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IMPORTANT: The access road is closed for resurfacing as it will be until the spring of 2019 or later. It is still possible to hike but you will need to walk an additional 2 miles along the access road each way (for a total of 14.8 miles of hiking).

The first 2 miles of the hike (not including the access road) are mostly flat and have no net elevation gain, making for a fairly boring walk. The next 3 miles are steep with 3,500 feet of elevation gain.

The trail is in bad condition and is suffering from erosion in the steep sections.

The ridge climb is about half a mile and not very interesting. There is no scrambling, just a mildly steep walk across the ridge with mediocre views. The peak is wooded and you must climb the tower to get any views. Dogs are unable to climb the tower. The views from the tower are good, but not worth the climb in my opinion. I have done about 30-40 hikes in the past three years, most of them more difficult than this one, some of them easier, and some of them the same difficulty, and this is one of my least favorites.

You may enjoy this hike if you like hikes that are entirely wooded, but if not this trail is not for you.

Had a scary moose encounter before sunrise that made us have to turnaround and walk back to the car, luckily we had just started. Once we waited about 10min we restarted and no further encounters. Hike was ok, going up the North Slide and down the South Slide was a good call. Both suck in their own unique way and we were thankful to have dry conditions. I would not want to do either after or during any rain. It is just frustrating because a lot of it is loose gravel and shocking to see some of these huge rocks be equally unreliable. Not the worse hike but glad to have crossed them off.

The scrambles up and down are a lot of fun but pretty strenuous! The views are gorgeous while hiking the slides but the top provides limited views. After the long flat section in the beginning the trail is slightly overgrown before hitting the slide - be aware, I got some poison ivy likely from this hike. :)

first things first. The 4000 Footers. Com website needs to update their notes to indicate the access road is not open. this will add a boring 4 mile dust walk to your hike.
Trail is easy to moderate but just watch for the turns as the trail is not marked. we took the wrong turn at the fork about a mile and a half in. just head down about another couple hundred yards and the turn is marked. Ridge and Summit views are probably some of the best in the Northeast so well worth the hike just probably would not do it again due to the access road closure.

Beautiful hike up down and around a brook. Perfect for children.

hiking
1 month ago

This is not a loop. Just hiked this yesterday. Knights Bridge (which showed on my GPS) does not exist. This is an out and back trail. Go up Irenes path to the overlook and continue on to the flume location. But then turn around. I went down the old scar trail that is very overgrown and forded the river at the end to get back to the road.

Amazing views from the tower and ridge trail. Long hike, lots of time in the woods kinda uneventful. Not blazed very well. Blazes are in the spots you need them in the beginning, but could be much better .

The views from the ridge approaching the summit are spectacular. And the 360 degree view from the fire tower are equally amazing. The access road to the trail head is closed due to a washed out section of road, this adds a pretty boring 2 miles each way from the parking lot at 302. The trail starts off pretty flat, but then you pay for it. It levels out at the ridge, and then a final ascent to the summit. No views whatsoever on the way up until you hit the ridge. Lots of water toward the bottom and thankfully a trickle coming out of a mossy rock wall about 2/3 the way up where we were able to refill. The views always make the hike worthwhile in my opinion, but at 14 miles, I likely won’t be doing this one again. Encountered 6 people total, so probably a good choice if you like to avoid crowds.

Climbing up the north slide and down the south slide is good advice. North slide was fun, steeper than I expected, with some good views. South slide is more gravelly so it would be a chug going up and it’s a little slippery coming down but still better that coming down the North slide. Livermore and the rest of the trail is in good shape. Bugs / gnats / black flies were vicious on the slides but no problem with bugs on the rest of the hike. They must like the warmth of the rock slides. Great hike overall.

Great trek as others have stated. Sawyer River Road not open yet so did the 2 mile hike up to the trailhead. Continued up Signal Ridge for 5 miles to summit. A good hike in that when you start from Rt 302 you get another 500' or so gain which puts you at about 3,900' gain to the summit. Not that many 4K footers where you can say you trekked 4K to get to the top (my Garmin actually read 3999' at the fire tower!). Continued down Desolation to the Stilwater area to camp. Wanted to do more than just peak bag this one. Nice camping options in the Pemi there. Read in Steve Smith's book how Brutus the bear (450 lbs) terrorized campers back in the day, when there was a shelter in this area. That was nice to know as we dozed off! Returned via Nancy Pond which is amazing! Try this, you'll like it!

Hiked up in glorious sunshine, with dry rocks and no bugs. It is quite a scramble up and down, but when conditions are good it is a blast. If you really are having trouble on the way up you can always get traction in the woods.

There was no snow on the Livermore ascent to the summit, a little bit between the summits (including lots of moose poo, and some blow downs) and nothing on the way down. There is some loose rock on the decent, but more at the bottom of the climb.

Yes, summit views are not the best, but the views going up and down are out of this world!

360 views can't be beat

Tough in the winter but still a great hike! We left the lower parking lot (sawyer river rd is un-plowed) at 9am and got up to the trail head at 10:15am. Made it up to the switchbacks right before the ridge around 2:30pm and decided to turn back. Got back down to the parking lot at 6pm. The snow made it very strenuous and we definitely made the right choice to turn back. We will definitely be back in the spring to get to the summit!

