Piper Hammond Loop Trail

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Piper Hammond Loop Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Conway, 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
8.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2906 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

Fantastic view of peaked summit and surrounding mountains The Piper trail is wide and very easy at the start. It is well traveled and well maintained. In the fall you will have excellent and exciting views of the summit and of the Carter ledge on your right. You need crampons in the winter. It can be very windy at the top. You have great views of the White Mountains including Mount Washington. The Weetamoo rock trail can be a bit of a slog on the way down but there is a huge boulder to look at - hence the name. There are several streams on the Piper trail where you can replenish your water supply if you have a filter.

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Very dog friendly, views are spectacular!

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beautiful views and wild flowers!

doable for an out-of-shape hiker, although i had to crab-leg my way down from the summit.

because piper feels like a stair case of doom, i recommend taking the piper trail up and hammond down.

hammond is much less traveled and some trail markings are difficult to see on the elevated paths. several times i wondered whether we were still on the trail.

on your way back to the piper trail parking lot, be prepared to cross the river by wading (calf high) or jumping (3 feet). you may think there is a bridge but there isn't.

with short breaks the loop took us 7h. you can spend the night at the hammond cabin.

its a great hike, of which most most is easy, providing stunning views and an ever changing landscape.

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Had a bluebird day for this loop. Lots a snow and ice on the upper half of Piper, all of Hammond, and Weetamoo until the Chocorua River. Microspikes needed at minimum. Fantastic views at the top, including Mt Washington to the north. All the snow melt meant the Chocorua River was full and lowing fast had to wade across calf-high water!

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