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Imp Trail is a 6 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.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 2,070 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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Getting There

New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism, P.O. Box 1856 , Concord, NH, 03302-1856, Phone: 603-271-2665

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.

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Recordings (72)
Completed (175)
Janice Schlegel
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HikingBugs

Beautiful trail. Gradual at 1st.... elevation picks up after you cross the creek. But, there are flat stretches ahead. Exceptional views from Imp ledges. My Washington was crystal clear. Hiked down and drove up Washington for more amazing beauty.

Danielle Burke
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Hiking

Amazing view at the top. The hike itself was pretty steep, but not terrible even for a beginner hiker. It had rained quite a bit earlier that week, so the brook we had to cross was higher than usual.

LAuren Herrington
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Hiking

Imp trail. Amazing!!!!!

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Peter Camello
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HikingBlowdown

Nice trail.

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Monica Conant
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Hiking

Just lovely ! Easy in my view. Went up 2 mile trail and down the other side. Great way for a quicker view. Considered North Carter but we didn’t have time. Next time !

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Glen Anderson
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Craig Williams
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Ethan Kohanik
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HikingIcySnow

Great trail. Lots of natural beauty. Be warned there was up to four feet of snow in parts. It is well packed and easy to traverse but it has begun melting. The view at the top is beautiful and allows you to see all of the presidential range. The view is not quite as good as climbing any of those peaks in my opinion though.

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Ben Hanson
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Hiking

What a hard day for such good weather. Took the north branch of the Imp trail and really started to run out of fuel at the top towards the connection to the ridge trail. Dug deep by putting on the ABBA and kept going. Plugged all the way to South Carter before turning around. I started a little late, so time was against me. I took the south Imp trail home, but the link back to my starting point wasn’t broken out. I endured a wonderful one mile road walk back to the car and drove to the Birch View Inn in Shelburne!

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Jim Goggin
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Sean Martinos
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HikingRocky

Hiked in October. Absolutely gorgeous outlook, ascension continues after reaching it. Not a scramble, and a bit difficult to find the proper way when crossing a river. All in all incredibly worth the day though, highly recommend.

Mario Weber
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Hiking

Eine wunderschöne Tour im Herbst, das Laub leuchtete in gelb und rot. Würden diese auf jeden Fall weiter empfehlen und wieder machen. Man geht hauptsächlich im Wald und ist sicher auch im Sommer an heißen Tagen ideal. Man hat oben angekommen eine wunderschöne Aussicht auf die gegenüberliegende Bergkette mit dem Mount Washington. Leider fing es dann beim Abstieg die letzten 3 km an zu regnen, das Wetter wechselt halt wirklich schnell, aber wir waren gut ausgerüstet und es war nicht tragisch. Da wir aus den bayerischen und österreichischen Alpen schon so einiges gewohnt sind, würde ich diese Tour hingegen der anderen Meinungen nicht als schwer einstufen, sondern eher moderat. Denke vielleicht sind die Höhenmeter oder das Absteigen über Steine nicht jedermanns Sache. Aber wir kennen soetwas eben sehr gut.

Hope Holt
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We started on north side. Rocky and strenuous at parts but nothing that we had a difficult time with. The views at the top were amazing and worth the hike up. We decide to do the loop and go down the south side which was just rock after rock and a few stream crossings. If we were to do this again we would go up and back down the north side

Janice Ellis
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Nice loop for a day hike. Though blazes were very pale on the north trail and far between, making it difficult to follow at the beginning. After the first mile the woods were thicker and the trail more obvious. Very quiet. Only the one view at the ledges, but a spectacular one. Being August it was quite dry. I can imagine it being very wet in the spring. One area a half mile from the south parking lot could have used signage. Trail came to a T with no indication of which way to go. I chose correctly in turning right.

Ron Tebbetts
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Hiking

A great hike. Rated as difficult but I would rate it as strenuous but not difficult. Lots of rocks and roots but that's NH and ME trails. Went up from north terminus. Mostly a walk in the woods until you come to the Imp Ledges where you get a great view of the presidentials. I continued to the North Carter trail and then extended to the AT (Carter-Moriah Trail). Went over to the North Carter Mtn where you had two small eastern views. Backtracked down the North Carter trail to return to the Imp trail. The North Carter trail would be a challenge in the spring as much of the upper portion is actually a stream bed. Based upon the erosion seen, you would be knee deep in water during spring runoff. And don't think about bushwacking around the trail as it's surrounded by a pretty dense spruce/fir thicket that grows right up to the trail. Water is still present on the trail between the Imp ledges and the North Carter Trail and would be very prevalent in the spring. Would recommend cameling up and bringing what you need now. A few tress down but nothing that obstructs your movement.

Sara Coulombe
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Nick Zupperoli
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Went up from the southern terminus and completed the loop. Recommend going that way, little steep sections. Great views from imp face into Pinkham Notch.

Marius G.
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