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

I skied this on May 9th and I’ll never forget it. Definitely one of the coolest things you can do in the east. I hiked most of the way with my boots on my back until I reached the snow. The trail itself is fairly easy with a few rocks here and there. After The Hojo Hut, the section of trail called “Little Headwall” didn’t have any snow so it was very tricky in ski boots. In the winter and spring, generally you climb what you ski. I was able to climb Chute and ski Center Headwall. I also did Left Gully. If you are climbing Chute or The Lip, you’ll definitely want an ice axe. Left Gully can easily be done without one. In early spring, you can ski the Little Headwall, after mid April you have to hike down. I was able to ski the first half of The Sherburne Trail, then I reached a closure rope and had to cut over to the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. The Sherburne Trail might only be partially open or completely closed since it is a “ski only” trail and hiking will damage it. Bring plenty of water and some snacks. It is a long day. Don’t put on your coat until it’s time to start skiing, you will get very sweaty if you wear it on the hike.

Semi hard hike but absolutely worth the effort! The hike offers many diverse experiences as you climb, both regular hiking and a bit of rock climbing. The weather at the top is extremely erratic so go well prepared to deal with it. If you have not been hiking regularly, highly recommend easier hikes in the White Mountains first to get prepared for this one. Our group encountered heavy fog and a bit of mist at the top on a clear summer day, with close to zero visibility for the last mile of the hike.

We were 16 people. 8 kids 11 to 15. 8 adults ranging from out of shape to top shape. We did our hike on a sunny 20 degrees April 28 day. The path was still filled with snow which was a bit of a challenge going up but fun sliding down on our buts on the way back. We made it to the bowl and back in about 5 hours.

The part after the refuge was more difficult, narrow and steep. Slowly but surely we made it.

Hiking boot, multiple layers of clothing and plenty of water was a must. Cleats and hiking sticks were also a good thing to bring.

Pick your day good weather will make all the difference in the world especially if you are not an expert.

Took Tuckermans via lions head up and down. Awesome hike, more like a climb- especially the last mile.

Hiked the Tuckerman Ravine Trail on Apr 23rd. Trail was snow covered from the Pinkham Notch VC parking lot all the way up. Spikes helped tremendously. From the base of the bowl, we climbed the Left Gully up and snowboarded/telemark skied Left Gully back down. Extremely steep but 'oh the Corn! Additionally, we were able to ride the Sherburne Trail all the way back to the car. Bucket list item complete, however it's so rewarding it will turn into an annual spring trip. A truly unforgettable day under a cloudless blue sky.

Nice quick hike. While it is a series of three waterfalls, the first is the tallest. Don’t stop there though. Cross the stream and continue up a slight grade until you see the sign that says “end of trail”. Not easy to find trailhead. Enter parking lot “C” of Wildcat ski area and proceed until you cross a small cement bridge. The trailhead will be on your left. If you get to the parking lot, you passed it.

Amazing hike to hojo’s. Steady climb the entire 2.4 miles. Great views.

hadn't done yet. looking forward to the climb in late May. wish me luck I don't get eaten by lion, tiger and bears.... oh my.

1 month ago

Took this trail to North Carter , park at the south trailhead and begin by walking along rt 16 for about .3m then enter the woods at the north trailhead, the trail was slippery and cleats helped greatly, two miles to Imp face, awesome views of the Great Gulf and surrounding peaks, at 3 miles take N. Carter trail to A.T. , from the A.T. Jct. North Carter summit is less than half a mile, nice views of the Baldface range.. that's about five miles from the car so with a turn around time had to skip Middle Carter.. from the N. Carter/Imp trail jct take a right and take the more gradual way down, don't miss the meadow above camp dodge, about a mile before reaching the south trailhead...

snowshoeing
1 month ago

My first time snowshoeing! Glad it was here! Can’t wait to return. Beautiful scenic views.

Found hard in areas. Started at cog railroad. It took me seven hours.

Not much to see until the end, but the view is very nice.

Awesome views once your at the top of A Peak but its a tough hike heading up to D Peak that can take alot out of you.

For my first backpacking trip ever, this was a lot. Myself and a few other women in our forties. Scrambling, ice, monorail. Started late and ended up hiking with headlamps, didn’t go out and back, went to carter notch hut. Still totally worth it.

This was my first time hiking this trail, highly recommend giving it a try. Phone battery died when we reached the hut.

Did it in June tough haul, and in Feb to hermits hut, pack snow temp in 40’s easy like a paved highway and going down on soft pack edges easier!

Completed July 2017. Took Tuckerman’s Ravine to Lion Head Trail and onward to summit Mt. Washington. Breathtaking views. Hard trail, cloudy at the summit, with clouds breaking slightly.

I have done this hike countless times and it never gets old.

Happy Labor Day! What a brisk 20 degrees!

