forest feel as the upper elevations surround you with beautiful coniferous groves of red pines. Just one caveat, there are a few tote roads in the beginning of the hike the can be confusing and are not described in the trail description. In any case, for someone who has hiked all 4000 footers and beyond, this discovery was exciting indeed.

Absolutely an awesome trail with multiple scenic views of NH and Vermont. Very strenuous but well worth the trip.

Awesome hike!!! Can't wait to do it again.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

first time ever doing a winter hike. it was well worth the effort for me as a beginner. pretty steep about a 1/2 mile in for the rest of the hike

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Friday, October 14, 2016

It was a great hike. It is steep but a great hike. View is amazing.

Beautiful but steep trail. Definitely worth the view at the top

Excellent hike, gets pretty steep a mile in but offers an excellent view from the summit. You can also access the summit from the slightly easier but not as scenic Black Mountain trail.

Beautiful lookouts all the way up. Great conditioning trail for the serious hiker. Also right in my backyard and the first trail I did on a "real" mountain

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Sunday, May 01, 2016

Loved it. Great summit view

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Its a very good warm up trail for the summer

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