Smarts Mountain via Appalachian Trail

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Appalacian Mountain Club

Smarts Mountain via Appalachian Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lyme, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.9 miElevation gain2,332 ftRoute typeLoop
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Christopher Lites
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Great conditions! Well marked trail.

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Cara DeLura
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Tali Gelenian
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Great winter hike. Parking lot full on a Sunday but only met two fellow hikers on my way up. Took the ranger trail going down. Both routes were well tracked. Microspikes are a must.

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Maeghan Connor
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Very icy!

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Ronin Ravenswood
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Natascha Niffka
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Fresh powder, beautiful hike

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Eric Johnson
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L G
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Arrived at the parking lot around 9am. Room for about 10 cars, maybe a few more depending on how close people park. Took the Lambert Ridge Trail (AT) up and Ranger Trail down for a nice loop hike. AT had a few nice viewpoints on the way up to the fire tower. Leaves were a bit slippery in spots. Not too much mud. Some of the rock slabs were wet and quite slippery too. A few icy roots higher up. Tower steps and railings were icy, but with care you could climb up and get a great 360* view. Decided to keep traveling along the AT to the true summit of Smarts, which doesn’t have a view. Descent on Ranger Trail was a little rough footing at first with the wet leaves covering the rocks, but it got much better and more gentle on the lower half. Ranger Trail could use more blue blazes on the upper half of the trail.

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Adrienne Perry
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Lambert Ridge Trail for going up and Ranger for coming down! I highly recommend doing it this way; easier on your knees; despite the fact that it's not as well maintained. I like to do loops too so that definitely made me happy!

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Cindy Shoer
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Up Lambert Ridge Trail and down Ranger Trail. Lambert Ridge is a fun trail with rock stairs and lovely woods walks. Log stairs and iron rungs helped with ice on the ledges. Lots of melting going on today. Do not recommend Ranger Trall. While the pitch is very mild, it's like walking on marbles it's so rough with rock. Although the stream at the bottom is a bonus.

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David Lebeau
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Eric Robbins
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Awesome

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Sarah Vogel
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Fantastic

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James Gagne
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Stephen Hession
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Good hike but not a lot of great views aside from the fire tower. Definitely recommend going clockwise as it was steep going up. Going down was a lot more gradual.

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Henry Huang
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Ethan Arrowood
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Katy Driscoll
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Did loop; up AT, down Ranger. Great view of Smarts and fire tower from ledges before final push. Though it seemed so far away! Steep ascent where trails meet before peak. Still quite buggy at top; enclosed by trees, no wind. Ate lunch pretty fast. Beginning of Ranger Trail very rocky, dry river bed. No blazes for beginning section and a lot of blowdowns but easy to follow. 2 areas where we stopped and really looked before continuing down. In dark or stormy conditions, it could be easier to miss the way. Trail became woody and flat for the last section. Buggy, black flies and mosquitoes, most of the way down. I had bug net, companions reapplied bug spray several times. Afternoon T-storms never occurred, but we chose this route due to the weather predictions.

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Katy Driscoll
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