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UNH Trail to Hedgehog Mountain

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White Mountain National Forest

UNH Trail to Hedgehog Mountain is a 4.9 mile heavily 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 and bird watching 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

hiking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

This was a really fun trail. It was a little rainy but that kept the bugs down and us cool on the climb up. We had our 5 kids with us (20, 16, 12, 12, & 8. They all did fine although the heights and ledges got to the youngest one.

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blowdown
bugs
3 days ago

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blowdown
muddy
5 days ago

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bugs
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Fun, scenic hike that is doable for the average hiker, though I would not call it easy. Once you get to the loop there is some scrambling and exposure, though nothing too crazy. We've had a rainy week here so some of the granite is slick. I had to butt-slide once or twice on the descent. The scenery is worth the 3 hour round trip. One more thing: if you plan on using the AllTrails app for GPS, remember to download your map before leaving home; like most hikes on the Kanc, cell service near the trail head is very limited.

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail with fantastic views at the top. You can’t see much on the way up, but we enjoyed taking it counter clockwise. Trail is well marked.

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bugs
19 days ago

This hike is less popular than others on the Kanc, and thus less crowded. Today the mosquitos were brutal - w/o bug spray had to turn back 5 minutes in. Returned with spray and was able to complete the hike but they were buzzing us all the time. Saw frogs, chipmunks, and little snakes like 8 inches long - very cute. Many butterflies and birds in all a very good place for nature. Hike is easy side of moderate and thankfully trail surface is mostly hardpack with few rocks & ruts to navigate through.

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blowdown
21 days ago

Did counterclockwise; prefer climbing up steep. Most of the elev gain in first mile of hike. The topomap in this app shows East Ledges as being the peak. If going counterclockwise up trail, peak is 0.9 miles before you reach East Ledges. Beautiful views at both spots. Spotted snakes sunning on several ledges. They scooted as we approached

Great views. The only reason this doesn’t get a better rating is because of a downed tree blocking a good amount of the trail going counterclockwise up the trail. It’s about .1-.2 miles up once the trail splits into the loop. I couldn’t for the life of me find a way around it that I felt comfortable with. But I met a group at the top who got around it.

29 days ago

Zero hedgehogs. Need I say more?

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bugs
1 month ago

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bugs
muddy
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Hot day, stunning views, lots of mosquitos in the woods. More difficult than expected as we went counterclockwise as many people suggested (steep up with lots of roots). Saw wildflowers, chipmunks and various birds.

hiking
1 month ago

We did the trail counter clockwise to the top. Was pretty steep at some points. Continued counter clockwise to finish the loop. There are a few open ledges with great views. If you are afraid of high open area (like me), this might cause a bit of stress . Good workout overall and not too many people today.

Great Trail! Great Views! I suggest getting there early though! Parking lot was out to 112 by 12pm when we were leaving.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

6.9/10, did not see any hedgehogs, otherwise very moderate and pleasant. Power-hiked up, ran down. Took my shirt off within a second, will for sure be coming back for seconds.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with some spectacular views.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, well marked, lots of lookout points, changing terrain. Not too many boulders.

Gorgeous secluded trail with beautiful vistas, root rocks and boulders terrain, no ice and very little mud. Counter clock is an amazing choice for those who like a slightly steeper incline.

1 month ago

This is a great hike. We had perferct conditions. We went counter clockwise which we all reccomend for the best views without having to keep turning around to see them. It was only buggy at the bottom near the parking lot.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful day! Loved the ledges. Trail is really dry and not too many black flies (yet). Overall great loop, awesome views!

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icy
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Hiked this Mid January 19’. Trail well marked. Beautiful views from different lookouts. Gorgeous day!

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