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Did this trail yesterday and met Barbara (review below) on the top. We did the trail in the opposite direction, up Italian, down Shaw. I would suggest this way, so different opinions on direction.
I found it amazing how poorly marked the trails are. No signs at all of the lower trail junctions and old faded blazes on the trees. Maybe it would have been easier without a layer of newly fallen leaves. I've done all the 4Ks and 34 of the NH52WAV and consider myself very good at following a poorly marked trail, but this was a struggle. Everybody we met along the way struggled too. Thanks Barbara for the suggestion of using the AllTrails app. It works well and I'm glad you all found your way down OK.
With that said, the views and foliage were fantastic!!

DO NOT DO THIS HIKE WITHOUT TRAIL GPS!!!! Without my AllTrails app for GPS, this trail would have impossible to find, so poorly marked. Especially with the leaves covering the trails. Went up Shaw and down the Italian Trail. If you are doing the loop, this is the way to go. Shaw is steep in areas but not too bad. Had some novice hikers with me and one fell in the brook trying to cross, water was high yesterday and rocks very slippery. Views from all 3 summits if you do the loop are decent. Almost 8 miles RT. Would do again but only with GPS.

Hiked with my 6 and 10 year olds.

This hike is harder than advertised. It's not difficult but it definitely on the higher end of moderate.

First 1.5 miles has a low but steady incline with a few water crossings. After you lose the brook it starts to become more difficult. The next .75 mile you gain a lot of elevation and you will really notice it. Once you hit the carriage road the trail becomes very easy for the last mile until the summit of Shaw. From Shaw to Black Snout is all carriage rd and easy hiking.

Shaw has 180 views of the Sandwich Range and the White's. Black Snout has 180 views of the lake.

Both children faired well but my 6 year didn't want to go back down the Shaw trail because of the steep part. She conceded and did well. There is another trail to the parking lot from Black Snout to Big Ball and down but we decided against it.

Over all nice hike. Views are almost non-existent until either peak but the summits were worth the wait.

Great hike. A little confusing out of the gate so I used the All Trails GPS to stay on track. Loved the tempo and found it moderately difficult. Stunning views once your 3/4 up. May try to get to Black Snout and make a bigger loop next time

Thankfully we read the comments from other hikers so we were mindful of what to expect. Trails are not well maintained but luckily we found ourselves only having to backtrack a couple times. We followed the green/red blazes up until it met up with the blue ones. And then turned back and followed that for the way back. Overall, it’s a good workout with great views along the way.

The trail after the Bald Knob viewpoint has been closed for restoration.

Waterfalls were awesome welcome to the trail! Views at the top were great. It was pretty steep. Took our time going up and took about 2 hours... coming down was a quick 45 minutes! Great having the dog run around off leash... only saw 3 Groups of people while we were there too!

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2 months ago

Good hike, some really good views along the way. The trails are very poorly blazed and found myself having to refer to my GPS very often which was annoying. Italian Trail would be the easier route up if you plan on doing this as a loop. I went up Italian Trail and took Shaw mountain trail down. Overall it was 7.3 miles and a very good workout.

Love this hike- but this online map is wrong. The part labeled “bald knob viewpoint” is actually the top.... and the part labeled “Bald knob” is actually a different mountain called Turtleback.

It's short but steep. Beautiful view up top :)

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4 months ago

good moderate hike with some difficult to see trail markings. gets kinda steep more than half way in. views from the top awesome. good pics along the rocks at the summit.

I agree with the review from hiker below. Logging made a mess. hiked this a week ago. Perfect weather. Only saw a handful of hikers. At the trailhead enter past the gate veer right. Stay straight on the path, about .5 the trail splits off. You will want to go right where you see the green/red blazes. You should not see any blue blazes until after you hit the look out for big ball (Tate). Beautiful views! If you do doubleback and find the red/green blazes again. The trail between big ball and black snout was overgrown and had a few blow downs. All passable. I took Shaw trail down. Great relaxing day.

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5 months ago

Views at the top are worth the mostly straight up the hill trail. Cascading creek makes for a nice backdrop along side the trail. Awesome views of the lakes region. The top has a small picnic bench but the best seats are in the rocks. Wild berries in summer and fall.

Beautiful views start 3/4 of the way up. Great view of Dan Hole Pond. Recommend you go ALL the way to Big Ball peak where you must descend for 0.2 miles before the final climb to the peak. Lots of moose droppings. Great hike with great friends.

The trail parking for this is unmarked. It is a small area just passed sodom Rd on the left. The navigation I used from this app said it was on the right. logging has made a mess of the area and spurred off several paths... Once you enter walk up the logging road...after 100 ft give or take. The path starts to the right. As you walk it will look like the path goes right. stay on the logging road. You will come to a river on the left. Take a minute an enjoy it. It’s beautiful! There is even a little fire pit made out of rocks and a couple small waterfalls. Keep following the path. It will split and you can either go left (red blaze) or right (green/red blaze$ I went right ( followed the green/red blaze). The terrain is steep. Watch as you go up and follow the blazes. As the path went up, I was watching my footing and as the path veered left, (I missed that I need to go right and ended up having to back track after I started noticing small blue blazes) there is a small path entrance on the right is marked by two cairns, one on each side and from that point the blazes are very noticeable! The view was incredible and I had the place to myself. There is also another fire pit up there and I bet it is an incredible place to watch the sunset... But don't stop there get back on trail and follow the blazes to the actual summit :)

The trail was wet/damp in some spots, but avoidable.

