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.

backpacking
11 days 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
2 months 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
10 months ago

10 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.

hiking
Friday, July 07, 2017

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.

Friday, July 07, 2017

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
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Nice little hike to the falls

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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.

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