Brook Trail

MODERATE 45 reviews
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Brook Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Alton, New Hampshire that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1190 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

I loved this trail! Not too difficult at any point, nice and shaded, and the views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the White Mountains from the top are incredible. I liked going up the Brook Trail (orange) and down the blue trail. I saw very few other people on the way up and was almost surprised at the crowd at the summit when I got there. Fantastic morning hike I hope to do again!

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19 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Yellow trail/Brook trail on the way up. Crosses a few streams. Erosion is prevalent, path is often off to to sides. Fantastic views and large open space at top. Well worth it! Blue trail/Main trail on the way down. Steep rock face on way down at top becoming rocky and eroded on way down. Careful footing a must. Around 4.5 miles.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Pros: the view at the top is gorgeous. The summit is festooned with wild blueberries. Great trail for kids and families. Would be easy to do the summit of Straightback Mtn in the same day, from the same parking area.

Cons: serious erosion on the trail, no doubt from all the traffic. If you do this hike, understand that it's crowded and heavily used, and is not a "wilderness" hike. That said, I jumped off the main Brook trail to the Jesus Valley trail (the longest route to the summit, shown here as "Snowmobile Trail" and it was a lovely break from the crowds; made the hike a 7m roundtrip vs. 3.8.
Overall: if you've got young ones or want a less strenuous hike on a popular trail AND A BEAUTIFUL VIEW at the top, try it! :)

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

If you have bad knees and going down is harder than going up, take the Boulder trail first, then the Brook Trail, and end on the Main Trail.

5 months ago