Black Cap Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked loop 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: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 610 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

Note: During the winter months (roughly November through May), there is a gate blocking the road to the trailhead. A steep two mile hike is required to reach the trailhead from the gate. Check White Mountain National Forest road status for Hurricane Mountain Road, online or by phone. 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.

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bugs
7 days ago

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bugs
12 days ago

Great hike, Good people and the Nature is beautiful.

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muddy
16 days ago

Still pretty muddy in some spots, and tons of flies constantly! Even so, it was a very nice trail with amazing views

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muddy
17 days ago

Lovely hike to do in an afternoon! Decent elevation with great views. It is still open. However there were a TON of people on the trail (I saw about 45 people total this Saturday afternoon). Everyone was respectful of social distancing practices, but if you want less people go here on a weekday morning. Fun drive up and easy parking.

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17 days ago

So happy it’s open !!!

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muddy
17 days ago

Large, easy to follow, muddy though.

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muddy
17 days ago

HMR is now open for the season! This is a great little trail with killer views. Probably the most bang for your buck in the area given the view of Washington and the fact that it’s not nearly as steep as Cathedral Ledge. I think anyone could hike this. Just keep in mind it is very popular, for bikers too, and if it has recently rained there will be some mud and the rocks can get slippery.

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19 days ago

My favorite trail so far! It’s a fairly quick hike and the trails are very well marked. The view is absolutely beautiful! Also dog friendly!

1 month ago

Hiked this last October. Amazing views for very little work. I did the loop clockwise, but if you were looking for a low impact hike, you could go counterclockwise up then back the same way. Definitely recommend!

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1 month ago

Driving to trailhead closed-need to park and hike up hill in extra 1.8 miles (extra 2.6 miles in total) each way just to start the trail. Signs posted that they close the road because they don’t treat it/plow it in the winter. The 1.8 mile hike up to the trial head has a series of waterfalls-beautiful!

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snow
1 month ago

Gorgeous April day, unlimited sunshine, blue skies, clear as a whistle, 50 plus degrees. Our first time hiking Black Cap and turned out to be a spectacular, easy to moderate hike. The road to the trailhead was closed so we hiked the mile plus, straight up, the hardest section of entire day. Nice mountain stream on this section. The trail itself was snow packed the entire way, easy to follow, and well marked. We were the only ones on the entire hike up and down. Did the trail to summit clockwise. Outstanding views of Presidentials and beyond. Took us about 3 hours up and down. The J boys.

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snow
3 months ago

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5 months ago

Awesome hike! Amazing views for a shorter hike. Some steep, Rocky spots but doable with small breaks when needed.

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muddy
rocky
6 months ago

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muddy
7 months ago

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rocky
7 months ago

Lovely short hike! Trail was a bit muddy and rocks were icy in some spots near the top. Otherwise, beautiful view at the summit.

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rocky
7 months ago

Nice and easy hike only at some parts a bit rocky. It just takes you 30-40 minutes to the top. The way to the top is in the forest, nothing spectacular, but the view on top is nice.

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7 months ago

Beautiful trail all the way up. Was a little muddy in some spots but nothing to worry about. You could see the snow on top of mount Washington which was beautiful as well. 10/10 recommend.

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muddy
7 months ago

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

Wonderful hike. Took my Seven month old and almost 4-year-old and they both did great. They loved it. Great views. Definitely family friendly. Looking forward to going again next year.

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7 months ago

Great experience. New road up to the trail head was nice. The trail ha s a few roots but opens up to rocks that are like stairs at the top. Very beautiful views of Mnt Washington valley. Lucked out with a perfect day and foliage as far as I could see.

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7 months ago

Quick after work hike. Fast up. Ran down. Rain tomorrow- maybe last good leaf day for 2019.

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7 months ago

Hiked today with my dog on leash. Foliage absolutely beautiful. Took the side trail over to cranmore too. Definitely need proper footwear. Encountered some tourists who did not seem prepared. Lots of roots and the summit is rough with lots of rocks. Stunning views!! Great hike but not a leisurely walk. People need to be prepared.

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