Mount Roberts Trail

MODERATE 92 reviews

Mount Roberts Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Moultonborough, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.2 miles
1,332 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly





wild flowers


Mt. Roberts is the westernmost peak in the Castle in the Clouds complex in the Ossipee Mountains. While the summit features strong views to the north, perhaps the most scenic portion is the ledge area along the Mt. Roberts Trail. The Lake Winnipesaukee views from this section are second to none.

7 days ago

We did not find the climb gradual; the trail typically had repeating steep sections followed by flat. We didn't fully summit though - at the second overlook, we saw thick clouds moving in and feared rain. The decent would have been really tricky if wet. Regardless, the views at both overlooks were beautiful and the trail itself was lovely and well marked.

10 days ago

Light traffic on this trail with a gradual climb. Beautiful vistas along the trail with views of Winnipesaukee. View from the summit is not as spectacular. About 3/4 of the trail is deep woods.

1 month ago

Fairly moderate trail with some steep inclines. We enjoyed the dense tree growth towards the top. Different hike, but a good work out. Beautiful views of the lakes.

2 months ago

A pleasant hike. Previous reviews are correct, rocky terrain early on, and great views of the lakes near the summit. Recent rains made the early trail section muddy and buggy, but not enough to be a consideration.

3 months ago

Great hike, moderate elevation gain throughout. Rocky footing I’d say for the middle portion of the hike right before it gets out of tree line. The good views are at the lookout about 1.0-1.5 mile in as well on the open rocks.

5 months ago

Great hike, pretty consistent elevation gains after the first half mile or so. Forest floor gives way to rocky paths and transitions to rock face until returning to more dense forest floor near the summit. Partial view at the Summit, but better views from several rock outcroppings. the first is Scenic Overlook we dubbed Snack Rock and had excellent views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the mountains on the other side.

Traffic was light, a few couples and two large groups. Lots of dogs. Still ice and snow on the trail near the summit 4/28.

7 months ago

Completed this hike on Sunday morning. It was great. True mileage to actual summit is 5.2. I wore snow shoes (first time) and really enjoyed. The level of difficulty was perfect for my first snow snow shoe experience. Took us about 4.5 hours. Highly recommend this hike in winter. With no leaves on the trees you get to enjoy great views for most of the decent. There are several southern view points starting about 1 mile into the hike. The final summit is after a walk through A denser pine forest that was no pretty with the snow and its a norther view of the mountains. Overall a great day, pretty views and only a dozen or so other hikers. However, when we got to the parking lot at the end of the hike around 3 there were several people and several "active" dogs getting readyto hike. We were very glad we finished before they joined the trail. For maximum enjoyment go early and off season, you will love it! Happy hiking.

7 months ago

When we went over Memorial Day Weekend, it was warm, humid, hazy, and the bugs were irritating. However on a clearer, cooler, drier day, I think this would be a great hike. The first overlook (and arguably the best one) is about 1.25 up the trail. Much of the trail ascends fairly gradually on a ridge with excellent views of the Lakes Region. The summit has decent views north towards the White Mountains. On a clear, cool day after bug season, this would make a great hike.

7 months ago

Did this hike yesterday, broke trail most of the way until another person passed us. Easy going for first mile or so, then some climbing to ledges with lots of great views. summit views are somewhat limited. I don't find the spruce forest creepy at all!

8 months ago

A great hike. Not very rigorous, which was especially nice in the winter. Wonderful views of the lakes on the way up. The summit was a little anticlimactic after that, but offers a decent view of Washington.

11 months ago

This hike gives the best views of Winnipesaukee I've seen yet.

Pretty good day hike for families both my 9 and five year old faired well. The first mile and a half have a couple "steep" sections which I think is the only reason its rated as moderate.
There are several rock outcroppings that provide good views of the lake. The last is the best but you are still quarter mile from the summit. The summit is the only part of the trail where you will see something beside the lake and you do get a fairly decent view of mountains north.

