Wildcat Range Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews

Wildcat Range Trail is a 7.7 mile out and back trail located near Gorham, New Hampshire that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and downhill skiing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.7 miles
4186 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips




This is a fun spring ski descent if you time it right. Climb up the ski slopes and ditch your ski gear in the woods at the top of the lift. Make your way across the ridge to get Wildcat A first then return to climb onto the viewing platform at Wildcat D. Although the ridge has several other points that have been given letters the only ones that count for peakbaggers are A and D. You'll have great views of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range across the valley and a really fun ski descent. This can easily be done in a half day with a ski descent.

This is a great trail full of multiple stunning views on Mount Washington, Adams, Madison etc. This hike is strenuous, lots of vertical gain in a short distance but very achievable for most hikers. Would not recommend brining a dog unless you are confident in your dogs rock climbing abilities. Hiking the ski trail would likely be best for most dogs.
We started at the Glen Ellis Falls trail, after crossing under the road the trail takes a sharp left along the road and river (to the right are the falls, also recommend seeing). There is a 20-30 foot river crossing. It is not very rock hop-able unless the water table is low, would recommend taking socks and boots off to cross. Once at the top of D you're at the top of the ski lift, there is a look out platform further into the trail for panoramic views. The rest of the D-A peaks are hidden in the trees, rolling traverse with occasional clambering. Only about 300ft of elevation change throughout. Great views of the Carter range and hut below on the A peak. One sided mostly eastern views. Lots of Canadian jays to keep you company! Budget 5-8 hrs depending on hiking speed and time spent at the top.

5 months ago

Really switched this hike up. Started at Glen Ellis Falls and headed up through the Wildcat peaks, some fun scrambling involved. Then headed down to the Carter's Notch Hut and headed off to the Carter Dome Trail to bag Carter Dome for our 3rd 4k of the day. This was one vertical rough hike, make sure you have water before heading up because there is none on the trail. Decided to make it a thru hike and head to Mt. Hight which easily has the best views in this range, 360 panoramic views around. Then worked our way down to 19 Mile Brook Trail and headed home. it was about 11 miles or so and I'd recommend if you wanted to spend a whole day out there.

6 months ago

Tough climb up but once your at the ridge it gets easier. View at Wildcat D but not much of one at Wildcat A.

7 months ago

We began our hike at the Glen Eliss Falls and took the trail up to Wildcat D. This is a great time to visit these falls, but also hard to cross the river to start off the hike. It's a butt kicker with substantially strenuous climb. The hike is a grueling 2 mi each way (will feel like 4) due to the steep vertical and rough trail, but at the end we felt the payoff with great up close views of Mount Washington & the rest of the presidential range was worth it.
Our dog has climbed 4000fts before and so we brought him along with us. I don't recommend bringing your dogs along for this hike though, as we had to pick ours up and help him through some of the boulders & other more challenging vertical elements.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

started our hike from Ellis falls and started off with a river crossing which was done by rock hopping, spring time could be an issue getting across dry . We took the wildcat Ridge trail (AT) you are immediately hit with steep rock scrambles which continue throughout the hike , but the views of Mt Washington make up for the strenuous climb . Would not recommend for a noobie to the nh48

Monday, July 25, 2016

Wildcat was a difficult hike with great views of Mount Washington. The trails themselves were of average interest although we enjoyed the challenge of rock scrambling.

We did this in a loop up and out to Wildcat A. We ascended up Wildcat Ridge Trail from Glen Ellis Falls. As others have noted this trail is quite steep, in some places more like rock climbing than hiking. I would not suggest this trail if it is wet or icy!

The views from Wildcat D (top of the ski area, gondola arrives here) are great. You get a fantastic view of Mount Washington, Adams and Madison. You can also see east into Maine. Keep going up from where the gondola arrives and there is a platform for a higher vantage point.

From here we continued out and back to Wildcat A which is unlabeled. You can see Carter Ridge, Moriah and the AMC lodge down in Carter Notch far below you. Very beautiful and not many people! This was our favorite part of the hike. It would even be worth taking the gondola up and hiking out and back to Wildcat A.

We decided to descend via the ski trails because the Wildcat Ridge Trail was so steep. This was a great decision because there were beautiful wildflowers everywhere and we enjoyed views of the Presidentials the whole way down.

A brief road walk on Rt 16 led us to Lost Pond Trail where we got back into the woods for the last mile. This walks along a beaver pond and a babbling stream. Also totally worth it and much more pleasant than a descent down Wildcat Ridge Trail.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

challenge in the snow and ice.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

My brother and I hiked wildcat D from Glen Falls expecting a quick 5 mile hike (we just hiked Mt. Garfield the day before) to knock another 4000 footer off our list. It was extremely difficult with steep stairs almost the entire way up (we are fit 19 and 22 year olds). Granted we were tired from hiking 14 miles the day before, it was a very challenging hike.

Friday, October 02, 2015

We started at Glen Ellis Falls and took Wildcat Ridge Trail up to Wildcat D. I'm 58 years old and in pretty decent shape (planning on a running a half marathon in 6 weeks). This was substantially more than a moderate hike. It was tough. It took us 3 hours to go slightly over 2 miles. A lot of bouldering. Fortunately right before Wildcat D is the top of the Pinkham Notch gondola and we took the green skiing trail down. This was a moderate trail? Moderate my a--!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Some beautiful views but this is a challenging trail. Not sure "moderate" does it justice. Many thru-hikers consider it one of the hardest segments of the AT. It also involves a number of rock ledges - especially for the section between Wildcat D and the road- and the Appalachian Mountain Club does not recommend it during rain. We did it last Tuesday July 7 2015 going southwest from the AMC's Carter Notch hut to AMC's Joe Ddge Lodge - so a significant net downhill trek (most folks say going uphill on that trail is much nicer) and it was pretty grueling, even for the experience hikers in our party.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

This is the most beautiful trail in the Gorham area! The mountain views are wonderful.

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