Holts Ledge via Appalachian Trail

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Lyme, New Hampshire

Holts Ledge via Appalachian Trail is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lyme, New Hampshire that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,069 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

forest

views

wildlife

snow

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bugs
12 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Jeanne and I headed to Holt's Ledge in Lyme, NH. A small town up from Hanover. We started up the Appalachian Trail to the ledge. We stopped along the way to see Trapper John's Hut and it's accompanying privy. We found the ledge and what a nice view today. The day was really nice: some high clouds with a blue background. This is a nice hike. Loved the chain link fence though. It was so natural.

hiking
1 month ago

A little muddy right now (May 3rd). Nice and easy to follow. With my 2 boys (10 & 7) it took us 1hr up and 40mins back. That’s also with tired legs from a hike the day before.

Family, friendly short hike. A pretty steep one though which makes it moderate. If you really enjoy hiking and have a dog, I would suggest this one because there were many dogs on the trail... Really fun hike with a great view at the top!!

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3 months ago

Great winter hike. Glad we wore the micro spikes, though. Great views from the top. Steep, exposed drop off. Be careful with dogs or young kids. 45 minutes up, maybe 30 down? Would recommend.

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snow
4 months ago

Right next to Dartmouth skiway. You can see it from the top. Snow was soft and I sank in a few inches with each step. Easy to follow trail to the top, which has a nice view.

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snow
5 months ago

Trail had not seen any traffic since recent snow fall, so there was about 4 inches of fresh powder. I used microspikes throughout but didn’t find them necessary aside from one steeper graded hill. Beautiful view from the top, easily doable round trip in 1.5 hours at a moderate pace.

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scramble
8 months ago

starts up hill and has few level spots. some Rocky and rooted areas great view on top. enjoyed the hike

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rocky
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful reward when you get to the top. Streep at the start and end, middle is moderate. Lots of roots and rocks on the trail though.

hiking
10 months ago

Steep grade, some muddy spots, but well worth the effort.

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muddy
rocky
11 months ago

nice walk pretty muddy and rocky but overall enjoyable. views were spectacular!

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muddy
11 months ago

11 months ago

We hiked through all the way to Smart's Mountain, but Holt's was definitely the best part. Stay off the ranger trail when there has been a lot of rain...it is basically a riverbed! Also, be careful with dogs and keep on leash as it is a bear reserve!

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Sun Jun 02 2019

Aside from having my wallet stolen from my car while hiking, enjoyable hike. Fairly short hike.

Sun May 19 2019

nice view at top. it's a workout but it's close and lots of parking too.

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Sun Nov 04 2018

Excellent short hike for the fall. Be sure to wear orange during hunting season

Sat Oct 06 2018

A nice little hike if you don’t want an overly strenuous experience or are limited for time, to get striking views. Still a respectable workout leading to expansive views from a dramatic, precipitous cliff.

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Mon Sep 03 2018

Short, steep hike with pockets of great views at the top. Get out to hike this trail!

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Thu Aug 02 2018

This hike starts out, and ends fairly steep, with a nice gradual grade in the middle. The view at the ledges was nice though access is limited due to nesting falcons.

Tue Jul 31 2018

D the same thing happenede toq

Sun Apr 01 2018

Nice hike - I ended up here on accident because in my effort to reach the trailhead for smarts mountain - I was greeted with a road closed sign due to mud. So I hiked this instead on Easter Sunday since it was there for the hiking. Relatively easy. It didn’t feel to me anything like 1.7 miles. Great view at the ledge.

Wed Sep 13 2017

hike was good. some spots a little steep. only 2 view points, thought there'd be another one on the top but wasn't. Still recommend!

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Wed Aug 30 2017

Lovely, fairly easy hike. Beautiful views at the top.

Fri Aug 11 2017

Challenging in the heat but well worth it. Beautiful view!

Tue Jul 25 2017

Couldn't find the trail had this odd the second time I've tied it.

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Mon Jul 24 2017

Good short hike and clearly marked. Hike slightly more difficult than expected but still a good beginner trail.

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Thu Jul 13 2017

Awesome little hike!

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Sun Jul 19 2015

Great hike with my son!

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