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Very nice trail 10/10 nature

trail running
10 days ago

Very solid trail. first mile is pretty flat then goes straight up from there. Weather can get crazy up top but the hike i well worth it. Highly Recommended!

One of my favorite loops I’ve done and the best trails in the North Country of New Hampshire. I would recommend going counter clockwise because it allows you to go up the steepest section. Bunnell Notch is quite gradual, following a beautiful brook for most of the way. Once you reach the junction with Mount Cabot Trail, you begin ascending steeply. You will pass a neat viewpoint and a cabin before reaching the summit. Here’s the important part, the summit sign on Cabot is not the official high point, on the sign, there appears to be a poorly carved arrow pointing you to a spur trail, this takes you to the real high point marked with a cairn. Continue on to The Bulge, this peak is wooded with a small cairn and counts for your New England Hundred Highest. The Horn is also a Hundred Highest Peak and has the best views in the whole range, offering 360 degree views of New Hampshire’s North Woods, Percy Peaks are clearly visible. Unknown Pond is also a real gem, especially with some foliage, The Horn looms high above it. Unknown Pond Trail also follows a really nice brook, crossing it a few times, but nothing too difficult. Definitely worth doing weather you’re a peak bagger or just looking for a weekend hike, very underrated.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was a bit hard to find at the beginning. I ended up next to someone’s house. I used the map feature on All Trails to trek through the woods to find trail. Finally I saw the orange blaze. They are super helpful as the trail isn’t obvious in some areas. I hiked it in September with my dog and all the creeks were dry. The view was good at the top and we only passed one other hiker on the trail. I ended up taking Pasture trail back down to Durand road instead of returning on Lookout Ledge trail. Durand road runs along a slow river and I found a set of stairs we could go down to the river so my dog could cool her feet and get a drink. Coming down that way was steep at the beginning, but not terrible.

I enjoyed this hike today. I'm not sure if I started in the right place though. Never saw the words Waterfall Loop Trail anywhere. I'm a novice hiker and there are a lot of trails diverging in this area. Plus is a lot of signs, so pretty easy to figure out if you're in the right place or not. I did go up the Airline trail to the Valley Way trail where I ran into the waterfalls. Airline Trail was pretty rocky, but easy to traverse. Less rocky coming down the Valley Way trail. Overall a good hike for this cool afternoon.

Wonderful view at the summit was worth the hike. Definitely expect to get muddy if it has rained recently. We found this hike to be difficult to do with a leashed dog at one spot we had to pass him down some rocks and back up again, good thing he doesn’t weigh that much yet because he’s still young. Definitely bring a suitable vehicle to the trail head parking area, the logging road is quite rough. Would definitely do again to see the crash site now that we know how to get to it thanks to some fellow hikers.

This is a high quality hike- it has a decent rate of ascension (to raise your heart and breathing rate) with a fair amount of slab granite and several challenging rock climbs. The ‘hard’ rating very much applies if it were wet. A wide open top makes for great summit viewing- plenty of space to enjoy without crowding other hikers. The crash site gives perspective how hard it would for rescuers to get to people in need of help.

A nice long hike but not the greatest one out there. No view at the summit but a couple viewpoints along the way. Unfortunately, it was overcast so we couldn’t see too far. There were some great streams and waterfalls though so that was quite nice! The only turnoff was that there was a lot of bushwhacking and overgrown pricker bushes due to the lack of trail use. Definitely wear pants as another hiker suggested.

on Mount Madison

hiking
1 month ago

Great Hike, We hiked up Airline to Shortline including the Subway and returned on the Valley Way. The Subway was a lot of fun with plenty of bouldering in the area. there was a lot of foot traffic at the summit for a Friday and a few dogs with very soar paws (yikes). The trail is very well marked and maintained.

Great hike overall. Some parts were a bit rockier than anticipated, and some portions of the trail I'd rate more on the moderate side. Still, our dog was a fluffy billy goat the whole way up, and we got a good hike in. The falls are gorgeous!

My least favorite 48-4000 footer so far. The lower half of the mountain is extremely overgrown. Going up this isn’t an issue, but coming down it’s scary not being able to see your feet and where you are stepping. Many down trees and the trail is poorly maintained. No view at the summit but there are some view stops along the way. The Horn is the best part about this hike.

Fantastic scenery

I did this yesterday and we loved it! Easy going for the first few miles with gorgeous smaller waterfalls... it opens up to huge boulders and the view is incredible once you break through the tree line.
Definitely make sure you’re wearing good shoes and proper clothes - the temp difference was certainly notable even mid way up.
We started on the short line / King’s ravine and cut across before we went up the entire summit and back down the airline trail.
Overall it was about 7 miles and took us about 6 hours including a couple small breaks for lunch and snacks.
Definitely a favorite of ours out of the other hikes we’ve done in the presidential range!

backpacking
2 months ago

Challenging doing ~1000ft/mi but the views are worth it. Surprisingly no bugs at night 8/4 at the Valley Way tent site.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a quick way to get off of Mt Madison in a stormy situation. You're quickly below treeline from the Madison Spring Hut. It's an easy, albeit quite steep, descent.

hiking
2 months ago

Really strenuous but absolutely beautiful. This was my first presidential and it kicked my butt in the best way! Drink lots of fluid and plan for a full day hike unless you’re a pro. Gorgeous all the way up and down. Worth it!

