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It’s one of my personal favorites but probably because it’s a regular for me. I prefer snowshoeing up it as the view at the summit is not clear without trees if you are not 6 feet tall or taller during the spring/summer, but Pikes Peak has a gorgeous view on one side. It’s a great training mountain for working on longer steep mountains as it has a continuous and moderately steep incline almost the whole way.

Good trail for practice. Went on rainy day, so couldn't see the views, the rocks on top were slippery so that was fun, all in all still a pleasant walk.

What I hiked was beautiful. Just as I crossed a wide-open path by the trail markers, I saw a bear ahead. I was only .4 miles into the trail, but thought it best to leave the rest of the hike to the bear. Next time, if I have a hiking companion and/or some pepper spray I would be more confident to carry-on. It was about 815 in the morning when I saw the bear. It was just moving through the forest, ambling up some rocks.I sang my way back to the trailhead so as not to be mistaken for pray, if its meanderings took it back in my direction.

2 months ago

Great hike- quiet and clean with a great view from the top! The view is a little past the summit. The bugs weren’t bad here too.

Hiked 6/25, also a beautifully cool and sunny day. The trail is generally well-marked, though there were 2 or 3 places on the way up where you had to look around for markers. There are also a handful of false trails that can take you off path if not careful, so keep you head up and enjoy the view. Also, at the summit, make sure to follow the markers (there were a number of cairns) all the way to the finish.

The view from the top was almost 360. Someone mentioned views of Newfound but I think that was actually Squam as the view is generally to the north and east. Another mentioned a river but in June it was just a brook you follow for maybe the first 1/2 mile or so.

We found this to be a very enjoyable trip up and back. The trail is in nice condition and yes, there are some boulders on the peak but if you made it to the top, you're probably in condition to get across them if you're careful.

Last point, the off-limits sign was still there near the peak where the trail splits (a yellow rectangle and a double yellow) but I don't think it was for a third, alternate trail to the top, We took the single yellow up and came back down the double and there were no off limits signs. The double yellow has a slightly better view too.

Beautiful walk. Dog friendly. Only saw one other person in June. Very mosquito-y—bring bugspray!
Waterfall looks different depending on water level.

3 months ago

We hiked this trail 6/23. It was a perfect hiking day; overcast with spurts of sun and temps in the high 60s. We were the only people on the trail in the 4 hours we spent hiking it.
The trail is appropriately rated as moderate. It is definitely steep in alternating areas.
Well marked.
Big boulders to hike at the end.
There are a few false summit areas- the actual summit has a marker. Great forested hike for the majority.
I'd highly recommend bug spray; mosquitos were swarming the second we got out of the car.
Make sure to make yourself known as well; plenty of signs of bears and/or moose on the trail.

This was a good moderate hike. The trail is decent. There are a few steeper sections but not to extensive and you do get some breaks of flat before more steep. It really levels off approaching the summit. The boulders near the summit were interesting to navigate. We saw lots of signs that moose were frequenting the area (probably in the winter). The viewpoint beyond the summit of Newfound Lake is definitely worth the extra steps and a great place to stop for lunch. BRING BUG SPRAY - the mosquitoes weren't bad mid-afternoon but completely swarmed us at the end of the hike.

Decent Trail. moderate to difficult. very relaxing hike and the views of the top of beautiful. Trail markings are great easy to follow

nice beginner's trail, or if you're looking for a quick leisurely walk in the woods. Follows a narrow river all the way to the falls, the kids enjoyed exploring the base of the falls and the view from the top. Took an hour all in and all, but most of that was spent exploring around the falls. would only take about 40 minutes return. beautiful place.

Great nice loop! Took me an hour to do the loop, but stopped a couple times at the scenic outlook and of course the waterfall. The picture doesn't do it justice. Very pretty. Have nice benches there to if you wanted to sit and relax.

Nice hike any time of year. If you follow your nose the cliff trail from the summit leads to nice views. No blazes so follow the path. The overlook for Newfound has been posted "No Trespassing". Not sure if a new landowner or hikers trashing it so it was shut off. I hope the first and someone can get them to open the ledges again.

Was a nice easy trek. It was very beautiful.

Did the hike out to the waterfall on a pleasant March day, just had 12” of snow a couple days before and there was already a nice packed trail from snowshoers. There are benches along the way to sit, relax and take in the beauty and watch for moose and other wildlife. I was pleasantly surprised by Rainbow Falls, it looks great in the winter, can’t wait to see it in the other seasons as we moved just a mile from there and it’s basically in our backyard. Would highly recommend.

Difficult footing made it seem more difficult than the numbers suggest. It was also relatively hot and humid, as it was July when we did it. We turned around at Pike’s Peak, which is an overlook 1.8 miles up. I have read that the trail is obscure and even more rough from there to the summit. There were nice views at the vista, though.

Wonderful winter hike. Parking area has room for at least 10 cars and additional parking is possible along Old Hebron Road. Took me 2 hrs to get up (in the snow) and one hour down. Consistent moderate grade to the summit.

Great hike with kids, very quiet and piecful.

this is 5 miles round trip out and back not 4.1

Friday, September 22, 2017

A nice trail through the forest near Plymouth township. Not many views along the way, but at the very top you can see a long way out in about 200 degrees arc. And, a lookout point b4 the top gives a fantastic view overlooking Plymouth and northerly. Enough vertical to make it feel like a real good workout.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Super peaceful and quiet spot. Rainbow Falls is a beautiful spot about half way through the loop.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Perfect moderate hike. Pike's Peak is a satisfactory summit. Bugs weren't bad, view is gorgeous, lots of good incline and beautiful forest. Took a long rest at the top, but the actual hike took around 4 hours.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Great short trail! So serene and peaceful. The mosquitoes were relentless though.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

So worth it! lovely hike with an amazing waterfall as your prize.

Nice trail, a little strenuous of a climb up. Take time to explore the top and follow all the yellow and blue markers for multiple great view points.

Great trail for cardio. It's a steady uphill climb all the way to the top. A black bear crossed the trail only 20 feet from the trail head at 11am when we started our hike. Amazing view at the top too.

Great trail. Mostly for hiking. I tried it for running but it was not easy

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Very nice nature walk! Offered many different length/distance options. Only issue was the white trail markers were faded, even worse on the way back, lost the trail for a few minutes.

Great for kids! The waterfall is very nice.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Perfect family hike and the Rainbow falls were spectacular. A bit more challenging than expected with all the snow, but totally doable. Boots are a must!

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