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Amazing view. Moderate hiking.

5 days ago

great views!

Such a fun and manageable hike! Definitely recommend going up the blue an down the yellow, because the blue gets a little steep at the top! Such gorgeous views at the summit!!

Beautiful views from the top!!! Climb was OK, not too difficult and not too exciting. We did it VERY slowly - 4hrs (instead of what it should have taken 2hrs) total with 1.5hr of rest on the top and in between as one of us had injured ankle the day before on the other trail. Lots of people on the trail, but it didn't bother us, mostly young people, one group were likely professional dancers who once reached to the top played music and danced. That was kind of cool.

Beautiful View

very fun trail with great views. Crowded, but then again, the best ones are.

we did the blue trail up, yellow down in about 2 hours including lunch at the top. It was a great hike with beautiful views and my dogs are now exhausted.

I did yellow trail up, blue trail down. The yellow trail was a perfect level of difficulty. The summit was beautiful. I went on a 90 degree sunny day so I did not stay up top for long, but it would be a great summit to have lunch and stay awhile. The blue trail down was very steep. The hikers who were walking up it were some of the most soaked with sweat, panting people I've seen lately. Entire trail is well marked and it's basically impossible to get off trail.

Very little effort for great views!

Hiked in reverse: Anna-Mack-Klem-Rand-W. Quarry-E. Quarry-Straightback. Missed the turn off of W. Quarry to cross over on the Yellow blazed (Marsh Crossing) trail. The Quarry Mountains were difficult - the trails were not well marked in some areas and were very steep (put the trekking poles away and use your hands, kind of steep). Views were limited: there are vista views on Mack and Klem, but you have to out-and-back on the Round Pond trails to find them. Encountered only one other hiker (lightly trafficked). While missing the turn was frustrating to no end, the whole loop made for a great hike and was like a HIIT workout!

21 days ago

Took the blue trail up, yellow down. Roundtrip took about 2 hours with beautiful views @ the top of the mountain. Mostly in the woods until the last 5-10mi s. Blue is steep as you get above the tree line with rocks but plenty of young children and dogs on the path so not too strenuous.

trail running
27 days ago

It was a nice quick run. It was hard going up the face(blue trail), but I was able to run 90% of it. I went up blue and came down yellow. Next time I will go yellow both ways.

Definitely doable, a couple of bold rock areas on the way up but nothing too difficult. We went up Blue and down Yellow, which was entertaining as Blue includes more climbing, and Yellow is more relaxed, with many streams and beautiful forest. When you go up Blue you’ll enjoy a couple of open rock spots with AMAZING lake views, so don’t miss an opportunity for a great picture! Summit is bold and has a lot of space for everyone, so take some food for a nice picnic. Good luck and enjoy the stunning views!

Hiked this one in reverse - ascending on Anna-Goat and descending on Blueberry Pasture. I would rate this moderate, and would not recommend it to those with knee problems. Blueberry Pasture trail was rocky, like a riverbed. Anna-Goat was... a goat trail! I did enjoy the tough climb up Anna-Goat, though. The whole hike has nice forested setting with partial views at the top of Straightback Mountain.

The orange trail (Boulder loop up was a great hike up the mountain. It’s definitely steep in areas but nothing too bad. We then too the blue/yellow down. It was a nice hike too about 3 hours up and down.

Definitely a little steep in spots with plenty of rocks to climb over and around. Certainly challenging but not too difficult. Amazing views make it a worthwhile hike.

I prefer blue up and yellow down. It takes about an hour to go up and an hour down, if you don't take many breaks. Blue is steep but it's nice to get up there quickly. and this is a perfect mountain for sunrise hikes because it's not a long hike up

1 month ago

Hiked it again today. Went up Blue and down Orange. Steep going up but definitely glad it was shorter than yellow with the steepness. Orange was challenging going down but not as bad as going down Blue.

1 month ago

It was amazing when you get to the top.

Hiked orange trail up with three kids(13,11&10 yrs). This was their first real hike. it was steep enough to get a little winded and make your legs shakey but completely doable It took us a good 1hour 30 minutes to summit. Beautiful views of the lake. On the way down we took yellow trail. great hike

I very nice hike and the view was worth every minute of it. I suggest you go early in the day as there tends to be A LOT of people mid day.

Great hike. Challenging trail that is poorly marked and there is no official trailhead. The views are worth it!

rock climbing
1 month ago

Fun walk. Short scramble at the top on they way down was a nice surprise

Super fun little hike. I’ve done it a few times and each time and it seems to be more fun than I remember. Just this past weekend I hiked it after a heavy rain. The run-off only added to the enjoyment. (The lack of people due to the rain certainly didn’t hurt either.) Take the dog on this one. They’ll love you for it. One very active, high strung puppy slept all the way home.

we went up through Brook trail(yellow) and came down on boulder loop(orange). Our way up was moderate, there were lot of water streams and small falls that actually made climb tricky as the trail got slippery at some points.

Boulder loop was one of toughest descents we have ever been to. Lots of rocks and steep climbs. I suggest carrying an extra pack of socks just in case your socks get drenched in water!

My daughters first mountain hike. It was a great hike :)

Great day hike. Amazing views of Alton Bay and Lake Winnipesaukee

Fairly short and relatively easy, though a little steep in parts. The view is amazing and very worth it.

Quick up and down! Great for a hike that is moderately challenging but doesn't take long

2 months ago

I had fun! Went up Main Trail (Blue) and down Brook Trail (Yellow). The final ascent on Blue is steep, exposed rock face. I had my sticky trail running shoes, so that made the climb easier. The Yellow is easier on the knees coming down, but definitely longer. Went the morning before thunderstorms were scheduled to roll in, so trails were not heavily trafficked. In wet weather, the Yellow trail down was a better choice - rocks get slippery when wet! I'm an average dayhiker and pushed my ascent pace to beat the weather; took me about 1 h 45 min for the whole loop including a five minute break at the top. Folks who don't hike a lot or who are hiking with little ones will probably need to budget more time.

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