Greeley Ponds Trail via Kancamagus Highway

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White Mountain National Forest

Greeley Ponds Trail via Kancamagus Highway is a 7.1 mile out and back trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and cross country skiing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 859 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Hardwood forest trail leads to two pristine mountain ponds Trail is rocky and muddy in places and there are several stream crossings. The second stream crossing can be difficult when the water is high (Spring) but is generally easy other times of year. The ponds are very pretty and there are many protected plants growing in the boggy section of the second pond. The shelter does not exist anymore but there are good places to relax by the water and even to swim. This is a good year round hike. You can turn around at any point you decide to. There are some nice water spills below the lower pond. Upper Greeley Pond, with its dark aqua-green color, is a beautiful spot, surrounded by old growth timber and towering cliffs. By contrast, Lower Greeley Pond is shallow and more typical of a beaver pond. Both ponds offer trout fishing and an enjoyable place to have a picnic lunch.

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icy
snow
18 days ago

Made the mistake of coming the weekend after a rainstorm, so the first large river crossing was very tough - doable, but not with a large crowd, or kids. Trail up to that point had been pretty icy. Just think we didn’t choose the best time to come. Definitely a great hike despite getting turned back at the river crossing. Going to come back and give it another go.

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snow
5 months ago

Beautiful day to hike to the ponds. We went in via the cross country ski trail and came back on the hiking trail. Both were very easy to follow and very well maintained. The views at the ponds were fantastic. I'll definitely go back.

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7 months ago

beautiful easy hike out to the ponds. There are a couple of sandy areas by the pond where you can stop. Mountains surround the ponds. Not very crowded even on a holiday weekend. Overall a fantastic trail.

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7 months ago

Though listed as "moderate", it is possibly between easy to moderate... you do have to cross the creek at one point.. This is the only parking area along the Kanc that does NOT require parking fee (but the state dept may catch up and install a fee meter soon here). The trail has several 'cut log' bridges... i.e. basically you walk over a tree that has been cut into 2 and laid straight on the ground... kids would enjoy that. At the end, the trail signs are a bit confusing as there are a couple of trails that criss cross this area, but the lake / pond is at a very short distance from this crossing, so if you find yourself continuing to walk quite some distance you would want to back track. Plan on a picnic by the lake... it is a very serene setting...

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muddy
rocky
9 months ago

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Fri Mar 29 2019

Did a quick out and back for a total of 3 mi.

Tue Jul 31 2018

My husband and I did this hike today and had a wonderful time. As one reviewer said, there are lots of roots toward the beginning of this hike, but it is in the woods, so that’s to be expected. It was our first time, so I don’t know what the conditions are normally like toward the end of July, but there were several areas where we crossed tiny streams and babbling brooks; this may have been due to all of the rain that we had the previous week or so. Either way, it didn’t matter to us as it makes the trek more enjoyable. The views from the ponds, including that of Mt. Osceola and East Osceola, are beautiful! We also saw a solo loon swimming around the first pond as we sat on the “beach” enjoying our water and snacks. We don’t snowshoe, but would consider giving it a try here.

hiking
Sat Jul 07 2018

This is a nice hike with a great view at the end!

Sat Jul 07 2018

The only compaint... there are so many roots across the trail up to the first pond, that walking on them became quite tedious!

hiking
Sun Oct 22 2017

I would rate this hike as easy, barely more than a casual walk in the woods. A couple stream crossings, although the water is very low this time of year so those were simple boulder stepping. The weather was great and the trail only had a couple muddy spots. The autumn colors reflected well off the still water of the upper pond. The lower pond is very shallow with a muddy shoreline and an abundance of vegetation growing right out of the water. No grand vistas from this area but still very cool being down in the notch looking up at the surrounding mountains. Many signs of large game around the water but no sightings despite being out there at sunrise. I will advancing my hiking into snowshoeing for the first time this winter and feel this would be a perfect first trip out! Can't wait ti return when the snow starts.

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Fri Jun 23 2017

This is a fantastic hike! Wish I would of know I'd be crossing a rocky stream shortly after starting. In retrospect we should of taken our boots off and crossed. It was a hot day so walking the rest with wet boots was not too bad. The trail head and all trails app doesn't identify the Greeley Pond Trail as the yellow markers on the trees. We figured it out. The trail was easy to moderate and fairly well maintained. Walking up to the first pond was better then expected. A pristine mountain pond with a duck couple swimming around and fish jumping. The second shallower pond was a short hike from the first. There was we were serenaded by birds and had a few swallow tail butterfly's fluttering around us as company. When we first came upon the second pond we apparent warned a bear we were there and in the distance we saw the blur of it run fast from the water into the woods. It was a peaceful, spectacularly beautiful delight.

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Mon Feb 06 2017

Was a great winter little hike. Will be going back in the spring. I do recommend. Easy going.

hiking
Sun Jan 27 2013

Fantastic hike! Relatively easy great for a family. I did it as very relaxing possible fishing trip. The ponds are beautiful and very scenic. Camping is possible but only outside of the posted boundaries. Camping is Nowhere near the ponds but they are only a short hike away. I highly recommend. Stealth is the way to go. By the way the fly fishing may have been great with lots of beautiful native trout. But I will never tell.

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