Explore the most popular camping 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.

Our first time here and second time hiking ever! Wonderful scenery! The river was beautiful, the dogs loved it, and the trail was great for this ok’ gal!

This is a terrific relatively easy hike in/out. Well maintained trail. We saw only a few other people Went up past the A Trail shelter.

Not for the faint of heart

Hiked this in May 2016 and the comments about it being secluded and not maintained are spot on. You will notice this trail runs generally easy to West or vice versa so set your compass on a 270 or a 90 degree heading and look for gentle indentation in the ground for the trail. The compass doesn’t lie. As stated this trail is not for beginners.

Happy Labor Day! What a brisk 20 degrees!

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.

10 months ago

Very rocky down but nice. We got lucky that it was such a nice day.

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Friday, December 23, 2016


Saturday, September 17, 2016

on July 12 2015 I hiked tuckerman ravine trail it was a sunny beautiful day with clear views for miles. with moderate temps . fantastic hike but not for the casual hiker.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Talk about secluded! Spent the week in the Whites because of this trail. I read that National Geographic ranked this one of the top trails in the U.S for seclusion. They weren't kidding. The best way to tackle the Black Angel is to start at the AT and work your way down Carter Dome. Its pretty much all down hill. There were a couple cool spots to rest or to have lunch and a few streams to refill your water bottles. Once you cross over the Wild River there's a lot of steep up and steep down until you get to Blue Brook Campsite. Definitely a challenge but totally worth it!

I did the auto road in September so my father could enjoy the view. It was as expected cold and extremely windy but to be that high was great. Since it's a visitor's center don't expect to be all mountains and views. Also LOTS of people.

Love this hike. ..so many more trails to do

Friday, April 01, 2016

great hike with countless photo opportunities. it is a difficult hike, especially if you take the boott spur loop to the summit of mt Washington. the staff at pinkham notch / Joe dodge lodge are awesome!

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Thought I'd write a review on the auto road, as many have mentioned it. At the end of July in 2002, we looked forward to our trip up the Mt. Washington Auto road (hours were 7:30AM to 6 PM; rates are $16 plus $6 for my wife and $4 each for my two children; total $30). Early in the morning the whole mountain seemed to be covered in fog, so we decided to try it later if there was time to come back in the afternoon. We did the Square Ledge trail at Pinkham Notch, saw the Old Man on the Mountain face [before he fell] at Franconia, and finally merged onto Kancagamus Highway to Conway and back to Hwy 302. Instead of going straight into Conway with all the traffic, we took the Bear Lake road north and cut back up 16 to the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

The sky for the most part had cleared except for the top and we decided to brave it, even if the top didn’t clear by the time we got there. About halfway up the wind started picking up, the visibility went to 25 yards and the temperature, a balmy 86 in the valley below, began dropping. Feeling as if we were going to drive or fall off the mountain in many spots, we gritted our teeth and said we could do it, making sure we had room for the cars coming down without us getting too close to the edge. We finally reached the top, the wind was blowing 40-50 mph in gusts and the temperature had fallen to 59. Visibility was about 25 feet now and I had to hold on tight to my son walking head into the wind from the parking lot to make sure he didn’t blow away (it was scary!). The top has a summit house where all the hikers and drivers congregate, a snack shop and a (of course) couple of gift stores (we got a moose and a pennant, and some refrigerator magnets and post cards). They posted the day’s weather along with previous weather records (e.g. 231 mph wind). We actually got to the summit sign for pictures and started back down. The top is way above tree line and really pretty flat with big rocks all around as if they had been stacked. The drive down is not as bad except we had to stop from time to time going down for pictures and cooling the brakes. Finally we made it to the bottom and can now proudly display “This car made it to the top of Mt. Washington” bumper sticker. Take heed of everything you hear about the mountain. It was almost August, the winds were at 43 mph, visibility was near zero and the temp 53 degrees at the top... and sunny and hot at the bottom! This is a breathtaking experience in spite of the weather.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Truly lived up to its name "Black Angel". Was a beast to tackle, being part of the wilderness the trail is not blazed or maintained. Very secluded, don't expect to see very many hikers in this area. Not suitable for beginners.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Very easy walk perfect for families or new hikers. Beautiful setting. I'm imaging it would be awesome in warmer weather to take a dip in swimming holes near Rattle River Shelter!! Dogs loved it too!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

