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Great views but half of the Holt Trail markers are faded and often far and few between. Also the best views are found by going in reverse.

The holt trail sucks and often takes you up an unnecessarily difficult path (and treacherous for one part) when you could easily walk around the trail a few feet to avoid this. Unfortunately when you get to the rocky top of the mountain it takes you through dirt sections prone to being muddy. I was safer by simply walking up the dry rocky hills. It rained yesterday but was sunny today so everything EXCEPT THE TRAIL was dry.

Mount cardigan is still very worth it but summit it by literally any path other than Holt to spare yourself frustration and potential danger if it is even remotely wet or icy.

Have been running these trails for 3 years, perfect technicality and elevation for obstacle course race training and beautiful views.

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!

Fun hike but was very unfortunately clouded in on this day. The views must be insane. Lots of slab towards the summit that can be slippery when wet. I’d probably want to be doing this hike on a dry day. Still, the trails were great and despite the inability to see any distance it was a great hike. Will return on a clear day.

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.

Hiked Manning / Holt Loop over past weekend. Beyond some wet scramble up, a soaked by and cloud socked peak, cautious decent of rock - it was very manageable for mildly experienced climber.

11 months ago

Scan the code for the trail map at the beginning of the trail. Posted paper maps do not reflect updates on trails. White trail is different. That being said, we chose the yellow Elwell trail to Little Sugarloaf. The view was beautiful of the Lake. Room to hang out on the rocks. We continued and took in the vista loop and hiked to Big Sugar Loaf. The incline is gradual and quite steep in some places. The yellow blaze is well marked all the up. The vista is amazing, gorgeous. We continued and took the blue trail down. The blazes do not stand out so look with care. The trail is overgrown in places and muddy but doable and interesting. We took the very steep white trail back to the summit of Large Sugar Loaf, quite challenging, but fun. Headed back down on the orange trail to tranquil Goose Pond, very sirene and easy path. Total about 5.3 miles, 3 hours with plenty of rest stops.

This is NOT a moderate trail!!
Refer to each listing for individual trail information. Hike was VERY challenging in both directions. Thankfully the scenery was spectacular both during the ascent and from the summit. Beautifully clear day offered views of the distant mountains and Newfound lake. Trail is not appropriate for children and rock scrambles are fun for experienced hikers with aggressive tread hiking boots for added traction. Total time=5hrs including lunch break.

Holt trail is a difficult trail not for the inexperienced and definitely not for kids. Be sure you have grippy shoes and do not climb this trail when it's been wet. There were several places where you can stop, catch your breath and take in the amazing views.

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.

Perfect variety of terrain, beautiful views. Our group of all skill levels did the loop in 5 hours with stops to take in the view.

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.

4 months ago

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