Black Mountain via Chippewa Trail

HARD 33 reviews

Black Mountain via Chippewa Trail is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pike, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.4 miles
1591 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




wild flowers


historic site

This trail 1.9 miles to to top so it is a total of 3.8 out and back. It is well marked & VERY steep!- there is also a marked side trip along the way (beginning) you can check out some old Lyme Kilns - hence the name Lyme Kiln Rd where the trail head is located - they are a marked historic sight.

11 days ago

Incredible open summit views of Mt Moosilauke, Franconia Ridge, and the Green Mountains.

Warning: much of the trail is currently a thick sheet of ice with an inch of soft snow covering. Extremely slippery even with crampons. Recommend waiting for heavier snowfall to better cover the ice.

3 months ago

As an experienced 4000'+ hiker I found the Chippewa Trail to be a great, fairly easy hike. However, I did bring a first time hiker with me and he felt it was a bit steep and he is in good shape. Anyway, The views are absolutely stunning, more so from a open ledge just below the summit. With a front seat view of Mount Moosilauke it becomes apparent just how large of footprint that massive mountain consumes. Views go on almost forever, Franconia Ridge all the way to the mountains of Vermont!. The autumn colors only added to the views with so many "leaf" trees in the surrounding valleys. I will be adding this hike to my "winter to do" list!

3 months ago

steep, as everyone has said, but great panoramic view of white mountains from the summit

5 months ago

Steep and short with beautiful views at the top.

6 months ago

Very steep but fairly short, went with two friends who are new to hiking and they did fine with plenty of breaks. Good views at the top, and the shorter distance leaves you plenty of time to enjoy them. No crowds, in fact no other humans around at all on a Friday. I have done this hike many times before and while it wasn't too slippery or wet this time, I do recommend waterproof footwear as there have been times when you're basically walking up a small stream bed.

6 months ago

Wicked nice hike - well worth the climb, 270° view....

6 months ago

An untapped gem of a hike. No question, the "hard" rating is well deserved. While the hike is relatively short, the steep areas are in unrelenting, but great views reward the effort. You see the massive Mt. Mousilauke in front of you and the Franconia ridge to the northeast, not to mention many southern and western prominences. Also, wonderful forest feel as the upper elevations surround you with beautiful coniferous groves of red pines. Just one caveat, there are a few tote roads in the beginning of the hike the can be confusing and are not described in the trail description. In any case, for someone who has hiked all 4000 footers and beyond, this discovery was exciting indeed.

7 months ago

Absolutely an awesome trail with multiple scenic views of NH and Vermont. Very strenuous but well worth the trip.

7 months ago

Awesome hike!!! Can't wait to do it again.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

first time ever doing a winter hike. it was well worth the effort for me as a beginner. pretty steep about a 1/2 mile in for the rest of the hike

Friday, October 14, 2016

It was a great hike. It is steep but a great hike. View is amazing.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Beautiful but steep trail. Definitely worth the view at the top

Monday, June 27, 2016

Excellent hike, gets pretty steep a mile in but offers an excellent view from the summit. You can also access the summit from the slightly easier but not as scenic Black Mountain trail.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Beautiful lookouts all the way up. Great conditioning trail for the serious hiker. Also right in my backyard and the first trail I did on a "real" mountain

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Loved it. Great summit view

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Its a very good warm up trail for the summer

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Excellent climb! Wonderful views from the ledges. A bonus was the old Lime Kilns dated back to the 1800's.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Starts out downhill then climbs moderately for 0.7 miles Next 0.7 miles is fairly steep climb up rocks and roots. Not too difficult. Then starts to climb with intermittent steep stretches with easy moderate grades over ledges in between. Many view from short side trails in this stretch. Last section dips down into the woods and climbs to junction with the Black Mtn trail near the summit. The summit is a long stretch of ledges and cliffs with very nice views form the Kinsmans in the North to Moosilaukee, south to Kearsarge, and Sunnapee.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Amazing but extremely steep. Not for beginners lol which I am but I made it all the way up and back barely. Great views along the way up and down, down is slippery here and there on all the pine needles. But worth it.

4 months ago

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