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hiking
5 days ago

Hiked with my 10 and 6 year old.

This is a pretty straight forward hike with a moderate and steady incline. I've read other reviews that make it seem more difficult than I found it. There are no scrambles or steep sections and very little bare rock. Also the peak and ridge line are forested so you have no real time above tree line. There are several trees down through out the trail all but one were easily climbed over and the largest one was easy to get around. There are also a couple water crossing within the first .75 of a mile but by mid July the were all dry.

The first 1.5 miles are all forested and this is where you will do almost all the elevation gain. The first lookout on the south side of the mountain give a small but nice view of Squam lake and a small view of Winnipsaukee. After that you you have a short bit of incline before you reach the false peak. The view here is nice but you have a little less than a half mile more to the actual peak which is marked with a cairn. The actual peak has a 180 view looking north at the Sandwich range and Chocorua. I plan on returning in the winter.

There is a large parking area in front of a white house but did not see signs for any entrance fees. The trail head starts to the left of this house.

We only ran into 4 or 5 other groups on the way up and down. It mostly felt like we had the entire trail to ourselves

This would be a good half a day hike and I would recommend it for beginners. There is nothing too difficult or technical.

An excellent trail that has much to offer especially the views at the summit of Mount Percival. These is a cave close to the summit of Mount Percival which is sure to please young children. You got to take off your backpack and get body position just right to squeeze through. The scenic views on top of Mount Percival is the best that I've seen and I've seen many a trails in my hiking career. We were even treated to a bear sighting in the clearing. I really regretted not packing my zoom lens on my camera along with me. The views of the Squam Lakes region and various other peaks from the summit of Mount Percival is absolutely breathtaking so you definitely want to bring your binocular or zoom lens for your camera.

The ladder down Mount Morgan is challenging as well going down especially for young children and inexperienced hiker. If you got either of those it is better to do the trail clockwise. There is a narrow opening to squeeze through on the Mount Morgan side as well.

Overall this is one of the best trail that I've been on for relatively moderate effort. I will definitely want to return to this trail before the end of the year.

You cant beat the views for such an easy little hike. The one downside is how busy it always is.

12 days ago

Amazing hike! Not too hard at all! Great length - hiked with baby on my back great for kids and family. View was spectacular! Definitely recommend.

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail with amazing views!

hiking
14 days ago

stream @ start was easily crossed. great trail with some nice views. I would not consider this trail easy as it is rated here. I would rate it moderate. if it's wet use caution could be a bit slick. keep an eye out for moose. some nice blueberries to snack on in season.

Views from the tops of Morgan and Percival were gorgeous. The trail up and down to the summits was a well marked forest trail, and everything is a moderate hike with one notable exception-- the last bit to the summit of Percival. We did the loop clockwise so we did this section going down. At the top of Percival you'll see two blazed options-- one that goes down to the right over the open rock face and one to the left through the trees. The options aren't marked if you're heading down (they are in the other direction). To the left is the cliff side (we didn't do this, so I'm not sure what this entails) and the other goes to the cave. The description here says it "features" a cave, however, feature here means that you scramble through a cave (not exactly a cave, but cave-like) with two very small openings on either side in order to follow the trail. The way down to the cave opening is steep and a bit technical. The openings on either side are small enough that you'll need to take your pack off to get through. The day we were there was incredibly hot so the time in the cave was a natural air-conditioning relief.

hiking
17 days ago

Fantastic effort-to-payoff ratio... easy short hike with stunning views of Squam Lake.

Beautiful view at the top. Well worth the hike in the 90 degree weather

Lots of fun to run most of the way. Fun ladder and cave obstacles near the top.

