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Awesome hike with fun and somewhat challenging terrain, amazing views and beautiful water features. Doable as a day hike but have to be a moderately experienced hiker. Greenleaf Hut seems like a great option for those who want to extend the hike to a two day trip (it’s a lot like the refuges in the alps, complete with food and bunks and friendly folks to chat with). We did it as a day hike in ~7hrs in reverse of this guide (up Old Bridal Trail over the pass and down Falling Waters). Going down Falling Waters was great because it allowed us to take plenty of breaks on the final stretch down and take in all the water views. Bring a good camera to capture the waterfalls and the views.

Highly recommend this loop, so far my absolute favorite day hike in the Whites. Go for it!!

Wow! The views here were perfect. If you bring a hat, watch for the wind at the summit.

hiking
9 hours ago

easy hike with beautiful views!

WOW. what a trail. the best ever. However, it should have been rated as hard ( due to the VERY slippery granit rocks and the high climbing). We were family with 12, 15 years kids. It took us 3.20 hours with occasional breaks. The view is amazing! and the climbing is really worthy.Very recoomended to families with older kids (which are not very young and are experienced in hiking). In our opinion its not recommended for dogs. Very enjoyable trail.!!
VERY IMPORTANT:Pay attention to do the loop- counter clockwise

We hiked up Tuckerman's and down Lion's Head on a day with perfect weather. Tuckerman's was a challenging trail. Unfortunately there was a detour up muddy, steep inclines for the first part which wasn't enjoyable, but past the detour up to the hut was a nice hike. After the hut (which is a great spot for a snack and water refill) the trail becomes very steep and rocky, climbing quickly around a waterfall. Views on this part of the trail are breathtaking. After the ravine you are above tree line and essentially bouldering. I did not find this part of the hike enjoyable as it was incredibly steep, treacherous footing, and exhausting. The views made it bearable. For those who get caught in weather along this part of the trail the cairns are spaced close together for safety, but I highly recommend planning this hike around the best weather possible. Hiking up to the summit and back to the trailhead in one day was exhausting and became a full day trip. For anyone attempting this hike I recommend packing plenty of food, extra layers, dry socks to change into at the summit, money (if you want food, souvenirs, or a ride down the mountain), wear good hiking shoes (NOT sneakers), bring hiking poles if you have them, a first aid kit with moleskin, and plenty of water (you can refill at the hut and at the summit; both my hiking partner and I went through 4+ liters each for the round trip). Reaxhing the summit was a hugh acomplishment! Overall, it was a hike I may try again but I would plan on camping out at the hut or taking the shuttle down as doing it all in one day was ambitious. Good luck to anyone interested in this trail, and hike smart.

This is a great workout on one of the worst maintained trails in the Whites. Nice hard work going up and rather annoying decending with lots of silt. Still, a go-to hike if you're training for bigger climbs. And the view of the ledge on the way up is awesome. Be prepared for numbnuts who have taken the tram to the top and think it would be fun to hike down. I've seen barefoot walkers carrying Uggs and entirely unprepared tourists starting down with the idea that the tram was short, so how hard could it be? Believe me, it's not a fun descent for the inexperienced.

Absolutely awesome trail! We took Bemis Trail and rejoined the Arethusa Falls trail, but came back down Arethusa and I highly recommend this route. After seeing the two smaller waterfalls on Bemis and heading up, it is a very steep climb, but we successfully completed it with a 4, 8, and 9 year old. It was challenging for someone a tad out of shape, but well worth it. As others have stated, I think coming down Bemis would need to be slow going.

short and sweet. steep in areas but its a short hike so its not bad and view of echo lake is nice. for those who like hiking sticks this is a good trail for one. my son was only 4 and daughter 8. They did it and loved it.

Great views but half of the Holt Trail markers are faded and often far and few between. Also the best views are found by going in reverse.

The holt trail sucks and often takes you up an unnecessarily difficult path (and treacherous for one part) when you could easily walk around the trail a few feet to avoid this. Unfortunately when you get to the rocky top of the mountain it takes you through dirt sections prone to being muddy. I was safer by simply walking up the dry rocky hills. It rained yesterday but was sunny today so everything EXCEPT THE TRAIL was dry.

Mount cardigan is still very worth it but summit it by literally any path other than Holt to spare yourself frustration and potential danger if it is even remotely wet or icy.

backpacking
11 hours ago

We came from the north on the Lincoln woods trail which if you get the chance to do is very cool being in the middle of the Pemigewasset Wilderness. The hike up Owl's Head was a lot of fun! The steep ascent on the slide is tricky and tiring but makes for a very exciting climb. The true summit has a small cairn to mark it so after the steep up you have to do some flat walking before reaching the top. The river crossings were a bit challenging but manageable in relatively low water. :)

Ascent to North twin is moderately steep and challenging cardio wise if going at a good pace. View at south twin makes hike worth it.