Interesting trail... logging really messed it up. Was initially going to hike Mt. Shaw but the lack of signage and no apparent blaze had us following blue markings (do not recommend) into bush for a few miles before we were reconnected with the green red green (Italian flag) blaze. Made it to summit of 2000 feet of a smaller mountain and did not have enough steam to make it to mt. Shaw summit due to heat even though it was only around 45 mins-1 hour away. Coming back was effortless following green red green markings after we saw the first sign (!!!!) pointing to 171. Enjoy and be very observant.

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7 months ago

A short but rigorous hike; pretty steep most of the way up. The trail isn’t well marked but the views are gorgeous. Once you hit the viewpoint with the Bald Knob sign you can turn around (there’s nothing past there closer to the actual summit) and it only takes about a mile to get to that point. I will probably hike this again but will do so via the Bald Knob cutoff trail that’s at the actual trail parking lot.

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10 months ago

I did this as a loop trail today. A bit confusing at the start, with NO trail markers. Starts off with logging roads so you follow those into the woods. At one point early on, the trail branches with red blazes on left (Shaw Trail - no sign) and the "Italian" trail to the right with green-red-green blazes. I took Italian trail so I could loop up to Tate (Big Ball) Mtn first. Followed green-red-green blazes up to Tate Mtn with nice views. Then kept going and came upon blue blazes which took me to Black Snout Mtn. Again NO signs or trail markers to note this. Decent ascent to Black Snout with beautiful views to south and east. Evidence of moose too and cool spiral trail to summit and a sign (SO excited to see a sign!) noting summit. Then loop back down the spiral trail a tad to head on wide trail to the north (or bushwack from a kinda trail to the north like I did) onto the wide trail which is presumably Black Spout Spur trail (again NO sign?!) Follow this north to High Ridge trail which takes you to summit Shaw Mtn. You will finally see signs soon... Beautiful views from here to the north and east and a tad bit of snow here today but not icy. Then back track on High Ridge trail down to sign that says "Turtleback Mtn. 1.5 miles". This will lead you to Shaw Trail where you eventually come to a fallen down tree with signs on it and an unmarked trail heading down the hill with red blazes. This is Shaw trail so head on down that... Again no sign, but I promise this will take you back to the parking lot you left from. Enjoy!

nice hike, one of my favorites. great viewsa

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10 months ago

Started at the small parking area off 171 intending to ascend the Shaw Mtn Trail. However, there are so many spin-off paths in these woods, I got turned around and wound up summiting Big Ball (via bushwhacking) and from there heading up to Black Snout (on a real trail), and then over to Shaw and down the Shaw Mtn Trail. It's quite beautiful atop Black Snout and Shaw, and with 3" of snow with bear tracks! The hike down Shaw Mtn wasn't great; mainly the footing is challenging. Lots of tennis-ball sized rocks that roll underfoot leaves and make the route feel very "goaty". All in all, a great way to spend 7 miles and 4+ hours, but not my favorite hike ever. PS: my dog LOVED it. Soft snow up top to roll in and very good smells everywhere. One more thing: super-nice people on the trail. Not many, but all really friendly :)

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11 months ago

Beautiful views at the top. Trail near the top not marked well and required a scramble up steep granite. Steep hike overall and rocky and challenging for newbies like myself, but doable.

only did first 2 miles with family. my 3yr old daughter pushed as far as she could.
The first 2 miles were great hike. Trails well marked and groomed. definately a moderate difficulty. Pretty steep in parts. Cant wait to go back and finish it

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

The parking area is very small and not labeled as trail parking. The first half mile has a couple forks in the trail and no clear indication of the right path to take. However they appear to loop back with one another anyway, and most of the trail after that is labeled well with red blazes. Can be a little slippery in October as leaves are blanketing the whole trail. Much of the trail follows a stream which sounds lovely. The ascent is very gradual the first 2 miles and overall isn't very rigorous.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Amazing views from both Shaw & Black Snout peaks. Good Moderate hike. Short steep part.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The trail is narrow and steep at some parts, but it is manageable for people who don't hike mountains regularly.I went on a Saturday in mid September and we only saw 4 groups during our hike, and it was pretty quiet in the woods and there a lot of berries and great views of the lakes from Black Snout and the white mountains from Shaw. We did see a baby bear on our way in too, but it wasn't with its mother and ran away when it saw us.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

fun hike.
nice view at the top, we then went to the top of turtleback from bald knob,
explored different trails on the way down. would recomend to give it a go.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

awesome hike, peaked Shaw as the fog was burning off. then went to Blacksnout. great views at both highly recomended.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

more challenging than advertised especially on the descent. from Mt Shaw take the time to hike over to Black Snout and then on to Tate Mt. Follow the blue markings down from there. a steep descent for the first part then leveling off to Tate. From there you have to watch for the green and red markings for the Italian Trail which will take you back to the parking area.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The flies remind me of 'Nam

on Bald Knob Trail

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Been hiking this one since I was a kid. Wonderful views of the Lake.

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