Pretty icy going up, spikes are mandatory. A few people turned back.

1 month ago

Excellent just got back used crampons no problem amazing views

Great day to try out my new micro spikes . Worth every dime. Nice views from summit, cold windy day but nice workout . Gate is closed at bottom of road, so extra mile walk to trailhead for a warm up. Saw bear tracks in frozen snow up top

V icy so bring crampons/microspikes other than that an awesome peak. on a clear day you can see many 4Kers in the distances

3 months ago

Beautiful trail - rocky, mossy, and gorgeous views.

Went up Winslow and down Barlow. Well marked trails. Great views at the top. All in all it was an easy hike. Some steep areas thru Winslow but there were alternate paths so its family friendly

Short hike with beautiful views. Dog friendly too

3 months ago

Great trail, well marked, super busy though.

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3 months ago

Hiked this trail with a small group (3 adults 3 children 9, 6, and 5 years old). My 9 year old did well without help. The 5 and 6 year old were real troopers. They only required a little assistance on flat rocks on the way down. This is a great half day hike for families with a big pay off at the end. Summit is expansive and has 360 views with plenty of places to rest. The fire tower was open which gave even farther views.

This is the second time we've hiked Kearsarge and it's becoming our favorite local summit. I have a feeling this is also the consensus of the surrounding population as it is always crowded on both trail and summit.

If the fire tower is open climb up and visit the park ranger who appears to resent the public welcome sign as you enter. I'm sure they'll appreciate it.

Love this loop. We took our 3.5 year old up Winslow and down Barlow. He is a VERY active kid and was able to make it up Winslow all on his own! He was spent after spending some time on the summit so we ended up having to backpack him about half of the way down Barlow. I would say Barlow is more kid friendly than Winslow. Winslow is certainly a trail that is easy if you can maintain your pace. LOTS of larger rocks but also a fair amount of easier ways around them is you need less of a challenge.

In my opinion Winslow is too steep to descend on for my liking but Barlow also has a lot of open edges and large open faced rocks closer to the summit, so it depends on you preference on how to take it

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4 months ago

I would definitely recommend this trail, we climbed up Winslow and took Barlow down. Beautiful views at the top!

Great views. Slippery rocks in a number of spots.

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4 months ago

Great views. Slippery rocks up and down.

4 months ago

We hike Mt Kearsarge in Sept 2016 and went up Winslow and down Barlow. And it was tough but great!! This time we hiked up Barlow and down Barlow also. Even though it was not as steep as Winslow it was still a workout and still exciting. A little bit of everything. Flat, roots, rocks, boulders. If you have issues with heights and wide open edges there is one part that can be a bit unnerving for folks like me - scared of heights and wide open edges. However I did it and it was not that hard. On all the rocks and boulders there always was an alternate way up and around if you are unsure of your footing on the rocks. A fantastic hike. Enjoyed it thoroughly! See my recording for the pics of the trail

We hike Mt Kearsarge in Sept 2016 and went up Winslow and down Barlow. And it was tough but great!! This time we hiked up Barlow and down Barlow also. Even though it was not as steep as Winslow it was still a workout and still exciting. A little bit of everything. Flat, roots, rocks, boulders. If you have issues with heights and wide open edges there is one part that can be a bit unnerving for folks like me - scared of heights and wide open edges. However I did it and it was not that hard. On all the rocks and boulders there always was an alternate way up and around if you are unsure of your footing on the rocks. A fantastic hike. Enjoyed it thoroughly!

Wonderful, easy, high-reward hike on a glorious fall day. Spectacular views in all directions. Up Winslow and down Barlow as suggested below ... thanks!

Simply amazing. Between hard and moderate - steep ascent.

Wonderful hike. Started with Winslow first (steep), descending on Barlow Trail (easy). Saw a black bear running up the Barlow toward me; then he quickly turned on spotting me and zoomed into the woods.

We hiked these trails this morning. A little cool. We saw a bull moose on the way up winslow trail.
So close it was fabulous. Great view at top, very windy. Only thing I didn't like was dogs not on a
lease, very easy to have a dog jump on you and cause you to fall. Please put your dog on a lease,
it's the park rules.

I took Winslow up and Barlow down. I recommend this route to others but am glad that Winslow has good rocks to rest on because it certainly gets your heart rate up at times. My favorite part of the trail was finding many different kinds of rocks on the way in addition to the usual limestone and granite.
I like to choose a higher traffic trail when I am hiking alone. This was a good one for that. I could still appreciate being alone in nature while knowing that if something happened, another human would pass by sooner rather than later.

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