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Great hike, moderate elevation gain throughout. Rocky footing I’d say for the middle portion of the hike right before it gets out of tree line. The good views are at the lookout about 1.0-1.5 mile in as well on the open rocks.

We took the path less traveled and went straight up. It was difficult, but very rewarding for pushing on.

This is not a trail any longer as far as the 13.5 mile loop. Update this please. What a let down. Drove 2.5 hours to hike this

Great hike with pretty view at the top

Pretty good hike, no views of the tower or anything else though until you reach the top, but once you get up in the fire tower it’s 360 degrees of amazing views of several mountains and beautiful lake winnipesaukee.

Beautiful views start 3/4 of the way up. Great view of Dan Hole Pond. Recommend you go ALL the way to Big Ball peak where you must descend for 0.2 miles before the final climb to the peak. Lots of moose droppings. Great hike with great friends.

The trail parking for this is unmarked. It is a small area just passed sodom Rd on the left. The navigation I used from this app said it was on the right. logging has made a mess of the area and spurred off several paths... Once you enter walk up the logging road...after 100 ft give or take. The path starts to the right. As you walk it will look like the path goes right. stay on the logging road. You will come to a river on the left. Take a minute an enjoy it. It’s beautiful! There is even a little fire pit made out of rocks and a couple small waterfalls. Keep following the path. It will split and you can either go left (red blaze) or right (green/red blaze$ I went right ( followed the green/red blaze). The terrain is steep. Watch as you go up and follow the blazes. As the path went up, I was watching my footing and as the path veered left, (I missed that I need to go right and ended up having to back track after I started noticing small blue blazes) there is a small path entrance on the right is marked by two cairns, one on each side and from that point the blazes are very noticeable! The view was incredible and I had the place to myself. There is also another fire pit up there and I bet it is an incredible place to watch the sunset... But don't stop there get back on trail and follow the blazes to the actual summit :)

The trail was wet/damp in some spots, but avoidable.

on Mount Roberts Trail

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1 month ago

Great hike, pretty consistent elevation gains after the first half mile or so. Forest floor gives way to rocky paths and transitions to rock face until returning to more dense forest floor near the summit. Partial view at the Summit, but better views from several rock outcroppings. the first is Scenic Overlook we dubbed Snack Rock and had excellent views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the mountains on the other side.

Traffic was light, a few couples and two large groups. Lots of dogs. Still ice and snow on the trail near the summit 4/28.

Decided to go hiking today with my boyfriend. There was still a few snow drifts in a couple places which made things a bit tricky. Fairly quiet trail with limited views most of the way up. As intermediate hikers, we found this trail to be manageable but fairly lengthy and fatiguing. Definitely want to make sure you have a backpack with water and lunch or snacks. The views from the fire tower are fantastic, though be careful if it is windy because it is certainly magnified at the top. Overall, the hike was pleasant.

3 months ago

Well Marked Trail, Took Red Trail up & down there are views that peek out to you as you wind up this beautiful trail. Fire Tower at the top offers great views with a map of each range north south east & west. Used micro-spikes for traction.

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3 months ago

Completed this hike on Sunday morning. It was great. True mileage to actual summit is 5.2. I wore snow shoes (first time) and really enjoyed. The level of difficulty was perfect for my first snow snow shoe experience. Took us about 4.5 hours. Highly recommend this hike in winter. With no leaves on the trees you get to enjoy great views for most of the decent. There are several southern view points starting about 1 mile into the hike. The final summit is after a walk through A denser pine forest that was no pretty with the snow and its a norther view of the mountains. Overall a great day, pretty views and only a dozen or so other hikers. However, when we got to the parking lot at the end of the hike around 3 there were several people and several "active" dogs getting readyto hike. We were very glad we finished before they joined the trail. For maximum enjoyment go early and off season, you will love it! Happy hiking.

