Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

I hike this this the other day, gorgeous day not a cloud in the sky and 15 mph breeze. Trail starts out easy enough for the first few miles. After the mossy falls the trail gets significantly more difficult. I chose to go around the ice caves as i am a large guy was afraid i run into spots i might not fit through. going around on the other hand you will be climbing boulders the size of small houses with some tricky spots. once your through that and head up the Kings Ravine the trail definitely gets hairy. A lot of the trail is loose gravel and boulders the size watermelons that have the tendency to slide out from under your feet. If hiking with friends i would definitely recommend spacing yourselves out unless you want an "accident" to happen. this last half mile or so is pretty slow going. Once past this and to the next trail junction its only a half mile to summit Adams and its no different than the rest of the norther presidentials. large boulder fields and tough terrain. I would recommend making sure you have plan this hike well and give yourself plenty of time to complete it, and as with any of the northern 4000 footers make sure your prepared for anything.

Beautiful hike through a sub-alpine/treeline ecosystem! First 30-45 minutes are pretty much straight uphill but then you're walking on the ridgeline until the Speckled Mt. summit. Ridgeline doesn't have many views but it's a wonderful walk over exposed rock, moss, lichens, and through small pines, red spruce, and low bush blueberries. Took us (we're novice hikers but athletic) about 2hrs to the summit and 2.5 down because we got caught in pouring rain. Summit had 270 degree views of the Whites. Would absolutely do again!

absolutely beautiful, i love this trail

Make sure to go past the first view and follow the cairns up to the money shot. Spectacular view, easy hike up, and was able to run most of the way down. Marked very well and the man who maintains the trail does a great job. Very quiet and secluded.

Love this hiking trail! One of my top choices!

I enjoyed this trail because of its different terains and great views. Also because of the history of Star King! This was his favorite vacation spot :)
*If staying in the area try the Applebrook B&B.

Fun hike, a little bit of a challenge but that’s what made it fun :)

Hard NOT Moderate I would describe this trail. It's an outdoor stair climb and you need some upper body strength to pull yourself up onto the open area at the top. Intense especially if you are afraid of heights.

its gay

wonderful place to drive through and spend the day swimming in the lower falls, didn't want to leave

breathtaking summit

A great area to walk in the woods. A good mix of in the woods and on the gravel road. The falls area is nice but can also be seen from the road. This one is more for those looking to enjoy the forest away from the crowds.

Of the 4.7 miles probably 2.5 of it offers stunning vistas in every direction. Be careful with little kids. Some seriously precarious granite slabs, which are especially steep on the Welch trail. For the time and mileage, I can't think of a more rewarding hike for all ages.

Made it top in 45 minutes. Best views are from the Eastern summit. Have to pay attention to red blazes on trees and rocks. End of trail is a snowmobile trail before hooking back up,briefly, with Barnes trail

Well cared for trail and easy to follow flash.
Beautiful views from the twin peaks.

hiked this loop Friday with daughter, granddaughter and grandson. Needed to take short breaks as it gets pretty intense close to summit. Worth every minute once you look out over mountains. I felt very small. Beautiful

backpacking
6 days ago

Amazing hike. Highly recommend you have trekking poles or you will be at a disadvantage. The poles are key. Also bring enough food for yourself, there’s huts along the way that you can fuel up at. Overall amazing experience.

Nice and easy hike/nature walk to the falls! Water was super cold to jump in but there were nice places to swim at the end and a cool rock water slide to go down on too. Great place to cool off and fun to take friends and family with you!

7 days ago

Nice trail with a beatiful view.

