Explore the most popular hiking trails near Center Sandwich with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
7 days ago

Awesome afternoon hike. Incredible views.

hiking
8 days ago

Nice short hike. Great views

This is rated as moderate, but it's steep a good percentage of the way up. OK, we were two women in our 60's, but I've hiked other trails and this was more challenging. There were some rock areas, but it was a good trail. Great views from the pseudo-summit of Squam and a little of Winnipesaukee. No water views from the summit, but an expansive view nevertheless. Took us a little over 3 hours to do the hike.

Great family friendly hike. Easy enough but a decent workout. My dog loved it too. Beautiful views of Squam Lake at the top.

Not difficult endurance-wise, but technically challenging! Really fun if you like climbing up and down boulders, going up ladders (awesome but definitely a little adrenaline-inducing), and squeezing through rocks into caves!! Went with a group of 8 friends and we all loved it!

This hike has the most beautiful views I’ve seen. With that said....it was “Terrifying”! Definitely go up Morgan and down Percival. If you have the slightest fear of heights, avoid the ladders and caves. I personally don’t recommend this hike for young children.

hiking
26 days ago

lots of folks with dogs, noisy on top headed over to east rattlesnake a great day go breeze

Gorgeous views. Highly recommend the direction of Morgan then Percival, by way of the ladders/cliff on Morgan and caves coming down from Percival. I'm prone to anxiety attacks with height and this was just enough to challenge me without being unachievable. Simply fun and beautiful for most hikers! We took our time on the trail and spent significant time in the summits. 5 hour loop from the Mt Morgan Trailhead parking lot.

hiking
26 days ago

This was a good hike, lots of effort and one of the longer hikes I’ve done with my kids. The view was okay for the amount of work going up and down. I think this was a good hike, but I’m not sure I would do it again compared to all the other mountains and moderate hikes around NH. However, I do think if you are a regular hiker, then this is a must do just because it is a popular hike and it’s nice to be able to compare it with other hikes.

Unreal views! Accidentally took the Mount Morgan trail instead of the initial loop we noticed on the map for this hike...ended up doing a total of 5.5 miles with the 4th mile being the toughest uphill ! Yellow path was a good workout for sure.

Great hike took about 3.5 hours round trip...we did stop at the top for some time enjoying the views. I would definitely recommend going to mount Morgan first and come down Percival so you can go up the ladders rather than down. Going down was a challenge.

hiking
29 days ago

Nothing too memorable about this trail. It is steep (good exercise), but hikers of most skill level will be able to complete, given enough time.

Ascent of Mount Morgan is pretty moderate, and there is an optional ladder/cave route near the top, which is fun. The ridgeline traverse to Mount Percival is mostly easy, with a few short, steep sections. I would recommmend taking the Cliff Trail down from Mount Percival (second trail on the right), as the Cave Trail (first trail on the right) is ranked as one of the toughest in New England. It is fun if you are very fit and agile, but it requires good bouldering skills, as well as the ability and comfort to squeeze through tight spaces. After that, the trail gradually becomes easier. Unfortunately, we went on a misty day, so there was little to see in terms of views. However, the trail offered several fun scrambling opportunities, and I hear the views are great on clear days.

Nice well maintained trails. We took old bridal path to Col trail and made a loop after reaching the peak of west rattle snake. We did a lot of down hill climbing on Col trail before ascending up. A relatively easy trail. We had a four yr old w us who did just great.

Going up Eagle Cliffs was the best part of this trail. The rest of the trail went up and down too many times to make the fire tower worth it. The parking area is just a pull off on the road.

on Old Bridle Path

hiking
1 month ago

so in love the trail. it breath taking. we will be do this in falls

No challenges on this trail- simple steady ascension over a long trail through the wet woods. As the trail is overgrown, I’d consider long pants to prevent exposure to poison ivy. I imagine the bugs would be brutal in the spring/early summer given the wetness of the whole trail. The summit views are pleasant.

this trail is gorgeous! it was definitely tough, I feel on the very high end of moderate. (which we weren't entirely prepared for) the summit was very much worth the work to climb this steep mountain! We will be back, when we're better prepared for trails on this end of the moderate spectrum.

A lot of effort for an okay view

Had a good time hiking found a lot of mushrooms. Nice quiet place to hike

Nice hike with good views. It is your standard New Hampshire Trail with roots, rock, and steep grades. It is easy to follow. Started at 6:45am and got back to the parking lot at 9:45. We didn’t push it too hard to make good time and had the trail to ourselves until 9am at which point we ran into few other hikers heading up.

1 month ago

Family did this trail today with a 6 yo and 2 yo in a backpack. Perfect length, great view at the top, and clearly marked.

Love the ladder! Beautiful views from the top!

Beautiful trail! Definitely on the more difficult end of the “moderate” spectrum, but well worth the effort. A few more signs at crossroads and the summit of Percival would be appreciated.

As has been pointed out by other reviewers, this was not 4.7 miles. My watch said 5.68 miles, but since I went off the trail twice (not very well marked coming down Mt. Percival) and also hiked the extra 0.2m detour (round trip) to see the top of Mt. Morgan, I’d guess the whole loop (including the Mt. Morgan summit detour) is about 5.5 miles. As a kid, I hiked this route many times, and I don’t remember it being so strenuous! The “trail running” didn’t really start ‘til the ridge between Morgan and Percival, then again halfway down Percival (power hiking the rest of the time). Several very steep parts going up Morgan and especially coming down Percival. “Moderate” is a gentle way to say “not easy.” Beautiful views of Squam Lake from both summits. Total trail time (excluding rests on top of the two peaks) was 1 hr, 35 minutes (probably 2x my normal hiking speed).

my family and I did this hike today we have a 9 yo and a 5 yo they had no problem. Beautiful views!

This loop totaled out at 5.7 miles rather than 4.7. We took the Morgan trail up and followed the loop clockwise to the Percival trail.

Coming down the Percival trail is steep and very rocky, and might be better described as a Harder trail for some folks.

Overall, a great hike with some great payoff views of Squam Lake and the surrounding mountains, but not one to sneeze at.

hiking
2 months ago

easy hike with beautiful views!

Moderately busy at height of the season but worth the short climb for the view.

it was rainy so had no view at the top, but the woods were absolutely beautiful to hike through. I would definitely do this one again.

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