Black Cap Trail

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Black Cap Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Conway, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
646 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

One of the most popular short hikes in the White Mountains, this relatively easy hike is blazed in red and offers excellent views of the White Mountains and the Presidential Range. This Preserve is managed by The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire, and is an excellent place for walking, hunting, and observing wildlife. Camping, fires or wheeled vehicles are not permitted on the preserve, and all dogs must be on a leash.

4 days ago

Liked this very much. Good for the dogs and enjoyable for everyone else

hiking
5 days ago

Nice moderate uphill trail. Beautiful views at the top. Great place for a picnic!

hiking
6 days ago

Perfect hike for families with younger children. One of the highest visual-payoff-to-effort ratios you can find.

6 days ago

Amazing trail for family of 6. This was our first time in the White Mountains and a perfect hike for beginners. The trail is well marked with a beautiful forest canopy to start followed by a rocky ascent deserving of some fancy foot work. The kids couldn’t wait to get to the top. What a view! Well worth it. Spent 30 minutes snacking and taking in the amazing vistas. Coming down saw many hikers going up. We lucked out not having hikers on top. Will definitely visit next time.

hiking
8 days ago

A nice hike with some very scenic views at the top, but it is not ‘easy’ (at least not for a 65+ year-old who is reasonably fit). Elevation increases the entire way; lots of roots and small rocks to watch out for; and large rocks to climb on the last 1/4 mile. For me it was a medium-level hike (especially since it was hot and humid today), and a very enjoyable one.

hiking
15 days ago

Went with 15 people, 6 adults (in relatively decent shape) 9 kids. Ages 3-9. Hike was perfect for our group, about 2hr hike, Beautiful views. Definitely recommended.

hiking
19 days ago

Well marked trails, lots of people. Nice views. Nice climb up and down took about hour and half total. Little slippery at the top but not bad. Dog enjoyed the rocks.

hiking
20 days ago

Great short hike with decent elevation. Went this morning. Great views at top.

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike with the kids. It was cloudy when we got to the top but the kids had a great time scrambling up the rock near the top on the way up. The rock was a little slippery on the way down but we all survived. Would highly recommend. Probably best for ages 4 or 5 and up or small kids in a backpack.

24 days ago

Great trail for beginners or those not used to hiking but it is more than a simple walk. The views at the top were stunning!

hiking
24 days ago

This is a great trail! The views and hike are well worth your time. We went with 8 adults and 7 children. All enjoyed it. The children especially. While it is short and rated as easy it is a real hike. The trail is not a paved or groomed trail. There are roots, rocks, boulders, dirt, bugs, trees, gravel. Some of the parents in the group were expecting something like a groomed nature walk I think. You are virtually summiting one of the mountains. One might want to bring a small pack with water, snack, camera, light jacket or sweatshirt. Where you park is almost to the top. Just driving to the trail head was fun.

hiking
25 days ago

Great short hike with great views over Cranmore she area.

hiking
29 days ago

Easy hike, but you still climb enough for beginners to feel like they accomplished something. Even a Little Rock scramble and the end. Those rocks/Ledge allow for great views.

Even though we hike a lot of hard stuff here in the White’s we like to take this hike when we have a short window of time, but want to get some time in nature. It’s always a good few hours in the woods.

It’s great winter and fall too!

Today we added 3 or 4 miles by taking cutoff and looping over (1.8 each way) to the top of Cranmore Mt.

Another easy stroll through the woods with nice views from the ski lodge at the top of Mt. Cranmore. You share the space with folks that took the chairlift up but there are bathrooms, food and Tuckerman’s beer. Ha. That was a nice addition to our casual hike today.

29 days ago

Awesome trail for beginners with fantastic views for you reward! Loved it and will be doing it more than once.

hiking
1 month ago

View from the top is underwhelming. A lot of greenery. There are a few good clearings with great views though. Not too difficult and it’s a pretty brief hike.

1 month ago

Nice trail, very clear markings, and views from summit.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trip for our family, but would say it's somewhere between easy and moderate. I'd still recommend it, but be prepared for more than just a stroll.

hiking
2 months ago

easy, wide open, well marked and nice view from top. we took a side trail after the summit to add more miles.

2 months ago

great easy trail for young kids and out of shape folks like me; great views of Maine and Mount Washington. blueberry bushes galore once you clear the tree line if you go up at the right time of year.

hiking
2 months ago

There are 4 trails which are all in the same entrance then you can choose how long of your hike on the way. I and my dog did the shortest one 1.1 mile, Black Cap Mt. It was very good. The view from the top is gorgeous.

Your car need to good on breake and can go to steep road.

2 months ago

It says 2.5 Miles.....but according to the sign at the bottom from Thompson Road it was written 4.4 Miles one way....explain please??

hiking
2 months ago

Trail was marked perfectly. FYI mountain road is exactly that, prepare to drive straight up and heavily on the brakes down. The trail was demanding for us beginners but the view from the top was absolutely stunning and worth the climb with a 2, 4, & 7 year old!

hiking
4 months ago

FYI--Hurricane Mountain Road is closed about 1.5 before you reach the trail.

8 months ago

Did this twice with a mixed group of skill levels. Challenging enough to get the heart pumping, but easier enough for all to complete. The views at the top are beautiful!! Bring a snack or lunch and relax for awhile on the flat rocks at the top.

9 months ago

Easy hike. Fun drive to the trail head. Pretty good views from the top.

9 months ago

A bit of a slog on a rainy day, but worth it for the view from the top.

hiking
9 months ago

Fun hike with great views!

10 months ago

Awesome Trail with Amazing Views at the Top!! A Must do if your in the North Conway area.

hiking
10 months ago

Short easy hike to postcard views.

10 months ago

Easy hike. Nice view at the top.

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