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I can see why this hike is a lot of peoples favorite, including mine. Went up falling waters and came down old bridle, Whole loop took me and my Dog 7 hours with long breaks at the peaks. up falling waters trail was moderate in difficulty, my dog a Brittany Spaniel had no problems as he is an experienced hiker. Falling waters really inclines near little haystack. Perfect sunny weather, amazing views at the top really rewards you.

We had perfect conditions for our first Mr. Washington hike. The detour wasn’t bad, slightly muddy. Past the hermit lake Shelters is definitely steep but totally doable. We were fine without poles but probably would have helped on the descent. The views were absolutely gorgeous.

It was hard but not impossible - hooray! We were expecting it to be terrible and for the most part, it was not. Due to the length of the whole hike, it was tiring but manageable. We did Amoonusec up and Jewell trail down in under 9 hours. We had perfect weather - it was cloudy and misty from Lake of the Clouds up to the summit and then very foggy on the summit, but it cleared for our descent. It was cold and 44-55 on the summit but very warm and mild up to Lake of the Clouds. The hut was a great stopover for some coffee before continuing up. The stairs and rock scrambling were not impossible and we are not in that great of shape. The trail was also mostly dry but would be treacherous in the rain or when the rivers were higher. There were many river crossings which we were able to jump over.

Hiked with my 6 and 10 year olds.

Maybe I missed it in the description but beware the mileage is off by about 1.5 miles of you're planning on summiting. The discrepancy is because the mileage listed is from the trailhead to the intersection with the Piper trail. It's another .6 miles from the trail intersection to the peak. I would not rate it as moderate because of distance and the last section and found it to be on the lower side of hard. However it is completely worth it. The views are amazing.

I would not recommend this trail for smaller children and would not recommend it in the rain. The first 3.5 miles are moderate but long with the last quarter mile being a pretty rigorous scramble.

My six year old was beat when we got to the top. If you're taking smaller children learn from my mistake. Let them break more than normal and don't wait for lunch at the peak. I think she would have faired better had we had a long break with lunch before summiting. I should have divided the trail into thirds with two large breaks instead of the usual one big break at the top.

Moderate for a 4,000 footer. Staircase is a killer. View was much better than reviews.

Great trail! We followed this down Mt Washington after doing Amoonusec up. It was not easy but much better than the rocks on the other side. It was a clear day so we got great views of the Gulf and the Cog Railroad. It is extremely exposed (more than halfway) so if there is bad weather like lightning or strong wind, I would avoid it. It wasn't well marked on the trail but there were plenty of people to follow. We followed the signs right back to the Amoonusec parking lot.

beautiful! its steep until you almost get to the lake, then it levels out. great hike for kids and the inexperienced, just take plenty of breaks. the hut at the top has bathrooms

I prefer blue up and yellow down. It takes about an hour to go up and an hour down, if you don't take many breaks. Blue is steep but it's nice to get up there quickly. and this is a perfect mountain for sunrise hikes because it's not a long hike up

not easy but well worth it. beautiful mountain but you have to go early in the day

Hiked Cater-Moriah to Moriah summit, then descended to Stony Brook trail. Advantage of this direction is reaching the summit faster and saving the gorgeous swimming spots along Stony Brook until near the end. The trailhead to trailhead distance is about 9.5 miles, but you can close the loop by walking north along the shoulder of Rte 16 to the Gorham town beach and then down Mill Street to the suspension bridge which brings you back to the Bangor Street trailhead, adding about 1.7 miles to the walk. I parked under the power lines opposite the bridge without a problem. The upper parts of Moriah are quite steep and can be slippery if wet of icy, but the lower couple of miles at each end are an easy and very pleasant walk in the woods. Views along the first mile descent toward the Stony Brook trail are nearly constant and absolutely spectacular! A couple of things to consider if hiking with your dog are absence of water along Carter - Moriah trail (plenty on Stony Brook), and a very steep ravine of about forty feet just after leaving the Moriah Summit. My lab managed it with a mad dash/controlled fall, but smaller dogs might need to be carried.

It was my favorite hike I have ever done. The view at the top is beautiful and the falls on the way up are amazing as well. The trail is busier than others I have done in the past but definitely not as trafficked as I was expecting it to be. We did the hike in about 5.5 hours roundtrip but we were definitely moving quickly. I definitely will be doing this hike again!

