South Moat Mountain Trail

MODERATE 143 reviews

South Moat Mountain Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Conway, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2103 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

14 days ago

we did this last summer. pretty challenging but worth the view

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, little icy in spots only a couple of ins. of snow. Top has a super 360 degree view.

1 month ago

Great hike. Some powder up there now. Would rate the rock scramble closer to difficult. Not very friendly for smaller dogs, at least this time of year.

hiking
1 month ago

one of my favorite hikes in the valley. The views are worth all the effort.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. The view at the summit was one of the best I have seen.

2 months ago

Great hike! Starts off pretty flat for the first half and the path is mostly dirt with covered leaves/pine needles. The second half turns to mostly rock (mix of loose rock and large slabs) and gets pretty steep at parts, more so on the way down. A couple "false" summits because of the great views, but you certainly know when your at the top with great 360 views. We hiked on a Thursday afternoon and only saw about 6 people.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great day hike for people looking for a view and a decent hike. More difficult towards the top, but definitely worth it. Will leave you breathing heavy at points, and happily walking along at others. Good for active pets, though we saw two dogs smaller than 2 ft tall at the top, so it may work for all.

hiking
3 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike!
Easy access - just outside of Conway, plus you get a fair amount of elevation gain by starting at only around 600’ above sea level.
The first mile or so is a nondescript dirt track running through forest, followed by a steeper, rockier forested trail culminating in open ledges nearer the top.
For a relatively low summit, you really get a somewhat alpine feel at the top, with true 360 degree views and exposed ledge all around.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great trail; there are 360 views at the top and it doesn't take as long to get there as other mountains in the area. There are frequent views along the last mile of the hike, too. Most of the trail is either woodsy/dirt or rocky—often small rocks that are not too sturdy—so it can be an awkward hike at times. I kept going after getting to South Moat and went to Middle. I think it's worth it; it's just half a mile further and offers a wide summit

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this hike! The views are breathtaking!

hiking
4 months ago

First mile and a half is an easy 2-track incline. Last mile or so is a relatively steep, loose-rock ascent to the peak. The summit is beyond worth it. You can see the town of North Conway, the Presidentials and Mount Chocorua and the Ossipee mountain range on the flip side. Complete 360 view. There are 2 open, rocky spots with gorgeous views of the south on the way up.

4 months ago

The summit is worth the effort.

hiking
4 months ago

Tougher than expected, but worth the trip up. Fooled a few times thinking we were near the top, but made it to the summit. Views were 360 degree and spectacular. Steep and lots of loose rocks second half of the way up, but well maintained trail. A bit stingy on blazes in places, but all in all a great day hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike, just enough , not too much not too little.
Amazing blueberries all the way up, eating handfuls at a time!

hiking
4 months ago

This was my first real hike. Took me about 90 min up and 90 min down, without any real stopping. It was definitely a bit steep and strenuous toward the top, but nothing too crazy. Good shoes and a walking stick will help a lot. Views at the top were amazing. Well worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail and very challenging. One of the best hikes I've ever done. Took about 3 hours and is definitely longer than 5 miles. My GPS tracked 6.5 miles total. On our way down we encountered a black bear. Very scary and only about 50 feet away, we sprinted the last half mile!

hiking
4 months ago

Great 360 view at the top. worth the hike!

hiking
5 months ago

So amazing. One of the best views I've ever seen! Worth the hike up.

5 months ago

Great hike with rewarding views at the top!!! I would rate this closer to hard then medium though. The second half is a hard hike up and down

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