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Decent hike, however, the views on the summit aren’t that great. I have heard that there are other viewpoints near the top.

It’s a very unique hike, and easy as well but there are NO summit views which is a real bummer but its a good easy hike!

Great hike! I got rained on hard out of no where on my way to the summit of lincoln, then as I’m coming down from lafayette I watched another storm pour on the same spot I was at earlier but miss me, it was so awesome to see and be that close to a storm but not get hit!

loved this. don't let your brain trick you into thinking you're almost there. just enjoy the path. after the lake it narrows into the forest before going up Kinsman. there are a couple places going up I would highly recommend turning around and taking in the view. on South kinsman there are two summit looking places. this was a challenging but fun hike. the dogs managed to navigate around the really steep parts both up and down. cramp on for sure but didn't use snow shoes. removed crampons once near the top cause it was so packed down. fun day hike! if you have time check out the kinsman pond while you're up there. it took me 6.5 hours with 40 minutes at the top and alot of "I think my lungs collapsed" breaks up. but so good

A challenging winter hike! Thankful for microspikes! The ~4 miles from the trailhead to Carter Notch Hut took less than 2 hours, we were moving!! Stopping to snack at a hut in winter is a real treat. The STEEP 1.2 miles up to the summit of Carter Dome were a real workout and required some of the most technical movement I've ever done to date. We descended the same route. We heard that Carter Dome Trail to Mt. Hight/Zeta Pass was icier than Carter Moriah. Anyways we were glad to take a little rest at the hut before starting towards the car via 19 Mile Brook. That ~4 miles took 1:40. Total trip time came to just under 8 hours, 9:30 am to 5:15 pm. Thankful for just enough light!

1 month ago

second time hiking the greely pond trail to East Osceola Summit on a day in February it was 55 ° on the summit! we got a late start (started at 11 am) with it being so warm the river was really high, lots of ice covered in slushy snow. mono rail was this and slushy so.we stuck with micro spikes and trecking poles we're life savers. we started to head over to Mount Osceola but opted to turn around after a few hundred yards of us and the dogs post holing, we didn't post hole at all up to that point - plus rain was coming in. by the time we got back down to the river crossing it had doubled in size making it impossible to cross without getting our boots soaked. we hike very often and this trip took us 6 hours with maybe a total stops of 1 hour (had to make some jet boil coffee at the summit!) fun hike with great views but with the warmer weather approaching be prepared!

Perfect for your first winter 4k. Views from Starr King are AMAZING and will give you the courage you need (or maybe, don't need) to continue on the ridge to Waumbek. Take care when parking your car in the winter though, there's a large lot on Rt. 2 just across from the turn for Starr King Road where you can park! Someone got their car stuck on Starr King Rd. when we were hiking. A great place to see the grey jays, btw.

1 month ago

2/14/18 waterfalls of ice bring your crampons and tools!

Strenuous but beautiful hike. Did it on Feb 11, 2018, trails were well packed but relatively warm day and needed showshoes for entire hike, everyone else I saw on the mountain had the same. Word of caution, pulling out in the dark from the Lafayette campground area I accidentally went straight into an unplowed side lot that is restricted to snowmobiles. Called AAA who sent a truck and charged $300 to pull me out since it was technically a snowmobile trail rather than a lot. Driver said he pulls 20 people out a weekend, nice little cash cow for the local tow service. Went back afterward and small posted signs say "No Highway Vehicles Allowed", $300 later I now know what that phrase means....

Awesome, butt-kicking hike. Cold weekday morning in October (10/16/17) meant that I did not see another human the entire 7 hours up or down! Perfect! Started to get very icy on the constant boulder scramble 2 miles from the summit. Glad I brought my mini spikes, layers and shell.
The descent is rough on the knees.
Hiking poles a must. Thick layers of freshly fallen leaves last two descending miles hide many foot and ankle hazards.
What a great hike!
I will return.

1 month ago

Awesome hike!! Would hike again for sure

2/4/18 Had the trail to myself

Great place to walk year round

hiked to the lake soaked up some sun then took the hi cannon loop trail. was a tough hike in snow and ice. so happy to have micro spikes on. the hike was wonderful and there are many views along the way. it was neat to see and use the ladder on our way down. a few really steep sections.
all in all I loved it and the weather was great. about mid to lower 30's

Awesome loop but be prepared for snow in June. best done when days are long and no chance of lightening.

Beautiful day for a hike. Challenging above tree line with constant 50 mph wind with gusts that were making hard to keep footing. Really enjoyed the overall adventure

Well broken and marked trail. Beautiful in the winter with moderate inclines and stretches of flat terrain

on Mount Osceola Trail

2 months ago

A long and beautiful trail. Much of the start is flat, but then the other half is full of switchbacks and steep climbs. The summit offers exceptional views of the presidentials, but it’s a bit tricky to navigate. Very few flat areas and the the routes to the top above the tree line aren’t clear, but doable. .

I love the Bridle Path. Not very steep and a great way to access or exit the Franconia Ridge. Minus one star because the descent seems endless every time. Longest 3.4 mi trail around on the way out.

Gorgeous in the winter

trails were packed untill we were .2 miles from the kinsman campsite.
made the nKinsman north summit in knee to neck deep snow...
views on lafayette and franconia ridge + cannon are amazing on the way down from north kinsman

I did this with a friend in 3 days in September staying at Greenleaf and Galehead hut for the two nights. That made the pack lighter. Gorgeous views. We hit 10 4000' peaks and the last day had a super clear view for the three Bonds. Fantastic 360 views. I would definitely hike this again. It's hard. Lots of rock scrambling, not for the faint of heart. Great elevation gain & loss over the three days. Start early each day and go go go cause it's hard terrain to cover each day. I loved running into the thru hikers on the AT. Got a bad calf cramp on the last day & a few blisters but overall a wonderful experience.

Great hike last Friday in snow storm with some friends. Micro-spikes were needed, didn't put on snowshoes, snow was light and wispy. Stay on packed trail, deep and hidden holes if you step off trail in spots, mostly on hidden bridges. Hut was open, not heated. Great Day.....

3 months ago

I’m it sure why it’s reviewed as moderate. It’s a nice walking trail with barely any noticeable incline. Really great for walking dogs, biking, and walking along Mascoma Lake in Enfield. Very easy and simple.

Powder on the ground after the first 1000 ft, some icy patches. Turned back at south peak due to a late start.

3 months ago

Good to great "day hike" but, don't try it after Thanksgiving. Quite a bit of ice above tree line.

Cool trail with some great views. Many opportunities to hit the streams if your day is warm enough. Trails is well maintained . Not a lot of folks on the trail for a dry weekend.

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