DISTANCE
8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,339 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

hiking
2 months ago

While I personally enjoyed this hike, I will say it’s one of the hardest bushwhacks on the whole NEHH. If you go in with the mindset that you just want to get it over with, you’re gonna have a miserable time. But if you go with the intentions going on an adventure and enjoying the journey, it can be a rewarding experience. You start by hiking up the ski trails at Loon Mountain, this can be steep and quite difficult, I would also recommend using a map of the ski area if you’re not familiar. From the summit of North Peak, look for 3 yellow signs along the ski area boundary, this is the start of the unofficial trail. This is easy to follow and very quick, look for some orange tape at around 0.5 miles from where you left North Peak. There is no herd path or tape beyond this point, just dense woods. Descend straight into the col to a small bog, and begin the ascent to Scar Ridge. In order to take the easiest path, STAY ON THE NORTH FACE. try to keep yourself somewhere between the rock slide and the summit ridge. DO NOT USE THE SUMMIT RIDGE. it is littered with hundreds of impenetrable blowdowns. As long as you stay on the north face you can avoid them, however the spruce is still very thick and you will have to deal with branches in your face. The right clothing made all the difference for me, had I not had my skin covered I wouldn’t have enjoyed this hike. The summit itself takes some care to find, and a gps tracker is essential to getting you there, as well as a compass for backup. The summit itself is marked with a bright orange canister and a homemade sign, both are hard to miss. Once at the top, follow your GPS track back the way you came. Once on the unofficial trail again, you can continue further and hike down a backcountry ski trail to the bottom, or go back to North Peak. Scar Ridge is very difficult, but can be a great adventure when do with the right gear and the right mindset. Know what to bring, know what to expect and have fun!