In the winter Sawyer River Road is generally closed, adding 2 miles each way to the hike. Pretty challenging ascent in snowshoes, will definitely be feeling it tomorrow.

At this time of the year (late Nov/early Dec) the top 1/3 of the trail is snow and ice covered. The middle 1/3 was frozen ground and ice patches and the first 1/3 frozen ground. Foot traction was a definite benefit on the middle and top of the trail. There were some tall steps and small scrambles involved. The ridge line was fantastic with glimpses of view between the leafless trees. Clouds were rolling in and we could see Mt Washington above the cloud layer, then the higher clouds rolled in but Mt W. continued to shine through them and slowly got covered by them. It was incredible to see that mountain shining through all those clouds. The blazes are old an could be easy to lose the trail. In the snowy sections it had already been broken. But isn't that part of the fun of hiking, needing to figure out the way sometimes? Hiking is not just another walk in the woods. Paying attention and continuing to look should keep you on the trail. Tricky part is when the trail turns left at the top of the stream. Great hike and would do it again.

Just wasn’t for me. Most of the trail is not steep or rigorous at all. There are several brooks to cross and after rain you HAVE to cross right through the water. The trail to the north is tougher than the south. The last half mile to the summit of both you’re scrambling up rocks. Requires some legit rock climbing, particularly up the north. The views on the way up are nice (no views at the summits) but really only offer views to the west and south.

We went throughout the notch to the Desolation Trail and Ascended the back side, then down the Signal Ridge Trail for 13.4 miles. There was quite a bit of mellow hiking, but you pay for it on the way up the back side!

Signal ridge trail is great; beautiful scenery and clearly visible. The desolation trail is cool because it’s technical toward the top, but once you leave the alpine zone there are trees down, no blazes, and lots of spur trails leading nowhere, so pay close attention if you make a loop of this. Very cool trail, though. 360 panos from top make it worth the push!

if you like climbing rock face this is for you. avoid the north slide after the rain. granite gets slick. no views except on the way up or down

very primitive trail markings and no views. next time would do south side. lots of moss on rocks so don't bother in wet or fall/winter conditions.

Hike up was pretty tiring for me. I was quite sore by the end of the day. But not so much that I couldn't move my arms and legs the next day. Not to many insects trying to eat you thankfully. However I did go fully covered head to toe with insect repellent on me. It wasn't busy at all. For 85% of the hike up my husband and I were the only people hiking. We met a few people on the way (about 10 total up and down). There is a watch tower like construction built all the way to the top where you can see EVERYTHING ! It's so so so quiet. Couldn't even hear birds or insects singing. Weather was amazing so we spent about 20mins soaking up the sun and silence. I expected the view to be better though. Wasn't disappointed but not as amazed as I wanted to be.

One of the best in the whites!

one of the best in the whites!

If you enjoy scrambling, this is the best mountain for it. The walk to the base is lengthy and the peaks aren't beautiful, but the whole climb up is just absolutely wondrous.

Great Hike super challenging. Small viewing points at top. Enjoyed a little river swim at end. Def a knee breaker.

trail running
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Decent hike. First two miles are flat and easy and the remaining three miles, while a fair grade, were along a narrow and rocky trail, which was difficult to navigate at times.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

We did this hike as the exact loop indicated in the map. Going up the north face and down the south slide. No Scaur ridge trial. Howwwwwwever I would never take the north face again. It was not raining per-say but it was foggy with damp air. We have never had a slip issue in our hiking shoes till this hike. The north face was incredibly hard and the only way up was to use pine shrubs along the slippery granite to stay on it. It was miserable I can say. (Two weekends ago we hiked the entire presidential traverse and went even further onto Mt Jackson and Mt Webster and both agreed the entire 11 peaks we did before weren't even anything as hard as this north face. ) In addition I would NEVER bring my (hunting) dogs up this trail. Ever. I guess if you took the Scaur ridge around but then again we never saw that trail so I couldn't tell you. Even going down the south slide loose terrain I'd hate to knock the boulders free towards my pets. Many times boulders free fell 50/60 feet larger than softballs. One hiker taking one to the ankle. The loose rock and sand just crumbles out from under you. We didn't get a view from any peaks because of the fog - but that could happen anywhere. And wouldn't do it again to try and see anything. I'm for certain it's probably an amazing view don't get me wrong. And we love hiking do it all the time and are wellll into our 48 4K forgets. Not that it's all complaints but I would have labeled this hike as extremely difficult. And 2 stars because although I felt kinda accomplished and just happy to check it off and get away from it... we will never do it again just to see the top.

trail running
Sunday, August 13, 2017

we just went up Smarts Brook trail about a little over a mile with our dog. it was beautiful and quiet and the river was awesome. We picked out at least 3 picnic/swimming areas where we can come back with our 9 year old. Jogged back, great trail for trail running.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Definitely a long hike/bike. My son and I actually biked in the 1st 2.6 miles to the tripyramid loop junction. I recommend this. We went up the north slide which was steeper than I remember. You have to to use hand holds and on all fours at times.

I had to lift up our black lab a few times and he was tired after the full trip. Really nice views and amazing to look down at how steep it was.

The ridge at the top was enjoyable and a more lush mossy and fern covered change from the slide area. South slide down more loose rock. But definitely the right direction to go. Good sense of accomplishment for all once back at the car at Livermore road.

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