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

hiking
24 days ago

We were reminded today about proper preparation for hiking in the Whites. From the trailhead it looked like a nice crisp October day hiking thru the wet leaves. But soon we encountered crunchy snow and by the time we reached the cabin we were trudging thru snow about a foot deep. Wisely we skipped the south peak and backtracked. On the way down we came upon a beautiful freshly cut trail to the new parking lot on Dundee Road. Kudos to the trail builders from Jackson. Just a quick reminder to our fellow trekkers. Be prepared for the unexpected, and adjust your hike to the conditions.

Mike Simoneau

Great running loop. Head up north ski trail across saddle and down south trail. Great western views of presidentials from south crag.

Easy hike along scenic brook. Great way to experience the Carter huts and pond.

Fun challenging trail up. Try the less crowded Rainbow trail down and watch for moose and other wildlife. Summit views are limited.

hiking
1 month ago

A great hike,not what I was expecting however was nice a nice day. Hard on my Knees!!
Thanks

trail running
1 month ago

Awesome for a trail run!

Beautiful hike, however you have to find the trail first!! Not the easiest place to find. We parked at The Thompson House Eatery and then crossed 16 at the Lodge at Jackson Village and turned right into Green Hill Rd. Walk past 2 houses on the right and head towards water department signs...in there lies the trail. Even on a rainy day it was a gorgeous hike by the river!

hiking
1 month ago

NICE WIDE TRAIL NOT MANY ROCKS. MANY BROOK CROSSINGS.AND IS UP ALL THE WAY. THE BEST VIEW IS AT THE CABIN. IT IS TIME FOR THE FOREST SERVICE TO TAKE SOME TREES DOWN TO IMPROVE VIEW OF MT. WASHINTON.

hiking
1 month ago

Another great hike, Rocky Branch to Davis Path to Isolation and return. Spent the night on the trail so we could take in the wonderful sunset and sunrise.The trail was very wet with a hand full of river crossings. The grade heading in and out was decent compared to some hikes in the area. Wonderful views from the peak.

hiking
1 month ago

Fairly simple short uphill walk- seems kind of desperate to include it on the 52 WAV list.

Great hike. Glen Boulder is steep and the return hike had a lot of uphill too. Be prepared!

hiking
2 months ago

If you don't have a lot of time but want a challenge this is a great hike. We hiked up the ski trail. It is steep. We then hiked down Old Path for about a quarter mile where the trails merged.We hiked over to Double head south to find a beautiful view and a nice ledge to have lunch. We did it on a hot August day. I would do it again in the fall.

River crossings were perfectly do-able even after all the rain we had that week; which was a lot (7/30/18). The trail itself was pretty messy and wet, however. I imagine this one is always fairly wet so be prepared to get dirty. Good views of washington and the southern presies from the top. I also saw a moose on the way down which was very cool.

The views from the summit are excellent. Not sure when this trail is ever dry, many sections of the trail had deep boot sucking mud and running water which felt like we were hiking in a stream, not next to one. There are no blazes but the trail was not too confusing to follow other than the river crossings. Definitely bring a map. I was able to get a signal and see our position using the All Trails map which was awesome. The grade is fairly easy, but this is a long approach and/or descent, and you can be slowed down by trail conditions and river crossings so definitely plan for extra time.

It was every bit as steep as its reputation but doable. I went up the old path, scooted over to the South Peak. It was nearly bald and probably offered a near 360° view but was socked in when I was there. The North Peak at the cabin was more wooded. I descended on the ski trail which was safer and easier on my knees and probably will take that trail in both directions next time. I'm a fit 67-year-old woman.

hiking
3 months ago

Us too! We couldn’t find where to park or any semblance of a trail

this trail is one of the most beautiful I've ever hiked and HIGHLY recommend it as your way up to Mt. Isolation! However we were a bit skeptical about coming down this steep, exposed scramble. So we spotted a car and returned via Rocky Branch Trail, which was long, easy, gradual, BUT also confusing at times as the trail is not marked and required several river crossings. This route is a little more than 13.5 miles and took us 10.5 hours, which includes about 1 1/2 hours of summit and food breaks. Highly recommend this route!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike! Fairly easy to do, while still being a fraction of a challenge due to the mountains steepness. I think the views offered are a little minimal however.

hiking
3 months ago

I hesitate to write this review because we actually didn’t get the chance to do the hike. We started at the covered bridge that had a sign that said “Ellis River Trail” but were accosted by a surly red faced older man in a golf cart that informed us that we weren’t welcome there. Turns out that we were walking on a golf cart trail. The man said that no one can hike during golf season. There must be another entrance to the trail, but we never found it.

