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White Cairn to Stone House Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fryeburg, Maine that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 1,266 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Views Waterfall Bugs Rocky Scramble
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Stephen Fasciana
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Hiking

Nice trail, but lots of leaves so it can be very slippery. It took us under 4 hr but we stopped a lot and add the look out ridge, also I suggest that the trail be hiked clockwise, it will be easier to climb the steps rocks

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Ernie Johnson
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HikingRocky

Very nice

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Mike Jones
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Ian & Alyson Durham
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Hiking

Fantastic hike. Views were terrific. But if you decide to go hiking please don’t go drunk and in flip-flops. We ran across a group doing just that on the White Cairn Trail. Going up that drunk and on flip-flops is just insane.

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Kelly McMullin
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Loren Starcher
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HikingGreat!Private property
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Joyce Breach
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Hiking

Climbing but fantastic views over Evans notch

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Nancy Annis
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Sue Vishu
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HikingGreat!Private propertyScramble

A must do during the fall season. Good moderate hike. 90% of the hike is shaded- the mountain top and the last stretch to parking lot is not. We did it clockwise after chatting with an older gentleman who does the hike every weekend. It was the Sunday of labour weekend and surprisingly we did not encounter a lot of people on the trail (we reached the parking lot around 10 am). It’s a steep scramble via well placed rocks but the views at the top are amazing. We are hoping to do it again the fall as the colors will be gorgeous from the top. We had about one bottle per head (3 humans and 2 shepherds). The rattlesnake pool looked amazing and the gentleman we met at the start of our hike was right- 90% of the folks come to the pool and do not do the hike. We encountered our biggest crowd at the pool (25-30 people).

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Alina Simerzin
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HikingGreat!
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Don Robertson
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Hiking

This is a good trail. We liked the differences in character between the White Cairn and Stone House trails. We recommend going up on White Cairn because of the scrambling up the boulders on the last 200 vertical feet. That would be tough to go down. The path on Stone House was pretty obvious but wasn’t marked at all. I’d hate to be the first hiker in Spring or trying to follow it after the leaves fall.

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kristin Gower
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HikingGreat!Rocky

A really fun hike. Varied terrain on the way up, fun rock climb, lovely forest setting on the way down. We did it with kids (aged 10/16) and a 10lb dog, who beat us all to the top - under 3 hours. Follow the user recommendations (not the All Trails map) to go up the White trail and down the pine trail.

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Bill Gause
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Melissa C
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Such an amazing day hike! My mom and I went up white cairn and down stone house. We had rattlesnake pool to ourselves for about 20-30 minutes. The stairs going up are fabulous. There are some places with exposed rock, but no real scrambling. Will definitely be back!

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Anthony Castelo
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HikingGreat!

Super nice day hike! Pretty easy, actually followed the cairns the whole way up since they served as a great guide up the mountain. Views of the White Mountains and Shell Pond were incredible, and taking a dip in Rattlesnake Pool at the end was well worth the wait. Definitely recommend!

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Katelynn Eckert
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Completed on 8-16 and took us about 2.5 hours. About 15-20 minutes of painful rock scrambles on the way up (although they’re more like steps than route finding) but otherwise and lovely, easy hike. Completed with our 30lb pup who didn’t have any troubles. Nice views from the top, although it is a bit easy to lose the trail up there. Did spot some old bear scat at the peak but no other bear evidence. The hike down has some loose rocks - we had two twisted ankles in trail runners, so consider high ankle boots.

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Harriet Langley
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Good

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Rachel Milan
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Hiked this with my 8 and 12 year old on 6/10. We missed the white cairn trailhead somehow so just took Stone House out and back. It was an easy and enjoyable hike. Rattlesnake Pool was beautiful. Bugs were minimal. Sadly my son left his hat at the summit. It was a blue baseball cap from Universal Studios. If by chance you have come across it, please find me on Facebook and send a message. I will pay to have it sent back.

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Moe Demers
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Bugs

the views from the summit are amazing...would go up the white car in side...we came down that way and it had some tricky points.

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Erin Ledue
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HikingBugs

Great views for the distance and elevation gain. Generally very moderate. Would ascend white cairn trail vs stone house if intending to do the loop, white cairn has some steep parts that might be tough to descend. Bugs are out, black flies and mosquitoes, did fine keeping moving with hood up and hat on. Rattlesnake pond is a MUST. Beautiful crystal clear water! 3.5yo Golden Retriever did very well on this trail.

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Terry Hamlin
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Kayley Ellis
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Lindsey Wilson
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HikingBugs

Trail was great. Recently raked, trail was fresh. Bugs are OUT. Gnats were the worst on the white cairns trail, stone house trail was less bad, but still not great. Rattlesnake pool is a must to go off trail. It was gorgeous. The gorge is very cool too. If you have a sedan, would NOT recommend driving up the road, it is VERY bumpy with huge rocks. My Jeep was fine, but friend's sedan almost got stuck.

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Ariella Danziger
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This is overall a great trail with amazing views!!White Cairn trail is incredibly steep towards the top- felt like it was more like rock climbing. The trail is sometimes hard to find. It starts off with paint markings and then becomes rock towers at the top. I recommend wondering around the top of Blueberry Mountain. There are beautiful look outs and ledges. Stone house trail is much less steep which is nice to come down on. Rattlesnake pool is gorgeous and is off of stone house trail!! There is also a gorge right off this path that we stopped at. It is very buddy and slippery right now which makes going up a bit more difficult. It took us about 4 hours overall, including stopping for pictures/ breaks/ lunch.

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