Explore the most popular cross country skiing trails in White Mountain National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The road is washed away near Jericho/Jenk's Hill Road, so add 3.5 miles to your hike. Also please be advised that the 15 foot bridge over the first creek crossing is washed out. We turned around rather than wade across, so do not know how the rest of the trail looks.

hiking
14 days ago

Steep as hell. I hiked with my 6 year old brother and he was not happy going up haha. The summit by the toilet is decent - I hit a look up on the south view and I'm regretting not following this trail to the very end. Now I don't know what I missed. Not very good trail markers but u can def tell where the trail is... it's also not 3.3 miles- idk what trail they have here - check out my recording - It was 4.5 miles- and it took over 4 hours with a child. Awesome cabin here u can rent for 20 dollars a day. I defiantly would do that. Buggy on the way but bug spray seemed to keep them from biting. Happy journeys everyone!!

hiking
17 days ago

FYI that High Street is not marked as such. There is a sign for Glencliff House - take that right (it's High Street on the map, but not at the street). If you get to the Glencliff Trailhead (toward Moosilauke), you went just a bit too far. Long Pond Road is on the left and not marked by name, but there is brown trail sign. A short distance on that road, there is a gate for Long Pond Road. If the gate is closed, it's only .5 miles to the Blueberry Mountain Trailhead on the left. Great hike - very easy footing. Some rock slides for the last half mile on top, but not too steep and amazing views. The leg to the summit is easy to miss. There is a large rock in the middle of the trail on top, turn to the right and follow the path to the summit. No views from there, but there is a very small area to sit. No shade on a sunny day for the top third of the trail, so carry sunscreen. I enjoyed this trail a lot. Easy footing all the way and gorgeous views.

Beautiful hike with our kids!

great spot for hiking all in all pretty easy . mostly packed snow but a couple spots I fell thru up to my knees. that's what happens when it's warm out. diffently recommend it I'll be back in the summer to do it again. bonus I did get some good shots of Mt Washington.

Great snow shoeing, hard to follow trail near the top

Great little hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Great little loop. Snow was well packed, easy to maneuver. We took the puppy (echo) with us and she loved it! lots of other dog smells, haha!!

Rock hopping a steam the entire way down. Never again

Muddy along trail before the split. About 2 inches of accumulated snow on the ground. I went up the right side to South Doublehead first which I was glad I chose that way. Nice wooded trail up new old path. Views were gorgeous! Off south peak. Traversed to the north side and checked out the cabin. Descended on ski trail which was just a open wide stead slope down. Next time I’ll take old path trail both ways or check out new path trail. Trails are easy to follow. Lastly it was a good hike for birding. Saw black capped chickadees and a golden-crowned kinglet! They flew right up to me.

I would rate this hike as easy, barely more than a casual walk in the woods. A couple stream crossings, although the water is very low this time of year so those were simple boulder stepping. The weather was great and the trail only had a couple muddy spots. The autumn colors reflected well off the still water of the upper pond. The lower pond is very shallow with a muddy shoreline and an abundance of vegetation growing right out of the water. No grand vistas from this area but still very cool being down in the notch looking up at the surrounding mountains. Many signs of large game around the water but no sightings despite being out there at sunrise. I will advancing my hiking into snowshoeing for the first time this winter and feel this would be a perfect first trip out! Can't wait ti return when the snow starts.

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.

Where the trail is on the Saco River the River has taking part of the trail away. Easy trail right next to the road.

hiking
8 months ago

I chose this trail not because it was the toughest (though I do like a challenge), but because I had heard the views during the elevation gain were the best of the trails heading up to Mt Madison. This advice was spot on! The first mile are so was through lush forest and followed a stream with lovely waterfalls though the water level was low at this time. About a mile and a half in, the trail really begins to climb and soon enough the birch trees are left behind and you are surrounded by tall evergreens. The trail is named appropriately as it follows a ridge line with 4 false peaks called "The Hawks". At the first of 4, a partial view of the valley below opens up. Just a taste of what's to come. At the top of this first peak the trail levels off and is more open and much softer ground than the rocky, root strewn path previously followed. It gives the impression that things will get a bit easier going. Wrong! Soon enough you are balancing on multiple rocks, climbing over boulders, and tripping over roots and stumps. At the 2nd peak, the views are more broad (180 behind you) and you get a great view of Mt Madison and the ridge line still to be traversed. This is a great place to take a break and grab a snack. Soon after more decline, more incline, decline, incline and so on. Eventually you clear the treeline completely and can see the final ascent before you. There is no rest for the weary here. The incline is steep on, sometimes, wobbly rocks with a much less defined path. If you can locate the blue paint streaks on the rocks great, if not, multiple cairns mark the easiest path upward. Even so, the wife and I somehow missed the target slightly and ended up about a hundred or so yards right of the trail. We soon recalibrated and located the Osgood Trail for the final 400-500 foot ascent to the peak. NOTE: there is a rock formation above that appears to be the peak of Mt Madison. It is not. Once above this section, you have about another 100 foot incline over about 2/10's of a mile to the true peak. The views from the peak are phenomenal with 360 views of the rest of the Presidential Range to the South, Randolph and Berlin to the North and the Green Mountains to the west. Once you've taken in the views and truly realized the accomplishment of climbing Mt Madison you'll continue along the peak and then down a steep path to the Madison Hut to recharge your batteries with lunch you carried in or a hot lunch which can be purchased. There are multiple paths back down toward Rte 2. We chose Valley Way which was the most direct but was loaded with rocks and tree roots the entire way down which can be devastating to already tired knees and ankles. I would definitely recommend trekking poles for the descent. This probably was the most challenging hike we have done but also the most rewarding. Will definitely visit the White Mountains again