Went up the North side which is very steep. Great hike. Walk past the cabin for a nice view. Wish I had gone down the south side but with the threat of rain thought going back the way we came would be safer. Next time I’ll take the old/new path up for better views.

The summit was awsome. Great view of Washington down to Jackson. The hike itself had some cool spots, relatively tame after 1st 2 miles. Rhe long hike out was the hardest part. Trail is rough and be ready to get your feet muddy and wet. Glad to have done it but dont see myself coming back

Very rugged trail. Lots of elevation gain immediately after leaving the car but this section of the trail is pretty decent otherwise. Trails were pretty rock-strewn and very wet. Must have rained the night before. Several stream crossings that weren’t difficult but weren’t marked so it was a bit confusing at times. Didn’t really get much good trail until nearing the ridge and the Davis Path.

The views from the summit are Awesome with a panoramic view of the Presidential Range from Jackson to Washington. Views are almost 360. Great place to relax and soak it all in.

Fine. No blazes, but most of the rocky branch trail and davis path are fine. The Dry River Trail (a misnomer, by the way - be prepared to get wet!) is less well marked. You need to cross the same creek 3 times, but exactly where is up to you. Views at the top are lovely!

The road is washed away near Jericho/Jenk's Hill Road, so add 3.5 miles to your hike. Also please be advised that the 15 foot bridge over the first creek crossing is washed out. We turned around rather than wade across, so do not know how the rest of the trail looks.

hiking
5 months ago

Steep as hell. I hiked with my 6 year old brother and he was not happy going up haha. The summit by the toilet is decent - I hit a look up on the south view and I'm regretting not following this trail to the very end. Now I don't know what I missed. Not very good trail markers but u can def tell where the trail is... it's also not 3.3 miles- idk what trail they have here - check out my recording - It was 4.5 miles- and it took over 4 hours with a child. Awesome cabin here u can rent for 20 dollars a day. I defiantly would do that. Buggy on the way but bug spray seemed to keep them from biting. Happy journeys everyone!!

hiking
5 months ago

got there a little later than we should have, we started the hike at about 12:30pm. We had taken the bog brook trail up to rainbow up to Carter Dome instead of the one proposed here. we then followed the normal path down but with heavy stopping we were out until 10:30. Were definitely reasonably new to hiking, I did Lafayette last month and man let me say, for a much shorter mountain this was almost just as steep. definitely a challenge but the view is well worth it. the best view isn't on the summit btw for us it was going down the Wildcat River Trail from the summit overlooking another massive mountain, I think you could see Washington from out in the distance too

hiking
5 months ago

Steep up hill hike. Mostly dirt. No rock climbing. Several streams causing big muddy spots. Buggy. Best views at the cabin most of the way up. Looking for a natural stair stepper: this is it!

hiking
6 months ago

This mountain is gorgeous!! The trail goes for around 4 miles until you get to the base of the mountain with a steep ascent. We went yesterday and the snow has a crazy thick base on the way there-- around 3 feet that was packed and good getting there but as it warmed up on the way back we were falling through like crazy. The ascent was pretty sketchy because of all the snow and we were slipping and some parts were definitely hard to get around. The top section is gorgeous-- walking through a beautiful path with evergreens all around you. We wanted to do the loop but rainbow trail hadnt been done since the snow fell so we had to go back down the way we came. Which was pretty insane-- the steep parts were done with us sliding on our butts or feet, some places with rocks and close to ledges. Pretty much no way not to do this with the current conditions. You pass a hut on the way up that has water (and in our case on the way down). The whole route was 12 miles for us up and back. Definitely not ideal conditions. You basically need microspikes and poles right now as you're on snow the entire time. As it warms up it will get worse for postholing on the way up so it might be better as a summer hike. We used the coordinates from the app to get to the trailhead but we ended up at a parking lot for cross country skiing before we could get there and parked there instead. We took that trail straight until you hit the trees/ trailhead.

hiking
7 months ago

Loved the trail! Easy and great length. In the last March weekend we had It to ourselves since it was after XC skiing and before many people hike. The trail still had between 2-12” snow base the entire way but it was soft enough that we were fine with just hiking boots. (The trail was well groomed for XC skiing so the snow was packed and smooth). Other than parts of second large loop, the entire trail is either in sight of or you can hear the river. We parked in a big lot behind the Thompson eatery then walked across the covered bridge and along the golf course until you reach the trail head at the water treatment plant.

Rock hopping a steam the entire way down. Never again

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