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Great morning hike. We started hiking at 7am and reached the top just after 8. Great views and a really nice maintained trail. Highly recommend and well worth the time.

5 hours ago

Hiked yesterday with my son. This was my sixth or seventh trip up Holt but the first one where the sun was really shining. The rock face on the steep sections are extremely exposed, so the heat was something of a surprise. We had ample water, but even still I was mentally caught off guard.

I absolutely agree do not think that this trail should be descended.

Great hike with kids ages
5,6 and 9

Made this trail my first hike this summer. 7/16/18. Definitely challenging towards the top but the views are outstanding! Well marked also! My 4 year old did 75% of this trail on his own (it’s the top that’s hard) will definitely do it again down the road.

Excellently maintained trail. Lots of hikers and dogs on a beautiful Monday. A summer camp-ful of teenagers at the top made for a crowded summit, but still plenty of room for all! Gorgeous views at the summit! A little bit of a scavenger hunt finding the blazes once you hit the ledgy boulder section at the top, but not really a problem because you can probably pick your way up several different ways. Did the Champney Falls loop on the way down. They were very pretty and gave my dog a spot to swim.

I may have broke my phone and toe on the way down but still my favorite hike

A nice quiet, lightly traveled 4 mile hike. My wife and I elected to start up North Mountain Trail, tackling the climb portion first, then come around via Boulder and bring it home via the North Mt Bypass. The 4 mile hike took us novices 2.5 hours, most during the climb section, with a few stops. It is definitely buggy. Fortunately we paid attention to the warnings and lathered up in bug spray. Not much scenery even at the peak of North Mt. Might be better during foliage season.

Very good hike. Past the hut is very rocky and not an easy hike you need poles. After the view at Zea Cliff you continue on Trailway trail to get to Zealand summit. It is confusing at the junction where Zealand trail heads to Ethan Lake so I did not make it to the summit but turned back.

Best part was seeing a moose!

Great hike for a moderate pace. Spectacular views! Will return in the Fall.

hiking
16 hours ago

VERY EASY HIKE GOOD FOR FAMILIES WIHT SMALL KIDS. AND SNOWSHOE IN WINTER.

Did the trail July 16th. We were surprised that the bugs were nonexistent. Did the trail counter clockwise which we thought was the easiest. The payoff is great for the effort only about 1000 ft of elevation. Would do this hike again.

hiking
18 hours ago

Great hike. Lots of boulders and roots. Took 2:15 from Crawford Path parking lot to Mizpah Hut. Great short hike up if you have a late start day but want to stay at a Hut.

Great little hike! I was surprised by the viewpoint at the top and the trails are well kept. Perfect for a Sunday hike

hiking
20 hours ago

View from the top is underwhelming. A lot of greenery. There are a few good clearings with great views though. Not too difficult and it’s a pretty brief hike.

Beginning of the trail is closed so we took the detour up the ski trail. It was probably the worst part-straight uphill on dirt with no traction in multiple spots. Once we got to the ravine, it was beautiful! It was steep but more actual hiking. Pretty warm and humid today until we got above the tree line. There was a nice breeze for the rest of our climb to the summit. I definitely recommend hiking shoes. Lots of rocks and even kind of a scramble-like hiking on the way to the top. Because of the waterfalls/small stream coming off the rocks, your shoes will inevitably get wet. I saw people in sneakers though I wouldn’t want to do it. Hike ended up being about 6 hours and we also stopped at the top for quite a bit. I think the weather really determines the capability of this hike. We had a perfect day and saw a ton of people who were probably in average shape that were doing just fine. If the weather wasn’t on our side, I can definitely see how it would get treacherous, with all the rocks on this route and on the way up to the summit. Just make sure you check the Mt. Washington weather site.

hiking
21 hours ago

Attempted this trail the other day with my friend and were very disappointed. About 0.5 mi into the hike, after the clearing, the trail becomes extremely overgrown and unmaintained. Wouldn't even consider it a trail rather than a very old-bumpy service road for the quarry. We were planning on taking the left side of the loop up to then take the main blue trail over to Mt. Major, didn't end up going as planned. Don't waste your time on this unless you like overgrown hikes.

hiking
23 hours ago

worth the walk. 5yo was a little tired towards the end, but enjoyed every spot she could stop to play in.

Fun outing with my preteen! Hike is fun, gets steep at some points as mountains do, but great easy hike with mild intensity. We wore sneakers and brought plenty of water. The view is nice, worth the 2 miles.

hiking
23 hours ago

Between the waterfalls and the ridge it was an easy to rate this 5 star...awesome. Be prepared for winter conditions during the spring months. Check out my write up along with some other things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/lafayette

Great hike today! Nice views to the south on the way up of the Saco and Attitash, but as you reach the summit you also have views to the north of the ridge into the National Forest and across to the Iron Mountain ledges, Black Mountain, and Double Head. Be sure to descend at least a little ways toward Mt Pickering. Just a few steps takes you away from the sounds of Rt 302 to a beautiful blueberry meadow and more views to the north. Keep descending into a very quiet zone which you stay in until maybe half way up Pickering. The Pickering summit is not far and has a view past Iron Mountain to Mt Washington. We spent a total of 4 hours on this hike, though we were seriously delayed by blueberries. We will do this again!

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.

A beautiful and wonderful, yet rugged, hike in the whites! This trail is properly rated as hard. I am a pretty experienced hiker, and many of the elements of the trail made it difficult. My only complaints: There was a great amount of pine and shrub overgrowth on the last 3 or so miles of the trail and was also closer to 4.5 miles, making it a 9 mile hike out&back. It took me approximately 6.5 hours, about 4 hours ascending. There are multiple “false peaks” but that didn’t hinder the beauty of this trail. Make sure to download the topo map to track your progress! The waterfall at the beginning was beautiful, and carried on for a mile or so. There is no “Mt. Madison” sign at the top, to my disappointment, so you will know that you submitted by using the map. Enjoy!

on Diana's Baths

nature trips
1 day ago

A quick and easy walk on a clearly marked pathway leads you to the waterfalls/swimming holes, gorgeous area! Visited on a summer Sunday, it was crowded with lots of kids and dogs but still relaxing. Easy to find your own area to hangout or to dip your feet in the water.

Challenging and quite epic along the Franconia Ridge.

busy usually, but a fun hike up to views of downtown Brattleboro

Very nice very quick hike I took my 3 year old sun the hike took about 15 mins max maybe less but for such a short hike there is a pretty view nothing over the top but still refreshing open view!

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

Gives some good swamp ass but good view

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