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 rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May 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. It 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.

Wow! What an amazing hike! Absolutely beautiful country. Was interesting with the ice and snow, but was so worth it!

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1 month ago

We had a nice little walk up the trail with our pup. The area had gotten a little snow, earlier in the day. We went up the Black Cap trail and down the Black Cap Connector. Views near the top were good.

1 month ago

Moderately easy trail with amazing views from lookouts along the way to the summit.

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1 month ago

It’s a perfect family hike: not too long or strenuous, but getting to the top still feels like an accomplishment. There is some rock scrambling required at the top that may feel moderately challenging to some, but it’s very doable. We saw people of all ages and fitness levels on the trail. We went with several kids ranging in age from 2 to 10 and they had a blast. The two year old was carried up in a pack but insisted upon climbing the rocks at the top. There are actually several areas at the top where it was safe for the two year old to roam! It took us about 40 minutes to make it up but that was with kids. Adults could do it much quicker. Trekking poles or a walking stick aren’t necessary but they do help on this particular hike. We went around noon on a holiday weekend and it was crowded; the parking lot was full and cars were lining both sides of Hurricane Mountain Road. However, the crowds dispersed along the trail and didn’t take away from the experience at the top.

1 month ago

IT is more than great. No Words for iT

1 month ago

Easy, but crowded . Great views.

1 month ago

It’s not easy, starts off easy but the climb up is very steep. Views are great !

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2 months ago

loved it. easy hike. nice view.

2 months ago

Love it. Relatively easy for most everyone.

2 months ago

Love this hike! If you have kids I wouldn't call it easy...it is a quick hike but towards the top it made me nervous with the kids because of the steep rocks. Overall though, AMAZING!

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2 months ago

2 months ago

Awesome views at sunset!

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2 months ago

it was a nice hike. even bought a 12 small dog. she did this hike with out me picking her. up.

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2 months ago

Nice easy hike, not a flat trail, the last 700 feet are pretty steep, but, hey, you're in the white mountains, nh.

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2 months ago

An easy hike with my 7 year old and dog. We did the loop at the top, it was 2.7 miles total. Great views. Very crowded on this fall sunday, had to park on the road.

2 months ago

Beautiful views and a really scenic hike to the top.

2 months ago

Great easy hike. Less than an hour. Amazing view.

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2 months ago

Beautiful trail! Hadn’t been hiking in a long time due to illness and decided it was time to get back at it. This was the perfect trail for me to get back into hiking! ⛰

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2 months ago

We did it with our 6 year daughter - no issues! Perfect weather - Labor Day
On the way back we took the black cap connector trail , which will bring you down the hill on the other side of the top and connect back to the black cap trail (in my opinion, it was easier to get down)... just be careful- sand patches are slippery as my daughter found out :)

2 months ago

Not super easy but great fun with older kids and the views at the top are just amazing. Such rewarding views for a relatively short climb. Recommended!

2 months ago

Sweet!!!! Favorite Hike! You will not be disappointed...

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2 months ago

Great short hike, well maintained and clean, dogs are welcome, please keep on leash and clean up after them and carry it all the way home thanks

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2 months ago

This is a great family hike, the trails are well marked and clean. There is a nice view of the top of Cranmore as you near the summit.

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3 months ago

great hike!
though lots of tripping hazards (rocks and many tree roots)
After .8 miles of the hike the trail splits into 2 sections
On the left is a harder .3 mile path that involves a more steep incline with some rock scrambling
On the right is the easier .5 mile path that stays consistent with the path type of the trail. some rocks and roots in the path but easier to hike up.
Both routes are worth taking to see the beautiful view at the top!

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3 months ago

Starts off with a gradual descent, then ascends on easy-to-moderate grades. The trail becomes somewhat steep and rocky near the end. The ledges around the summit have decent views of the White Mountains, as well as the Ossipee Range. We took the Black Cap Connector down, it was 0.2 miles longer, as well as less rocky.

3 months ago

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

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3 months ago

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

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3 months ago

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

3 months 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.

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3 months 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.

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