Boott Spur Trail

HARD 37 reviews

Boott Spur Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gorham, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,451 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

no dogs

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5 days ago

New England hiking at its best. This is a long approach to the summit of Mt. Washington. It offers excellent 360 degree views. The trail along the ridge is of course rocky. It took 4 hours to reach the summit. Conditions were ideal. If you have the time and prefer less trail traffic, this is the path to explore.

1 month ago

Very challenging for a couple that are in shape but only occasionally hike. Rocks and boulders the entire way. Took us 5 hrs up (left from the trail head at 9) and 4 hrs down on Tuckerman’s. Took breaks/pictures often and kept a slower pace. Awesome accomplishment, amazing views but we’re still feeling it a couple days later.

1 month ago

Great views, off the beaten path (low traffic compared to Tuckerman' Trail) , a relatively strenuous yet spectacular hike.

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1 month ago

My girlfriend and I (33/m and 32/f) hiked this trail today -- Pinkham Notch to Boott Spurr to Davis up to Mt. Washington. We descended via Tuckerman to Lion Head to Tuckerman.

The ascent (via this page's trail) was fine. The views are decent. Amongst the best in New England I guess, but it's no Patagonia or Norway, etc. The only reason I gave it a 4 star instead of 5 is because it's mostly just a ton of walking on rocks. It's not an enjoyable hike like what you'd see in non-White Mountain trails. So, that's a partially unfair rating, but partially fair. So, in the grand scheme of hiking, it's not nearly as enjoy as most good trails, because 100% of it involves stepping from big rock to rock (I'd give it a 2 or 3 star rating). However, all of White Mountains is like this, essentially, so given it's a White Mountain trail, it's a great one (I'd give it a 5 star rating).

Hard on the knees, due to rocks.

Total time up for us: 3 hrs 29 min.
Total time down (via Tuckerman / Lion's Head / Tuckerman): 3 hrs.

hiking
9 months ago

Views were breathtaking - worth the difficult hike. It took us 5 hours to reach the summit on this trail in late October. We are average level hikers who took many stops for pictures.
**Leave early, bring warm layers, prepare for wind speed changes, terrain changes, and pack a flashlight if it gets dark before you finish. Hiking boots are a must bc of terrain**
The top of the summit has a cafeteria and restrooms. Many non-hiker visitors here. Also there’s a train that takes you down (to only one side of the mountain where not all parking lots are).

hiking
9 months ago

We went from Pinkham Notch to Boott Spur Trail, continued on past the summit onto Davis Path to Crawford Path to Mount Washington, then went down Tuckerman's. 9.2 miles total. It was great to avoid the crowds on Tuckerman's and Boott Spur was amazing - what views! You're completely above treeline for most of it and then after the summit have a nice flat stretch on Davis for a while before Crawford's Path. From there you can see the lines of people trying to get up Lion's Head. All in all highly recommend taking Crawford's because it allows you to travel up Washington's backside, avoiding the unsightly views of an auto road, parking lot and trolley.

10 months ago

great trail, challenging at times. used the boot spur link to get over yo tuckermans. had to use all 4 limbs some. but way better views faster than youd get on another trail and less people.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike!
lake of the clouds totally worth it!

hiking
11 months ago

A beautiful and exciting trail with many challenges. Recommend taking this up to Lakes of the Clouds and then over to Mt. Washington peak and taking Tuckerman Ravine trail down. Had to use all 4 limbs a few times!

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Beautiful trail! Don't recommend coming down via this trail but it is do able if you are slow and careful.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Really really hard

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Went up through tuckerman ravine and lion's head trails, summited boott spur on the way down and followed boott spur trail ti pinkham notch. This trail is still wet on the last 1.5 miles. A bit more technical way down but worth it.

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Fun trail with great views on the way to the summit of Mt Washington

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

It was beautiful and the views were great . You have to make sure you descend early as it gets dark quickly under the brush before reaching the bottom . I would do it again .

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Hiked up tuckermans and took this back down along with David's trail. The area where it intersects with tuckermans is extremely steep and rocky. Wouldn't recommend it for dogs. We took our German Shepard who is very active and fit and we had to pick her up at some points going down. Otherwise it has spectacular views and is a great hike!

hiking
Friday, May 13, 2016

Me and my friend did boott spur up and down on May 12th. It took a solid ten hours up and down with stoping for breaks to eat. There is some ice going up but can be avoided walking the tree line. I would recommend having crampons still. It was a beautiful day at the summit almost 50 degrees. The lodge was closed and the train was getting repaired so there was barley anyone at the summit. Just take your time have plenty of food and water and enjoy!

hiking
Saturday, May 07, 2016

Great views

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A challenging day hike with spectacular views of Tuckermans Ravine, Wildcat and Mt Washington.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A challenging day hike with spectacular views of Tuckermans Ravine, Wildcat and Mt Washingron.

hiking
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

We hiked up the Glen Boulder trail and found a spot to camp near a spring on day 1 after about 4 hours of hiking. Set up camp on the snow and got up early on day 2 to head to the peak of washington. We never made it close, and had to turn down the boots spur trail after 2 more hours of intense weather, including gusts of wind up to 80mph. THis was mid May. I look forward to taking a more direct route to the top on a day trip. Would not camp here again, or go at this time of year, at least on the boots spur/ glen boulder trail, as we were trudging through 2+ feet of snow in spots, and forced to slide down certain spots due to ice. This trip would be fine with better weather, better timing, and more experience!

hiking
Sunday, July 27, 2014

Descended on this trail from the summit side of Tucks after crossing the headwall. Amazing views, picturesque terrain. Was glad we decided to down this way after missing the Huntington Ravine trail and electing to ascend via the Lions Head, turned out to be.a fantastic loop.

hiking
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Love it! Good old-timey hiking: seldom used, rough terrain, close foliage, occasional stunning views... The path less traveled.

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