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Mount Kearsarge via Lincoln Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Sutton, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.2 mi Elevation gain 2,125 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Over grown Rocky Scramble Snow
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Please note the road is closed before trail which makes the hike 10 miles total.

Beginning section closed due to logging activity. Must start from end of dirt road behind school. Tall grass almost covers the trail in this section. Otherwise a fairly gradual, meandering path up to the Kearsarge summit.

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Alexandra C
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HikingRocky

This was a relatively challenging hike, but it was worth the views at the top! For the most part the trail was easy to follow, and we didn’t notice any bugs. We parked at the high school as there isn’t much room to park at the trailhead.

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Shawn Cahill
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Nate G
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Good trail with some woods and climbing. Long logging road to go in and out. Quiet and great views

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Andrei Radulescu-Banu
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Great hike on a sunny day - not too easy, not too hard. Just right! The views at the top are stunning.

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Mike Finn
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Trail is narrow after you get past the tree crews and logging road that has been built. Up hill most of the way, some scrambling at the top, lots of tree cover. Probably 3 good views of lakes and mountains before summit. Summit is beautiful. 360 view and a fire tower for extra fun.

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Mahesh Mambalam
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HikingGreat!

The road is closed, so it does make it a >9 miles. It may not be hard but more than just Moderate. It has a steady incline, and some boulders to climb in the end which makes it a little more difficult. No bugs as it was cold (around 65-68) when we started. The top had winds of over 60Mph. So dint stay for long. But the views were worth everything.

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jill buchanan
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Al Benninghoff
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HikingGreat!

Do not listen to the humblebragging hikers here. This is a solidly moderate/intermediate hike with steep inclines and Rocky outcroppings. Not recommended for dogs or small children. That said, loved the trail. Check out the scenic views at the 2 mile mark because most of this trail is through the forest and doesn't offer much of a view.

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Michael Amato
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Nice easy hike, road closed before trail so it was 10 miles total.

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Kelly Martin
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Hiked the Lincoln Trail today. Not a particularly nice trail, but the summit of Mount Kearsarge has wonderful views. Definitely not a very difficult trail with a fairly steady incline. The scramble at the top is short and not too difficult, but you do need to be agile.

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Lauren Hovanesian
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HikingRockyScramble

Did this trail today with my boyfriend- perfect for a day hike! I wouldn’t necessarily agree with the rating for it being hard, I would say it’s more moderate. You definitely get some decent elevation gain, but it’s a mountain so that should be expected. Near the top you have the option of doing a .4 mile climb to the summit that’s steep and rocky, or a .5 mile gradual hike to summit. We opted for the steep rocky climb/scramble and took the gradual trail down. Mostly overcast day but had some moments of sunshine at the top, which was nice. Bugs weren’t horrendous, but you did notice them periodically. Our dog came with us and she handled it no problem (she’s a German Shepherd/Black Lab mix). First time hiking this mountain, definitely had some nice 360 degree views at the top. Would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a good workout that won’t eat up your entire day!

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Christopher Cloutier
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RunningRockyScramble

Well maintained, a little confusing in a couple spots because I was running, so I had to stop to get my bearings. It was nice in the shade on a very hot day!

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Darlene Marie Yeates
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love this hike!!

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Heather King
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HikingFeeRocky

We came down this trail from the summit. Was a bit hard to follow at the end. Very soft spots. Not sure what the other reviews are referring to, but this is a VERY STEEP trail. I do NOT recommend for kids or pets.

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Beth MacDonald
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Definitely check out the scenic overview; there’s no other viewpoints until you get up past the picnic/parking area near the top. Beautiful up on the top, but only three stars because the majority of this long route up is uninteresting. I would go up Kearsarge again, but would use one of the shorter routes.

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Kelsey MacDonald
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gradual incline. clear path. would definitely recommend bug spray. beautiful views. definitely worth the distance. tall grass at beginning.

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Kaylee Wilbur
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A long but fairly easy hike. There are some muddy areas and buggy around the overgrown grass in the trail but nothing crazy. Beautiful view and an awesome workout.

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Joanne Evans
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HikingBugsMuddy

Buggy and muddy in spots but overall a gradual incline hike. Would recommend hiking boots if you have them, but not required. Lovely hike. 10mi RT & leisurely 6h45mins.

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Milina CM
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Trevor Stevens
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HikingBugs

The hike was great with a steady climb and there was a great view at the top. Other than that it was very buggy, which caused it to be only four stars. The top part was a scramble, but other than that it was a gradual climb.

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Ben Justice
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Nice gradual incline. Parking was a little sketchy but we were fine. Make sure to see the scenic overlook, it was gorgeous. Make sure to have lots of bug spray as well! Lots of bugs. All in all, a great day and an even better hike

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Heath Gray
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HikingBugsMuddyScramble

Great trail, pretty gradual climb. Today was very buggy and the trail was muddy in a few places. The summit was crowded as there is an auto road and parking lot that sits fairly close to the summit on the Rollins Trail. Great views, though.

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