Smarts Mountain via Daniel Doan Trail

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Orford, New Hampshire

Smarts Mountain via Daniel Doan Trail is a 6.2 mile out and back trail located near Orford, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length6.2 miElevation gain1,932 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingDog friendlyForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeMuddy
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Rachel Donegan
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HikingFloodedIcy

Not well marked at all. Not very friendly homeowners with big dogs (ultimately harmless) at trailhead. Very wet, ice and snow for last half mile made it challenging. I was glad I brought micro spikes. Fire tower top floor closed off. Maybe wait until later in the spring to try this one!

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ROGER MATTEAU
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blue markers far and few making it tough to navigate. some wet and muddy spots. last 7/10 mile steep and very icey. views only from the tower. ok

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Yifei Sun
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gail User
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Sammy A
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Jeanette Adele
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Hiking

First 2 miles were easy, last third was an ass kicker! Great 360 view from the tower. Met a few people and a couple dogs. Even during the drought this year the rocks on the last mile were slippery.

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Meg Leo
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HikingOver grownRocky

Completed this trail about a week ago. The trail is very easy for the first 2 miles; the last 1.2 miles is where all the elevation is. The fire tower is super cool and has the best views. The summit does not have much of a view, although I'm sure you can see further in the winter. Overall, a fun, quick hike!

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Faith Knapp
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HikingGreat!

My partner and I started on a cold clear morning. First time on this trail Found it to be well blazed and fairly easy going. Hardest or sketchy footing last .4 to shelter. Everything very do the moss or dampness not an issue. Beautiful day and views from fire tower endless.

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Douglas Sheare
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HikingGreat!Over grown

It was a easy start and just when you get all cozy you go up a strap creek bed for about 3/4 of mile fun though great view from the fire tower continued north ON the AT then turned down to quinstown road and return to car, nice walk, the last of my journey was a bit over grown

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Dunja Wildt
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Walk through the woods, firepower with view

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Brenda Gray
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HikingGreat!

One of my first hikes - it was a great one!

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Todd Gray
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HikingGreat!

My beautiful bride and I hiked early while the air was cool. our companion Yeti enjoyed the peace as well. nice steady climb to amazing views from the fire tower. trail is clean of downed trees, a little muddy in wet areas but for the most part only have to watch out not to step in moose poop.

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Daniel Chomko
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HikingBlowdownBugs

This trail needs some work. Lots of trees down and this will grow in more and more as the summer comes. It is a boring trail until about the last 1/2 a mile when it becomes rocky and steep. No microspikes needed 5/22. View from the watch tower is amazing.

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Rebecca Valls
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Heather Oliviero
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lance thibault
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Hiking

Gorgeous day for this walk up Smarts via Doan. Final approach is quite steep and still tricky as the snowpack remains. Microspikes advised. Rewarding view from the tower makes every step well worth it. Mid-mountain is tamer and dry but the first/last third very wet this time of year. Bring extra socks. With the snow, consider the hike rating Hard vs. Moderate.

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Elias Ashooh
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Several feet of snow at the top, very muddy for the first half but a beautiful hike.

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Tali Gelenian
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HikingFloodedPrivate propertySnow

Beautiful day & first time up Smarts via Daniel Doan. Snowier than expected towards the top & very wet lower down (trail turned into a stream at several points). Boot gators would have been nice. Think I’m going to save this one for summer/fall when things dry out. Otherwise, it was a good trail and well marked with blue blazes. Met the owner that lives in the house at the bottom who was friendly and knowledgeable about the trail. His dog might bark as you pass by but is a total softie

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Alan Perkins
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Trail named in honor of the author of the 50 hikes books. The trails starts at the end of Quintown Road in Orford and is mostly on private land.. The trail passes by a private home with horses, dogs should be here. The trail follows a woods road for the first two miles, muddy in places and one section with a short bypass around a wet area. At 2 miles it crosses the brook and climbs steadily on a trail that narrows to a footpath. It passes several small cascades, becomes steeper and then to a moderate climb through a wet area past a spring and then to the old warden's cabin. A short way beyond is the firetower. Interesting tower with stairs on the diagonals. The tower is no longer used but the small cab is accesible through a trap door. Extensive views from the tower and the cab.

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Mariette Aubut
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Meghan Smith
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