Little Bear, Bobcat, and Broken Boulder Loop Trail

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Bear Brook State Park

Little Bear, Bobcat, and Broken Boulder Loop Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Epsom, New Hampshire that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.1 miElevation gain308 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingRunningForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Easy MTB trail for the novice. Nothing very technical, just a nice easy ride. A good warm up and fast ride for advanced level riders.

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Diana Scott
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HikingGreat!IcyMuddy

had a wonderful time exploring

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Hannah Pham
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Hiking

Great trail, but there are definitely very icy parts of the trail that are a bit tricky.... mostly at the beginning and the end!

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Paul Di Resta
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Hiking

Lots of ice! Definitely need crampons, but otherwise quite beautiful!

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David Frankfurter
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HikingFloodedIcy

ThWe did the recommended variant that begins on Pitch Pine trail. Micro spikes were essential. Trail marking gets a B- for all kinds of different sign types at intersections and no blazes, but otherwise nicely tended

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Cindi Jean
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Mountain biking

Great day, beautiful weather and nice trails. Had fun biking with my kiddos. My son dropped his little stuffed brown bear along the trails... It is 5” and the same color as the leaves fallen on the trails. If you happen to find it, we would love to bring his little bear home. Thanks!!!

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Pamela Shuman
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Hiking

Nice part by the river. Too many mtn bike riders in some parts. Ok trails overall. Nothing extraordinary.

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Greg Londres
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Mountain biking
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Chris Cormier
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Hiking

Bicycles on path, can be narrow with some sharp elevations

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Samantha Sadiv
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Mountain biking

Dad says this was the best trail we’ve ever done! The cool feature was that you ride past a campsite. There are one or two spots where the AllTrails map route isn’t 100% accurate, so don’t be scared to stray

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Christiana Bush
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Mountain bikingMuddy

Super muddy at mile 3 (if you cross the road from the parking lot first) but it clears up about .5 miles before the Hayes field happening lot. Super fun!

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Christiana Bush
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Mountain biking

Soooooo fun! Friend wiped out so we had to cut it short... but I loved what we did!

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Jim MacDonald
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Hiking

Nice hike on well marked trails. Mountain bikes are allowed so you need to watch for them.

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Lisa Marzoli
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Hiking

We’d rank this easy rather than moderate.

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Jackie Brosonski
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HikingWashed out

This is a really enjoyable set of trails. There are plenty of trail choices to pick from and you can go as short or as far as you want. There are paper maps at the trailhead and the trails are easy to follow. I hiked similar to this one, but added a few miles by taking the Carriage trail and hiked around Hayes Marsh. Really pretty area. Lowland trail was washed out, but easy to get around. I would definitely come back here again. I also saw some moose droppings on a few of the trails.

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Brittany Natasha
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Alan Perkins
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Hiking

A nice loop with some but not excessive elevation gain. Nice woods, with a stop at a shelter by Spring Pond.

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David Palm
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Mountain biking

Not sure I'd describe this entire ride as easy or for the novice, certainly parts of it are but there's plenty of moderate terrain. First part of this ride is on the Hemlock-1 trail, a machince cut roller cut through the side of a hill in a beautiful pine forest. One of my absolute favorite trails. The next section is on the Broken Boulder trail, a mostly doubletrack that's rocky but not too difficult. Take a right on Bobcat, mostly an easy doubletrack through a nice pine forest (check out Smith Pond). At the end of Bobcat, take a right on the road 100 yards up to Hayes Field, then into the field and take a right on Little Bear Trail. This trail is a singletrack through a pine forest with some rocky spots. There is a choice to continue on Little Bear or take a right on Big Bear. Both are narrow singkletracks with tight hairpin turns and rolling downhill. Big Bear is steeper but awesome! Both return you to the parking area.

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J Gibbons
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Mountain biking

simply put....awesome!

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Michael Richard
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Mountain biking

fun flowly single track, some nice downhill

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Joni Russell
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Enjoyed it. Looking forward to going back to do another trail. Lots of misquotes so bring bug spray.

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Ed Waugh
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A very nice trail to hike Little Muddy In a few places Great bike for anybody that doesn't want much elevation

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Anthony McDonald
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Mountain biking

So, We went to Highland Mountain Park to watch a monster, awesome, crazy downhill race for many NE Colleges. We said Yikes and No Thank You! Bear was more our style (we need our lives). Fast And Fun!! And no jumps!

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Sarah Howard
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Off trailScrambleSnow

Hiked the loop trail today. Definitely not for amateurs! Almost had to call in the rescue team. Pitch Pine section of the trail was the worst! Sheer ice in all directions. Had to go off trail (fell in a river!) to get around the treacherous terrain! Definitely not an all season trail! #misled

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Leila-Allrianne Siuan Damodred
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This was some icy death. Also GORGEOUS and worthwhile! But there's no way we would have made it without microspikes and hiking poles. Both were totally necessary to avoid falling off the sloped trail and into the river. Yikes. We both feared for our lives at some points. Probably not the best trail for winter adventures unless you're really comfortable with those conditions!

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Michael Claus
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This is a State Park which caters to many activities and that is good, certainly. On the other hand, if you are hiking and look for some solitude there are better options, eg Pawtuckaway SP not far away. Too many mountain bikers on the trails. No complaint, mountain bikers need to be able to do their sports as well and I support this, as I am cycling too (road) but for hiking folks there are better places.... Just my 5 cents worth.

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