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.

hiking
22 days ago

We were reminded today about proper preparation for hiking in the Whites. From the trailhead it looked like a nice crisp October day hiking thru the wet leaves. But soon we encountered crunchy snow and by the time we reached the cabin we were trudging thru snow about a foot deep. Wisely we skipped the south peak and backtracked. On the way down we came upon a beautiful freshly cut trail to the new parking lot on Dundee Road. Kudos to the trail builders from Jackson. Just a quick reminder to our fellow trekkers. Be prepared for the unexpected, and adjust your hike to the conditions.

Mike Simoneau

hiking
27 days ago

Very nice trail with a gradual approach to get you to the top of Adams. I did it with modest snow in mid October and had the trail mostly to myself. Parking at Lowe’s station costs $1 but of course I felt the need to support with buying some snacks while there. Hike took me 6 hours but could have been 5 in dry conditions.

Great running loop. Head up north ski trail across saddle and down south trail. Great western views of presidentials from south crag.

hiking
1 month ago

A great hike,not what I was expecting however was nice a nice day. Hard on my Knees!!
Thanks

Mid-October was a great time to view the lakes and fall foliage. No flies, mosquitoes, or ticks. Overcast skies, but soothing vistas of the ponds. Fresh air - easy walk.

trail running
1 month ago

Short 1 mile loop, great for family's and kids. Trail breaks off halfway through and leads to Saco river with awesome views.

My 20 year old son and I hiked this trail today. It was a good long hike. Unfortunately the top was clouded in so we couldn’t enjoy the view. We will have to hike it again. My only suggestion to other hikers would be to park well below the GPSs idea of where you should park. The road is not passable!

Hiked with my 6 and 10 year old.

As of 9/1/18

Long Pond Rd is washed out and you will have to park at the end of it before the gate.

Fairly easy hike. Most of the trail is free of rocks and roots which will speed you up greatly. Peak is hard to find. If you get to the large Cairn you've gone to far. Head back and almost to the last clearing you will see small trail that heads towards a large square boulder. The peak is up there.

Also this mountain really lives up to its name. There are a lot of blueberries on the way up. Peak had minimal views but a really good clearing towards Moosilaukee. The only good views the whole hike are towards the east and directly at Moosilaukee.

We only saw one other hiker the entire trip. Makes it feel really desolate.

1 month ago

This route depicts Signal Ridge Trail to Mt Carrigan/ Desolation Trail and back.

Once atop Mt Carrigan there is a ranger/fire tower where you pick up Desolation Trail.

As previously mentioned, there is a bit of climbing to do on stretch of 5’ to 6’ granite slabs. We went down the slabs, and continued hiking the trail to Stillwater and decided to hike Carrigan Notch trail back to the Signal Ridge Trail head. Fantastic hike. Zero people encounters on the very remote Desolation Trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Just a nice walk in the woods. My dog enjoyed the easy walk.

I started from the covered bridge and hiked to Rocky Gorge and back, 3.5 miles each way. The trail starts as a gravel road, but quickly turns into a path in the woods. Since it is a ski trail, it is clearly marked with blue diamonds. Very pleasant and easy walk with several great spots to picnic or swim along Swift River. I hiked Sunday around noon and had the woods to myself! My dog was off leash the whole time and had several opportunities to drink and cool off in the river. We will be back!

hiking
2 months ago

If you don't have a lot of time but want a challenge this is a great hike. We hiked up the ski trail. It is steep. We then hiked down Old Path for about a quarter mile where the trails merged.We hiked over to Double head south to find a beautiful view and a nice ledge to have lunch. We did it on a hot August day. I would do it again in the fall.

Great little walk .. thankful for the map on the app because path isn’t marked.

It was every bit as steep as its reputation but doable. I went up the old path, scooted over to the South Peak. It was nearly bald and probably offered a near 360° view but was socked in when I was there. The North Peak at the cabin was more wooded. I descended on the ski trail which was safer and easier on my knees and probably will take that trail in both directions next time. I'm a fit 67-year-old woman.

My husband and I did this hike today and had a wonderful time. As one reviewer said, there are lots of roots toward the beginning of this hike, but it is in the woods, so that’s to be expected. It was our first time, so I don’t know what the conditions are normally like toward the end of July, but there were several areas where we crossed tiny streams and babbling brooks; this may have been due to all of the rain that we had the previous week or so. Either way, it didn’t matter to us as it makes the trek more enjoyable. The views from the ponds, including that of Mt. Osceola and East Osceola, are beautiful! We also saw a solo loon swimming around the first pond as we sat on the “beach” enjoying our water and snacks. We don’t snowshoe, but would consider giving it a try here.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike! Fairly easy to do, while still being a fraction of a challenge due to the mountains steepness. I think the views offered are a little minimal however.

Went up the North side which is very steep. Great hike. Walk past the cabin for a nice view. Wish I had gone down the south side but with the threat of rain thought going back the way we came would be safer. Next time I’ll take the old/new path up for better views.

Trail is nice but completely impassable due to swarms of black flies. We entered as part of a 13 mile run and probably set a PR for 5k trying to get out of there as quick as possible. Completely miserable experience. Should have listened to the other two previous reviews.

hiking
3 months ago

We had a beautiful day for this hike and it was excellent with glorious views. Lots of interest for active 10&12year olds. We hiked to end of second pond but ended up back at first pond for picnic etc. The creek at start of trail was fine to cross in July but I’m sure it was deeper in spring or after rainy spell.

hiking
4 months ago

A beautiful and wonderful, yet rugged, hike in the whites! This trail is properly rated as hard. I am a pretty experienced hiker, and many of the elements of the trail made it difficult. My only complaints: There was a great amount of pine and shrub overgrowth on the last 3 or so miles of the trail and was also closer to 4.5 miles, making it a 9 mile hike out&back. It took me approximately 6.5 hours, about 4 hours ascending. There are multiple “false peaks” but that didn’t hinder the beauty of this trail. Make sure to download the topo map to track your progress! The waterfall at the beginning was beautiful, and carried on for a mile or so. There is no “Mt. Madison” sign at the top, to my disappointment, so you will know that you submitted by using the map. Enjoy!

Easy walk, great for small children. The walk over to Saco River from the kiosk was well worth it as you could see how high storms have pushed up the river into the woods.

I've hiked many trails and this was by far the worst experience I ever had. Assaulted by flies from the moment we arrived. Trail was for the most part straight as an arrow and extremely uninteresting. Went there primarily to photograph birds and NEVER SAW A SINGLE BIRD in 2 hours of walking. Just the worst. Don't waste your time.

hiking
4 months ago

Great little walk through a field, through the woods and around a pond. I wouldn't really call it a hike, but it is very pretty with views of flower field, river and pond. Super easy and short. Would be perfect for little children to walk in and enjoy some nature. One little thing. I was glad to have the map as the trails were not well marked and the app helped us make sure we were still on the trail.

This is a nice hike with a great view at the end!

The only compaint... there are so many roots across the trail up to the first pond, that walking on them became quite tedious!

Got attacked by mosquitoes and flys which made a nice easy walk awful:(

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
5 months 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
5 months 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!

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