Cave Mountain Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bartlett, New Hampshire that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.3 miElevation gain580 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingViews
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Terri Goldblatt
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Can't get to the top in the winter. Trail isn't well marked near the caves.

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Steve Blum
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Meg Cameron
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This trail is not in good shape and can be hard to follow. It gets extremely steep near the cave area (which is very cool to see) and the view at the top is a bit hindered by trees. The way down is very slippery, and I treated it like a slide to avoid falling. Could be fun in winter with butt sledding.

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Christine Cote
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Trail not maintained very well - the last .4 miles were more of a steep rock scramble. The view at the top was decent.

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Jill O’Keefe
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Absolutely no trail markings. Use the dotted line on this app. When you get up to the cave. Hug the wall to the right of the cave and go around to the spot with the view. Very very steep with loose dirt and rocks at the top. We found the better way down after off trail going up. A fun hike all in all

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Savanna Shackleford
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This is harder than expected but SO FUN! If you love hiking and are up for a challenge i highly recommend this one! Not good for those who are not good on their feet, it gets very steep and slippery. I recommend hiking poles. We brought our dog and she was great because I’m convinced she’s part mountain goat, but not good for dogs who are older or not as nimble.

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Haylie Jeter
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Gravel is definitely tricky. Poles might have helped. Don’t be afraid to get dirty. We did a small portion on our butts on the way down. Fun and different. Decent views at the top. The grade was pretty steep and definitely got our hearts pumping. Entertained the whole way up but the best part was coming down and splashing around at the river near the parking.

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Jeanne Supple
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Easy until about two-thirds in, then the loose gravel kicks in and it gets very steep very fast. But the view is worth it at the top. Fun little cave area is a good spot to rest. Highly recommend if you’re an Attitash skier to get a great summertime view of the mountain.

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Scott Barringer
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Steep and loose gravel. Beautiful view but do not attempt in wet conditions. Descent is tricky even in the best conditions.

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Large Marge
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HikingGreat!

Steep steep, erosion city, cool lil cave, nice view of the area.

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Ryan Snow
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Super steep towards the last part. Other reviewers said to bring poles, listen to them! Overall a good calf workout. Nice shady views up top. Decent amount of parking. Both the caves near the top and the Saco across the street offer good spots to cool off

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Blake Stelle
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Very fun easy hike!

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Bri Gallagher
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Short but steep! Worth the work with the reward of an awesome cave and beautiful view!

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Vanessa Autrey
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Quick hike but challenging toward the top. Bring poles.

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Elin-Mari H
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Malerie McArdle
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The caves are fun, and the views of Attitash and Bear Peak from the summit are beautiful. The trail isn't maintained, and it's very steep, slippery, and poorly marked, especially from the caves to the summit. Lots of ticks out there as well.

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Thomas Bouchie
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no real trail markers. awesome cave to check out! trail is slippery on the way down (alot of gravel and leaves)

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Travis Silverstein
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allen crabtree
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I was the “sweep” at the end of the line of Denmark Mountain Hikers on the trail to Cave Mountain in Bartlett on our 31 January 2020 hike. The front of the line was well ahead of me and out of sight, around the curve of the mountain. As I came around a big hemlock that had fallen across the trail, I saw them all heading back down the trail towards me. “What’s the problem?” I asked them. “The snowshoe tracks we’ve been following suddenly stopped and turned around back the way we’d come,” replied one of our hikers. “We’ve lost the trail!” We had just experienced one of the basic rules of hiking: “just because someone has hiked this way before doesn’t mean that they are on the trail.” The Denmark Mountain Hikers had been pleasantly surprised when we parked at the trailhead that morning. Someone had snowshoed up the trail ahead of us leaving a well-beaten trail in the crusy snow. We had never hiked this trail before, and the guidebooks counselled that the trail is only lightly used so it would be a challenge to find it. Why should we worry? The trail was already broken out making the hike easier, and the well defined tracks in the snow made following the trail easy even though the very faint blue paint markings on the trees were few and far between. Finding the trail When losing the trail there are some common sense ways to find it again. First we retraced our way back to the last trail marker. Then we consulted our maps and scanned the mountain above us. We knew from the guidebooks that there was a large cave somewhere on the side of the mountain and spotted a feature that might be it. One of the advantages of hiking is group is that there are several to fan out to find the trail. Denmark Mountain Hiker Kathy Huchthausen struck out on what might have been a trail, although there were no trail markers and no tracks where any hikers had gone. Others in the group were not successful in finding anything, so we followed Kathy up the mountain and up the very steep approach to the cave. Good work Kathy! There were no tracks on the trail to the cave, so we assumed that whoever had been snowshoeing had not found the trail. If the snowshoe tracks hadn’t stopped abruptly forcing us to turn around we might still be hiking through the snow to who knows where! I remember other hikes when what looked like the trail was not, or where tracks in the snow led off in the wrong direction. This has happened on trails we’ve done before and should have known better, and on new trails to us. Our experience on Cave Mountain is a lesson we all have to relearn some time in our mountain wanderings. The moral of the story is – “don’t follow others blindly – you are likely to get lost!” Cave Mountain Cave Mountain is a small peak off the long Montalban Ridge that extends south from the summit of Mount Washington nearly all the way to Glen, NH, and includes nine peaks along the way. Cave Mountain is tucked up next to the boundary of the Presidential Range-Dry River Wilderness Area in the White Mountain National Forest, south and west of Mount Langdon. The trail to Cave Mountain branches off the trail to Mount Langdon and Mount Parker a short 0.3 miles from the trailhead. From the trail junction it is another 0.6 miles to the cave and to a viewpoint ledge below the summit. The cave is a large opening on the south side of Cave Mountain, with a big rock slab on top and room inside for several people to stand. Much of the cliff face and littering the ground below the cliff face is “rotten rock” or Saprolite, a chemically weathered rock which easily breaks into small gravel-size rocks. Although this is a short hike the last steep 49% pitch to the cave is a scamble. We found ice beneath the snow on our winter hike, and the loose rock at the top would make this an equally challenging scramble in summer. Temperature at the church when we left was 7 degrees but warmed in the sun to the mid-30’s by the time we got back to the cars. The snow was very crusy and hard, so we left our snowshoes at the trailhead and climbed with spikes. It took the group an hour to find the trail and climb to the cave, and a short ½ hour to climb back down to the trailhead. After several photo ops with people standing in the cave, most of the group climbed up to a ledge above the cave with great views of Attitash Ski Area and surrounding mountains. The climb back down was a bit challenging, but once at the base of the cliff the trail was easy to follow and gentle going back to the cars. The bright sun and rising temperatures started to soften the snow going back down, but the beat-down trail was firm enough to keep us from postholing.

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Sarah Neugebauer
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It’s a quick hike but it’s definitely easy to lose the trail with markers that are almost nonexistent. The footing isn’t great at the top, lots of scrambling. Views were nice and the caves are definitely cool, but it is a little sketchy without poles.

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Mike Wheeler
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the trail is not used much so its not very defined in most places. It is not marked very well either. the blazes disappear at the halfway point. Like others have said, the last 100 feet or so before the cave at the top is very steep and loose. its a quick hike if you're in the area already. I wouldn't do it again. not much to see.

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Robert Price
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It was a nice hike today.

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Bobby Watson
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Okay hike overall. The view is decent and the trail is short but you'll work hard to get through the last, steep 100 feet. Probably a good one to do if you want a taste of what the presidentials will throw at you.

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Heather Burch
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Solid quick hike with a nice view at the top. The really steep parts had unstable footing so be careful! Poles are helpful.

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Piers Bowness
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