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White Mountain National Forest lies within the White Mountains in the U.S. states of New Hampshire and Maine. It's crossed by the White Mountain Trail and Kancamagus scenic drives, plus part of the Appalachian Trail. Dating to the 1860s, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway climbs to the summit of Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern U.S. The area is also known for bright fall foliage and winter skiing.

Fantastic hike. Endless scenery with multiple falls. Do not do this hike if you are out of shape or inexperienced. I’ve done similar length hikes in places like Zion but this one pushed my limits. I’m 55 and in relatively good shape but this hike tested my physical stamina. My 27 y/o son had no problem. Lots of rocks up and down. Tough on the feet and legs. But the hike along the ridge trail makes it all worth it. 10 hours to complete with plenty of rest stops. I know others have done it in 6-8 hours. Give yourself plenty of time to avoid hiking down in the dark. Pack well, snacks, lots of water, you can refill at greenleaf hut on the way down. I’ve heard the winds can be very strong along the ridge but we got lucky and had perfect day. Even so you will need extra layers along the ridge.

Not a single negative about this mountain! I’ve hiked Chocorua twice this year, this loop this past Sunday and Champney Brook Trail in March, the first times since maybe 1984-85. Being older and fatter it was obviously more strenuous, but not too difficult. The worst part was the very summit, it’s rocky & exposed with some pretty steep drop offs, and I don’t like heights!

The day started off cloudy and slowly cleared up, at the last overlook the summit still had wisps of clouds on it but by the time I hit the tree line it was bright & sunny up there. A little time on the summit to take pics and get a Clif bar in my stomach, then down I went. The Liberty Cabin was a good place to stop for pics of it under the summit, and if I’d had any real food I would have cooked it there. Due to my late start I did most of the Weetamoo Trail by headlamp, it’s little more than a footpath compared to the highway that’s Piper. I reached the trailhead at 1930 after about 7.5 hours on the mountain, but I was hiking for enjoyment and took a lot of pics. I also had to attend to a couple blisters slug the way.

My only negative is a pretty minor one, and it’s that the trails aren’t blazed very well. The marks that are there are pretty high on the trees in many cases, so you have tilt your head back to see them by headlamp. Trails that see less use, like Weetamoo, are easy enough to follow now but when they’re covered with fallen leaves in a couple weeks the blazes will be very handy.

All in all a great hike, and I’m glad I didn’t turn around and go home while driving there like I so badly wanted to do. I’ll be doing it again by another trail before too long!

Great views of Fall foilage. Good hike with a couple challenging parts. Top granite slabs would be interesting if fog at top.

Great views! In total it ended up being longer than 8 miles according to my Apple Watch but it was well worth it.

Fairly easy hike, but made for a long day. Took about six hours of out and back. Great 360 degree views.

I did this hike today. Easy moderate hike. Great views from several offshoots heading up to the top and then amazing views from the ledges on the back(?). Definitely worth it to go the extra ,8 miles to the ledges. There are alot of leaves going up, I'd suggest poles or a walking stick for the way down since it can be slippery.

Nice hike. Took us a long time to get to the top as I have two bad wheels and had to stop to rest the screaming knees but it was worth it. Wonderful view from top. Make sure you go to the end of the little trail at the top to get the best view.

best view out of all the easy to moderate hikes in the area! it is a steep incline the entire trail but completely doable for beginners if you take your time! the trail can get a little confusing - just make sure to follow yellow marks on trees! happy trails!

beautiful trail in October 2917. good first day, warm up trail.

First time hiking Burnt Meadow, yday 10/15/2017 it was more challenging than we expected. The steep rock scramble made it intersting with 2 dogs. We made it to the top and the views were beautiful! Now that we know what to expect, the next hike up will be more enjoyable. And there will be a next hike! Happy Hiking..

Nice hike. Varied inclines. After about 45-60 minutes in there is a nice stream on the south side of the trail. The entrance to the alpine zone is like entering a Frank Lloyd Wright house, you are in a very covered, narrow trail then you climb a small rock crop to wide open views. Very beautiful and your first view of Glen Boulder. Well worth the time. Just over 2 hours without stopping to the boulder in nice weather.