Explore the most popular forest trails in New Hampshire with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

AllTrails is incorrect in distance. I recorded my hike using the app and it was 6.6 miles round trip. So be aware of that in you planning.
The trail for the first couple miles was really great with very gradual ascent. The trail was nicely broken out.
Then it got steep..very steep in short switchbacks. The trail was still broken out nicely but very narrow and was easy to step off and be in snow knee deep or more and easy to step off towards the downside.
Views on the way up opened up to spectacular shots of Mt Washington!
We used snowshoes up and down and recommend that for others as well as you will posthole. We only saw two other people all day. I was able to do a little but sledding down which was fun!!

Great trail. 7 + miles round trip with all side trails. I’ve run the loop a few times and it gets hilly in spots. Great trail

hiking
snow
1 day ago

Hike was great! Snowshoes came in handy shortly into the hike & we had to break trail from North Peak to South Peak. There were definitely areas that could become slick on the way down if there hadn’t been a decent layer of snow cover.

Great short hike with pretty decent views at the top on a clear day. Trail was well packed; used spikes, didn’t need snowshoes.

hiking
2 days ago

Used spikes the hole trip and had no difficulty. The deepest part of the gorge is closed off but there are cute covered bridges that make the trip worth seeing. Trail was easily navigated

hiking
2 days ago

Gorgeous hike but definitely need traction especially near the bluff.

hiking
2 days ago

Very excellent trail for hiking!!! Great for dogs. Had a great experience with this trail.

snowshoeing
snow
3 days ago

Fun easy trail. Some sections tough to navigate and others super easy... although it’s all super easy with the app.

One of my favorite hikes in southern nh

used microspikes and snowshoes. a little steep and tricky on the ledge to Whiteface. Beautiful views!

hiked this afternoon, quite hike didn't see anyone else on the trail. Pretty easy and has some decent ascents towards the the top.

It seemed like the trail just ended when we got to the end - saw some snow tracks but all circled back. looked like people may have tried to bushwhack and then realized it was the end.

Overall, quick easy hike that has some ascent - the red dots were easy to follow.

snowshoeing
snow
3 days ago

My first snowshoe hike! It wasn’t as hard as I thought. The closed I’m snowy evergreens made it feel like Lion, Witch, Wardrobe. When I arrived at the top...boom! Amazing view. Made it to top but phone died.

hiking
4 days ago

Thanks to all the snow shoers, we were able to make it just with microspikes! Gorgeous hike, beautiful view at the top. Plus our dog loved it ❤️

Pretty cold and had to hike in from the road because Ravine Lodge is closed. We used micro spikes until we switched to snowshoes at the trailhead. Great hike. Too cold to hang out at the summit though.. It was truly stunning.

hiking
snow
4 days ago

Great trail that rises at a gentle pace up to the Bridal Veil Falls Shelter then continues to the falls. As of today's hike snow-shoes were not needed. However, 2 plus feet of snow is expected tomorrow so at that time snow-shoes will be needed to avoid post-holing the trail. The falls are fully frozen and with caution I was able to walk to the base of the falls. Again, caution is required due to fast flowing water under the ice. Great hike for a high wind day as you will be well sheltered in the trees.

hiking
4 days ago

I want to go back with a mtn bike for sure! Great off leash spot as well

walking
5 days ago

Loved being there when there weren't a lot of people. The dogs loved it too!

Now renamed the Elizabeth Burns McIntire Forest, of the Monadnock Conservancy. The stone chairs on top are awesome and a bit surreal!

It was a very nice hike. Great view from the top. Very peaceful walk through the woods. It was not kept up very well. Could see the trail somewhat but could have been better.

Nice loop very icy in 2nd half during winter. I think it will be impassable during mud season, too wet.

This a great trail to hike. Not took him traffic. Views are amazing. Well marked so you know where to go.

This trail was beautiful! Nice short hike in the cold and we used sleds to ride down. Trails were nicely packed and the weather cleared up when we got to the top. Would definitely do this again :)

hiking
snow
6 days ago

Yes the hut is open despite the shutdown!! Went on a foggy day and couldn’t see the view much, but still a great hike and the hut is so cool! Definitely need micro spikes, but didn’t need snowshoes as the trial is very packed down. Saw a few other friendly folks too! First mile is steep, then evens out nicely. Will have to go back to see that view on the lake!

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful trail, fun trail. I hiked it in micro-spikes on 1/13/19 and ran down while my friends backcountry snowboarded (three carried the snowboards and wore micro-spikes too). We all could have benefited from snowshoes - post-holed the last 2/3 miles of carriage road up to the peak. It was 0 degrees but only felt cold at the beginning of the trail - the sun was out and there was NO wind at the top- fortunate to get a beautiful day!!

You will want waterproof boots, micro-spikes at least, snowshoes ideally. Also the trail is best for backcountry skiing, wasn’t wide enough for the best snowboarding although it was possible. Skinning was evidently tough for my friends who did that. Oh and it totally depends who went right before you did - the snow shoers who headed down before me made my descent much easier. Would have been nice to have more of them on my way up!

First 1 1/2 miles the path is a steady incline - not much to view! Once you hit the evergreens, it becomes a nice hike. Not many views until you get to top of Mount Starr - no 360 degree views, but nice! No views from the peak of Waumbek as you remain in the tree line. Recently snowed, so the evergreens were covered in snow and very pretty. Completed the hike in about 4 1/2 hours in microspikes. Most of the hikers we encountered were using snowshoes. If you're doing the 4000's and need a relatively easy day, do Waumbek.

Hiked this on 1/15/19. Cold day - 10F at bottom at start, with 15-25F mph wind forecast. Started up Falling Waters route based on advice. Due to previous cold weather the streams were low and not a factor. Waterfalls were frozen over in veils of ice, like bells - but neither of our phones worked due to cold temps, so no pictures. Hike to Little Haystack is challenging and steep, lots of switchbacks and was fully snow or ice covered. Off the packed part of trail in snowy areas you can post-hole up to mid-thigh. Ridge hike that day was tough - wind gusts to 50-60MPH or so and steady at 30-40, and hard to stay on trail! We pretty much flew through the ridge - very brutal and exposed in those conditions. We were layering up right below treeline on the way up and two hikers passed us. They came back 5 minutes lighter with wide eyes and started layering up!! Trail is very well marked along ridge - with rocks on either side or frequent cairns. After Lafayette on the way down we did have a little difficulty keeping track of the trail and got a little off the path for a while a couple times - be very careful. It was like being on the moon that day - above treeline was a whole different environment. Once we got below treeline on Bridle Path the hike down was quick and easy - clear and calm conditions. It took us 6 hours without much stopping - just snacks, water, etc. No time wasted on the Ridge Trail - so on a clear day with time for gawking I'd budget 7 hours. Micro spikes were essential and worn from lot to lot. Great hike, quite challenging - my dogs are barking today.

flat and easy

hiking
8 days ago

My friend & I Did this mid-november wearing spikes, but definitely were missing our snowshoes near the top! Awesome hike with great views of Maine & NH forest & hills, and of course Mount Washington.

Really enjoyed this hike as an intro to snow hiking in the white mountain. Micro spikes were absolutely necessary. Be prepared with extra layers and freezing temps. Amazing views and fun trail. Looking forward to this hike in warmer temps.

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