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What an amazing day we had on this trail. Started at AMC lodge (very cool in of itself) and headed up Manning. Got the heart beating and the sweat pouring (it was 100 degrees plus today) for much of the ascent but when we got to the first viewpoint it was all worth it. The slight scrambles up the ridge to the summit were challenging but doable. Firescrew was gorgeous. The summit and fire tower could never be described with mere words - absolutely breathtaking on this hot, but clear day. The descent down Clark was tough on the toenails at first, but then wasn’t bad at all. Will absolutely do this trail again!

Great hike. Lots of rock-face near the top which I don’t love. Very windy at the top too. But good challenging hike. We went up manning and down Clark, per recommendations we saw here. Glad we did that. Took us 3 hours including a short break.

Rainy day on the mountain, but still a gorgeous area to hike.

Wonderful hike! I would definitely recommend going up via Manning. There are some granite scrambles that would make descending Manning more difficult, especially if wet. The last 1/2 mile before Mowglis gave one great view after the other looking back toward the east and Newfound Lake. We hiked Mt. Moosilauke the next day and felt like this hike was more fun and dramatic with the open granite scrambles. BTW- Mount Moosilauke was still great.

Great trail! Holt trail was very steep, be prepared to do a lot of scrambling/climbing. I recommend descending down Vistamont, the last stretches of Skyland and into Woodland were pretty overgrown, definitely recommend pants.

Overall it was a fun hike. There are two great spots at the top to stop and see everything although the majority of it is wooded. Very easy to follow the signs. I would recommend it and do it again.

Did this trail in reverse which made it much more difficult but still a great hike! Went up Clark and down Holt. At one point we passed a sign saying that this was the steepest hike in New England. Took 4 guys of different ages around 6 hours to complete.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

This is a serene and laid back trail. The loop is pretty easy after one steep climb at the beginning. Its a peaceful trail, mostly used by locals. For a more challenging loop, you can add on Little Sugarloaf, Sugarloaf and Bear Mountain (and beyond!) Nice Newfound Lake views are accessible from these points.

11 months ago