Imp Trail

HARD 23 reviews

Imp Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.1 miles
2214 feet

dog friendly




nature trips





wild flowers



Directions from Gorham, NH: Travel south on SR 16 approximately 6 - 8 miles to reach the trailhead on the left (east) side of the road.

8 days ago

If you do the hike, start from the north end and make the loop to the south and return to your car via Route 16. The north side is the steeper of the two and makes the descent easier coming the long way down. The views from Imp Face are incredible. Plenty of water sources along the north trail and beyond Imp Face, when you start down there are not many sources of water.

18 days ago

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29 days ago

As mentioned in the previous review, the south side of this hike is a much better starting location. The ascent is fairly steep and rocky and would be much harder on the knees coming down. We had a wonderful hike and even saw a female beer and cub near the bottom of the southern entry point. The trail itself seems well traveled and has plenty of challenging points from start to finish. I would recommend this hike for experienced hikers only. Children would have a difficult time on this hike due to the rocks, mud, and steep inclines. The view at the top was gorgeous and well worth the trip. It would be an excellent choice for starting out on a shorter but still challenging hike without the extra mileage. Be sure to take plenty of water. We completed the hike in 3.5 hours. Both of us are in fairly good condition and took minimal breaks. You should be able to do it in 4hrs. I don't recommend hiking this after dark.

1 month ago

I would recommend starting from the south head of the trail (end opposite to the green button on the map) as the climb from here is more rocky and its easier to climb on rocks rather than descend on them (especially when it has rained).
Very fun trial and exceptional views. Highly recommended.

1 month ago

3 months ago

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Great simple trail, perfect for an easier day on the trails

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

Nice day: blue sky, puffy clouds, lots of sun, and windy on the exposed face.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

We did the full loop and walked back to the south trail head to the car which was a very short walk. The trail was strenuous at points, but absolutely worth it when you get to the breath taking views of the presidentials. Weather conditions were perfect, till we got to the top and it started raining! Again, though, absolutely worth it.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Short: start from the north and make the loop.

Long: one of my all time favorite hikes. The views are great. The trail offers different styles throughout. Great workout. Recommend starting from the northern tip and looping to the southern entrance. Easier on older knees this way.

Overall: if the weather is right, this is one amazing hike.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Great family hikes - some steep portions but not overly, some portions the blazing was not super clear when we were there, but we had a good map. It had rained that morning and there were some portions that were a little slick from the rain. A good time was had by all.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013