Black Cap Trail

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Black Cap Trail is a 2.5 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
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
675 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

1 month 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.

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Fun hike with great views!

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Short easy hike to postcard views.

4 months ago

Easy hike. Nice view at the top.

4 months ago

loved it

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked the trail with our kids (ages 11 & 13) and our chocolate lab. It's pretty much a slow and steady uphill hike with great views at the summit. Came across families with small children and retirees, nice hike for all ages.

4 months ago

Love this trail and my 7&8 year old did it with ease !

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Was more of a moderate hike in my experience and the summit didn't show views as good as the viewpoint before the summit , but was great and challenging for my kids

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike and gorgeous views! But definitely NOT easy - the end is a steep climb on rocks.

5 months ago

great for all skill levels! fantastic view at the top!

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail with the kids. Final ascent is a little steep but fun. Watch out could be slippery when wet.

hiking
5 months ago

fun trail with the kids. we took our 3yo twins who were pretty much able to do the hike unaided. the peak was a little exposed, so be sure to take an extra layer.

lovely views from the top

trail is relatively well trafficked - go early if you want a peaceful hike

5 months ago

Beautiful morning hike. No bugs, windy and chilly at the top but fantastic view

hiking
5 months ago

Great short hike (like very short) with a nice view. Did this at 9am on a thursday. It was quiet on my way up, but it was like a zoo when i descended. WAYY too many people and whiny children. Would reccommend getting there before 8.

5 months ago

good day hike

hiking
5 months ago

Love this particular hike. Great one for the family, first time hikers, dogs and experienced hikers too! You drive up a good portion of the mountain on Hurricane Mountain Road and leaving from the trail head have a little over a mile to the top. It's basically rock at the summit, but it affords some fantastic views of the surrounding area. Not far out of Conway, NH either for a quick midday hike. The family does this at least once every year while we're up at the lake.

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