Al Merrill Loop Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near North Woodstock, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.5 miles
882 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly


cross country skiing


nature trips


trail running





wild flowers


The Loop is made up of the Ridge Trail and the Al Merrill cross-country ski trail. For hiking, it is easier to ascend on the Ridge Trail and descend on the Al Merrill Trail since the Ridge Trail is rougher and rockier. The Ridge Trail follows an attractive stream, and the Al Merrill Trail is lightly used in the summer and passes through a pleasant open woodland.

2 months ago

Nice walk through the woods. Not much to hike. But the photo above is misleading. There is no "highpoint" on this trail. I assume they took this photo from further up the ridge trail.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

First thing you should know is that the Dartmouth Ski Lodge is under construction and parking is very limited. We parked nearly a mile from the trailhead. As for the actual trail, it should be noted that this is a steady incline for roughly the first mile. There also really isn't a summit along this trail. There's a nice lookout point but it doesn't feel like the summit. If you take the Ridge Trail, you'll see an actual summit. The best part of this trail is definitely the waterfalls and pools on the descent. The water is ice cold and there's a lot of little spots where you can walk in. My dog really enjoyed this trail but seeing her jump in and out of the water and run over the bridge was really fun. She was off-leash for the entire hike as we didn't encounter any other hikers. Definitely keep dogs on leash in the parking areas and road as there's a lot of construction traffic.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

A pleasant woodland walk for an afternoon to get away from summer crowds. The Ridge Trail section follows a pretty stream and there is a restricted view at the 10th Mountain Outlook on the Al Merrill Trail.

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Monday, August 21, 2017