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Amazing hike to hojo’s. Steady climb the entire 2.4 miles. Great views.

Great trail but tough with the current ice and snow conditions...will definitely head back in the warmer weather!

awesome trail, not very well marked at the peak. The dog's loved it.

Short hike with BEAUTIFUL 360° views!
Still a good layer of snow (4/20/18) but nice and packed at this point.
As an out semi- out of shape momma packing a 25lb toddler, I had to stop after a few steeper parts. Worth the short hike for sure!

Lots of graffiti, rude tourists and trash everywhere. Nice view of the lake but there are lots of other places nearby without the crowds, noise and trash.

Nice hike any time of year. If you follow your nose the cliff trail from the summit leads to nice views. No blazes so follow the path. The overlook for Newfound has been posted "No Trespassing". Not sure if a new landowner or hikers trashing it so it was shut off. I hope the first and someone can get them to open the ledges again.

This is my fallback hike when short on time but need to get some quiet time in. Have had many restful times in the wind break overlooking the pond.

It's a good hike, however it is not very well marked.

I've hiked this a few times and it is easily a favorite of mine. I had the pleasure of actually getting the summit all to myself one evening I hiked it solo after work. I would not say it's to difficult even with the rock scrambles because as long as you pace yourself both going up and down and are careful of your footing it's a enjoyable hike.
I've done it top to bottom in 3 hours solo but it can also be more of a leisurely hike with a group around 4--4.5 hours total.

Trail is currently undergoing logging Mon-Fri until further notice. Easy to get lost with down trees along the trail. White blazes are faded and hard to find. Overall, the trail needs serious maintenance! Great trail for birding and mushroom foraging though, especially after the rain.

Quiet, peaceful, wooded trail that courses along a babbling brook. Educational posts by the ACC along the way. Dog friendly!

hiking
3 days ago

Good set of trails. 3 main trails and a number of other unofficial trails.

Watch out if you are trying to go on yellow the whole way the bridges are out so it may be best to avoid for a bit.

hadn't done yet. looking forward to the climb in late May. wish me luck I don't get eaten by lion, tiger and bears.... oh my.

Great views, especially considering the minimal effort required to reach the summit. The trail is moderate in steepness, but extremely short. It was windy, cold, and surprisingly snowy when we went in mid-April, but still nice. A great family hike, I would recommend it.

Amazing hike. I can't recommend enough that this is ideal for a winter/early spring hike when a few feet of snow-pack will offer amazing views that you wouldn't get any other time of year. Also, great butt-sledding on the way down to and past Avalon.

Love this trail and view is amazing

4 days ago

Took this trail to North Carter , park at the south trailhead and begin by walking along rt 16 for about .3m then enter the woods at the north trailhead, the trail was slippery and cleats helped greatly, two miles to Imp face, awesome views of the Great Gulf and surrounding peaks, at 3 miles take N. Carter trail to A.T. , from the A.T. Jct. North Carter summit is less than half a mile, nice views of the Baldface range.. that's about five miles from the car so with a turn around time had to skip Middle Carter.. from the N. Carter/Imp trail jct take a right and take the more gradual way down, don't miss the meadow above camp dodge, about a mile before reaching the south trailhead...

short trail with one of the best views ive ever seen from a 2k.

just did in april all snow but cant wait to trail run this one !!

great hike. With a few inches of new snow it was beautiful. Just right. we used Microspikes and were fine. Met some with snowshoes but we did fine by 10:30 on the way down snow was a bit soft. Great day.

walking
4 days ago

Make sure to walk.all the way past the pond. There is a really pretty waterfall to the left at the very end. You will end up With a total of just over 3.5 miles if you go to the end. Very relaxing and peaceful out here.

Bang for the proverbial buck. A short hike to a big vista. Not heavily trafficked. Be sure to wear orange in hunting season.

This winter hike was intense. I'd consider myself in shape, but we had to take regular breaks to manage fatigue. It's steep and uphill the entire way. We wore microspikes but probably could have done snowshoes to avoid falling through the fresh snow. The snow had blown off the summit so it was like walking on a frozen pond to the summit. Beware that the winds at the top can really whip. We even saw another group of hikers put on ski googles before ascending above tree line.

Trail was hard packed snow all the way to the summit, but it turned the rocky trail into a sidewalk so that was welcomed. In snowy/winter conditions, microspikes are needed to scramble on the ice-wrapped summit rocks. Slope is kind and gradual, aside from some large steps at the summit. Great one!

hiking
5 days ago

Castle itself is worth the trip. Some good views on the overlook near the pond. Pond view is very scenic as well. The actual trail is somewhat meandering.

Loops are tons of fun AND lots of markers!

Great training for the White Mountains. Plenty steep.

Nice hike, we did this in about 4-5 hours late September 2017. The trail was in good condition and easy to follow. The ridge part is great. This can be a longer day hike if you do a bigger loop including mount Flume (start with mount flume) and walking down the valley back to your car.

Nice loop, great views.

I did this hike in mid-April 2018 in winter conditions. Spikes are a must. The trail is difficult. We ascended via Falling Waters. There are stream crossings, so wear waterproof boots. Near the summit, the trail becomes especially steep. Views from the summit are spectacular, my favorite in the Whites. We encountered high wind gusts and freezing rain as we crossed the range. Thankfully we had goggles, and these saved the day. What is special about this hike is that you keep these beautiful views across the whole range and as you descend via Greenleaf trail. I can’t recommend this hike enough.

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