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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.

Awesome trail, the first 3 miles are not for the faint of heart. Beautiful waterfalls on the way up to the first peak, it can get super windy 60mph+ gusts on the ridge line so dress appropriately

Decent hike with young kids. A few parts where they needed to slide down the rocks on their bottoms, but overall a fun hike. Went on a rainy/cloudy day, so the view wasn't great, but the colors were gorgeous!

Great hike! Fantastic views! A nice challenge. Starts out moderate and then ascends quickly to the rock face. Took us 4.5 hours total with a few stops. Bring snacks and lots of water.

It's rated hard for a reason - it's at least 6.5-8 hours. BUT - this has to be the best hike in New England. You see different types of rock formations and plant life as you trek up and down, and we got lucky with 360 degrees of unobstructed views of endless, rolling mountains along the ridge. Make sure to bring a big water bottle, plenty of snacks, and layered clothing. It's an incredible hike!

15 hours ago

15 hours ago

Did the White Cairne Trail to the Blueberry Ridge Trail, then came down the Shell Pond Trail to the Stone House Trail - 4.1 miles total. It was a nice hike on a Sunday morning while in the area. There were better views on the way up than there were at the top, but the top offered a nice little loop overlook trail, and there were plenty of areas for groups to sit without being on top of one another. There is a small parking lot about a half mile from the trailhead, but most people parked along the road. As others have mentioned, you need to walk down Long Pond Road a bit before getting to the trailhead, but it's a nice field area with a rock/dirt road.

Amazing views once the weather blew out.

Amazing hike. Definitely earned the Hard category. It's a full day and make sure to come prepared, hydrate, and pack layers for changing temps and winds. Go up the waterfall side first and there is a great cabin and general store a mile down after you reach the highest peak on the ridge. The winds are pretty gnarly!

Great trail! Pack for windy conditions on the ridge

nice falls, not that many views, overall nice afternoon hike.

great loop and caught it on a great day. climbs steadily at a moderate grade. a bit rocky but no scrambling. Very cool summit ridge with outstanding 360 views. on this clear sunny day, could see much of the Whites to the north and east, and a clear view WNW over to Camels Hump, 75 miles away.

Foliage at peak Saturday! Beautiful hike! Full of color

This trail is always fun! This was my second time doing the ridge loop this season. First time a buddy and I did the Greenleaf Trail Route, which ended up being a 15 mile day. Yesterday I did the normal loop (up falling waters, down old bridle path). (I wanted to do a one day Presidential traverse, but I missed my window.) So I decided to try and push pace a bit. Ended up with 3:49:00. It was a heavy traffic day, so I’m not mad at that.