Explore the most popular forest trails near Berlin with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

Very challenging but stunningly beautiful. Really fun hike

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.

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 :)

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
8 months ago

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.

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.

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

Steady hike up to Cabot. Nice cabin just before summit to break or stay if your inclined. Wooded summit. Other then going for 48 not sure if this climb is needed. looped down over Bulge and took small trail to Horn (52 with a view). View off horn was great 360. Then down to the Unknown pond and back to start. Long hike on a nice day.

10 months ago

Overall it's a boring trail. Only spots for views are toward the very end and you're just going straight up the mountain the whole way. There aren't any unique or challenging obstacles, but there's an awesome swimming hole 20-30 minutes in from the parking lot.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice little hike to the falls

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked this with my 12 year old. To be honest I was shocked we made it. We were up for the challenge but the rocks and roots were difficult to navigate in some areas due to the recent rainfall the night before. Some spots were very slick and as the day went on the mud really started to show itself in spots. Took us 3:21 to the hut. 2:20 down and I did not have my app on from hut to summit but I would say 35 -40 to summit with stops along the way for pictures.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

nice walk along the water with some waterfalls.

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

For the record the turn off of ME-26 is North Road not North Pond. Also after about 5 miles on North Road it changes names to Success Pond Road.

Hike was nice at the beginning and challenging for the 2nd half. Dogs enjoyed playing in the creek for the 1st half mile or so.

Very few bugs in late August.

hiking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A hefty climb. There are spots along the trail with some beautiful views across the valley but the climb is a grind to tree line.

hiking
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Took the less-traveled Howker Ridge path up to Madison on this day. Spent most of the time above tree line. doesn't get better than that! Howker ridge to valley way back to Appalachia lot took us 8 hours

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Pretty long and very intense! Rewarding views with a fire tower at the summit off the main trail

walking
Sunday, October 11, 2015

Easy beautiful walk in the woods along the brook with three waterfalls. The only real incline is slight between Gordon Fall and Salroc Fall. Peaceful setting!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Great hike. Very challenging. Also completed Mount Adams after. Total of a little over 8 hours.

hiking
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Relatively steep and boring uphill climb because there are not a lot of views until you reach Madison Spring Hut. Also, it was very humid so the trees blocked any breeze coming through.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Mild difficulty, amazing waterfalls. I walked this trail in Mid May, it's a great afternoon hike that passes a few very nice, un-crowded waterfalls along the way.

Avoid Cold Brook trail after rain storms, as it's susceptible to becoming very muddy.

hiking
Monday, September 01, 2014

Closer to moderate than easy, but a nice walk along the river, across and back, with several small waterfalls along the way.

hiking
Friday, August 29, 2014

Much less demanding than the intial portions of the Air Line, but will require a quick steep push to the summit via spur trail bearing right to Durand Ridge, or up Kings Ravine Trail. Spectacular views of the ravine and ridge.

hiking
Monday, June 16, 2014

I personally did not enjoy this trail; I used it to descend from Mount Madison on my first trip to the AMC hut there. The long section of small gravel boulders was grueling after a ten mile ascent of Adams and loop of Star Lake. Maybe climbing Madison first on this route would be better the next time around.

hiking
Monday, October 07, 2013

Hiked the Valley Way trail last Saturday (10.5.2013). The weather was unseasonably warm and balmy, allowing me to hike most of the trail in shorts and a t-shirt. Overcast for much of the day, though never rained. Cooler at the summit, but not by much. Sadly, the peak was submerged in cloud and all that could be seen was the pulsing grey iridescence of the sun behind thick cloud. In regards to the state of the trail, it was well kept and only proved hairy where wet fallen leaves and slippery rocks were concerned. The trail rises fairly consistently from the base, but never steeply. The rock scramble to the summit was slightly confusing. While there is a trail, it occasionally gets lost among the rocks and your own sense of direction. It’s best to keep your head up and follow the cairns as best you can. The foliage was still going strong, lots of bold orange, yellow, and lime green, though with should be on its way out soon enough. Over all a pleasant experience, just remember to be over prepared when hiking in this region of New Hampshire.

We had a lot of fun on this trail, although steep at times with lots of rock face. Not a great trip on a wet day so wait a few days for it to dry out a bit. We took the little Outlook loop on the right which led to amazing views, don't do this hike without taking the outlook detour! Ate lunch at the summit then went in search of the DC3 plane which crashed on the mountain in 1954 which killed 2 of its' 7 passengers. We found the plane and took lots of pictures with it. Great hike!!! Highly Recommend!!!

hiking
Monday, April 22, 2013

We did this trail in February of 2013. The wind was steady at about 40mph and the temp was around -10f. When we broke tree line and made it to the hut we changed into warmer clothes and headed back down. We couldn't summit- this trail was a lot harder than anticipated.

hiking
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Made it up on 23 Oct 12. Found the plane wreckage at the top of the summit, very cool hike.

hiking
Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fun hike going up Mt Madison! Two stream crossings which were beautiful. This trail brings you to the AMC hut between the Madison and Adams summits. I recommend to check out the moon rock and star lake when you're up there. We only summited Mt Madison due to time, but gorgeous views of the presidential range from the summit. Could see Washing and Adams easily and a little bit of Munroe when we were up there!

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