South Moat Mountain Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Conway, 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.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,103 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

NOTE: As of May 2020, the parking area for this trail is closed. Visitors can park along the road if they are completely off the pavement. Please check with the park for more information and updates.

hiking
6 hours ago

Sunday May 31st. Great hike. Very steady incline after first mile. Well worth the effort when you get the 360 degree views from the top. Fortunately there was a wind to keep the bugs away. Strongly recommend this hike.

hiking
1 day ago

little buggy at the bottom but no bugs the rest of the way (due to the wind). Summit was absolutely gorgeous and the presidentials still had snow on them! Little scrambley in sections but nothing too bad

hiking
5 days ago

Awesome hike! Unfortunately dropped a Black Diamond pole on the hike out near parking lot. If found please contact Nick At nickrichard27@gmail.com Thanks

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike!

hiking
bugs
11 days ago

Great trail and well worth the effort. I would rate it as difficult as once you get past the first mile or so the uphill is pretty challenging all the way to the summit. Not too well marked on the upper half so keep an eye out for the blazes. The view from the top was spectacular with the snow-topped summit of Washington jumping out against the incredibly blue sky.

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bugs
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

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rocky
14 days ago

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bugs
15 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail- I saw others say the parking lot was closed, but today that did not seem to be the case. I think they must of opened it back up it was almost full at 11:45. Starts out gradual and then gets a little steeper towards the top. We took our dogs and they both loved it. Beautiful views.

hiking
closed
rocky
28 days ago

Beginning half is very gradual and pretty wide trail after that the steepness kicks in and the rocks are pretty slippery especially when wet. Markings get a little harder to find towards the top, but no impossible. Great hike and amazing 360 views of the valley! Trail head is closed but if you read reviews below they spoke to a ranger and there are just certain rules you need to follow or you will get a fine. Park 50ft from trail head & completely off the pavement!

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bugs
closed
29 days ago

White MT National Forest has posted not to park at trailhead because of Covid. Other than that trail was in good shape. Bugs are starting to come out. One tiny pack of snow at the summit. Great 360' views

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bugs
closed
muddy
rocky
scramble
29 days ago

We traveled from pretty far away to go on this trail today. We got really bummed out when the trail head was closed with a sign that was very vague. It just said as of April 23 this location was closed. We called the town and we were able to also speak with a park ranger so here’s the deal regarding parking. You must be completely, I mean completely off the pavement or you will get a ticket from the forest rangers. The car in front of us and behind us got tickets but we did not. You must also be 50 feet away from the trail head on the road. The vehicles that got tickets got $50 fines. Now onto the good stuff… First portion of the trail was moderate hiking relatively easy and then lots of rocks. With the water coming down from all the rain and the melting snow it got a little slippery in certain places, and it was easy to lose your footing in the moist soil with the rocks giving away in places. This is a dog friendly trail although when you get there you see you need to keep them on a leash. Most people did not. The bugs were mild but it’s early yet. Got up top and it was well worth the hike. Wonderful views of the valley. Maybe next time we would continue on to the other two locations.

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rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

First 1.5mi, patchy <1inof powdery snow, no ice, trail firmly packed. At 1.2 mi the trail picks up in incline. At 1.7 the snow was a patchy/covered <3in of fluffy snow. The trail also got step/scarmbly about here too. The trail is easily distinguishable and there was significant melt occurring even with the low temps/wind. I DID NOT have to use spikes as the snow wasn't deep nor was there any ice to speak of. At the top, snow depth ranged 3-5inches but was mostly drifts. Tonight I bet there will be some ice-over however with warm temps tomorrow/great of the week, this weekend should be awesome hiking, just wear boots as I'm sure it will be muddy!

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rocky
1 month ago

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snow
1 month ago

Hiked it today. Forgot to pay attention to my recording. It’s a true 2.7 miles to the top. Perfect weather today. Great trail conditions. Only saw one other person. ZERO TRASH!!! No washouts or significant obstacles like trees covering the trail. Snow at the top should met within the next week I would assume.

hiking
2 months ago

Micro spikes and layers are a must. It was about 5.9 mi for us.

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icy
2 months ago

First half of hike relatively easy with most of the elevation gain in the second half. Biggest issue is debating on when to put on/ take off spikes as half the trail is ice and the other half is clear.

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icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

Today’s hike was absolutely beautiful. Bluebird day. Perfect weather. A little windy at the top. Exactly what you would expect for early spring hikes.

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