Explore the most popular hiking 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 trail starts and ends with a walk down a dirt road. Kind of boring. The uphill leg is a bit steep but the view at the top is worth it. Plenty of places up near the top to take a lunch break and just sit and enjoy the view. There is a shelter on the downhill side just before the turn on the map. Didn’t make it to chapel rock. Overalll good. Not too hard. But be aware of the rock climbs near the top sections. Use Caution if its slippery .

hiking
17 hours ago

Great views at the top.
This isn't an easy hike, there's quite the elevation gain, and it's just up, up, up. However, I wouldn't categorize this hike as "hard" in terms of terrain difficulty. Most of the terrain is pretty easy to climb, even the day after a big rain storm, but there was nothing slippery. Nothing that seemed that dangerous or treacherous. I was glad to have my trekking poles on the way down, but most other hikers I saw did not have them.

Nice easy walk. Would do it again. River on one side and brook on other side.

on Mount Cutler Trail

hiking
19 hours ago

Definitely an exciting hike, far from boring. The summit is beautiful and there is a lot to explore. Although the climb up is very steep and rocky. I normally love a good challenge, but I definitely think this one is better suited without kids (my husband carried our 3 year old on his back and I am currently 3 months pregnant). We did a lot of sliding on our butts on the way back down and had a mini panic attack here and there, but I would love to come back to this mountain someday and do some more exploring, likely when I am not pregnant and without kids. Haha. On another note, make sure to keep an eye out for the red trail markers. They are a bit hard to find in some spots.

hiking
20 hours ago

Awesome hike even without being able to see any views at the top due to weather. I thought this trail was a steady climb from almost beginning to end. Not hard but a constant climb. I’ll definitely do this one again with my dogs

Completed this hike on 10/19/18 as the weather looked much clearer on this day. Some parts were super icy so was cautious rather than fast, took 8 hours total (including a nice lunch break and chatting with others along the way). I like how it's a loop and is broken up into unique sections because it breaks up the hike nicely (3 mi on Falling Waters up, 2 along the ridge, 3.5 Old Bridle down). It was hard and my muscles or sore but it is a great experience!

Hiked this beast of a mountain October 16 2018. Quite strenuous hike 3 quarters of the way. The view makes it all worth it. With several waterfalls on the way we started at falling Waters and down to the bridle path. Hiked at 11:30am took us about 7 1/2 hours to complete with few breaks. Last hour was in the dark which I'd recommend avoid doing that, we heard a cougar near by (very deliberate chirping noise) which I later read online is to find their young .. Fed wild red squirrels some nuts by hand. It was a little icy towards the top and very windy at the summet. I probably wouldn't do this hike again personally because it was a lot of work and I was also a little under dressed. I brought 3 bottles of water only drank two. great hike for experience hikers. Also the hut on the way down was a life saver offering warmth, tea and hot cocoa and corn bread. Only asking for a few dollars we left a $20 and they also gave us a head light for the way down which barley worked but of course very appreciated.

Great hike. Some clouds and snow squalls, so limited views, but overall great hike. Total time was 4.5 hours including a few stops along the way. For a 4000 footer, would most definitely recommend as a good starter.

Did this over Columbus Day weekend. Beautiful autumn views!

This is a pleasant 3.5 mile round trip hike. My friend and I had some trouble following the trail due to the leaves and the intermittent trail markers but we made it! The views are really nice, and the top is a nice rock slab that is perfect for a summit snack! It was rather slippery so proper shoes are essential!

hiking
1 day ago

Pretty great little hike! The trail was fairly well marked but for the most part it just winds along a dried up stream bed so it’s not too difficult to follow; just keep going straight and you’re bound to see the next marker. The trail wasn’t too steep until we started nearing the top. Views were great once we reached the summit. I’ve done both the Indian Head trail and Mount Pemigwasset trail so you can’t go wrong with either.

We went up expecting a grueling hike based on the reviews we read. It is definitely properly rated as “difficult”. Lots of boulders throughout so you have to be ready for that. The weather we got was not great (light snow, super windy, cold), but that didn’t stop us.
The chimney while definitely not for the faint of heart, was a lot easier than expected. We completed the hike in 6 hours, taking multiple breaks and enjoying the experience. It was a fun and “easy” difficult hike.

WE FOUND A FITBIT AT THE TRAILHEAD on Saturday October 20th. It was right around 1pm when we began. If this is yours, please email me at marlanaujoks@gmail.com and I will mail it back to you.
The blue trail was well marked, steep at times, and overall a 5 star hike up, with outstanding views on the way up and at the summit. There is not a sign when you reach the summit, but it will be pretty obvious. The yellow trail, though lovely, was terrifying to head back down on due to the yellow paint marks being inconsistent in brightness and not being marked in areas where it should have been to keep folks from straying off the path. I would recommend giving yourself plenty of time to go down this train in case you get lost. I would give this particular trail 5 stars if it were clearly marked, and in a color other than yellow, so I'd give it 3 stars at this point. I hope it is changed in the future.