I ascended Sandwich Mountain Trail and descended via Drakes Brooks Trail. The hike up was mostly moderate with a couple very steep but short sections. Took the extra .2 miles to summit Jennings Peak. The view from Jennings was great, best of the 3 peaks visited. Back off Jennings I continued on the Sandwich Mountain Trail up to the summit of Sandwich Dome. Nice views of the Tripyramids with Presidential Range far in the distance. The trip down Drakes Brook Trail was a steady easy on the knees descent. The lower section of the brook is a nice spot to take a break on one of many large flat stones in the brook. A great day out and checked off 2 peaks from the 52 with a view list

hiking
7 days ago

I hiked the Shoal Trail as part of a loop (Zealand-Ethan pond-Thoreau Falls-wilderness trail- Shoal Pond Trail-to Zealand). Hiking North on Shoal Pond Trail was definitely the most difficult part of the loop, due to many downed trees in the trail and lots of mud and decomposing bog bridges. There are about 6 water crossings, some with need to go barefoot. Still a great hike all around and the ~18.5 mile loop to/from Zealand lot took me (fit hiker with light backpack) 9.5 hours total. I saw lots of moose scat, and at Shoal Pond I did actually see a beautiful cow moose!

The section of wilderness trail between Thoreau Falls Trail and Shoal Pond Trail was in good condition. Saw only two hikers once I got off the path to the AMC hut. A notice at the Zealand parking lot said that the bridge was out at the intersection of Thoreau Falls and Wilderness. Luckily I found that crossing the water there was no problem at all, and I didn't even need to take my shoes off to get across.

I hiked the Thoreau falls Trail as part of a loop with the wilderness trail and Shoal Pond Trail. A notice at the Zealand parking lot said that the bridge was out at the intersection of Thoreau Falls and Wilderness. Luckily I found that crossing the water there was no problem at all, and I didn't even need to take my shoes off to get across. The trail is in good condition and was quite easy going for the most part, following the river for most of the way with some short, steep jaunts up and down the hill. Really beautiful hike with nice tree cover and easy water access (bring a filter, of course) for a hot day. I saw lots of moose scat, but only later in Shoal Pond did I actually see a beautiful cow moose.

The section of wilderness trail between Thoreau Falls Trail and Shoal Pond Trail was in good condition. Saw only two hikers once I got off the path to the AMC hut. Hiking North on Shoal Pond Trail was definitely the most difficult part of the loop, due to many downed trees in the trail and lots of mud and decomposing bog bridges. Still a great hike all around and the ~18.5 mile loop to/from Zealand lot took me (fit hiker with light backpack) 9.5 hours total.

Was wet when I went. KEEP YOUR BALANCE

Hiked this in May 2016 and the comments about it being secluded and not maintained are spot on. You will notice this trail runs generally easy to West or vice versa so set your compass on a 270 or a 90 degree heading and look for gentle indentation in the ground for the trail. The compass doesn’t lie. As stated this trail is not for beginners.

walking
8 days ago

Awesome rd with some killer views of river down steep hills. The road is closed to vehicles since the washout last year. About halfway down theres a pull off walk dont the hill and a sweet spot to swim

great hike! I took my dog up this trail with no issues. we did blueberry mountain and speckled mountain. My mostly blind and totally deaf cattle dog made it with no problems. wonderful hike and we plan to do it again!!!

Is this hike hard or easy? If you are comfortable with the Presidential Range, this is easy. If you work in an office five days a week, and are most comfortable with Mount Willard (great little hike), this will be hard. The ascent to Mount Welch gets technical, at several points it becomes too steep to stand, and you will be on your hands and knees crawling up a 45 degree angle rock face. If you want a little less adrenaline, you can take an easy 2 mile round trip hike to the first Welch overlook and back. Or, you could proceed clockwise to the summit of Mount Dickey, and then return, nothing technical with that.

many of the blazes are faded. but this was a fun quick hike. 1.5 hours including some time at the top to look around.

Fine. No blazes, but most of the rocky branch trail and davis path are fine. The Dry River Trail (a misnomer, by the way - be prepared to get wet!) is less well marked. You need to cross the same creek 3 times, but exactly where is up to you. Views at the top are lovely!

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.

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