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White Mountain National Forest lies within the White Mountains in the U.S. states of New Hampshire and Maine. It's crossed by the White Mountain Trail and Kancamagus scenic drives, plus part of the Appalachian Trail. The New England gem dates back to the 1860's. Here, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway climbs to the summit of Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern U.S. The Tuckerman Ravine Trail is now the most popular route to the summit and boasts some of the best views. This New England forest is also known for great hiking trails, beautiful views including spectacular views of fall foliage, winter skiing, and ample outdoor recreation opportunities. The forest provides wildlife habitat to black bears and peregrine falcons amongst other animals.

A lovely, gradual climb to amazing ledges with unparalleled views. Crowded on a Monday in June, more than 10 other groups on the summit. No part of the trail was tough. A top trail in my book.

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

This hike is one of my best hike so far, I enjoyed every single movement from starting water fall and then after steep and rocky parts as well as top ridge hike.

backpacking
2 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.

Did the loop starting from falling water to the ridge coming down on bridal path trail which I think is better option to take. We were lucky we picked the picture perfect day. Views from the ridge were breathtaking.

We started this hike around 9:15am, with our two dogs. The ascent took about an hour and a half with a few breaks for views and water. We reached the summit just before 11. The dogs had no issues with the climb, and had plenty of energy to spare for the descent. The view from the summit was nice, but obstructed for the most part. Based on the advice of a few others hikers, we took the ski trails down the mountain. The views from the slopes excellent. We reached the lodge just before 1:30pm, making this about a 4 hour round trip hike. Would definitely recommend for anyone who wants get a 4000 footer on the books. Only about a 2 hour ride from Boston, great for a day trip.

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!

Great hike - I hiked solo today and went up Falling Waters, along the ridge and down old bridle Path, which I think is the easier way to go because of how steep Falling Waters is (couldn’t imagine it helps the knees). If you like trail running, I imagine that Bridle path is a good trail for that - I had blast jumping/jogging over and dodging rocks on the way down. Beautiful view of mountains in every direction. I’m in my 20s, pretty good shape, finished in 5 hours 40 minutes including some 10-15 min breaks on Haystack, Lafayette and at Greenleaf. Arrived at 9am and the parking lot was about 60% full.

2 days ago

Nice trail with a beatiful view.

Beautiful trail! Very easy to follow with well marked junctions. I brought along my little 10 lb dog who made it up and down just fine. We took Snapper Trail and Carriage Road up, then Gorge Brooke down. Great views from both the south peak and summit. The summit is exposed and tends to be windy, so definitely bring a sweater or jacket (and some sunscreen!). The way up was moderate, with a pretty steady incline.

Lions head over looks is amazing

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
3 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.

This was my first hike in 2 years.It is difficult if you are a beginner. It rises gradually and is super steep in sections. Rocky too. Definitely carry a bug spray during the spring. The last mile was a real struggle but the views are worth it. Very rewarding. Make sure to carry a lot of water.

I would consider myself to be average to just below average fitness-wise and I was able to complete this hike in almost exactly 6 hours, including several snack/photo breaks. I went up the Falling Waters trail, which took 3 hours. The first mile is a more gradual incline, but the second 2 miles are very steep and rocky. I could only walk for about 10 minutes before needing to catch my breath or drink water, and there were about 5 different groups doing the same so we kept passing each other. It was nice to know I wasn't the only one struggling!

The views at the top are incredible and I took my sweet time finishing the ridge (1.5 hours with a lunch stop and LOTS of photo stops). At one point just before Mt. Lafayette I found the perfect spot to just sit and enjoy the view, and if you're not short on time I highly recommend doing the same. You certainly worked for it, so enjoy it! My descent down the Bridle Path took 2.5 hours, including a stop at the cabin to use the restroom and fill my water bottle. The descent can be steep in some parts and is quite rocky, so if your knees are a problem area for you take your time and/or bring poles to save them from the impact. I definitely recommend hiking boots, since there were some areas that were wet and rocky so a good grip would be helpful.

Was wet when I went. KEEP YOUR BALANCE

My First ever Hike!

Best Mountain in New England

We went up falling waters, across the ridge and 3 peaks, and down Bridle. I would recommend this loop direction as going down falling water trail seemed difficult even as we were going up. Also, the final peak in this direction is Mt. Lafayette and the highest with the most impressive views (all the views along the ridge and at all 3 peaks are great, but it’s nice to have Lafayette as the finale).

My boyfriend and I are accustomed to difficult hikes (have done Angel’s Landing in Zion among others) and this was difficult BC of the large boulders needing large steps for the majority of the trail. We weren’t particularly tired out, but our knees and ankles were sore on the descent. It’s like a stair master for 8 miles. But plenty of trail runners tackling this loop and plenty of space to rest and take in the great views. Pack plenty of snacks and layers for the windy ridge. There’s a green hut descending down bridle trail where you can refill your water bottle for free and sells small snacks and lemonade.

I was only intending to do Falling Waters, but once I got to the top I just couldn’t stop going! It was so amazing. Another thing that pushed me through is knowing how hard it would be to descend Falling Waters....I was so much happier on the way down Old Bridle. 6 hours and 45 mins including the time from my car and back to my car at the end. It was so busy I had to park almost a quarter mile down the highway! Bring a thick sweatshirt or jacket...It felt 30 degrees colder and extremely windy at the top.

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.

Great Hike! I went up Old Bridle and down Falling Waters - the thought was to knock off the higher peak Mount Lafayette first then take the descent down through the other two peaks in the loop. Lovely day, clear skies, lots of people going up Falling Waters. Only challenge with going the direction I did, when you run into the water falls area on the Falling Waters trail it can be tricky coming down. Did the hike in 6 1/2hrs - decent shape, took many breaks and took my time, very doable.

Climbing up the north slide and down the south slide is good advice. North slide was fun, steeper than I expected, with some good views. South slide is more gravelly so it would be a chug going up and it’s a little slippery coming down but still better that coming down the North slide. Livermore and the rest of the trail is in good shape. Bugs / gnats / black flies were vicious on the slides but no problem with bugs on the rest of the hike. They must like the warmth of the rock slides. Great hike overall.

walking
4 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

I definitely underestimated how steep this was going to be, but it was a very pretty hike and I enjoyed the cairn at the top! Took me about 3 hours total, with time for lunch and pics. And like I said, I wasn't really prepared for what I was getting into, but overall I'm happy that I made this my first 4k! Oh, and DEFINITELY bring bugspray. Bugs were horrendous.

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!!!

hiking
5 days ago

A good hike with a decent view.

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.

Great hike, maybe one of the best ridge walks I have done in New England. Physically demanding and rough underfoot, would be tough in rain and maybe impossible in snow/ice. I saw in earlier post 6hrs, forget that unless you are a mountain goat! Allow minimum 8hrs. Only down side is I93 noise, but don’t let that put you off.

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