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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.

Beautiful trail - varied terrain. Lower portion is a smooth dirt path with constant but mild ascent. Upper portion is increasingly rocky, giving way to open rock expanses and views of the surrounding scape. As others have said, the climb is moderate. Some steeper sections but good breaks between. No real scrambling on the way to North Moat. My pup (45lb hound) did this trail easily. Watch yourself on the rock if it's wet - we found it to be very slippery in bareboot. All ice is gone and spring/summer bugs are out in force. :) Can't wait to do this one again all the way to North Moat.

Did this trail yesterday 5/16/18 and we started at noon. We made a stop in the beginning for about an hour so my friend could boil water along one of the streams. Closer to the top there are more snow banks than not over the trail but completely doable without crampons etc. We stopped again for lunch once the treeline receded at about 4500 ft. and summited Moosilauke by 5. Going down the carriage road trail we were out just before 8. Beautiful trail great views. I'm not entirely sure but far far out North West I believe you can see Lafayette

Did this trail yesterday. Some great views with some relatively okay spring conditions. Monorail was kind of a pain and caused me to slip in a couple of places. Footbridges that cross the brook need to be fixed because they all feel mostly unstable.

Great hike with nice views along the ridge. We did this hike in December. There was snow but it was a warmer day so it was fantastic. We had the trail mostly to ourselves wish I’m sure isn’t the case in the warmer seasons.

Hands down my favorite hike in the Whites. Beautiful views from above the clouds on the ridge.

Hiked this in the first week of May. Definitely the prettiest hike I’ve done in the northeast. Highly recommend. Spikes were helpful on the ascent and descent.

Great hike. Just hiked the loop. There's still snow on the trail up to Little Haystack. Spikes would have been helpful. Some snow also on the way down the mountain after the Greenleaf Hut. Great day for a hike and will definitely do it again!

Great trail. well marked great views.

hiking
7 days ago

we took gorge brook up and carriage road to snapper trail down. Do not recommend taking gorge brook without spikes, very icy! Sprained my ankle slipping into deep snow and passed by a few other hikers with the same problem. Beautiful view but very windy, might want to pack an extra jacket!

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!

Hiked this trail to the end and the short distance on the Ridge to Mt. Flume. Osseo is a beautiful trail, and moderate in difficulty (the hardest part is really the length- 11.2 miles out and back). The monorail is still there in the flat area below the summit, but was easily negotiated. The stairs are snow and ice free. Great trail, fantastic views!

hiking
8 days ago

hike, not for beginners
good 360 views, completed in 3.4 hours with a break at summit
not a good trail for bad knees

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.

Not for the faint of heart! Strong and endless elevation gains after the first 20 minutes of the trail. Beautiful scene at the summit makes it all worthwhile. We were hot on the trail but conditions were cool and windy up top, so layers are a great idea. Enjoy!

Great medium to hard complexity hike. We had a Boy Scout Trip on 5/12/18 and had an excellent time with scouts that had a mix of hiking skills and experience.

The view of the white mountains is amazing. It is fun to see where you have hiked on the loop as you progress.

It was very technical in one area - would not recommend if it was a wet day.

Perfect day for a hike. The trail is dry down below but at about 1,000' elevation gain you get some ice and compacted snow (12May18). It gets heavier as you go then you have more stretches of "monorail" compacted snow and some risk of slipping and post-holing. I had spikes with me but never put them on (I also had my poles which helped). The trail conditions were a bit annoying but fun "skiing" your way down! The views from Starr King were awesome and with all the blow down there's a 2nd spot just past the Waumbec summit with views. Enjoy!

hiking
10 days ago

Middle half of the trail is a mess. Desperately needs maintenance. Not enjoyable. Coming down I realized there is a trail next to the trail for most of the middle section with makes it a bit easier, but I couldn’t find it on the way up. Lost the trail several times due to fallen trees etc. even though there are plenty of blazes. View is wonderful. Haven’t done the blue trail that approaches further north. Maybe that trail is better.

hiking
10 days ago

Moderate climb. Clear but muddy at the bottom, icy (monorail most of the way) and mashed potatoes. Bring your spikes. No view on Mt Waumbek but Star King was beautiful.

I skied this on May 9th and I’ll never forget it. Definitely one of the coolest things you can do in the east. I hiked most of the way with my boots on my back until I reached the snow. The trail itself is fairly easy with a few rocks here and there. After The Hojo Hut, the section of trail called “Little Headwall” didn’t have any snow so it was very tricky in ski boots. In the winter and spring, generally you climb what you ski. I was able to climb Chute and ski Center Headwall. I also did Left Gully. If you are climbing Chute or The Lip, you’ll definitely want an ice axe. Left Gully can easily be done without one. In early spring, you can ski the Little Headwall, after mid April you have to hike down. I was able to ski the first half of The Sherburne Trail, then I reached a closure rope and had to cut over to the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. The Sherburne Trail might only be partially open or completely closed since it is a “ski only” trail and hiking will damage it. Bring plenty of water and some snacks. It is a long day. Don’t put on your coat until it’s time to start skiing, you will get very sweaty if you wear it on the hike.

Awesome one of my favorites

trail running
12 days ago

Wondering if anyone could share some info about trail conditions this May? Would like to head up in the next week or 2.

I did this hike today May 9, 2018. It was extremely icy and still has very deep snow which kept breaking and going all the way up to my thighs and cutting my leg the whole way. I think this hike would be amazing when all the snow melts but it was very hard today and almost not enjoyable. I am an avid hiker so is the girl I went with but it was still very hard because of the soft snow and ice. It’s also at least 3.1 in AND out, according to my tracker I did over 8 miles. Just a heads up.

Hard trail for a first hike so this really feels good and challenging! Our only mistake I guess is we hiked up the falling water trail and hiked down the old bridle path which is very steep and slippery going down. That caused some hematoma on my big toenail but hey, it was worth it!

There is a great parking area with a large map showing all of the surrounding trails. The trail was very well marked. Almost the entire trail is alongside the water with several beautiful waterfalls to admire. I would highly recommend hiking this trail if you’re also a waterfall lover but not so much if you are looking for mountaintop views. Heads up... there were a lot of ticks.
We found 5-6 ticks on our yorkie by the time we made it back to the car and he was wearing tick medicine. Even still I would definitely revisit this trail again.

trail running
14 days ago

This is one of my favorite trail runs in the White Mountain Region. Wonderful views from South and North Baldface. No water one up above tree line, so if it is hot, make sure to tank up for ridge portion of the run.

hiking
15 days ago

Between the waterfalls and the ridge it was an easy to rate this 5 star...awesome. Be prepared for winter conditions during the spring months. Check out my write up along with some other things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/lafayette

Gate open at base. Still lots of snow during ascend via George Brook on 5/5/18. Spikes and poles suggested. Summit clear of snow and very windy. Excellent views. Descended via Carriage Road and Snapper. These trails were more gradual and wide.

hiking
16 days ago

Great views at the top, make sure to take the extra 0.2 miles to the cliffs, definitely worth it. Not a beginner trail because it does get steep but it's a great short hike and not too crowded.

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