When we went over Memorial Day Weekend, it was warm, humid, hazy, and the bugs were irritating. However on a clearer, cooler, drier day, I think this would be a great hike. The first overlook (and arguably the best one) is about 1.25 up the trail. Much of the trail ascends fairly gradually on a ridge with excellent views of the Lakes Region. The summit has decent views north towards the White Mountains. On a clear, cool day after bug season, this would make a great hike.

Nice hike, just took the main trail (technically an old fire road) out and back. It’s pretty much the same the entire way, never steep, just moderate and steady, the grade doesn’t really lessen until the end. There’s nothing much to see on the way up, but the views at the top are amazing. A full panorama of the White Mountains, the Lakes Region, and beyond.

Did this hike yesterday, broke trail most of the way until another person passed us. Easy going for first mile or so, then some climbing to ledges with lots of great views. summit views are somewhat limited. I don't find the spruce forest creepy at all!

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4 months ago

A great hike. Not very rigorous, which was especially nice in the winter. Wonderful views of the lakes on the way up. The summit was a little anticlimactic after that, but offers a decent view of Washington.

Nice trail for a Winter hike

great hike to the fire tower 360 view from the tower a must.

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7 months ago

This hike gives the best views of Winnipesaukee I've seen yet.

Pretty good day hike for families both my 9 and five year old faired well. The first mile and a half have a couple "steep" sections which I think is the only reason its rated as moderate.
There are several rock outcroppings that provide good views of the lake. The last is the best but you are still quarter mile from the summit. The summit is the only part of the trail where you will see something beside the lake and you do get a fairly decent view of mountains north.

We summited and went back to the last lake viewing point to eat lunch and rest.

It might be in your best interest to just stop at the last view point and lie to your friends about doing the whole enchilada. You'll know you've past the alternative peak when you go down into a small creepy pine forest with a narrow trail. You really cant miss it. The trail starts to suck and you'll get that nagging feeling that it isnt worth the effort.

Moderate rating appropriate, trail well marked and maintained. Quick steep incline. Fire tower views spectacular, signs at top level of fire tower identity mountains in the distance. Red Hill/fire tower trail up, blue trail/cabin down. 4.5 miles total. Recommend waiting for a clear day.

Beautiful in fall

Steady incline, first outlook was gorgeous but the rest of the way up was fog. Summit was small and not a real comfortable eating/resting spot before the descent down. The views along the way and overlooks were the best part of the trail.

Scenic view was absolutely gorgeous!!

on Mount Roberts Trail

hiking
8 months ago

So crowded with big groups when we went on a Saturday morning but such beautiful views and an excellent, well-maintained trail. Steady climb!

No views until you get to the fire tower, but once you get there it is amazing. Possibly one of the best views I have ever gotten from a hike.
At the top there is a picnic table that would make this a great picnic hike but you'll need a backpack to carry your food.

Beautiful 360 degree view! A good workout

This is a nicely marked trail that is a good little challenge. Nothing about it is too hard!
There are many views along the way to keep it interesting and stop and catch your breath. After reaching the summit, we actually went back down a bit to a much better view to have our lunch and enjoy the gorgeous October day. Great hike!

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9 months ago

It was labor weekend. We started really early. On the way up met 4 or 5 people already going down... It's not steep, moderate trail. Amazing views to Lake Winnipesaukee! Summit was a little bit disappointed - only one side views - to the mountains. Narrow spot so you can't stay longer as it's started to be crowded. On the way down met a lot of people. My recommendation to start as early as possible. Good hike.

Definitely a moderate rated hike, but lots of fun. Went up the red hill path and then down the cabin trail. Amazing views

Trail head is on Red Hill Road .Good size parking lot. Trails are well maintained and marked. Land is run by LRCT. There are more trails on this track of land, with a backside trail going to Eagle Cliff over looking Squam Lake .Go left up red trail a little rocky in spots and come down blue train , old hunting cabin on trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike! Moderately steep and not that rocky compared to other hikes in the White Mountains area, so it's on the easier side of moderate. Not so much of a view at the summit, but great views along the trail!

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