Square Ledge in Pinkham Notch is a 0.8 mile out and back trail located near Gorham, New Hampshire that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.8 miles
160 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


rock climbing


4 months ago

One of our favorite’s to do with the kids!!

5 months ago

easy trail by white mountain standards, scramble to top is short but definitely steep. Would not attempt if you are scared of heights

7 months ago

I wouldn’t rate it as “easy,” although it is fairly short. The view at the top is very nice, especially considering the effort required to reach it. Square Ledge has a large drop, so be careful if you have children or a fear of heights.

Monday, September 04, 2017

One of my favorites but the last 1/4 mile can be tougher fir little ones on the way down especially - beautiful view at the end

Sunday, August 20, 2017

This trail is not what I would consider an "easy" hike. Pinkham Notch labeled this trail as intermediate. It is pretty easy going until you get to the rocks. There were points when my husband and I were climbing up on all fours! (very doable, just be careful!) It is one of the most spectacular views around! Like others have said, it is not well marked. You want to enter where you see the sign for Lost Pond Trail, but you want to go straight (to Lady's Lookout, not right to the actual Lost Pond trail.) There is a sign for Lady's Lookout when you enter the trail, and a handwritten paper sign on the other side for Square Ledge that is hard to see if you don't know it's there!) You will pass Lady's Lookout on the way up, and it's worth a stop! Happy Trails!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Not well signed. After crossing the pond on the AT turn hard right for 12 yd then left uphill leaving the AT sign on your right hand. Then just follow the trail uphill. At the top there is a significant stretch of big rocks that is very steep. Over all more moderate than easy trail.

Monday, July 03, 2017

easily hiked this and lost pond today. both were beautiful trails with amazing views. I would rate most of this trail easy, but there is a small scramble at the top to get the ledge. this isn't exactly what I would call easy, especially if rocks are wet. all in all, an amazing hike.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

I would not rate this as easy as the rocks at the top made it more challenging. Was definitely a great hike though. Great view at the top.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Parked at AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and crossed the street to pick up the trail. Cool start to trail with the water and the climb up to the ledge looked intimidating but was ok. There were enough flat rocks to step on and climb up.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Even though this is rated easy due to distance, I would consider it moderate due to level of difficulty. It is fairly steep throughout the entire hike. Very rocky and no level walking whatsoever. At the end you are climbing rocks and boulders and it's a very steep incline. The view is spectacular on the ledge and is worth the hike!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Good, quick hike with great views. Rocks at the top are a light scramble.

Monday, August 29, 2016

View at the top of the ledge is worth the climb, but the last leg of the trail is very steep over rocks. A fairly easy climb, but very steep.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

This was about 50 min round trip hike with 5, 7, 9 year- olds. Really fun for the kids to climb and very rewarding view at the top of the ledge. Highly recommended for a quick family hike.

Friday, December 30, 2011

The short Square Ledge Trail is near the visitors center; very steep at the top through large boulders, but is easy climbing. Nice view from the top and used for rock climbing and rappelling, with about a 40-foot cliff face to the ledge. We met some camp counselors at the top who were securing ropes and pitons. I'll add some photos.

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