Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Bethel with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Make sure to go past the first view and follow the cairns up to the money shot. Spectacular view, easy hike up, and was able to run most of the way down. Marked very well and the man who maintains the trail does a great job. Very quiet and secluded.

Amazing views at the top despite being a short hike! The trail was beautiful but steep the entire way.

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6 months ago

I hiked this on Thanksgiving Day, 2017. The trail was very well marked and conditions were excellent, hardly any loose rocks or roots. There were a few wet areas but they were easy enough to maneuver through and my feet stayed dry. Great view to the west via a side trail about 3/4 of the way up and a nice (partial) view at the summit.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail...

hiking
7 months ago

Great Hike, this is on the high end of moderate. Hiked after heavy rains this week. Wet trail , steep in parts , rocky and lots of roots. Great ledges with views.

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8 months ago

Typically spectacular Evans Notch hike. Last hiked on August 10, 1991. Did the Royce Trail Loop to the top of East Royce using Laughing Lion Trail. Took 4.5 hours.

Don't be fooled by the length, this is a tough trail! Steep but totally worth it! Took me an hour and a half up and an hour down, but I'm slow. Could be tough for a small/older dog, even my lab was struggling a bit.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail. Felt secluded. Nice views on the ledges about a quarter mile past the summit. Had no troubles following the cairns up there. Spent the afternoon sunbathing up there. Walked to the trailhead from Crocker Pond Campground.

10 months ago

We hiked up to view the solar eclipse on 8/21/2017. The weather cooperated and we had nice views from the summit. The trail was short but steep (as reported). If you are out of shape you will be reminded of that. Overall the hike was very pleasant with a very high payoff for the effort.

hiking
10 months ago

Loved this hike! It certainly is steep but I'd say it's dog friendly. The view from the top was very beautiful, I bet it looks amazing in the fall with all of the foliage colors. We did this at about 10:30 am on a Sunday in August and only past one other couple. Be aware that some trees have sap on them so if you use them for leverage you might be sticky for the rest of the hike! I'd call this easy to moderate. Moderate side only being because you need some endurance for all the steep hills and rocks and if it's very humid out it doesn't make it any easier.

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10 months ago

Spectacular forests and views. But I would rate it moderate for all the stairs and elevation gain.

backpacking
10 months ago

Clean yet challenging trails, fun to hike!

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Good hike, camp ground close to trailhead, pond. Great weekend out.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

I've hiked this trail numerous times in the past and it's always an enjoyable hike, especially when you don't have a lot of time. Early in the season be prepared for lots of black flies. Insect repellent is a must. It's a short 1.5 miles from the parking lot to the summit but it's steep all the way up. If you have the time I would recommend doing West Royce as well.

hiking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Very pretty and very easy trail. Lots of beautiful foliage on the way up this mountain. The overlook is clear with great views of the surrounding ranges. We hiked on a cloudy and hot day and were blessed with cooling rain at the peak.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

What a rush! This gnarly trail did not disappoint. It took us just under 45 mins to summit - probably a record for the trail. The social media-worthy views from the top broke records for "likes" on all my accounts. Highly recommend this trail to all those looking for a quick, thrilling adventure. PSA: don't forget your hiking poles. So blessed to have remembered mine. Happy hiking, friends!

hiking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fairly nice trail, short hike but pretty steep. Went on a beautiful day in September. I love the view from the summit with the surrounding mountains. I only completed East Royce, when I have more time i'll definitely go back and do West Royce which is just under 2 miles from East Royce.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Hiked from the northern most trail head. It was a beautiful autumn day and quite warm. The trail was fairly well marked. I wanted to make a loop but the trail was not marked well from the top down, so we went back down the same way we took up. Maybe next
time.

scenic driving
Monday, May 13, 2013

Beautiful mountains, forrests, wildlife and the AT crosses. I have backpacked this part of the AT and it is a beautiful but demanding section.

hiking
Monday, August 27, 2012

nice hike straight up to the summit of East Royce and I mean straight up. Its around 1.7 miles to the summit but it will feel like 5. Once you get to the summit though its worth it.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

A nice walk through woods, along a brook past a pond to Round Pond.

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