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What an amazing experience, biggest challenge of my hiking life. At 5ft tall, getting over those boulders on Boott Spur had me crawling on all fours. 6.5 hours to get to Mt. Washington and another 4.5 to come down via Tuckerman Ravine. All that said, it was easier than driving my car up the next day. LOL Now that is scary.

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.

8 days 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!

17 days 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.

18 days 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.

Beautiful and challenging. Would do it again.

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

We did this trail beginning at the 19 Mile Brook trailhead and across each of the Wildcat peaks. The conditions were wet due to some heavy rain the night before, so what seemed likely to be a moderate hike turned into a more difficult one, especially on the downside of Wildcat E. Also we did not attempt to cross the Ellis River near the end of the loop and hiked back on the Lonesome Pond trail to Pinkham Notch. There are a few very notable viewpoints along the way, particularly near the summit of Wildcat down into Carter Notch above the Carter Notch AMC hut, and from the Ski area platform directly across from the Presidential ridge. Be prepared for this hike to take much longer than expected if conditions are wet.

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.

2 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!!

2 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

2 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!

3 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.

4 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

Muddy along trail before the split. About 2 inches of accumulated snow on the ground. I went up the right side to South Doublehead first which I was glad I chose that way. Nice wooded trail up new old path. Views were gorgeous! Off south peak. Traversed to the north side and checked out the cabin. Descended on ski trail which was just a open wide stead slope down. Next time I’ll take old path trail both ways or check out new path trail. Trails are easy to follow. Lastly it was a good hike for birding. Saw black capped chickadees and a golden-crowned kinglet! They flew right up to me.

180 degrees + views at the top of the south peak. Well worth it. 1/52wav

11 months ago

Great hike, perfect length of time for a quick day hike. WARNING: I was attacked by mud wasps at about 43.81115, -71.52443, give or take 100 feet in a muddy area

Monday, August 14, 2017

I loved this hike but a couple warnings: not for kids. This is very steep despite only being 3 miles. My husband and I who are in good shape had to stop several times for rests on the way up.

Also- it's not one to take if recent downpours or threatening to rain. I suspect flash floods occur on this trail as it's a old stream bed. Muddy. And cross streams a lot.

The view is nice at the top but not spectacular. The view away from Mt Washington is the better view. There is a cabin at top (you can reserve- otherwise it's locked). There is an outhouse you can use if you are desperate- it's pretty gross and with lots of flies and spiders.

We took the "old path" down- I don't recommend it- very steep and hard on the knees.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Parking is found across the Pinkmans Notch Road next to the farm stand and Thompson House Restaurant. You'll have to cross the main road, go over the bridge, & then up the road along the golf course to hit the trail (it's located behind the water treatment station). Unfortunately we hit this trail during a VERY buggy hour, so it was a short 2.5mile hike for us. Lush greenery though, but would've preferred to be a little closer to the water for better views. Decent outing so given 3 stars. We did note we'd like to revisit either early morning or during winter for snowshoeing.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wide trail with muddy spots. Easy climb to bring the kids on. Nice view from the cabin but not much at the summit. Saw lots of toads and mushrooms.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Steady steep climb. Best view is from the cabin. No view at the summit.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Basically a clear cutting trail which would be more fun in a 4x4 than hiking. No picturesque view and poor markings. The first part is part of a loop before splitting to the left - 12km. Not hiking into the wood - at least most of it didn't feel that way.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Good challenging hike, not personally one of my favorite 4,000 footers, but great views to be found at the summit.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Great hike for kids

Friday, April 07, 2017

Beautiful hike but probably tough in one day. We did this loop as a two day hike, staying at Carter Notch Hut during late season when it is self service (and cheap). As a result we had more time and could add Mt Hight as an out-and-back from the summit, which is well worth it. Just west of the summit of Carter Dome there is a short spur to great viewpoint looking over the notch, but the summit itself is forested. Mt Hight, though much lower in elevation, is totally bald and has great views all around and beautiful alpine vegetation.

The high point of this route is the Rainbow Trail. Upper portions are beautiful alpine forest with some exposed points, but the lower areas near the junction with Wild River Trail pass through a stunning open birch forest.

We took Bog Brook Trail instead of looping back to Wilcat River T. Bog Brook seems to suffer from beaver damage and was hard to follow at one point, but it is a tad shorter than the route proposed here. The bottom parts of Wildcat River Trail involves three river crossings as I recall, which were no problem during a dry autumn, but could present an issue at other times. The hike out of the notch up Carter Dome is quite steep as well.

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