Drakes Brook Trail to Jennings Peak

MODERATE 46 reviews

Drakes Brook Trail to Jennings Peak is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Campton, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,070 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

Great afternoon hike! Went up to Noon Peak then continued on to Jennings Peak and down Drakes Brook trail. Jennings Peak has absolutely spectacular views of layers and layers of smaller mountains and foothills to the south/east. Definitely don’t skip the small spur to get there, it’s well worth the minimal effort! Plenty of room to spread out on the ledges. We hiked with 3 dogs who were very happy to finally reach the brook toward the bottom as this is a very dry trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail. It's uncharacteristically dry for spring hiking; no worrisome slick ledges or slippery mud on slopes. We ascended via Sandwich Mtn Trail and descended Drakes Brook, all in the quiet (saw very few people on Memorial Day weekend!) Jennings Peak has beautiful views and dry ledges. As others have said; the bulk of the vertical rise happens early, and then you walk on a soft mountain pass. I rate this trail moderate. Yes, there are steep parts, but if your balance is good and you take it at your own pace, you'll do fine. Shorter legs (small humans) may have a harder time on some of the steps up.

5 months ago

Great hike. Perfect weather. Trail in wonderful condition. Creek Crossing a little deep. I dropped a white snowshoe halfway down. If anyone finds it please hike it down and hang it or lean it on the sandwich mountain trail sign at the entrance to the parking lot. Thanks

Got my snowshoe back!!!!!! Thank you trail magic!!!

10 months ago

Short but sweet. Hiking along stream for maybe 1/4-1/3 of trail. Beautiful view at summit. Best part? Ran into only one other person - no Chocorua traffic jams here :-)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

loved the scramble and the river crossing

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Loved it! Beautiful trail. Make it a loop and it takes you by water falls and across scrambles

hiking
Thursday, August 04, 2016

A good hike with several steeps. Took Sandwich Mt trail past Noon Peak and up to Mt Jennings. Hiked Drakes trail down. Lots of toads today!

hiking
Monday, June 06, 2016

You must cross the brook to continue on this trail.

I ascended via the Jennings Peak Trail. This is a beautiful (relatively steep & rocky) trail with some scramble / climbing required.
Jennings Peak has excellent views.
I opted to extend this loop by including Sandwich Mountain. The trail to Sandwich is similar to the rest of Jennings Peak Trail. The summit has limited but very nice views to the north. This is a good place to eat a sandwich.
I backtracked from Sandwich and descended via Drakes Brook Trail. I found this route to be a gentle, gradual descent (relative to Jennings Peak Trail).

You must cross the brook to finish this trail.

hiking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Great hike! Highly recommend!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Nice hike, but steep in spots - spikes needed in mid-late spring. Great vista of east and north to Presidentials, just after you reach the ridge. Overall, not a challenging hike but one that will get you to the pub quickly.

trail running
Sunday, December 13, 2015

What a great trail. Not being from the area I wanted to do a trail run, but there was no running this thing. Power hiked counter-clockwise and managed some running in the down hill. Amazing scenery. I'd do this again but would prepare for a hike, not a run. Still a great workout!

hiking
Friday, June 13, 2014

Great trail! A small stream is crossed early on and at the end of the hike, so be prepared. We went on a rainy day and the trail and stream made this a very moderate trail! The up side of the trail is very steep, but the vistas are outstanding! It took us just under 4 hours, and was a great time!

hiking
Saturday, August 18, 2012

Very nice easy walk. Pretty pond. Nothing to see at red bench overlook

hiking
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Great moderate trail. Plenty of views. Well marked. A few good scrambles!

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