I’ve hiked both mountains before separately but the loop is so much better! We went up Morgan through the ladders and came down Percival through the caves. Morgan is deceptively easy to climb, and fun at the top. The connector is a rocky ridge line between the summits but short enough to enjoy. More than once we had to take off our backpacks to get through the caves of Percival cliff face. Although descending this way is fun and challenging for experienced hikers, definitely not recommended for kids or dogs. Heading down the rockfall is tough and you have to keep your head up and stay on the trail, which is hard to follow on points down Percival. All in all, up Morgan and down Percival via the cliffs is probably the way to go. Amazing views as always on top.

what an amazing view.

hiking
1 month ago

A good hike with a decent view.

hiking
1 month ago

THE view was incredible

Somewhat challenging but lots of fun with the steep cliffs, ladders, and tight caves to climb through. Awesome views from top too, especially on Percival.

on Old Bridle Path

1 month ago

Very good for a family looking for an easy hike. It does get busy here. Views of lake are great with nice rocks to sit on while you enjoy the view. Trail is more like a nice wide path with steps. Road in and out is paved nice. Parking is directly across from parking for Mt. Morgan Trail. Bring a picnic and enjoy a few hours.

I loved the view of the lakes from the top, as well as the ladder going one way. I wish I knew about the loop and would have done that instead of backtracking. I'll be back when it's a little warmer to swim in the lake and possibly camp nearby!

This is by far my favorite hike!

Vraiment magnifique !!! Le sentier est très beau dans une belle forêt. Et la vue est superbe, inoubliable. C'est à mon sens la plus belle randonnée que j'ai fait dans tout mon road trip. Je ne suis pas descendu pas le même chemin que la monté, on peut faire une boucle en passant par Ramsey trail et undercut path trail, (vert et blanc 50 mettre vers la droite sur la route pour rejoindre le parking), ce qui rend encore plus sympa la randonnée. On a vu sur le chemin des juvéniles de triton (salamandre orange avec des points rouge). Ça nous a prit 35 minutes pour monter et 1h pour descendre. Il y a beaucoup d'espace en haut pour s'assoir profiter de la vue, picniquer, s'allonger lire...

Amazing trail ! And probably the most beautiful view I have seen for such a short hike ! The trail is well indicated, and the space at the summit allowed us to stop for a while and admire the view. We came back using the Ramsey Path and the Undercut Trail (marked green then white), so it made a loop (you just have to right to come back to the parking lot). The way down was fun, and we saw a lot of salamanders. It took us 35 min to go up, and then 1h to come back using the loop.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is pretty steep and I would say it's harder than all the other "moderate" hikes I've done from AllTrails. When we hiked this yesterday there were many fallen trees and it seemed like the path hadn't been maintained in a while. If it weren't for the markings we wouldn't have known where the path was at all in a few places.

A great trail, but be prepared for a challenge. Ascending either route up - via the Mt. Morgan Trail or Mt. Percival Trail - has challenging steeps near their respective summits. We chose to ascend Mt. Percival first, which ended up being the better route as the descent via Mt. Percival trail would’ve been much more difficult. “Caves” on Mt. Percival trail should be taken with care, and there are alternative routes up once you’re there but aren’t much easier.

Great payoff views and a nice challenging hike for intermediates, but not recommended for young kids or dogs.

Great trail. well marked great views.

For inexperienced hikers like me I’d recommend preparing a bit more before tackling this trail. We went up Morgan and down Percival, taking the ladders up, which was cool. I just don’t know if going down the caves was our best decision- it got a little dark and scary in those!

TRAIL WAS WELL MARKED AND MAINTAINED. GREAY VIEWS OF SQUAM LAKE. FELT LIKE A TRAIL MORE IN THE WILD THEN IT IS. THE RIDGE BETWEEN MT. TOPS IS A SHOULDER WIDE TRAIL THROUGH SPRUCE TREES ON ROCK. NICE SPRING WARM UP TRAIL.

Awesome one of my favorites

Great family hike, pretty busy trail!

Ladders, caves, and views! Took a little longer than expected.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, small water crossings. Spectacular views. Trial was not hard, you do need your microspikes towards the top for traction. There are some very slippery spots. The false summit has great views, but the true summit is spectacular. We did see a young bear, but he ran off as soon as he heard us.

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