East Pond Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews

East Pond Trail is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Campton, New Hampshire that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running.

DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2614 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

trail running

lake

1 month ago

Saturday, November 28, 2015

hiking
Thursday, July 30, 2015

For what it is, the East Pond Loop is a pleasant trail for an easy half day hike. Most of the trail follows old logging roads through open woodlands, and passes or crosses three picturesque streams and visits two isolated ponds. It is a good opportunity to get away from crowds and possibly see some wildlife. The hike is about 5 miles with about 1000 feet of elevation change, and should take between 2 and 3 hours to complete.

The trail to East Pond, the first leg, is along an old logging road and is in good shape. You reach East Pond after about a mille and a half of hiking. The shore is sandy and very pleasant with a good view. For a short easy hike you could turn around at this point and return to the parking area.

The leg to Little East Pond from East Pond is rougher, but not particularly difficult. It just has a raw, lightly used look. After another 1.5 miles you reach the pond. Unfortunately, the shore here is muddy. With that said, it still is an attractive pond.

The final leg back to the parking area appears to be along an old logging road. It is an attractive hike, but there are two stream crossings that required rock hopping that may prove difficult particularly in high water. There is also a "ditch" where a log staircase was built down into the ditch and up the other side to make crossing easier. Unfortunately, the lowest log washed out. So, there is a bit of a scramble at the bottom. All in all, anyone with mobility limitations may want to avoid this section.