180 degrees + views at the top of the south peak. Well worth it. 1/52wav

I am a true novice as this is my first significant hike. I went up from the Page Rd. side. the beginning (first 1/2 mile or so) is not too bad as you walk along old logging road at a steady incline, however once you hit the trail (which isn't marked as good as one would hope being new at this hiking thing) it narrows and climbs steadily up for the next mile or so. When my Fitbit read that I'd reached 2.18 miles I was almost ready to quit thinking this is far from easy! However I pushed on for another .82 miles if narrow pathway of roots, mud, water and rocky terrain to the summit! I personally would call this a moderate hike not easy. However I am 50, overweight and haven't really hiked much at all. I do walk trails daily, between 3-5 miles so I'm not completely out of shape. Anyway, I made the summit and the views were beautiful. I will do this hike again and hope to not have to stop and rest as much. A note of caution, the last 1/3mile is very slippery due to the steady stream of water running along the rocks.

As another reviewer noted, there is a stream that needs to be crossed near the beginning of the trail, with no bridge but plenty of rocks to navigate across. There also was, when we were there (Sept 1), a lot of mud, although most muddy areas were covered with large timbers in various states of repair (most fine, but some were snapped in half/half submerged in mud on one end). There are also a lot of roots. That said, the hike was very nice, and the ponds are lovely. The 2nd pond is not that much further from the 1st.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike, perfect length of time for a quick day hike. WARNING: I was attacked by mud wasps at about 43.81115, -71.52443, give or take 100 feet in a muddy area

Fun hike, took Howker ridge up, not one of my favorite paths to be honest, there is like three false peaks before you reach Madison. The view from Madison is fantastic, I stayed up there for close to an hour watching the eclipse, pretty neat.

hiking
10 months ago

I loved this hike but a couple warnings: not for kids. This is very steep despite only being 3 miles. My husband and I who are in good shape had to stop several times for rests on the way up.

Also- it's not one to take if recent downpours or threatening to rain. I suspect flash floods occur on this trail as it's a old stream bed. Muddy. And cross streams a lot.

The view is nice at the top but not spectacular. The view away from Mt Washington is the better view. There is a cabin at top (you can reserve- otherwise it's locked). There is an outhouse you can use if you are desperate- it's pretty gross and with lots of flies and spiders.

We took the "old path" down- I don't recommend it- very steep and hard on the knees.

Amazing swimming hole @ rattlesnake pool along the hike

Beautiful 360 view from the top. My 9yr old first 4000' took Gorge Brook Trail to summit and came down Carriage Rd Trail. Not nearly as Rocky as most Whites trails. Great hike. will definitely do again!

This is a lovely hike that we did with a five year old. There are no really steep parts but a lot of roots on the trail. One stream crossing requires a little thought in higher water times but is no big deal. There isn't a lot of views until you get to the ponds but there is a nice beach area.

Wife and I hiked up this trail in June. It was a tough hike for us amateur hikers but it was amazing! Great views at the knolls and amazing to look back where you were minutes ago. We took other trails on the way down to complete a loop ending with Watson trail. It took us about 10 hours with a good stop a Madison cabin. Probably closer to 4.5 miles out.

The trail is flat and easy to navigate.

definitely do it again. keep in mind there are no outhouses and there is better shade early or late in the day.

This is a fantastic hike! Wish I would of know I'd be crossing a rocky stream shortly after starting. In retrospect we should of taken our boots off and crossed. It was a hot day so walking the rest with wet boots was not too bad. The trail head and all trails app doesn't identify the Greeley Pond Trail as the yellow markers on the trees. We figured it out. The trail was easy to moderate and fairly well maintained. Walking up to the first pond was better then expected. A pristine mountain pond with a duck couple swimming around and fish jumping. The second shallower pond was a short hike from the first. There was we were serenaded by birds and had a few swallow tail butterfly's fluttering around us as company. When we first came upon the second pond we apparent warned a bear we were there and in the distance we saw the blur of it run fast from the water into the woods. It was a peaceful, spectacularly beautiful delight.

This is a fantastic hike! Wish I would of know I'd be crossing a rocky stream shortly after starting. In retrospect we should of taken our boots off and crossed. It was a hot day so walking the rest with wet boots was not too bad. The trail head and all trails app doesn't identify the Greeley Pond Trail as the yellow markers on the trees. We figured it out. The trail was easy to moderate and fairly well maintained. Walking up to the first pond was better then expected. A pristine mountain pond with a duck couple swimming around and fish jumping. The second shallower pond was a short hike from the first. There was we were serenaded by birds and had a few swallow tail butterfly's fluttering around us as company. When we first came upon the second pond we apparent warned a bear we were there and in the distance we saw the blur of it run fast from the water into the woods. It was a peaceful, spectacularly beautiful delight.

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