Howker Ridge Trail

HARD 7 reviews

Howker Ridge Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gorham, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.0 miles
4051 feet
Out & Back

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nature trips


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old growth

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The trailhead begins at a dirt parking lot on Pinkham B road (Dolly Cop), see "getting there" for more info. The trail has several waterfalls, Coosauk falls, Stair falls and Hitchcock falls and a steep ravine view called Devils Kitchen. Hitchcock falls has a river crossing leading to a steep section and a small cave off trial called Bear Pit before Blueberry Ridge. The trail is named after the Howker family who lived at the base of this trail. The four mini peak-let summits on trail are called Howks and will have you ascending and descending several times and are exposed on the tops. The trail intersects onto Gulfside trail leading to the summit of Madison.

1 month ago

Fun hike, took Howker ridge up, not one of my favorite paths to be honest, there is like three false peaks before you reach Madison. The view from Madison is fantastic, I stayed up there for close to an hour watching the eclipse, pretty neat.

2 months ago

Wife and I hiked up this trail in June. It was a tough hike for us amateur hikers but it was amazing! Great views at the knolls and amazing to look back where you were minutes ago. We took other trails on the way down to complete a loop ending with Watson trail. It took us about 10 hours with a good stop a Madison cabin. Probably closer to 4.5 miles out.

11 months ago

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Hiked Mt Madison on may 8th, saw some nice water falls on the way, the trail
Was Howker ridge trail, it was very steep and filled with ice flows, a river crossing and 3 false summits, it was raining at first but then is stared hailing and snowing at alpine, the wind was reaching 60mph making the sleet painful, it was very difficult to keep going, all my gear was soaked and the wind made me freezing, we had to crawl over blips and rocks as the wind gusted, I made it 100 yards from the summit but the wind was to powerful so I took shelter in a small cave like overhang well Jon reached the summit and came back, it's crazy how fast the weather can change at 5000 feet, the wind and sleet was getting more intense making for a quick decent to treeline to block the wind and sleet, definitely the hardest hike so far.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Loved this trail. The most beautiful way up Mt. Madison. Tough, but worth the views of course!

Monday, December 07, 2015

This is a hard trail. It has 4 knobs on it. you go up one and down to the bottom of the other .This
repeats 4 times in a row and it seams like you gain no elevation until you pull away from the last howk. It is a beautiful trail. You really feel like you have accomplished some thing when you are done

Monday, June 16, 2014

Beautiful Ridge Hiking. Awesome views of the gulf of Madison and Mt. Adams