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!

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

Steep and short with beautiful views at the top.

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.

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
Friday, October 14, 2016

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