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I hiked this trail with my 8 yr old son yesterday. We made the loop by going up to Noon the Jennings and down Drake Brook. It took us just about 5 hours— the kiddo rallied up the trail but was pretty tired and slow on the way down.
I would say this trail is on the tougher side of “moderate”.
Great views at Noon and Jennings and the hike back along Jennings brook is a lovely, slightly longer, but more gradual trek down (read easier on the knees)

Love this trail!! The view is so stunning. The way up is all along a beautiful stream and waterfall. Heads up: you need to cross the creek twice, and the trail itself gets super muddy. Pet parents, bring a towel!! I forgot - my car is not great

7/27/2018...FYI if you are looking to hike this trail, we tried today and the "stream" crossing was a gushing river and we weren't willing to attempt its crossing. Dog tried and almost washed away. Great disappointment. Attempted Drake's Brook Trail afterr having the same issue on Sandwich Mountain trail and ran into the same problem. Moral, don't attempt this hike during or right after a wet spell!

Great afternoon hike! Went up to Noon Peak then continued on to Jennings Peak and down Drakes Brook trail. Jennings Peak has absolutely spectacular views of layers and layers of smaller mountains and foothills to the south/east. Definitely don’t skip the small spur to get there, it’s well worth the minimal effort! Plenty of room to spread out on the ledges. We hiked with 3 dogs who were very happy to finally reach the brook toward the bottom as this is a very dry trail.

Love this trail. It's uncharacteristically dry for spring hiking; no worrisome slick ledges or slippery mud on slopes. We ascended via Sandwich Mtn Trail and descended Drakes Brook, all in the quiet (saw very few people on Memorial Day weekend!) Jennings Peak has beautiful views and dry ledges. As others have said; the bulk of the vertical rise happens early, and then you walk on a soft mountain pass. I rate this trail moderate. Yes, there are steep parts, but if your balance is good and you take it at your own pace, you'll do fine. Shorter legs (small humans) may have a harder time on some of the steps up.

Great hike. Perfect weather. Trail in wonderful condition. Creek Crossing a little deep. I dropped a white snowshoe halfway down. If anyone finds it please hike it down and hang it or lean it on the sandwich mountain trail sign at the entrance to the parking lot. Thanks

Got my snowshoe back!!!!!! Thank you trail magic!!!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Short but sweet. Hiking along stream for maybe 1/4-1/3 of trail. Beautiful view at summit. Best part? Ran into only one other person - no Chocorua traffic jams here :-)

loved the scramble and the river crossing

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Loved it! Beautiful trail. Make it a loop and it takes you by water falls and across scrambles

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Thursday, August 04, 2016

A good hike with several steeps. Took Sandwich Mt trail past Noon Peak and up to Mt Jennings. Hiked Drakes trail down. Lots of toads today!

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Monday, June 06, 2016

You must cross the brook to continue on this trail.

I ascended via the Jennings Peak Trail. This is a beautiful (relatively steep & rocky) trail with some scramble / climbing required.
Jennings Peak has excellent views.
I opted to extend this loop by including Sandwich Mountain. The trail to Sandwich is similar to the rest of Jennings Peak Trail. The summit has limited but very nice views to the north. This is a good place to eat a sandwich.
I backtracked from Sandwich and descended via Drakes Brook Trail. I found this route to be a gentle, gradual descent (relative to Jennings Peak Trail).

You must cross the brook to finish this trail.

Great hike! Highly recommend!

Nice hike, but steep in spots - spikes needed in mid-late spring. Great vista of east and north to Presidentials, just after you reach the ridge. Overall, not a challenging hike but one that will get you to the pub quickly.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

What a great trail. Not being from the area I wanted to do a trail run, but there was no running this thing. Power hiked counter-clockwise and managed some running in the down hill. Amazing scenery. I'd do this again but would prepare for a hike, not a run. Still a great workout!

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

For what it is, the East Pond Loop is a pleasant trail for an easy half day hike. Most of the trail follows old logging roads through open woodlands, and passes or crosses three picturesque streams and visits two isolated ponds. It is a good opportunity to get away from crowds and possibly see some wildlife. The hike is about 5 miles with about 1000 feet of elevation change, and should take between 2 and 3 hours to complete.

The trail to East Pond, the first leg, is along an old logging road and is in good shape. You reach East Pond after about a mille and a half of hiking. The shore is sandy and very pleasant with a good view. For a short easy hike you could turn around at this point and return to the parking area.

The leg to Little East Pond from East Pond is rougher, but not particularly difficult. It just has a raw, lightly used look. After another 1.5 miles you reach the pond. Unfortunately, the shore here is muddy. With that said, it still is an attractive pond.

The final leg back to the parking area appears to be along an old logging road. It is an attractive hike, but there are two stream crossings that required rock hopping that may prove difficult particularly in high water. There is also a "ditch" where a log staircase was built down into the ditch and up the other side to make crossing easier. Unfortunately, the lowest log washed out. So, there is a bit of a scramble at the bottom. All in all, anyone with mobility limitations may want to avoid this section.

Great trail! A small stream is crossed early on and at the end of the hike, so be prepared. We went on a rainy day and the trail and stream made this a very moderate trail! The up side of the trail is very steep, but the vistas are outstanding! It took us just under 4 hours, and was a great time!

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Very nice easy walk. Pretty pond. Nothing to see at red bench overlook

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Great moderate trail. Plenty of views. Well marked. A few good scrambles!

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