Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

Bang for the proverbial buck. A short hike to a big vista. Not heavily trafficked. Be sure to wear orange in hunting season.

Great day to climb North moat today. Weather was warm but needed spikes or snow shoes to get through ice and snow. Beautiful view from the top. Worth to effort. Can't wait to try it again this summer.

snowshoeing
7 days ago

My first time snowshoeing! Glad it was here! Can’t wait to return. Beautiful scenic views.

Great little hike!

hiking
1 month 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!!

Typically spectacular Evans Notch hike. Last hiked on September 16, 2001. Arrived at Mt. Eastman parking lot on right side of Route 113 at about 11:00 a.m. Trail head a short walk farther up Route 113, on the left. Took Baldface Circle Trail to junction with Slippery Brook Trail, and latter to junction with Mt. Eastman Trail to the top. Arrived at top at about 1:30 p.m. Frequent breaks. Was moderately hard hike, but we were out of shape for it. Views at top are excellent and 360°. Down by 4:00 p.m. or so after spending some time at the top. Would be good hike for snowshoes.

walking
6 months ago

Beautiful views!

Hikes on 10/06/2017 started up South Moat from Passaconaway Rd..at first it was raining and as I made South summit it stopped...the view was spectacular...I went on to Middle Moat which is a short distance...from there I continued to North Moat...the sign to North is a little confusing but stay left...after climbing some rock walls( not hard) I came to an amazing view of the Notches...caught a rainbow over them...the only thing I didn't like was the descend down North Moat...steep all the way until you come to Lucy Brook...overall...I would do it again....great hike

camping
6 months ago

we had a blast hiking this trail. I just wish there were more signs about the trail and where your are... maybe a kiosk at the end would have been great... all in all we plan on hiking it again.

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
6 months ago

Definitely a moderate hike. As others have said, it's a steady climb the entire way up. I'm a novice hiker and I would say it took me a solid hour and 20 minutes, stopping along the way. The trail is very poorly marked (if at all) but I had an AMC trail guide with me that really helped -- and I'd recommend. When I went up I only passed one other group as I was arriving, it allowed me to hike with my dog off the leash. The view is "okay" by White Mountain standards, but I think during foliage season it would be a great view. I'm not sure I'd take small children -- while the trail itself is well kept, I'd say it's a hike you as a parent don't want to have to carry your child.

hiking
7 months ago

A fun quick hike with a steady ascent. Wooded summit. We found three of the four pylons from the old fire tower that used to be up her. Definitely make your way over to Owl head mountain for some great views.

We recommend dry conditions, no rain for several days previous as the trail is rocky and slippery when wet. My personal device recorded 4 miles in and out. The trail starts out very gradual but the steady incline steepens towards the top. The trail is not particularly well marked but usually obvious. The pano views at the top are outstanding.

Great little walk through the woods. Good for every level of hiker. I didn't hunt for gems today but will go back.

friend and I hiked up to a area that was on the east side. The pond crystal clear water and beautiful views last weekend in April.

hiking
7 months ago

Choose weather wisely. View isn't up to much on overcast days but limited chances to get up here on vacation. Also if you can do it without a 35 lb kid on your back that would improve things.

hiking
7 months ago

Very rocky but a good hike. At the top you can see Rumney and Plymouth. Mnt Cardigan off to your right. Good hike for kids not to long.

hiking
7 months ago

I descended this trail after a hot July attempt at Baldface loop (going up the the S. Baldface side). Started late, ran out of time and low on water for completing the Baldface loop so I descended here and only copleted the section from the ridgeline down to Emerald Pool. This section in July has some nice flowers, and a refreshing stream crossing, but is devoid of views or other remarkable features. I encountered only one group of hikers on this trail on a weekend. Good for dogs I suppose.

Great view from the top! Definitely worth the climb up!

Love this hike! Approximately 45 minutes to the top with a spectacular view

trail running
8 months ago

great bang for your buck. beautiful views from the top looking south. view of Stinson Lake down a short hike from the top

we just went up Smarts Brook trail about a little over a mile with our dog. it was beautiful and quiet and the river was awesome. We picked out at least 3 picnic/swimming areas where we can come back with our 9 year old. Jogged back, great trail for trail running.

hiking
9 months ago

had to bushwhack part of the way as it did not seem to have been used that much on the 3rd of July.

Starts moderate then steep at forest boundaries pipe-excellent for weekend as many non residents don't know about it- never busy -if you take the longer route park on old cherry Mr Rd longer but much easier than the basically straight shorter route( that's best for great cardio workout)

Great hike for all skill levels!

hiking
9 months ago

The weather didn't cooperate with us to have clear views but the views we did have were worth it. A couple of spots with slick granite but otherwise a challenging but doable hike for beginners that are at least in decent shape.

Quick did it in 45 great view from the top

Great leg workout, fairly steep...the view is eh until you walk about 100 feet west and whoomp there it is. Great off the beaten path to avoid the tourists trek!

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