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.

Length7.1 miElevation gain859 ftRoute typeOut & 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.

Saco Ranger District, Conway, NH 03818, 603-447-5448

From Conway NH take route 112 (aka Kancamagus Highway) west towards Lincoln NH. After crossing thru Kancamagus pass you will descend down to a hair pin turn. The trailhead will be on your left as you reach the broad sweeping turn to the right. It will cost $3.00 to park here and change is not available. There is plenty of water along this trail if you have a filter. From Lincoln: The trailhead is 9 miles east of Exit 32,1-93 on the Kancagmagus Highway.

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Ellen Rene
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Great hike! Several water crossings in the first 15-30mins, only one was tricky - spikes were a great help. Trail was well broken in.

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J Anders
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Beautiful winter hike. Snow covered pines. Trail is packed down. I found micro spikes helpful. Pretty well covered but some rocks still showing thru, so probably one more good snowfall needed before good XC skiing.

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J VE
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Anita Lotti
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Beautiful for. Fall hike!!

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Rich Kauffeld
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Amy Skwira
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I really enjoyed this trail for its variety of roots and rocks terrain and some flat as well. Made it fun and challenging as there is not much elevation. Saw some young men replacing foot bridges which was interesting. There is a drought so not a lot of water or mud crossings now.

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Anthony M
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Saw a bear, and rough grouse

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Steven G
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Some nice river crossings. Trail has wood pylons to walk on for the muddy spots. We made it to the first pond but them it started getting dark. We were not prepared for the dark and didnt want to be out there when the nocturnal creatures starting coming out.

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Natalie P
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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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David Boudreau
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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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Mouhsin Shafi
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Hiking

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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Erik Tolf
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Paulo Golino
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Rob Seymour
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Did a quick out and back for a total of 3 mi.

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

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

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Brian McNamara
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Snowshoeing

Today was an overcast day with the peaks well hidden in the clouds. However, this did not pose a problem for my trip to both Greeley Ponds as I planned to stay low in the Mad River Notch. Several fresh inches of snow on the ground made snowshoes a required piece of equipment. The heavy wet snow coating the trees made for a beautiful forest scene with many small critter tracks clearly visible in the snow. A light flurry of snow in the air all day made for an almost fairytale-like setting. If you are new to snowshoeing this is a perfect starter trail.

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Brian McNamara
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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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Joelle Eldredge
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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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Rebecca Grant
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Was a great winter little hike. Will be going back in the spring. I do recommend. Easy going.

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Matt L
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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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Keith Richards
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Neil Allison
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Jake Boisvert
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Cameron Washburn
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Leigh Anne Janell
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robyn coccia
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