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Took my dog to the North peaks on a gorgeous but moderately hot day. Definitely longer in mileage than the sign says (I used my Nike Apple Watch to track it and it’s very accurate). Overall, very rewarding hike once you get to the summit and see the incredible view

The trailhead was challenging to find because the plants along the edge of the field and around the signs were overgrown. Don’t walk very far along the cornfield. Keep an eye peeled on the right edge for light blue blazes. Parking is down the road from the trailhead.

A nice trail, moderate to easy. Not much of a view at the top but still a nice day out.

Good short workout with an amazing view on the top.

Relaxing rainy hike to summit with no views due to clouds - but did get to admire how the clouds were being blown around me. The trail is well-marked and maintained.

Arrived at the trail head at 9am, back to the car at 1:30. Really nice trail, North peak ledges are fantastic!!

30 min drive from Hanover - a totally worthwhile hike that provides a great half bald top, more than 180 degree view of the surrounding landscape. A small parking lot close to the TH. A little bit muddy at the bottom but a nice continuous rise on dry trail. Get to first view in about an hour and another good 20 minute or so hitting the peak.

Beautiful woods with a long, gradual approach in. Didn't summit today, made it about 2.5m in. Fresh snow, some ice, lots of animal tracks, few human tracks, and multiple (still unfrozen) stream crossings. Didn't need spikes or poles, but it was slower going and slippery in places.

Although the Cross Rivendell Trail posts the mileage as 4.0 mi RT, my GPS indicated that it's 2.6 miles each way (5.2 mile RT). Lovely trail!

longer than expected. well marked trail. wonderful view.

This trail was online for a good foliage hike and rated as moderate. I would say maybe it is moderate for an avid hiker but not for an average person. My cousin and I hiked this, starting in Orford NH across from camp Moosilauke and her Fitbit ended up saying we hiked 8.4 miles! We went to north and south peak to see both views. I think we are in okay shape but this was strenuous for us and the websites we had looked at, made it sound easier than it actually was. I would just be cautious of your own capabilities with this one!

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Sunday, September 03, 2017

This was a beautiful hike. The trail was well maintained, as its part of the AT. Our GPS logged the out and back as about 8 miles, which I didn't expect. We took our two kids- 6 & 9 with us and they loved it. Go to the North side when the trail splits and you'll find a bald peak made up of quartz, it was gorgeous! The views were incredible and made the 8 miles well worth it.

awesome hike, great view

One of the wonderful hikes in the lesser known western white mountains. A strenuous hike, but not too difficult for the payoff of great views.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trail was washed out in many places so slowed us down a bit but just as well because this was a hard hike! The views at the top were spectacular and definitely worth the hike. The last 45 minutes of the hike back down we had to listen to very loud music from the summer camp across from the trailhead :(

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A bit muddy this time of year but the view is amazing.

Took us about 2 and a half hours to reach the top. The first half of the hike is a steady incline and then after that it's a bit more difficult. Throughout you cross about 15 streams...one of which is much larger than the rest so be prepared to hop across some rocks! Very quiet, we only saw 3 other people. We went to the north peak which had great views of Moosilauke and we could see the windmills in Plymouth region. Probably could have seen even further another time but it was a cloudy day.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Love the trail and the view from on top is amazing

Pretty easy hike but I think the mileage was a bit off. Trailhead said 2.0 miles. Wound up being 7.9 out and back with a jaunt over to the north peak

I would say this is more of a moderate level trail. It has a long lead in before you begin climbing, but the climb itself slowly ascends with a couple of switchbacks.

snowshoeing
Monday, March 24, 2014

yes extremely easy if the trail is broken but if its not it is one of the more challenging 3000 footers to do during winter in the Hanover area. first two miles is very deceiving very gentle increase in elevation, then after the second brook crossing it gets much steeper offering views of Mt. Moosilauke. roughly half a mile before the main summit there is a spur trail to your right that leads to the North summit. mild views at the main summit, the extra half mile to the North peak offers the better views of Moosilauke and Smarts. bring lots of food and water if breaking trail after a storm here, the powder was deep and fluffy!

hiking
Sunday, December 08, 2013

Excellent hike in winter! Very easy to follow and covered by trees...offers great views on top!

Gorgeous! in and out. if you don't go to mt cube, it's a perfect day hike. not too strenuous, but not easy either. one of my faves. not many people. not a lot of exposure to sun so pretty and not too windy nor sunny.

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