Loved each and every step. I completed this with a friend and a dog. My friend who joined me, isn’t the most physically gifted or conditioned, however, I don’t know a person who is mentally tougher and that’s exactly what it takes for inexperienced climbers to summit. We hopped on the trail around 830 am and got off the trail, back to the lot around 5. It was a long one indeed but once we completed it, the euphoric feeling was indescribable. Yes, once we finished. We were to exhausted to enjoy the top and we were committed to hike back down. This is also a great hike if you have a badass dog. But let me be clear. Get them hiking shoes for their paws!!! My girl ripped her paws open and struggled getting down but again, mental toughness! Above all, if you want views, in my opinion, I thought Franconia ridge to Lafayette was more, ‘picturesque’. But if you want to test your will and challenge your body, Mt. Washington all day!

Hiked back in early august. Arrived around 9 am and found out that parking was quite a bitch. However we found a spot and headed up the trail. Rocky scramble throughout most of the hike with great viewpoints at the bowl and summit. The last stretch of the trail was insane and the hardest hiking I have yet come to face.

We took this trail down in late October. We are average level hikers and it took us less than 4 hours. 2 hours of it was after sunset w flashlights. The closer to the summit, the more difficult it is w the terrain, rocks, small streams, and overall decline. Make sure to start the hike early, dress in warm layers, and bring a flashlight in case it takes longer to hike than expected. Hiking boots are a must because of the terrain.

hiking
6 months ago

Views were breathtaking - worth the difficult hike. It took us 5 hours to reach the summit on this trail in late October. We are average level hikers who took many stops for pictures.
**Leave early, bring warm layers, prepare for wind speed changes, terrain changes, and pack a flashlight if it gets dark before you finish. Hiking boots are a must bc of terrain**
The top of the summit has a cafeteria and restrooms. Many non-hiker visitors here. Also there’s a train that takes you down (to only one side of the mountain where not all parking lots are).

This is a great trail full of multiple stunning views on Mount Washington, Adams, Madison etc. This hike is strenuous, lots of vertical gain in a short distance but very achievable for most hikers. Would not recommend brining a dog unless you are confident in your dogs rock climbing abilities. Hiking the ski trail would likely be best for most dogs.
We started at the Glen Ellis Falls trail, after crossing under the road the trail takes a sharp left along the road and river (to the right are the falls, also recommend seeing). There is a 20-30 foot river crossing. It is not very rock hop-able unless the water table is low, would recommend taking socks and boots off to cross. Once at the top of D you're at the top of the ski lift, there is a look out platform further into the trail for panoramic views. The rest of the D-A peaks are hidden in the trees, rolling traverse with occasional clambering. Only about 300ft of elevation change throughout. Great views of the Carter range and hut below on the A peak. One sided mostly eastern views. Lots of Canadian jays to keep you company! Budget 5-8 hrs depending on hiking speed and time spent at the top.

We went Monday, October 23 perfect weather, my husband and I and our husky. I wouldn’t recommend taking a dog and like they are experienced in hiking - which ours is so he did it very well.

Overall the trip was awesome we started around 12 o’clock and finish around 5 PM . 2 1/2 up in 2 1/2 hours down.

My only complaint is obviously when you get to the top it is a bummer having that tram service because there is people up there that did not hike up the mountain, but the positive note is a nice bowl of chili on top after hiking!

We tried a segment of this trial starting at Blue Brook and going down towards Wild River. No blazes and super heavy leaf fall made it hard to follow and about a mile and a half into the 2.2 mile section we lost the trail. Tried to backtrack and could not find it. Saw no one else on the trail. We will try it again starting at Wild River and going towards Blue Brook tent site. Some steep ups and downs in this portion which might be easier without so much leaf cover.

The tuckerman ravine trail was pretty but the loop in its entirety was just ok considering the effort put in to it. The views were nice but not the best I’ve seen in the white mountains. Hiking up to Mt. Washington summit is a challenge and it’s quite an accomplishment however, the auto road that allows people to drive to the top spoils the joy when a hiker reaches the summit. The views are obstructed by parking lots and buildings and there’s people all over the place budging in front of you and being rude which is not something you want after a 4,000 ft incline.

hiking
7 months ago

We went from Pinkham Notch to Boott Spur Trail, continued on past the summit onto Davis Path to Crawford Path to Mount Washington, then went down Tuckerman's. 9.2 miles total. It was great to avoid the crowds on Tuckerman's and Boott Spur was amazing - what views! You're completely above treeline for most of it and then after the summit have a nice flat stretch on Davis for a while before Crawford's Path. From there you can see the lines of people trying to get up Lion's Head. All in all highly recommend taking Crawford's because it allows you to travel up Washington's backside, avoiding the unsightly views of an auto road, parking lot and trolley.

The foliage was at its peak and temps were very comfortable to start with. On the way up Tuckermans Ravine the temps dropped steadily, with wind gusts and sheets of fog. When I started to get wet and cold.I put on a wool jersey, cycling windbreaker, gloves, and wool hat and instantly felt better. I had a down jacket and a couple of space blankets just in case! I stayed at the summit lodge just long enough to take a picture and refill my water bottle. As I progressed down Lionhead trail it got warmer and off came the layers. I wouldn't recommend descending Tuckermans because there is nothing to grab on the way down, and the boulders are huge. Also, wool clothing is the best! The entire hike took just over 4 hours starting from Pinkham Lodge, under ideal conditions and no rest breaks, but this isn't typical so allow yourself more time. The views were amazing!

walking
7 months ago

Beautiful views!

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