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B18 Bomber Crash Site Via Walker Brook

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North Woodstock, New Hampshire

B18 Bomber Crash Site Via Walker Brook is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Woodstock, New Hampshire and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,571 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Amazing burner, don’t underestimate this one, came down in 2 hours and started raining on us, lovely reward for sweating so much. Total time 2 1/2 hours

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over grown
rocky
2 days ago

bugs
6 days ago

Hiking this trail was a great experience. It was quite buggy but this trail has so much to explore. Starts on a logging road, follows the brook to a beautiful waterfall, and all uphill from there. Very, very steep trail through the woods that was more difficult than I expected. Once you reach the crash site there are parts of the plane in a large area. There are a couple of memorials and people have placed many American flags in honor of the servicemen who manned the plane. Bring trekking poles, your knees will thank you on the way down. Enjoy all the butterflies on the logging road!

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bugs
12 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Hiked this trail on 6/17 and it was absolutely beautiful out. It was a bit warm, about 85-90 degrees when I checked my phone while on the descent from the crash site. Bring bug spray because ticks are bad this year as well as the black-flies. The river crossing was not bad at all, especially if you look for some bigger rocks in the water to walk across. The hike up at the end of the logging road is STEEP almost the whole way, so be prepared to give your leg muscles a good burn on the way up the mountain. My total time was 4 hours: (12:00pm - 4:00pm) • 1h 30m to the crash site • 1h 45m at the site • 45m back to the parking area I would recommend this hike for anyone who simply enjoys hiking, but also for those who enjoy learning about historical events. Be respectful of the site though, as it is posted/listed as a historical and archaeological site (sign posted at the site). Some people have already vandalized the site in the past by etching words into pieces of the wreckage, which is evident when you look close enough. Just respect the site, leave things alone, and learn the history of what happened there.

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bugs
23 days ago

I'd rate this as a family friendly moderate. it's easy to follow the markers and half the hike is on the logging road. The crash site is impressive.

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blowdown
bugs
27 days ago

Family hike for this one-2 adults and 2 kids (ages 10 and 8). It took us around 4 hours, including time at the crash site and plenty of snack breaks. This trail had something for everyone. The crash site was well preserved and very interesting to see-very fitting choice for a Memorial Day hike. The water crossing added some extra excitement. (Trekking poles and extra socks are a must if it’s rained recently or if you have to carry kids across). The wildflowers were also gorgeous right from the start. I’ve never been on a hike where red trilliums, painted trilliums and trout lilies were so plentiful. Pretty waterfall too! A great day out for all of us!

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bugs
1 month ago

Starts off chill, but then gets super steep. You'll have to cross the river too. Crash site is well preserved, especially considering it's open to the elements year round. Well worth it. -b18 bomber-

bugs
1 month ago

Worth the hike! Trail was very defined and well marked. Lots of May flies, but nothing intolerable. The crash site is very well preserved and memorialized. Truly amazing that 5 of the 7 men on board survived. Heroic rescue by the Woodstock residents. This is a difficult hike. While my husband and I enjoy seasonal hiking, we are by no means avid hikers. The section is an access/fire road and relatively easy terrain, the actual wooded incline IS steep and includes one significant water crossing. Excellent choice for Memorial Day weekend! Total hike time 3 hours and 40 min. Ascent 1 hour 40 and decent 1 hour 29.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for Memorial Day weekend, to honor those that fought and died in WW II. Amazing that 4 of the crew survived and that the towns people of north Woodstock trudge through snow and wilderness to help the survivors. The stream crossing was tricky. We took our shoes off an waded through the ice cold waters. A couple of hikers were able to jump rock to rock with big walking stick to get across with dry shoes.

1 month ago

Great trail, but watch for trail markers. Most of the trail is marked with pink plastic ties on trees or blue zip ties. One water crossing that was pretty easy but after rain or in early spring would require a little finesse. A walking stick was a big help. The first half of the trail is on an old logging road, the 2nd half is up, up, up. Very cool at the top with lots of wreckage to see and wonder how anyone survived! I would rate this as moderate, but harder if you’re not in shape.

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muddy
1 month ago

Great trail! Went last Saturday and because of the rain it was very muddy. River was over flowing so we walked over a fallen tree. Last two miles is very steep but well worth it once you get to the top.

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snow
4 months ago

Great trek! A few hikers broke the snowy, crusty trail earlier in the day so it was easy to find the wreckage. With 3 or 4 feet of snow on the ground I wasn't able to see all the remains of the B-18. Will have to return in the summer. Enjoy! p.s. four of the six servicemen survived this crash...amazing!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike and beautiful fall colors this time of year. Pretty steep climb but I’d rate as moderate. Directions are pretty straightforward - watch for white paint splotches and engineer ribbon here and there. https://www.scenicnh.com/blog/2009/09/b-18-bomber-crash-mt-waternomee/

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10 months ago

Good to do on an over cast day. your below the trees most of the time. Can't believe some survived the crash.

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bugs
over grown
10 months ago

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over grown
10 months ago

A bit anti-climactic not to have a view or look out point after a fairly steep climb. The wreckage was cool, though. The trail was also super crowded, so don’t count on this one if you’re looking for a solitary trek in the woods. The trail itself is not very well maintained. Overgrown in parts, a lot of downed trees across the trail, and lots of erosion as well. It would have been impossible to follow in places if not for a hodge podge of different blazes places every few feet. Look for pink tape flags, blue zip ties, red scrunchies, and an occasional white painted blaze. Basically, if it isn’t natural, it’s probably pointing you in the right direction. If you’re a history buff, this is probably a must-see. Otherwise, not sure it was worth it.

hiking
10 months ago

A tad bit over grown in places. Very well marked. Did not find this trail to be overly steep. I would rate this easy side of moderate. A must do!

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10 months ago

Beautiful hike. Had an enjoyable day. Proud of our military past, present and future.

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bugs
over grown
rocky
10 months ago

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muddy
10 months ago

easy hike. very muddy but good little hike

hiking
11 months ago

This trail is fantastic. It is definitely a hard trail and you should be prepared for the steep climb in the second half of the trail up to the B18 crash site. The reward of the trail is making it to the end, and seeing the historic site and the American flags that honor the men that were on that fateful fight, so don’t give up and keep climbing until you get there. It’ll be worth it.

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