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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.

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11 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!

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20 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.

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21 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.

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!

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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!!

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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.

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

hiking
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

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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.

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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.

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.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Great hike for kids

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hike up ski down, stayed at cabin

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Monday, October 17, 2016

I agree no views until you get to top. The views from behind the toilet were fabulous and then from South Doublehead were even better. We had a slippery time due to the leaves on the trail but worth the hike.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Great views for not a lot of effort. I have hiked this a couple of times, first time up the ski trail and then over to the first ledge view on South Doublehead and down the Old Path to the Ski trail. The second time I hiked up the New Path and then down the spur path to the two ledges with views then back to the New Path to the Junction with the Old Path and out the ski trail and walked back the road. The ski trail is wide and easy a bit steeper at the top. Old path is a little steeper but not a problem going down. Trails are in good condition. New Path is more challenging, quite steep and with poor footing for the top half. I would not recommend this as an easy way down.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Not much to see on the way up, the trail is pretty plain except for a smattering of small flowers on either side of the trail. It's entirely possible that things weren't in full swing when I went. Lots of fantastic views from the top and places to explore around the cabin.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Decent Hike, great views. Definitely would hike it again. Pup friendly.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

The west end of this trail from Maloon Road to the Summit of Black Mountain is actually the Black Mountain Ski Trail. The East Pasture Trail ends at the junction of the Black Mountain Ski Trail and the Summit Spur.
The first 1.3 miles is a steady climb up a wide ski trail which ends at the cabin. The trail then continues less steeply to the left of the cabin for another 0.4 miles where it meets the East Pasture trail at the spur to the summit. The summit has a couple of restricted views toward Carter Dome and Mount Height and another toward South Baldface. A loop can be made by following the East Pasture Trail somewhat steeply downhill for 0.1 mile to Black Mountain Cutoff which climbs slightly to a height of land and then descends gradually through very pretty woods back to the cabin.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Beautiful falls

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