This hike was challenging but so worth it! The views from the top are amazing!

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4 hours ago

Tip: open the map and scroll left to where North Moat Mountain is. That is where you’re going. Not sure who gets to decide which path is the “official” one for these trails, but if you stopped where the red line does you’d never get to any of the views. Actual hike as measured by my Fitbit was just under 10 miles. Not recommended for anyone with less-than-stellar knees. Shares a parking lot with Diana’s Baths so get there early if you want a space. Bring $5 in cash for the Day Use fee. After deviating from Diana’s Baths we didn’t see anybody for another 3 hours. Lots of exposed smooth rock, slippery when wet, which it was in spots. Wear boots and long pants, bring poles if you’ve got them, lots of water, and plenty of snacks. If you want to make the trip educational, bring a field guide on mushrooms. I’ve never seen so many, of so many different kinds, in one place. Incredibly beautiful environment, but definitely the high end of moderate, if not hard. Glad I did it, but my knees are telling me I won’t be doing it again.

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10 hours ago

This is a nice serene easy trail for a couple or family. Let ya of bigs so definitely come prepared. Not a long trail at all, but the waterfall on the end/on the way is quite beautiful. Great place to explore and make lasting memories.

If anyone is looking for an easy brisk walk than this would be the place. No serious inclines or rocks to hurdle over. Great place to walk your dog or come with little one. I enjoy coming here to do a quick jog, it’s peaceful and no heavy traffic.
Only 3 stars just because I’m more of a moderate to hard trailer myself. So even though it’s on a 3 star to me, it may be a 4-5 to you.

Beautiful scenery, great mix of inclines flat trails and plenty of other hikers along the trail to say hi to or show a quick smile. Took my two teenagers with me, and even after a few huffs and puffs, they were eager to keep going and very proud to get to the top.
Even though they said they wouldn’t do it again(big surprise), I will gladly do this again and be as happy doing it like the first time.
Definitely worth the trip and exercise!

my family and I did this hike today we have a 9 yo and a 5 yo they had no problem. Beautiful views!

Very easy hike with a nice view of Littleton

Pretty good hike. Went up Gorge Brook trail and Down Carriage Road. Would definitely recommend this because it gives u great views on the way up and down. It took a bit longer than we thought and we should have started earlier in the day as it was getting dark by the time we got out. It is definitely a moderate hike, and u should expect it to be steep for a good portion up and down. It is dog friendly and our dog had no trouble with it, other than being a little tired. A little disappointed because it was really foggy and we had no view. Good hike for a rainy day other than that.

Definitely not “easy” more moderate than anything else. Great trail, well marked.

great hike , Met some really people
shelter and cabin worth the visit

You need to be ready for the distance other than that not too bad. Mostly small rocks on the trial. Steady climb. Pretty cool at the top.

I loved this trail. It was hard though & I maybe found it more difficult as my last hike was in March so I had muscle soreness for a few days after & bad knees due to a fall. Nothing serious, just tired legs during the last 2 Miles. Amazing views throughout, the waterfalls are stunning. A very busy trail & need to get there early for prime parking. We ended up parking at the shuttle car park off exit 34c, which was fine. Took us 6 hrs 20, I’m in pretty decent shape & not been hiking for a good few months. We went up the falls trail & back on the old bridal path.

Great hike, not a lot of people. There was some confusion of the trail markings near the lake, but the views from the fire tower were great.

Nice hiking trail.

Loved this trail, gorgeous views. Did this a couple weeks ago, it was a little muddy but that made for some fun.

Very easy up to the hut but after that it was a bit difficult to the peak. No view at the peak so if you're looking for a pretty semi difficult hike i would try something else.

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16 hours ago

One thing I DID NOT like was that there was absolutely no way to find the trail just the parking. I felt unsafe just walking into the woods me and my son kept finding poison ivy finally a kind lady told us it was on the side of the assisted living facility. Not well marked. If your like me looking for small trails for your toddler mine had a hard time with this one. It worked out but was to much for him. Nice quick hike though pretty view very muddy today due to rain.

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18 hours ago

Hiked it again today. Went up Blue and down Orange. Steep going up but definitely glad it was shorter than yellow with the steepness. Orange was challenging going down but not as bad as going down Blue.

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