Mount Shaw & Black Snout

MODERATE 45 reviews

Mount Shaw & Black Snout is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Melvin Village, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and snowshoeing and is best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2201 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

old growth

rocky

scramble

snow

washed out

hiking
5 days ago

Started at the small parking area off 171 intending to ascend the Shaw Mtn Trail. However, there are so many spin-off paths in these woods, I got turned around and wound up summiting Big Ball (via bushwhacking) and from there heading up to Black Snout (on a real trail), and then over to Shaw and down the Shaw Mtn Trail. It's quite beautiful atop Black Snout and Shaw, and with 3" of snow with bear tracks! The hike down Shaw Mtn wasn't great; mainly the footing is challenging. Lots of tennis-ball sized rocks that roll underfoot leaves and make the route feel very "goaty". All in all, a great way to spend 7 miles and 4+ hours, but not my favorite hike ever. PS: my dog LOVED it. Soft snow up top to roll in and very good smells everywhere. One more thing: super-nice people on the trail. Not many, but all really friendly :)

1 month ago

only did first 2 miles with family. my 3yr old daughter pushed as far as she could.
The first 2 miles were great hike. Trails well marked and groomed. definately a moderate difficulty. Pretty steep in parts. Cant wait to go back and finish it

hiking
1 month ago

The parking area is very small and not labeled as trail parking. The first half mile has a couple forks in the trail and no clear indication of the right path to take. However they appear to loop back with one another anyway, and most of the trail after that is labeled well with red blazes. Can be a little slippery in October as leaves are blanketing the whole trail. Much of the trail follows a stream which sounds lovely. The ascent is very gradual the first 2 miles and overall isn't very rigorous.

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1 month ago

Amazing views from both Shaw & Black Snout peaks. Good Moderate hike. Short steep part.

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1 month ago

The trail is narrow and steep at some parts, but it is manageable for people who don't hike mountains regularly.I went on a Saturday in mid September and we only saw 4 groups during our hike, and it was pretty quiet in the woods and there a lot of berries and great views of the lakes from Black Snout and the white mountains from Shaw. We did see a baby bear on our way in too, but it wasn't with its mother and ran away when it saw us.

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2 months ago

awesome hike, peaked Shaw as the fog was burning off. then went to Blacksnout. great views at both highly recomended.

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2 months ago

more challenging than advertised especially on the descent. from Mt Shaw take the time to hike over to Black Snout and then on to Tate Mt. Follow the blue markings down from there. a steep descent for the first part then leveling off to Tate. From there you have to watch for the green and red markings for the Italian Trail which will take you back to the parking area.

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3 months ago

The flies remind me of 'Nam

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