Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Waterville Valley with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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1 day ago

This is a quiet relatively unused trail branching off of the Greely Ponds Trail approximately one mile in from the parking lot at the Livermore Trail trailhead. The Livermore Trail and Greely Ponds Trail is a flat open gravel path until the branch trail marked by the sign noting 0.8 miles to Goodrich Rock. The Goodrich Rock Trail immediately starts a moderate climb that continues with some short steeper sections all the way to the Goodrich Rock. About a half-mile in you come to the huge geological features named Davis Boulders and maneuver around those through the deep forest setting. At the Goodrich Rock a ladder built of natural tree branches is provided for about a ten foot climb up to the top of the large boulder comprising Goodrich Rock. The ladder is well built and stable (might not be ideal for those afraid of heights) and well worth the climb to a good view south into Waterville Valley and the Sandwich Range and off to the southwest to Mt. Tecumseh. The top of Goodrich Rock is a flat open area ideal for a quiet rest stop or picnic lunch while taking in the view.

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3 months 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.

3 months 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Great trail but please note that the beginning of the trail has been rerouted after the 2012 storm and the maps are outdated.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.

Hiked with my pup; followed the advice to take Sandwich up and Drake's down. That was definitely the right way to go. The first 1.5m on the Sandwich trail are a steady ascent with some steep parts but no rock scrambles. After that, you walk on a magical mountain pass; many level parts with minor ascents. Don't miss Jenning's Peak. The summit of Sandwich is very understated. Drake's is a lovely walk down the mountain. Once the trail meets the brook, it levels out and widens, too. Very nice on the knees :) Definitely recommend this loop. We loved it. I would say it's a moderate hike, not a hard one. However, I hiked it in dry conditions and that made it easier for sure.

7 months ago

Moderate trail. Lots of roots going up and down. Some good views near the summit. took me about 3 hours

I'm 65 and haven't really done much hiking in years, if not decades! Went with my 20 and 30 something kids. Some stretches going up were quite steep and it's pretty much uphill from the start. There is a nice viewing point well below the summit. I decided to save my remaining leg strength for the trip down and stopped at 3600 feet or about 300 feet below the summit. Probably didn't need to, as going down proved easier than I expected. Much of it by a brook. Nice. Old guys, give it a go, but pace yourselves!

Went up the Sandwich Mountain Trail and came down the Drakes Brook Trail. The scenery is beautiful along Drakes Brook. I definitely recommend making the short trek to Jennings Peak. The views are incredible. Decided not to hike to the Sandwich Mountain summit after reading other reviews and talking to hikers on the trail who said it wasn't worth it.

This is a beautiful trail - definitely go UP sandwich mountain trail. The woods are gorgeous and the views from Jennings are great. Views from Sandwich just ok (mostly trees) - not sure it's worth the extra 1-1.5 hrs to get there and back... minimal snow just under sandwich peak.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Love to ascend using Jennings peak trail onto sandwhich. Descending using Drakes brook is definitely much easier than descending on Jennings Peak trail. Once you get to the top of Jennings the last couple of miles is a relative cake walk. Highly recommended.

Pleasant Loop trail over 3 summits; Noon Peak, Jennings Peak and Sandwich Dome. Each summit has a viewpoint, but Jennings Peak is best. The ascent on Sandwich Mountain Trail and descent on Drakes Brook Trail is easiest.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Trail strarts level and then turns and begins to climb at moderate grades. I turned rt up the west end of the loop and proceded up to Allen Ledge which was a short steep climb off the main trail to a ledge with nice views to the NE. The trail then steepens and gets rougher with lots of rocks and roots. It climbs less gradually toward the top. with nice views toward Carrigan and Mt Washington looking back. Summit ledges has views from Carter Wildcat past the closeup of Passaconway and further west and northwest. Trail drops steeply and rough with drops over ledge steps. After a rapid descent it levels a bit through nice woods at the base of cliffs and then climbs to the East ledges with nice views and lots of room to sit and enjoy a bit of lunch. The trail exits the ledge alonga arrow trail at the very edge of vertical drops in a couple of places. Then descending moderately then crosses a brook an then climbs to the junction with the west loop section and descends gradually to the level section and back to the parking area. Nice trail with some challenging areas. Not a good choice when wet or icy. Makes a great snowhoe when there is plenty of snow to cover over the rougher areas.

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