We summited and went back to the last lake viewing point to eat lunch and rest.

It might be in your best interest to just stop at the last view point and lie to your friends about doing the whole enchilada. You'll know you've past the alternative peak when you go down into a small creepy pine forest with a narrow trail. You really cant miss it. The trail starts to suck and you'll get that nagging feeling that it isnt worth the effort.

11 months ago

Steady incline, first outlook was gorgeous but the rest of the way up was fog. Summit was small and not a real comfortable eating/resting spot before the descent down. The views along the way and overlooks were the best part of the trail.

11 months ago

Scenic view was absolutely gorgeous!!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

So crowded with big groups when we went on a Saturday morning but such beautiful views and an excellent, well-maintained trail. Steady climb!

Thursday, October 05, 2017

This is a nicely marked trail that is a good little challenge. Nothing about it is too hard!
There are many views along the way to keep it interesting and stop and catch your breath. After reaching the summit, we actually went back down a bit to a much better view to have our lunch and enjoy the gorgeous October day. Great hike!

Friday, September 22, 2017

It was labor weekend. We started really early. On the way up met 4 or 5 people already going down... It's not steep, moderate trail. Amazing views to Lake Winnipesaukee! Summit was a little bit disappointed - only one side views - to the mountains. Narrow spot so you can't stay longer as it's started to be crowded. On the way down met a lot of people. My recommendation to start as early as possible. Good hike.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Great hike! Moderately steep and not that rocky compared to other hikes in the White Mountains area, so it's on the easier side of moderate. Not so much of a view at the summit, but great views along the trail!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Enjoyed this hike a lot. Great views along the way of lake winnipesaukee but no view of the lake from the top. The walk from the parking area (outside the gate) adds another mile or so as well. Castle in the clouds has a lot to offer in the summer. Definitely worth checking out!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Amazing hike. Three or four viewpoints and a great vibe at the peak.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Great trail...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Great trail

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

probably one of my favorite trials around Winnipesaukee because of the constant and spectacular view points all the way up and then the north view when you get there. Easily linked to a longer Mt Faraway hike or back down the same way.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Beautiful well marked trail. Easy hike with only a couple steep sections in the beginning. Fantastic views along the way.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Great view!

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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Great start and summit. The mid section was slippery with loose rocks. Definitely need to watch out on your way down.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Great views from the various scenic overlooks. The summit is anti-climactic with little view and a small sign marking the elevation. Unless you really want to summit, or are looping around to other trails, stop at the last scenic overlook.
I had an equipment failure (never wear new socks!) so that may have made my experience a bit jaded. Downhill was painful with all the rocks...likely made worse by my blisters.
Lots of bear and moose tracks in the mud bear the top, but none spotted.
Not sure if I would do it again and I definitely wouldn't bother summiting again.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

We Hiked Mount Roberts Trail, This was a good hike with nice views of the lake. The summit has a few peek-a-boo views going north. Be sure to look back on your way up and take the spur trail about 1/3rd the way up. great views. Near the top the forest changes from deciduous to all conifer. pretty cool.

Once at the summit of Roberts we were left wanting more as it was a fairly fast hike. I looked at my all trails map and noticed the loop: high ridge down to cold spring trail. It looked promising and returned us back to our car.

It was certainly long, but not much of a Hike. I wouldn't recommend it unless your riding a horse or snowmobile. The high ridge trail/Cold spring trail was fairly flat with long sweeping switchbacks built for jeeps. Would be good for trail running. I was disappointing that it wasn't much of a hike and took forever. Plus there wasn't much views to enjoy as it was heavily forested. I missed the views of the Mt Roberts trail going down.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Great Views, 5.25 miles from the parking lot (not the trail head). There's a viewing area of the lakes about 1/3 of the way up. The trail to that point is very groomed and easy, so would be good for people looking for a view but not wanting to go all the way up.

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