Explore the most popular lake trails in New Hampshire with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 day ago

Well Marked Trail, Took Red Trail up & down there are views that peek out to you as you wind up this beautiful trail. Fire Tower at the top offers great views with a map of each range north south east & west. Used micro-spikes for traction.

Great trail! mostly flat, offers a few great views of the lake just a small walk off the trail. Great for the dogs and any level of hiker. Trails are decently marked, but I refered to the app a few times to make sure I was on the right path. From the parking lot walk to the right, go left at the road, walk 20 feet, turn left at the trail gate, everything is easy to see. Fun trail, took 3 hours taking our sweet time.

trail running
8 days ago

Great on running snowshoes too.

trail running
13 days ago

Nice for snowshoe running after trail packed by snow machines. Muddy in the spring, be careful. Can go as far as you wish to the east as an out-and-back.

nature trips
14 days ago

Just to clarify, this is a Nature Center with outdoor animal exhibits, it requires a fee. A pretty easy walk with lots of interesting animals.

Love this place

Great winter hike!

17 days ago

Nice walk. Very flat, but very scenic. I went on a late Sunday afternoon and didn't see anyone the entire walk in. On the way out, I did encounter a lot of people given the late hour. There are a few benches and several informational plaques along the trail. It will probably be gorgeous in the fall with the changing leaves.

Nice hike, just took the main trail (technically an old fire road) out and back. It’s pretty much the same the entire way, never steep, just moderate and steady, the grade doesn’t really lessen until the end. There’s nothing much to see on the way up, but the views at the top are amazing. A full panorama of the White Mountains, the Lakes Region, and beyond.

Great hike! Virtually no ice but lots of mud. Normal for this time of year. Easy start leading into a slightly more challenging end at the summit. Great view from the fire tower. I will definitely do this one again.

This is actually the 2nd time I walk this trail. It’s easy and if you just want to get out for a walk in the woods it’s perfect! Perfect for dog walkers.

loved this. don't let your brain trick you into thinking you're almost there. just enjoy the path. after the lake it narrows into the forest before going up Kinsman. there are a couple places going up I would highly recommend turning around and taking in the view. on South kinsman there are two summit looking places. this was a challenging but fun hike. the dogs managed to navigate around the really steep parts both up and down. cramp on for sure but didn't use snow shoes. removed crampons once near the top cause it was so packed down. fun day hike! if you have time check out the kinsman pond while you're up there. it took me 6.5 hours with 40 minutes at the top and alot of "I think my lungs collapsed" breaks up. but so good

do this. every one who is able should do this. so.amazing. if you do it in winter go into the middle of the lake and look all around you. and if you're able, do the kinsmans. it's beautiful. went in late February and didn't need snow shoes because the trail was packed down. but did need cramp ons

The trail at this time of year was very snowy. Combined with a steep incline, you definitely need some sort of crampons or snow shoes.
Views were amazing going up and even better at the top. The lake was frozen enough to walk across, which make for cool photos.
Definitely recommend.

Easy walk. Lots of dog owners with pets off leash. Nice field area with birdhouses and apiary. We started off trail far east of the Audubon off Spofford road. Trail started nicely off Manchester Water Works however we needed to bush wack about 150 yards though blow downs before connecting with the maintained trails.

Great trail, ended up in this trail after taking Parker to old road. There is a slight area where it gets harder to find markers etc but if you pay attention it’s not hard to find it. After getting to the top we took white cross down. It’s very icy and watery right now so use caution. Go slow!

26 days ago

Fresh snow fall trail.. View at the top was beautiful..

27 days ago

We went up the Lonesome lake trail and down the Dodge Cut-off. Very mellow. Didn't need snowshoes, only our foot spikes. We passed a family headed up to stay overnight at the hut.

A little muddy in Feb- but many options and well marked.

30 days ago

easy small walk. comfortable going alone. trail follows pond

Went here in the early fall. I’d definitely recommend it for a nice short hike with beautiful scenery. Good photo ops!

Gently rolling hills for the first two miles. Nothing that special, but not boring. Most of the elevation is gained in the last 0.5 miles, which is surprisingly steep for such a small mountain. I didn’t climb the fire tower due to the fact that some wasps had made a nest up there. However, some more courageous people climbed it without getting stung. There were some decent views to the north and northwest from ledges around the summit.

Strenuous but beautiful hike. Did it on Feb 11, 2018, trails were well packed but relatively warm day and needed showshoes for entire hike, everyone else I saw on the mountain had the same. Word of caution, pulling out in the dark from the Lafayette campground area I accidentally went straight into an unplowed side lot that is restricted to snowmobiles. Called AAA who sent a truck and charged $300 to pull me out since it was technically a snowmobile trail rather than a lot. Driver said he pulls 20 people out a weekend, nice little cash cow for the local tow service. Went back afterward and small posted signs say "No Highway Vehicles Allowed", $300 later I now know what that phrase means....

1 month ago

Awesome snowshoeing! Lake frozen so you can walk on it. Visit the hut, great people.

we opted to hike up the middle mountain trail as the snow was a little more packed down. gets the heart pumping! it was steeper, but doable for any level hiker if you take breaks. our puppy did great! well marked! beautiful view - would love to hike again in the warmer weather!

1 month ago

Great easy winter hike. Snow is packed on the trail. No need to use snow shoe. It was nice to cross the lake and take a break at the hut!

Follows the old Sanbornville to Wolfeboro scenic railroad track. 12 miles one way.
Time it n time for lunch at Lino’s in Sanbornville.

1 month ago

Very nice short trail and beautiful view

Great place to walk year round

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