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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.

Some day we'll make it to the top

Epic! Perfect weather, unbelievable views, almost 2 mile section on exposed ridge, challenging, CROWDED! Hiked it with 2 German Shepherds, they did well, but needed help in a couple spots on the way up falling waters trail and a section on the ridge up to Lincoln. Bring lots of water - you'll need it! If you're going to take on this challenging hike, make sure to do it on a clear day so you get the reward of the breathtaking views. That's a lot of work to get up there and be stuck in the clouds... we finished in just over 7 hours, with decent stops on each peak and at the hut.

This trail is on the difficult side of moderate. It's mentally as well as physically challenging, because the terrain changes frequently and often times you have to strategize before you know how to best move up. As others have mentioned, do yourself a favor and hike counter-clockwise. I can't imagine hiking down one of the giant rock slabs if you do it the other way. Poles would be helpful for this one. A very rewarding, beautiful, varied trail.

I think this is also listed under Mount Israel trail, for anyone who wants to check out more reviews. This was a nice quintessential NH hike. The terrain does not vary much, it's pretty much just a forest. The smell of pine trees is wonderful and ubiquitous. The elevation gain is no joke - feels like you're on a stairclimber for a couple of hours. As others have mentioned, go past the first peak, you've reached the top when you see the cairn. Trail was easy to follow. No fee to park.

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Great for people. Not great for dogs. My lab could not make the top of whitehead and 85lbs is too much for me to carry up. We turned around. Have to go back without the dog.

Not sure I would say it was easy. The last mile was straight up the mountain. It had limited views but nice nonetheless!!

Took me way longer than expected lol. Also did 10 miles when it says it is 8 but stuck to the trail. Bring lots of water and lots of cardio. Amazing views but is very challenging!

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