UNH Trail to Hedgehog Mountain is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Conway, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,394 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
6 days ago

dog loved it

hiking
12 days ago

Not one of my favorite hikes. Almost every step was on/around/over a rock or stump. Very rarely did my feet actually touch the ground. That made it a very difficult walk. There were a few places where the trail was poorly marked. The view at the top was beautiful, but the rest of the hike wasn’t picturesque.

13 days ago

One of the best trails we’ve ever visited, though we managed to be here during peak foliage conditions. In any case, it was strikingly beautiful.

13 days ago

Nice challenging trail, steep areas are worth it for the view!

22 days ago

Great hike enjoyed the views on the ledges

hiking
1 month ago

Really beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful challenging trail. Lots of rock to climb. Views are amazing. Rocky decent. Beautiful breeze the entire hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Great workout. Some climbing up boulders. Views are beautiful! Lots of mushrooms along the way. Some trees down in spots.

2 months ago

This mountain has taken a beating, as evidenced by the large number of downed trees, several still on the path. Comparing to other hikes in the area, I’d judge the effort more as conditioning, than for the quality of the surroundings. There is an interesting boulder ‘graveyard’ not far from the fork, and the trail forces you to enjoy the entire summit. Some bugs, and very few other hikers. Recent rains kept the trails wet. There is one very exposed section of trail near the top- a 4’ wide path 10-15 steps long, that will challenge those with sensitivity to heights.

hiking
2 months ago

Even in the rain and fog, this was a little gem of a hike. On the easy side of moderate. Will definitely return in sunny weather for the views.

2 months ago

We hiked this with our 3 year old. He walked some but majority of the time was in the backpack. Hike was great with awesome views. However several spots weren’t marked that great...you have to watch closely. Also, some spots were pretty steep to be hiking with child in pack.

hiking
3 months ago

A nice day hike, manageable stretch for those of us in the group who are less experienced hikers. The views from the ledges were great. The trail wasn't too busy; we saw just enough people to know we weren't alone out there.

We ended up parking at the Olivarian lot, and only realized once we got to the signposts on the way to the trail that the Downes lot would have been closer. The XC trails to get from that lot to the trail are well marked, though, so we didn't have a lot of issues finding it, except for finding the continuation of the trails through the open meadow area near the beginning (it goes through the meadow sort of right of center from where you enter the meadow, through a lot of low blueberry bushes).

hiking
3 months ago

Great short hike with fantastic views.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views and not too challenging

3 months ago

We hiked this trail in 90 degree weather so we took our time which start to finish with 15 minutes at summit was exactly 5 hours. The clockwise loop was a gradual ascent and we took in a nice breeze on the ledges. The views were spectacular. The downed trees as reported last month have now been cleared. Bugs didn’t bother us until we were on our way back and about a mile to the trailhead.

4 months ago

First time here absolutely loved it. Trail starts out very easy then has a few obstacles here and there. some markings were harder to find than others but GPS got me back where I needed to be. definitely recommend as a hike to clear your head.

hiking
5 months ago

First, don’t turn where this tells you to for directions. Go almost a mile past (or before) till you see a sign for Downes Brook Trail Head - turn there. Second, lots of trees down so watch for blazes very carefully. Make sure you have a GPS map. We barely got off trail due to trees and couldn’t see any blazes. Luckily we were able to use our GPS to find our way back. You can tell they have cleared many trees already but winter really did a number!
It took us 2 hours and we are beginner hikers with a dog. Our shepherd struggled in some spots to make a jump or climb over trees. Terrain is lots of roots and large rock face.
Beautiful views! Lots of little spots to break off a few feet and see the views.

Definitely do this trail counter-clockwise. Right now there are a lot of trees down from the winter storms. Some trees have the blazes on them and others have fallen directly on the path. When you come to the fork at the base of the loop, go right.

The hike itself was beautiful. It took us 5 hours (we’re on the slower side of things) and offered many great views along the way!

snowshoeing
7 months ago

Lovely snowshoe hike. Can't beat the solitude and winter beauty. Did not see anyone on the entire loop, just saw a few people on the stick of the lollipop near the trailhead. Dog loved it too! There are numerous vantage points for good views in different directions, including Allens Ledge just a short ways off the trail, but no 360-degree views.

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty great views!

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked this trail today, wild weather 48 degrees. sun, rain ,snow & sleet .Even saw a rainbow on the way down. Lots of trees down due to wind storm this month. Great views from many ledges. Quite I was the only person on the trail. Will do this one again with my daughters... IN THE SPRING.

11 months ago

Rooty

11 months ago

Hike was great but it took three tries to find the trail we wanted. Hedgehog was not listed anywhere. We had to ask other people who were more familiar with the area.

hiking
11 months ago

Great loop trail that takes you to up to a wide open, vast view! Extremely rewarding hike!

11 months ago

Great hike on a nice day.. we took the whole loop. Directions are not always clear but once started this is a great trail. Views on top are beautiful but we did the boulder trail the day before and I personaly found these views more beautiful as UNH.

hiking
Monday, October 16, 2017

Decent hike with young kids. A few parts where they needed to slide down the rocks on their bottoms, but overall a fun hike. Went on a rainy/cloudy day, so the view wasn't great, but the colors were gorgeous!

hiking
Sunday, October 08, 2017

We went as far as Allen's Ledges. It was wet and rainy but we enjoyed this hike thoroughly. It was fairly easy but because it was wet we took our time. Wish it was marked better however. Will definitely go again all the way to the top. Posted a lot of pics of the trial on my recording so that you can get a good idea of what it looks like up to Allen's Ledges

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Conditions were good. Could be marked a bit better in some areas.

Friday, October 06, 2017

This was a challenging trail at times. It became more difficult the higher you climbed. You have to be careful with all the tree roots as your feet can easily get caught up in them. Near the top the tree markers we're difficult to follow. The views are well worth the challenge. The trail took us 3hrs with a couple of rest beaks. my Fitbit said it was about 5.5 miles from where you park to complete.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Good trail, well maintained, took 3 hrs to complete

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