the views are spectacular! worth the drive from MA. $5 donation short walk to an incredible waterfall

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2 days ago

Short hike to a very tall waterfall - parking is $3 last I recalled for a slip

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3 days ago

Quick hike. The falls were bigger than I expected. You get a lot of mist at the bottom of the falls.

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muddy
4 days ago

Was a very nice walk for the family an I

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blowdown
bugs
5 days ago

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great!
5 days ago

Howker Ridge Trail has been on the top of my list for too many years and finally got it done! A beautiful, challenging and rewarding hike! Loved the views and terrain variety of the Howks and final short push to the summit of Mt. Madison feels like you've snuck up on the castle and are storming the parapets unnoticed. I would also say that Howker Ridge trail would be a much more favorable descent to the Randolph Valley (Rt. 2) than some other options, as it gets you to the treeline quickly below the summit cone and generally remains sheltered. On that note, I have gotten away from referencing my AMC Guide over recent years and lesson learned: we chose to descend Watson Path for whatever reason and had the most strenuous, difficult, grueling down-hike I've probably ever had over 25 years of hiking. Not technical, per se, but just tough going, relentless steep, dicey footing over weather-blasted granite, roots, loose rock, and water-gouged troughs. Brutal. Would certainly recommend up-and-down on the Howker Ridge trail.

Nice hike. Trail doesn't begin where indicated, there is a new large parking area about 200 yards up the road (well marked) We went to North peak and cabin first, It is a pretty steep consistent uphill on a wide grassy trail. Once you reach the cabin (locked for covid) go behind to the right of the outhouse for a fine view and lunch spot overlooking Maine. From there we headed for South peak, a relatively easy trek that starts with a steep downhill. There is a really nice overlook on an outcropping to the right after you pass the old path trail. this is the best view of the hike. We went to South Doublehead and backtracked to head down Old Trail, a consistent downhill with gravely spots down to the parking lot. Bugs were present but not horrible with bug spray. Worth the trek for a short hike. It took us 4 hours with stops for lunch and a field sketch..

Excellent journey. Depending on how you go down you can have both a Maine view and a Jackson view. Decline was steep. Great workout.

After reading some of the other reviews, my expectations were quite low but it was on my list- so, up we went. I was pleasantly surprised. The trail itself is lovely and more narrow, I would say, than overgrown. After hiking some over-used trails in the past few weeks, the tight quarters were a welcomed sight. There are views along the way and, if you'd like, hike past the summit until you hit the ledges on the west side to have some snacks and a look towards Vemont. Mt. Moosilauke was easily viewed on the East as you ascend and a worthy in its own right. I would strongly encourage you to park on the main road as the gate gets closed without warning and it may be a long wait to get out again! An easy, family-friendly hike.

Not my favorite hike. The views from South were gorgeous but the trail on the way down from South "new trail' was pretty terrible for the first part - lots of loose rocks. Very wooded and felt unused - like the forest was reclaiming it. Not another soul out there this Sat afternoon, except for the mosquitos that provided a constant buzz in my ear the entire time.

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scramble
16 days ago

Great hike! Was very steep up, but well worth the views and even better over to South Doublehead. I thought this was an interesting trail. Rocky, but also very smooth from leaves and pine needles. There was a lot of grass, flowers and other greenery growing in the middle of the trail compared to just dirt, roots and rocks. Trail was clear. If you take South Doublehead down it is very steep. Very buggy, bring bug spray!

Good trail

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muddy
16 days ago

Great short trail with multiple rewarding view points of the falls.

Great Trail, heavily wooded, if you are hiking in may and early June, it will be muddy.

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rocky
18 days ago

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muddy
18 days ago

Short trail, muddy in some parts and you get a good leg exercise. Amazing views!!

so lovely! enjoyed views from reinforced boardwalks. some overgrown parts along the pond trail & bugs out in full force. i’d bring the bug spray along for the trip if you aren’t absolutely basting yourself in deet beforehand.

Nice easy hike. Lots of steps A little wet but This is a must do visit.

Great hike, great day.

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