I would rate this moderate, not easy. I found Franconia loop easier

hiking
13 hours ago

Excellent trail, well kept and humorously marked, on the way down the wind was blowing through the pines - perfect day!

hiking
17 hours ago

What an amazing experience, biggest challenge of my hiking life. At 5ft tall, getting over those boulders on Boott Spur had me crawling on all fours. 6.5 hours to get to Mt. Washington and another 4.5 to come down via Tuckerman Ravine. All that said, it was easier than driving my car up the next day. LOL Now that is scary.

hiking
19 hours ago

Great way to spend an early morning on a day off. Had the whole place to ourselves. High water from all the recent storms but the trail was fine and not muddy at all. Nice way to spend breakfast sitting at the falls. :-)

Great hike. I guess I got a good day. No rain, low cloud, strong winds for the last hour. but a fairly comfortable hike. Terrain makes it slow-going but luckily (for me) no real exposure or sense of plummeting off the mountain. Must be much harder on a stormy wet day, for sure. Just over 3 hours (3-30 inc. breaks)

More arduous than I remembered. Have to concentrate on yellow swatches. Brook trail was tougher and much less traveled. Great reward at top!

A favorite for the last 8 years, always other dogs for our dog to greet, unfriendly dogs are usually on leash but have had a few people with their dogs out of sight/not paying attention to them. Beautiful year round and a great spot for a mid-walk swim in the summer. If you go in the spring - wear rubber boots because it will get muddy.

Fantastic. I summited on a Wednesday in August, began at 10 am and was back to my car by 1:00 pm, though I stopped for a fairly long time along the way. My favorite part is that once you get to the top of Welch, Dickey mountain is only like .4 miles away, and you can clearly see the mountain you're about the climb, which is really cool. Spectacular views all along, but first mile is through underbrush, and not very steep. Trail was marked fairly well, I didn't have too much of a problem finding the yellow lines on the rocks that direct you.

As a warning, I wouldn't call this a moderate trail, more "hard". I'm 21 years old and fairly in shape. Although the trail isn't too long, there are some extremely steep sections that some children and older people simply won't be able to do.

Maybe I didn’t walk far enough but I walked till the trail ended. This is a Walk not a hike up a mountain. It is virtually 0 grade uphill. I would plan to come and sit on the huge rocks in the creek and enjoy the day, not do this as a hike for fitness etc.

Hiked with my 6 and 10 year olds.

I did not consider this a moderate hike and found it quite easy. Neither of my kids found it difficult either. The only "steep" sections are found in the staircase around the falls and these are short.

The trail is about a mile to the falls and is fairly flat with a gradual incline. There is a stream crossing immediately after the trailhead we managed in the rain to avoid getting wet.

You've reached the falls when you hit a fork in the trail with a sign. The right continues on to Mt. Chocurua and the left heads towards the falls. They meet again after the falls to create a loop. I would avoid the loop by going up and down the staircase. If you head up the left the first or second side trail leads to a wide waterfall with a huge squarish bolder in the middle of the stream. Keep heading down the gorge another 200' to see a tall 50' waterfall. There is also a cut out in the canyon with a large overhang in which you can shelter. We ate lunch here out of the drizzle and dried off our gear.

Although we come to summit Chocorua this was a nice plan B. Had conditions been better and we summited I probably would have by passed the falls and missed out completely.

Hiked on a rainy day. Not too bad. The rocks were slippery but it’s totally doable. In the beginning it’s windless in the thick woods and very humid, which made us very uncomfortable. It got better as we went higher. After we broke the tree-line, we found ourselves in very thick fog, the visibility dropped to 100 ft or even less at some point, plus it’s very windy and very cold around the sign! The wind blowed cold rain to my face. Thank god there are some stone-made shelters on the top. I can imagine how dangerous it could be if you get wet and exposed for more than half an hour.

hiking
1 day ago

A lot of this trail is made from runoff streams, which made it particularly soggy and buggy today after all the rain that we've gotten lately! There are some areas that are strictly rock ledges, so be sure to have appropriate footwear. The overlook is beautiful yet small - and the mix of terrain made for an enjoyable hike, although not one of my favorites.

walking
1 day ago

That was a great little family hike. Lots of cold water pools to lay around in and 4 leaves up or so there was a hole that was about 2 ½ feet wide by 3 ½ feet long and about 10 feet deep. Jumped in with my arms by my side. What a rush. The hike is easy. Parking was a problem so get there early.

Overall great hike. Trail was well kept but some areas where you could definitely get lost because they look like trails as well. Follow yellow marks whole way! Even at the top!!! Also very muddy and wet, bring shoes with good traction.

2/3 of this hike is rock scrambling which was ok on the way up, but I hated it coming down. Not my favorite hike.

This mountain has taken a beating, as evidenced by the large number of downed trees, several still on the path. Comparing to other hikes in the area, I’d judge the effort more as conditioning, than for the quality of the surroundings. There is an interesting boulder ‘graveyard’ not far from the fork, and the trail forces you to enjoy the entire summit. Some bugs, and very few other hikers. Recent rains kept the trails wet. There is one very exposed section of trail near the top- a 4’ wide path 10-15 steps long, that will challenge those with sensitivity to heights.

hiking
1 day ago

good hike. ruins were cool and easy to get to. hike was a bit challenging for those of us that are not in the best shape. I would go back to explore more.

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