Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

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!

stunning.. kind of a larger crowd but.plenty free to roam around and see all it's beauty..just amazing

Good hike. Beautiful skyline.

Really accessible with a jaw dropping view of the falls.

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.

Did this hike over a two-day period, staying at the IMP shelter site in between. Ditched my pack day two at the intersection of the Carter Moriah and Carter Dome Trails to scale Mt. Height-worth the steep climb as it offered a gorgeous 360 degree view from the summit. Trek out was all down hill, including 19 Mile Brook Trail, which offered a lovely sound for several miles-then had a huge pool of fresh cool water about a half mile from the trailhead... Yes, I stripped down and swam in that glorious mountain pool!

nature trips
14 days ago

Really neat! Quick stop off the highway with an amazing waterfall. Recommend checking out the trails surrounding the area as well.

hiking
14 days ago

Did this trail today without doing any research before. Basically incline the whole way up. The top was amazing. A little slippery since it was raining earlier this morning. Toward the top it’s basically rock climbing, really cool hike!

Really great and challenging- I recommend though going up Boot Spur then crossing ridge line and ascending Mt Washington. Head back down via Lions Head. Amazing loop- you’ll need a cold one at the bottom!!

Ascended from Carter Notch Hut and descended by N Carter Trail and Imp Trail. Ridge line was the best! Hight Mt so worth the minor detour! N Carter Trail was VERY narrow. Imp was hard on knees even with trekking poles.

Make sure to bring some money because it is 5 dollars to park, but that will be good for other spots in the area for the day so if you are planning more hikes it is fine. It was a little hard with the kids coming back up because of all the stairs and they got tired, but the falls were very beautiful.

It was a bit hard to find the trailhead, wish it was better marked but I'm glad we stuck it out and asked around. The falls were nice, we didn't get all the way to the top because we had some small kids but we were happy with what we saw!

hiking
17 days ago

Stopped by on the way to Mt Washington. Well worth it. Very short walk but a few dozen steps. $5 self-pay parking. Best $5 I've spent. Explore the area around the falls if you have time.

Brought our dogs there today. It’s not a long trail but really fun! There are some nice spots to stop before you reach the main waterfall to cool off the dogs or your feet.

Its a amazing trail if you’re camping in the white birch campgroup. It feature a waterfall and a bassin wich in hot summer day are so refreshing(and very cold ).Our dog like the hike so much as do we.

Not for the faint of heart

hiking
24 days ago

Did this last week. One of the toughest climbs I've done in the Whites yet. Mostly it's just a steep, relentless walk up a bunch of rocks, with lots of exposure (so, pretty much the same as any of the trails on the eastern slopes of the Presidential Range). Once you get back into the section of trees after the exposed section where Glen Boulder is, it becomes a much easier trail. There are two spots just below the actual Glen Boulder itself that I thought were very difficult and scary where you have to pull yourself up onto/over rocks, where it would be possible to have a bad fall, and the footing isn't great. Over 3.2 miles, you start at around 2000 feet and go up to over 5100 feet, and maybe a half-mile of the trail, almost to the end as you push towards the Davis Path, is either gentle or flat.

Hard NOT Moderate I would describe this trail. It's an outdoor stair climb and you need some upper body strength to pull yourself up onto the open area at the top. Intense especially if you are afraid of heights.

One of our favorite’s to do with the kids!!

really great first time hikers trail. overlook at the end is decent but nothing compared to others in the area.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Even in “mud season” was dry and beautiful. Great views, beautiful brook. Easy

Great views for a relatively small payout. I've hiked it in all kinds of weather. Be careful if it's raining. The trail requires navigating up a smooth, open rock incline that can be quite slick when wet. Great views of the northern side of the Presedentials as well as Gorham, NH up top.

easy trail by white mountain standards, scramble to top is short but definitely steep. Would not attempt if you are scared of heights

backpacking
1 month ago

beautiful challenging trail. wonderful waterfalls. brand new trail signs too. Roy was not lying - we ran into several people who reported many many trees down on the last segment of the great gulf, totally obscuring the trail. highly recommend using the sphinx trail for summit access instead - it worked very nicely.

Definitely strenuous and the black flies were vicious after 11am

What they don’t tell you about Isolation is that you have to scale 5,000ft up Washington and then back down 1.6 miles to get there. No complaints, though. A new favorite, huge views. If you want to stand at 5,500ft, it’s tempting to go the extra .6 to where the Boott Spur trail intersects, it’s worth it. I ended up making a loop by descending Boott Spur, which made for a very long hike including the diretissma back to the trailhead. Almost a 3-hour descent for the fittest hikers if you go this way. Black flies are relentless. It’s insane to look at the Washington summit so close and almost level, worth every step.

backpacking
1 month ago

This was my second run through here over a two day period. Going from the campsite up toward Spaulding lake there was hundreds of gigantic trees blown down that were not there on my last trip. Must have been a very bad storm up there. This made our hike up much longer as we had to climb over trees that looked like they have been standing for a very long time. Not sure when they plan to clear that out but take this into account if your going up anytime around when I post this.

hiking
1 month ago

a ton of ticks at the beginning, be mindful

Awesome!!! Nice walk even for a Fay Guy like me!!!

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