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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.

on Pemi Loop

8 hours ago

One of the best - and most dramatic - 3-day hikes anywhere.

geocaching
8 hours ago

if you like climbing rock face this is for you. avoid the north slide after the rain. granite gets slick. no views except on the way up or down

Great hike! Starts off pretty flat for the first half and the path is mostly dirt with covered leaves/pine needles. The second half turns to mostly rock (mix of loose rock and large slabs) and gets pretty steep at parts, more so on the way down. A couple "false" summits because of the great views, but you certainly know when your at the top with great 360 views. We hiked on a Thursday afternoon and only saw about 6 people.

Apple Watch 8.5 in and out. Very dry and unseasonably warm October day, slightly hazy. An absolute favorite hike, reasonable steepness on ascent, some wet places. Use careful footing on descent. Trail on top not well marked, move carefully on ledges. Astounding views. Can’t wait to go back.

Love this trail. Straight up for the first 1.5 miles, then a nice stroll to the summit of Mooselauke. Beaver Brook Trail runs right next to some of the prettiest cascades in the Whites.

great hike. easy steady climb with no real steep sections until a short burst at the very end. was windy and foggy at top on the day i went but worth the climb.

hiking
20 hours ago

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.