Explore the most popular lake 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.

Was wet when I went. KEEP YOUR BALANCE

hiking
11 days ago

I did the loop, and while it was a fun little hike, not something I’d do again only because there are so many other option.

Somewhat challenging but lots of fun with the steep cliffs, ladders, and tight caves to climb through. Awesome views from top too, especially on Percival.

great first backpacking expirence with my dog! bunell notch trail to kilkenny ridge summiting cabot, bulge & the horn. fair amount of friendly people until you get beyond cabot, views at the horn were great. camped at unknown pond tentsite then carried on to rogers ledge first thing in the morning with great views of the presidentials, which was the trip highlight! there's a decent amount of blown downs but they're easy to navigate & the mud isn't too bad. finished with mill brook trail which was luscious with growth & signs of moose. kilback pond was another gem to the trip. & the fish hatchery on the way back to the car was a nice end to an amazing adventure. 10/10

backpacking
18 days ago

This was a wonderful trail, you go deep into the woods and get to hear the silence of the forest. This trail is not over hiked. We saw many reptiles, and frogs. Evidence of many other animals roam these trails. Beautiful wild flowers including 100’s of lady slippers.

Beautiful hike with our kids!

This is by far my favorite hike!

A great trail, but be prepared for a challenge. Ascending either route up - via the Mt. Morgan Trail or Mt. Percival Trail - has challenging steeps near their respective summits. We chose to ascend Mt. Percival first, which ended up being the better route as the descent via Mt. Percival trail would’ve been much more difficult. “Caves” on Mt. Percival trail should be taken with care, and there are alternative routes up once you’re there but aren’t much easier.

Great payoff views and a nice challenging hike for intermediates, but not recommended for young kids or dogs.

Great trail. well marked great views.

For inexperienced hikers like me I’d recommend preparing a bit more before tackling this trail. We went up Morgan and down Percival, taking the ladders up, which was cool. I just don’t know if going down the caves was our best decision- it got a little dark and scary in those!

TRAIL WAS WELL MARKED AND MAINTAINED. GREAY VIEWS OF SQUAM LAKE. FELT LIKE A TRAIL MORE IN THE WILD THEN IT IS. THE RIDGE BETWEEN MT. TOPS IS A SHOULDER WIDE TRAIL THROUGH SPRUCE TREES ON ROCK. NICE SPRING WARM UP TRAIL.

Awesome one of my favorites

Ladders, caves, and views! Took a little longer than expected.

Was a decent hike. Mostly wide open snowmobile trail. Hiked out to do some fishing. And they were still frozen over. Oh well had fun and the shelter was accommodating.

hiking
2 months ago

Very challenging but stunningly beautiful. Really fun hike

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.

hiking
5 months ago

A really nice hike through the woods, with some cool features along the way (a literal ladder drilled into rock, and some bounder caves to climb through!). There were some scrambles, and I would say it is deserving of the moderate rating. It took us about ~3 hours to do roundtrip. However, we did get lost for a bit, as some turns are not clearly marked off.

hiking
6 months ago

This hike can still be done easily without spikes. Almost no ice and got lucky: morning sun was warm and wonderful. A bit of crunchy snow on top. Roundtrip (up Morgan, down Percival) took us under 3 hours.

Great hike. Lots of variety including caves, ladders, some steep sections, scrambling, etc. perfect day with my son, cousins, uncle and nephews.

Was unsure if we were on the right side of the road (Rattlesnake Mountain parking lot is across the street with the port-a-potty). Decided to go Mt Percival trail and loop around to Mt Morgan and back down (approx. 5 miles). Mt Percival trail gets very rocky towards the top; wouldn't recommend bringing kids, my dog had a hard time in spots. We ended up taking the Caves route, which lead us to the most beautiful view and right towards the trail leading to Mt Morgan.

hiking
7 months ago

I'm a fairly inexperienced hiker so if you don't have a lot of experience I would consider some parts of this trail moderate, trying g to navigate over rocks/streams but overall it's a nice hike with very little elevation gain. lots of tree roots and rocks on the trail so make sure you have a decent pair of hiking shoes or boots.

Hiked 10/23 up Morgan, down Percival. 1st 2.4 miles wooded path rises gently with few short, steep spots. Steeper near top. Ladders/cave/scramble to Morgan peak a bit sketchy, but fun. Great Squam Lake views along Morgan Summit ridge and Percival summit. Descended Cliff trail to long, forested walk back to trailhead (parked @ empty Percival lot; least crowded of the 3 available)

A fairly easy hike. Very little climbing involved. I went up Morgan and down Percival trail. Shorter trip up that way, and the ladders are on the way up. Short walk along the road to return to the car. Great views of Squam lake, very few people on trail before 10 am. Enjoy!

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.

I did the east pond loop trail.
5 mile round trip.
very dense woods in most places, very rocky and you cross several creeks and muddy areas. good shoes recommended.
not a lot to see until you get to ponds. little east pond doesn't give you a great view. it's kind of marshy, not much of a pond. east pond however has a gorgeous view.
overall good workout/good hike

it was an amazing hike! The top gets a bit sketchy but such a rush when you get to the top! I think the worst part about the experience was the acorns! I highly suggest this hike to anyone but prepare well. Weather and timing and having the proper tools are a must!

Percival is not a trail for young kids to go down. There are plenty of places for wobbly legs to give out and lead to a serious fall. I know some people say it’s great for kids, but I don’t see it. It would be fun and beautiful, though, if it had just been adults!

The caves side of Percival with kids slowed us to the point that we got caught in the darkness. We ended up briefly on some old trail that still had faded yellow dots on the rocks. Pay close attention at night; if you end up in a rockslide area, you are off the trail!

I like this trail ... just not with kids.

One of the more spectacular hikes in the Whites. Not for the views but for the amazing cascades that go on and on forever. Beautiful.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail with beautiful views. Overall level but rocky, not for the unsteady. Good place to camp by the water.

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