It was an amazing experience and I saw a really cool chickadee

Monday, August 17, 2015

Don't let the relatively short distance fool you. This hike up to the summit of Mt. Washington and back felt more exhausting than the 15 mile hike up Mt. Marcy in NY. I took Tuckerman's Ravine and the Lion Head trail and came back down on Tuckerman. It took me about 3 hrs up and 2.5 hours back, but I was fortunate with good weather. This little mountain is not known as one of the most dangerous mountain in the world for no reason. Pack plenty of water and contingent clothing and supply. Note that about a little more than half way up on the trail (pass Hermit Lake Shelter if you use the Tuckerman trail), you are no longer under tree covers and will be completely exposed. At this point, you're at the mercy of wind, rain, sun or whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at you for almost 2 hours of your hike up and another 1.5 hours back down. Make sure you check the weather and the advisory board down at the Pinkham Notch visitor center before starting your venture.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Awesome views at the top! Can get really windy and really cold, so be prepared, but worth hiking up for sure!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

My most recent visit to the summit was via the Lions Head Trail but we wasted very little time at the summit due to the crowds and decided to descend across the lawn and down over the Bootspur which seemed a bit more quiet.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Great to have climbed the tallest peak in the Northeast! The summit was a bit of a let down because of the hundreds of people who were at the top from the Auto Road, shuttle and railroad. The climb up was a wonderful challenge though! I wrote a huge recap with photos of my climb up and down Mount Washington here: http://www.countryfitfamily.com/2014/08/hiking-mount-washington-nh-highest-peak-northeast.html

Monday, July 14, 2014

Very nice walk in to shelter. Gradual incline, nothing technical or difficult. The river runs along side the trail for a while and is a nice refreshing rest area at the shelter. If you go in another .3 of a mile there is a watering hole you can Relax in.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Part of the Appalachian trail. Easy hike/walk next to the river. Right off 2, big parking lot. I stopped for a quick rest from driving and only hiked about a mile or so in, but it was a nice break on my way through NH.

Unpredictable weather, but like most hikes in N.E. wear layers. Only one of the three times I made it to the summit did I not have gloves and was fine. One of the times I brought the dog, he carried his water and had a blast.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

This was a great hike and a must climb for the range but the neighboring mountains are much more satisfying. The only reason I don't give it five stars is because it's a little heart breaking when you reach the summit and see all the old ladies and children running around after "bagging the peak" in the passenger seat of the family station wagon. The other mountains don't have that. Maybe I'll go in the winter next time.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Completed this hike couple years ago. Tuckermans Ravine to Lions Head. As with comparable peaks be prepared I'd rather carry up what i may need than be without. Warm waterproof jacket, gloves to protect hands on rocks, knee/ ankle supports, sunscreen etc all helpful. I remember the lower section of this hike being easy/moderate but hiking and weather conditions on this mountain can quickly become more of a challenge as you ascend. Feet will hurt after this one! Of course it's all worth it.

Yes, I must agree with Lonnie that it was tough, but some of the views were amazing! I went in the summer, which may have been a poor chioce due to the heat. Fall foliage would be better.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Know to have the highest wind speeds ever recorded on the hemisphere. This is a very strenuous hike. I have climbed this mountain 6 times, once in winter. Be very prepared if summiting this mountain, because the weather and temperatures can drop and change in a short time. It has known to snow in August on this summit. Be prepared to climb over many rocks and boulders as you get closer to the summit. The Lion's Head and Tuckerman's Ravine Trails are well traveled from the start of Pinkam Notch.
On a clear day one can see into VT, ME, and to the Atlantic. The are beautiful 360 views from this summit.

If you are not in good physical condition, do not hike this summit, one can drive up the auto road.

Tuffffffffffffffff but cool trip

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