Imp Trail

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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.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,070 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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

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rocky
4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

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rocky
5 months ago

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blowdown
muddy
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

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.

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5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail :) It was our first hike in the White Mountain before hiking Mount Washington the next day. It took us 2.5-3h to do. There were nice views at the top, but mosquitos kept us walking. We didn’t really stop to enjoy the beautiful view. There were cute little falls along the road.

hiking
11 months ago

I would recommend to start from imp trail which is more steeper going up than Nineteen mile brook trail, less crowd going up if you start early and easy on knees while coming down. This works if you've two cars else need to walk back to the Imp trailhead.

Mon Oct 08 2018

With all of the great trails to hike in the whites , this is one to pass up. Limited views , walking on top of wet stones in stream bed, I’m giving this a 2 out of 10 points

Wed Sep 05 2018

took down from North Carter. a narrow, wet, rocky, glorified bushwhack with no views or interesting parts.

Thu Apr 19 2018

Took this trail to North Carter , park at the south trailhead and begin by walking along rt 16 for about .3m then enter the woods at the north trailhead, the trail was slippery and cleats helped greatly, two miles to Imp face, awesome views of the Great Gulf and surrounding peaks, at 3 miles take N. Carter trail to A.T. , from the A.T. Jct. North Carter summit is less than half a mile, nice views of the Baldface range.. that's about five miles from the car so with a turn around time had to skip Middle Carter.. from the N. Carter/Imp trail jct take a right and take the more gradual way down, don't miss the meadow above camp dodge, about a mile before reaching the south trailhead...

Tue Oct 10 2017

Amazing view! It gets steep but totally worth it when you reach the top. It also gets windy at the top so you should bring warm cloths if you're looking to stay for along time.

hiking
Sat Aug 12 2017

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.

Sat Jul 22 2017

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.

hiking
Fri Jul 21 2017

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.

Sat May 28 2016

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

hiking
Fri Aug 21 2015

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

Wed Aug 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.

hiking
Sat Aug 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.

hiking
Sat Aug 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.

hiking
Fri Mar 09 2012

My son Ron and I made this hike on an overcast day in June. We were hoping to get some great views of Mt. Washington. As we climbed high and higher it got foggier. At the crest it was so foggy I barely could see 10 feet in front of me. So much for the views of Mt Washington. The hike was fairly easy and thats all I can say.

hiking
Mon Feb 27 2012

Amazing views at the lookout of Washington and the Presidential range. Ran into a bear on the way up. First time that had happened to me in 17 years of hiking. We took the Carter Trail up to the summit of Middle Carter and Lethe from the Imp trail, but completed the loop when we came back down.

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Sun Feb 26 2012

Conditions: Temps in the low 20's with significant wind and continuous snow. The trail was slippery hard packed snow with 4 to 10 inches of fine powder cover, deeper at higher elevations. Crampons made the slippery footing and steeper sections more enjoyable. We did not do the full loop but instead went up and back the north route. This is a nice hike, not very long (2.2 miles to Imp Forehead) but fairly steep in some places. The trail basically runs along a brook for some time before crossing the brook and heading up and around the back of the Imps head. After several direction changes the trail eventually opens to a small clearing at the head of the Imp. The view from this spot is reportedly beautiful although all I saw was horizontal snow and the faint outline of the Carter Trail. The hike took us 2.5 hours to reach the Imp Forehead, and after a short lunch, only an hour to descend to the parking lot on Route 16.

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