Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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

Beautiful views from the summit. I hiked this in the fall & the colors of the trees were simply amazing. Very well traveled. Passed lots of friendly hikers of various ages.

Another great day. Worth the hike to the Panorama Pub.

You really want to wear crampons at the very least, but I actually would have done this in snowshoes. Loved it

Took left at the fork and did Avalon and Fields first and then swung around and did Tom. The A-Z trail leading down from Tom is tricky in that the trail is covered by snow drift and it being next to a steep slope doesn't help - watch your footing. Else it's super fun and a easy 6 hour hike. No views worth talking about - it was snowing. Snowshoes only, microspikes kept ice balling up making them useless.

Also be ready to shed layers - I changed into just a base layer and a raincoat (snowing) because the trail is steep on the way up and you WILL sweat and get wet from the inside if you don't take care. Pit zips on jackets sure help.

Go up Avalon and Fields because these are more steep and then go down the A-Z trail (very small stretches of steep trails). For those inclined to get down on your butt and slide, this is going to be super fun since it presents plenty of opportunities to do so. Let the kid in you out and slide down - you won't regret it. :)

trail running
4 days ago

Great on running snowshoes too.

Great snow shoeing, hard to follow trail near the top

8 days ago

I really enjoyed this hike. It is pretty hard so if hiking isn't done often then pace yourself. I felt t was a great winter hike. Though because of the cold, clouds, and lack of view we did not hit Flume. Couldn't see 25 feet off the mountain but it was fun!

trail running
9 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.

The first mile or so is gradual, mostly on old logging roads. After that there is a fairly steep section, about one third of a mile long. The remaining mile to the summit is moderate, and there is good footing for nearly all of the trail, almost no rocks. Black Mountain’s location on the far western side of the White Mountains means that it not only has vistas of New Hampshire peaks, but also long range views into much of Vermont. Less popular and easier than the Chippewa Trail, the Black Mountain Trail is truly an undiscovered gem.

Hiked on Feb 28. a clear and warm day. will need to use micro spikes. Walked from lower gate. On top the wind was NOT blowing, took off spike at tree line.

13 days ago

the perfect trail with my pup! we absolutely loved it! perfect for any skill level. we took the black diamond trail. A+

14 days ago

Went hiking here yesterday and it was beautiful with the snow and ice! Absolutely a must do in the winter. I will never want to come back here in open season again. I have been here in the summer and it was so crowded I was getting annoyed....winter is empty and FREE and beautiful!

Really great bang for your buck hike.
The shortest option to the top is only 0.2!

This was my first time hiking this trail, highly recommend giving it a try. Phone battery died when we reached the hut.

Great little winter walk in the woods

Toughest hike for me so far... I loved It! The views are absolutely amazing. Weather was clear and partly sunny as I walked up but you could see the clouds blowing over the ridge line like something out of a movie. Bring your ice cleats or crampons. plenty of places to slip and fall. Especially climbing back down. There was a decent amount of wind the walk up but nothing crazy.

There’re are few views to beat the one from the summit.

Did it in June tough haul, and in Feb to hermits hut, pack snow temp in 40’s easy like a paved highway and going down on soft pack edges easier!

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

Gets progressively steeper on the way up, but nothing too strenuous. You start getting views at around 1.2 miles, and the panorama at the summit is phenomenal. On a clear day, you can see the White Mountains, the Green Mountains, the Lakes Region, and countless other points near and far. The beginning of the descent is very steep, all rock, then it goes over a fairly level ridge with nice views. After that, it gets steep again, hands are necessary at times. Overall a nice hike, but the descent route was more difficult than we were expecting.

20 days ago

I did this many years ago during the summer and it was nice. I was thinking about doing it this Thursday, March 1st with some kids. Has anyone been on the trail recently? What condition is it in?

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.

22 days ago

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

23 days ago

Had a great day completing the full UNH loop. First off...TRACTION required. This trail treats you to a variety of hiking conditions. Some areas of the trail were narrow and bordered by spruce trees, other areas featured huge boulders and still other locations were home to rare alpine plants. Allen's Ledge was a nice view but the best was to be had just below the summit from East Ledges. Spectacular views of many prominent peaks such as Mt. Chocorua, Three Sisters, Tipyramids and even to the Osceolas. A day out that is well worth the effort.

23 days ago

Great trail but please note that the beginning of the trail has been rerouted after the 2012 storm and the maps are outdated. This only applies to the beginning, and the new trail, going clockwise, leaves the main trail further south than the maps indicate. The trail is easy enough to follow, however.

23 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.

Loved the view!!!!

Lots of fun on this sunny February day! Super icy, you'll definitely need micro-spikes because some parts of the trail were glare ice. Everything was melting and some parts of the trail were like rivers. A great day hike!

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

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