I hiked this last week on a really good weather day. It was really fun but the hardest hike that I've done in the White Mountains. I started at the Appalachia trailhead, took Short Line/King Ravine Trail up to Mt. Adams, then went to Mt. Madison and then took the Watson Path down to Appalachia. With some stops for pictures and lunch and some time hanging out at the top, it was a little under a ten hour round trip. I took Short Line up and went through the Subway, which involved some crawl spaces and scrambling that were a different kind of challenge that you don't see very often. After that Short Line becomes a scramble up a flow of rocks at the headwall of King Ravine. Fun going up but like others I definitely would not recommend going down this trail. If your in shape for it and want a challenge, this is a really fun hike, but it should not be taken lightly. This is an all-day, tiring hike/climb.

backpacking
3 months ago

Took the Valley Way up, which is about 4 miles, this ascends the entire time with no switchbacks. Terrain is pretty easy for the most part. At about 4 miles is the Madison Springs hut. We dropped our packs there and took the 0.5 mile trail to the summit. This was a rockier trail with lots of boulders to navigate on. Took about 3.5 hours to get to Madison Springs hut and 1 addition hour to get to summit and back to the hut. We did not descend Madison, but continued onto Adams.

I hike this this the other day, gorgeous day not a cloud in the sky and 15 mph breeze. Trail starts out easy enough for the first few miles. After the mossy falls the trail gets significantly more difficult. I chose to go around the ice caves as i am a large guy was afraid i run into spots i might not fit through. going around on the other hand you will be climbing boulders the size of small houses with some tricky spots. once your through that and head up the Kings Ravine the trail definitely gets hairy. A lot of the trail is loose gravel and boulders the size watermelons that have the tendency to slide out from under your feet. If hiking with friends i would definitely recommend spacing yourselves out unless you want an "accident" to happen. this last half mile or so is pretty slow going. Once past this and to the next trail junction its only a half mile to summit Adams and its no different than the rest of the norther presidentials. large boulder fields and tough terrain. I would recommend making sure you have plan this hike well and give yourself plenty of time to complete it, and as with any of the northern 4000 footers make sure your prepared for anything.

Long hike but not difficult. Needs maintenance between Cabin and Unknown Pond many blowdowns across trail. Unknown Pond trail needs drainage mgt to prevent erosion from hiker traffic. Very pretty hike, 46 degrees to start the hike, no bugs til the sun came out and temp went up.

Hiked up Short Line trail and back down Air Line trail after summit of Adams. Very windy at summit 50-60 mph. Short Line trail is very difficult for the last mile or so especially with the lingering ice. I hiked alone which I would not recommend on this trail as one misplaced foot can lead to serious injury. Air Line trail would have been a much easier hike up.

hiking
6 months ago

Very challenging but stunningly beautiful. Really fun hike

hiking
10 months ago

Cool hike , completed the trip to the peak and down to the DC 3 Wreck. trail was in great shape with many photo ops at the AC site and the Peak.

hiking
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This was a lovely hike. Steady grade all the way up to Cabot and nothing too strenuous. A few "tough" spots since the trail was pretty wet when we went. Definitely plan on getting muddy. There's some small streams and waterfalls along the way. There's spots that are overgrown so long socks and pants are recommended. The trail isn't blazed but very easy to follow. There's also a nice viewpoint before reaching Cabot Cabin. No views at the summit since its' wooded, but you can get a nice 360 if you're inclined to climb the boulder at the top of the Horn. Overall a great hike! Wouldn't really rate it Hard, pretty much Moderate, not a lot of scramble. I often use trekking poles and found myself packing them away a while. Also, the Berlin Fish Hatchery WILL NOT LOCK YOUR CAR INSIDE so no need to rush to get out by 4:00! We couldn't get a confirmation and ended up running the last 2 miles to make it back in time to have some locals tell us that even if it's closed, it's just pinned shut if there's still vehicles parked for hikers. So just because we missed out on a leisurely descent doesn't mean you have to :)

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Unsure why this trail has a "moderate" rating. Shortline trail was fairly simple but once you reach the optional Subway portion and then the push up King's Ravine this becomes much more difficult. Fortunately I've had a bit of experience with 5k mountains in the White's and know they can become a scramble but a newbie going off this rating could get into a bit of trouble especially hiking alone. Great hike overall though with spectacular views.

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Started on valley way then crossed over to Watson. Watson is definitely a leg killer and you come across a few false summits while hiking up some boulders/rocky areas but overall, it was amazing.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Great way to to the Presidential Range. I've hiked this trail several times and it's a great workout!

Aside from bugs in some of the boggier areas and a too close for comfort encounter with a bull moose, an altogether pleasant hike with some great views from Roger's Ledge.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Great trail maintenance throughout, and gets significantly easier sooner on the way down.

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