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Crawford Ridgepole Trail to Doublehead Mountain

MODERATE 15 reviews
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Crawford Ridgepole Trail to Doublehead Mountain is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Center Sandwich, New Hampshire that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,387 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

forest

blowdown

bugs

muddy

rocky

washed out

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

A pretty good trail with a tough climb right out of the trailhead so no easy warm up. Once you reached the top then it's an easy ridge trail all the way. The view of Squam Lake is pretty nice but it's not as good as the view from either Mount Percival or Morgan. There is only one spot on the trail that there's a scramble. Other than that it's fairly steep right from the trailhead. Also the trail is not that well marked until you get to the national forest section which is almost to the top of the mountain.

hiking
2 months ago

john plummer and Alex reiber. test

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
washed out
2 months ago

Did not love this trail. Not well maintained, very wet when we hiked and most of the trail was washed out so we had to do a lot of bushwacking off to the sides. There were no views on this section - we did the full trail all the way to Holderness, and the only scenic spots were at Morgan & Percival. Wouldn't do this again and wouldn't suggest it.

hiking
Friday, July 27, 2018

The hike itself is quite lovely, but you'll definitely want to go a little bit past the summit in order to get any views. Keep following the trail past the summit, hang a left at the split, and you'll find some lovely views of the lake within a quarter of a mile. The road getting there is definitely rough, but, as long as you have an all-wheel-drive vehicle, you should be fine. To get back, I really recommend retracing your steps onto Sandwich Notch Rd/Dale Rd, instead of following the road all the way to Lincoln Rd. I made that mistake and I won't soon repeat it.

hiking
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Totally forgettable. Access road (Sandwich Notch Rd) is 30 min of dirt road with the deepest potholes to maneuver around. Not fun. Hike not that great either. One ledge with nice view of the lake. Only benefit: not crowded. Will not repeat.

hiking
Monday, May 28, 2018

THIS IS THE BEST TRAIL IN THE AREA, THAT FEELS LIKE YOUR 100 MILES IN THE WILD. IT IS ON THE HIGH END OF MODERATE. THE TRAIL HAD MOOSE AND ALOT OF COYOTE SCAT. THE TRIAL IS AS NICE AS THE VIEW ON TOP OF SQUAM LAKE. THIS IS NOT A DOG FRIENDLY TRAIL THE LEDGE YOU HAVE TO CLIMB, IS ROUGH GOING. I WOULDN'T DO IT ON A RAINY DAY. LOTS OF DIFFERENT WILD FLOWERS.

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

To even get to the trailhead you'll probably need a FWD/AWD vehicle. It's a steep dirt road with a lot of bumps, rocks and potholes. As for the hike itself, the first mile-ish was very challenging. Be prepared to go straight up some cliffs -- not recommended for those afraid of heights. Once you get past that part it flattens out with some easy up and downs. It's a very pretty hike and I didn't see one other person but there aren't really any good views from the top.

snowshoeing
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sandwhich Hill road that this trail was off of was closed for winter. There was a small pullover area though so I parked and walked up the road to the trail anyways. The road was heavily packed down from snowmobilers and very steep.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Nice hike, not a lot of views, but quiet.

hiking
Thursday, October 06, 2016

Beautiful hike. Steep incline for the first mile but then it evens out on the ridge line. The trail is easy to follow but doesn't look like it sees much use. When you get to the intersection w/ the Doublehead trail definitely take a left and follow it for a short bit. The view from the rock ledge is breathtaking.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Love it!

hiking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Interesting seldom used trail. Starts up fairly steeply right from the start. At about 0.7 miles takes a sharp right up a series of somewhat challenging ledge scrambles and then continues steeply to the ridgetop. The next mile is failry flat with a dip down to a saddle and climb back up to the summit of Doublehead. There is an area of puncheons and they are in poor condition; stepping on the end of one resulted in the opposite end rising into the air. There is an interesting view north which includes a great close up view of the ledges of Welch ad Dickey loop trail I highly recommend continuing past the summit to the junction with the Doublehead Trail and following that trail down 0.1 miles to a ledge with extensive views to the south including everything in an arc from the Ossippee Mountians to Mounts Morgan and Percival. The trail is in very good condition. It appears that it gets more use by moose than by people. They are keeping the hobblebush and moose maples cropped back along the trail. There were moose tracks in all the muddy areas and moose poop everywhere.

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

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Monday, August 29, 2016

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Saturday, June 04, 2016

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