Very rocky with heavy roots in some areas. Found it to be a moderate to easy hike with several wet areas to navigate. Lovely views and a nice rest area at the shelter with a campfire pit! Great experience overall.

By far my favorite hike in New England. My best friend and I have done this hike every way possible in every different season and somehow it amazes me every time. A definate must on your trail bucket list!!

One of my "go-to" trails in the Northeast!! Absolutely amazing!

Great hike but very icy in late October!! Definitely not too technical. A good starter 4000 footer!

I love the challenge. going up was a challenge but going down was rough. the hardest part was the rock climbing. be prepared to climb up that mountain with all your limbs, otherwise you'll have to turn back and not able to make the loop. be sure to have good shoes or hiking boots on during the autumn season because the leaves may be a bit slippery.

I hiked this trail on 10/16/18. There was a wind advisory in effect when I left the parking lot around 6:30. I hiked up Falling Waters, which is delightful. Very aptly named- there are multiple waterfalls. The wind was roaring in the treetops above me long before I ever reached the exposed area on Little Haystack. I had packed multiple wool layers and a Gore-Tex jacket, but I didn’t have appropriate cold weather gloves and I thought my fingers were going to freeze. I was not prepared for the temps on the exposed ridge. It was utterly, bitterly COLD on the ridge. The blasts of wind were so strong that I didn’t even dare take my phone out to take pictures at times. However, the sky was clear and the views were completely gorgeous, especially the frosty pines. Crampons would’ve been helpful, but I managed fine on the icy rocks with only hiking boots. I was very thankful for my trekking poles. The hike down Bridle Path was lovely. I’m a slow uphill hiker, and stop incessantly for photos. So the loop took me just under 10 hrs to complete. I met a number of other hikers- all great people. I would definitely recommend this hike!

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike! Went to north peak then south- descend was tricky as the first and last .5-.7 are very steep and there was ice and snow making it slick! Would recommend trekking poles! Happy trails :))

went up stone cairn trail very steep but the views from the top were spectacular. came down stone hut trail, not well marked but easy to follow great hike

Hiked it yesterday, great hike with very limited yellow markings.Need to pay attention to trail so you don't get off. Tricky brook crossing if water is high. Great views from the warden's tower. 360 degree views. I'd do this hike again but in the summer.

Definitely one of the best loops in the White Mountains. Expect a short road walk, since you can’t park at the Ravine Lodge. Once at the Ravine Lodge, I would recommend ascending Gorge Brook, the “steeper” of the two. Gorge Brook is pretty easy as far as trails go in the Whites, with no scrambling and lots of switchbacks. You follow the brook for the first half. The summit is pretty spectacular, with about 100 miles of visibility, and views of the White Mountains and Green Mountains. The Carriage Road is a very easy descent, very wide and low angle. It’s a ski trail in the winter, so it’s designed to meander along the mountainside at an easy grade. The 0.1 mile spur to South Peak is definitely worth doing. Definitely would recommend this to anyone who likes hiking. Also, if you want a fun adventure, do what we did and make it a sunset hike!

Sweet little hike

Views for days! This took us about 6 hours because we kept stopping to appreciate where we were - a new favorite!

This one is easy if you are used to doing 4000 footers. Really barely any steep inclines and the trails are not the large rocky ankle-breakers that I'm used to. My 10 year old said it should have been marked "easy". I was longer than normal though of course... but still took us only 5 hours total even with 30 minutes break at the top. Will do again since we missed the South Peak shoot-off...

it's incredible, I hiked this trail earlier today but had to turn back due to bad weather only two hundred feet above the treeline and Cautionary treeline sign. This was an incredible hike though, about 7 and a half miles I double back down a third of a mile or so and jumped onto the scar trail and did most of the available loop and then meeting back up on Valley Way. I was going to camp at Valley Way campground which holds four or five good tents. I like others only recommend this hike in groups and in at least somewhat decent Weather. The wind was literally knocking me over today around noon and I was still 1.1 miles from the summit of Mt. Adams. Take caution when hiking this trail, especially September-into Winter.

hiking
2 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.

Sweet little hike

A nice easy short hike with rewarding views of the Presidentials. Unfortunately the 3rd weekend of October has already passed the peak of foliage, but we still had a nice hike, summiting both Cherry Mountain and Cherry Mountain-Owl’s Head.
I personally liked the view from Owl’s Head better than Cherry, which is only 0.8 miles extension. Cherry Mountain also has another view point that has the view of Twins, so don’t forget to follow a small trail at the top of Cherry Mountain!
It was an easy hike for me, may be 3.5h with ample time at each view point, though the last stretch towards Cherry summit near the trail junction may be strenuously steep for some people.

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