Explore the most popular forest 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.

Decided to do this one to check off my second 4000 footer. Unless you are tall than the views are very limited. The beginning was not too steep but as it continued on further it had increased in steepness but also had lots of stone steps to make it a bit easier. I actually did not think it was marked well in the very beginning or in the very end but on the main trail in the middle it’s pretty obvious. I don’t know if I’ll do this one again but I’m glad I did it anyhow and it was a nice day and overall a nice hike. BTW- The summit is extremely small and seems even smaller when there are other hikers up there with you. Nonetheless, a great workout! Got it done in under three hours and probably could’ve done it in 2 1/2.

A great hike that is worth the effort.

This hike ended up being a little more challenging than expected but still enjoyable none-the-less. Killer work on the legs and was shakey half way through coming back down (For a 26 yo in decent shape). DEFINITELY bring tons of water! Between two people we drank 3 bottles each just going UP. This was on Wed, July 4. Not many other hikers on this trail. Limited views at the top but still beautiful. The reason I gave this hike 3 stars is because when my boyfriend and I were at the top we read 2 signs to hike back down and we chose the sign leading to “Ski Area Parking” because we were parked in the Waterville Valley Ski Area parking lot. However, this trail actually lead us down the backside of the mountain and popped us out onto Tripoli road where we were about 6 miles from our car. When we looked at the sign at the bottom of this trail where we popped out it then showed an arrow pointing back up the trail we just came from that said “Ski Area Parking 5.6 mi.” We were tired and frustrated that the signs were confusing but we also should have gone back down the same trail we came from in the first place. The signage could definitely be more clear though. So we had to hitch hike back to our car and luckily some very friendly people camping on Tripoli road gave us a lift. We did however find that the camp sites on Tripoli road were really awesome and secluded from the next campsite enough to feel like you were out in the wilderness. I would definitely camp there! Overall it was a great hike with just the set back of coming down the backside of the mountain to where the back country ski trails are located. I think it took about 4 hours total hike (not including the ride back to our vehicle).

crossed another 4k of the list but can't say this is one I would do again. not a challenging hike but very limited views for a 4k..

This is a good trail that I would divide into two sections. The first mile or so is moderate, however, the rest of the 1 1/2 miles is a tough uphill hike. It seems every time you look up it is just another endless stretch of incline! I was pleasantly surprised at the summit as some of the reviewers seemed disappointed. It had nice views, but was small. As someone already stated it was crowded on a beautiful Saturday morning. The descent is much easier, just watch your footing. It took us about 3 1/2 hours with a few breaks and a 15 minute stay at the summit. Definitely worth the trip.

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23 days ago

Fun 1/2 day hike, we went up through the ski resort (Waterville Valley) parked at lot 1, trail head in directly behind, up and back in about 5 hours with a few stops for views. Moderate trail, once the climbing starts it gets fun, lots of steps, well maintained and blazed trail.

Challenging and scenic way up to the summit. Lots of stairs and rocky inclines. Pretty great views, but a little busy at the summit on a weekend. Took the ski trails back down the mountain but I would not recommend this as it is all tall grass weeds. Checking one off for the NH48.

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23 days ago

Out and back to the summit – accurately described as moderate, with steep stretches, plenty of shade, and substantially better views than other reviews on here led me to believe. Really enjoyed this hike and did it in under four hours with a few breaks and a longer pause at the peak. Lotsa hikers headed up on our way down. We started our hike at 6:15 a.m. and reached the summit before 8 a.m.

Not much of a view at the top, I’d already hiked it years ago in heavy rain. Much better today.

Difficult at times with a very rewarding view up top.

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1 month ago

Great trail! Well marked and in great shape. Be prepared for lots of stairs. Based on the suggestion of others we came down the ski trail. We maneuvered our way down the si trails instead od the road to avoid the gravel Great views and lots of beautiful wildflowers to enjoy on the walk down!

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1 month ago

The way up was moderate, and there was a lookout point about halfway up to see the skiing trails. We decided to take the ski trails down. They were very scenic, but make sure you keep paying attention to the road because it is very easy to slip on loose rocks. Also, the road seems like it goes on forever. At the bottom of the road, there is a roped off area to the left which is a short cut to the base lodge. Don’t take the road to the bottom thinking that it will be easy, but i think the road is a better alternative than going down the trail.

I was so happy to see how clean and beautiful this NH trail was.I really enjoyed it and the feeling of being immersed in the beautiful wooded environment. Everything was very green, and there is a lot of moss, rocks, rocks to step on, diverse ground cover, occasionally slippery due to recent weather conditions. I can not compare the difficulty, views or other details as it was my first one in many years, and I was with experienced hikers who knew where they were going. I could see some paint markers on the trees along the way that looked clear.

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1 month ago

A steep climb and beautiful views at the top!

We started this hike around 9:15am, with our two dogs. The ascent took about an hour and a half with a few breaks for views and water. We reached the summit just before 11. The dogs had no issues with the climb, and had plenty of energy to spare for the descent. The view from the summit was nice, but obstructed for the most part. Based on the advice of a few others hikers, we took the ski trails down the mountain. The views from the slopes excellent. We reached the lodge just before 1:30pm, making this about a 4 hour round trip hike. Would definitely recommend for anyone who wants get a 4000 footer on the books. Only about a 2 hour ride from Boston, great for a day trip.

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2 months ago

I have gotten mixed reviews about this hike, but I happened to really enjoy it. The forest is beautiful and serene with very few crowds, even on a summer weekend. The views from the summit are excellent, you can see the Sandwich, Presidential and Pemigewasset Range from the summit. This is probably a good first 4000 Footer for people who are getting started. The trail itself can be steep but not technical at all. We hiked up this and went down Sosman Trail to the ski area. My advice would be to do this as an out and back trail, the ski area is not good for hiking.

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.

The snow has cleared. It was a beautiful and challenging hike.

Short hike with a nice reward of a series of picturesque cascades. The trail is fairly easy most of the way, only becoming steep and narrow at the very end where you then cross over into the middle of the brook for a pretty neat finish. I had heard that this trail is wet, but other than a couple of spots where you had to avoid some mud, I did not find that to be the case. There were several small stream crossings and one larger stream crossing that were very easy, even a smaller child could handle it. There are several trees down, but they are easy enough to scramble over. I hiked with 2 dogs and they loved the ample water opportunities!

I did this hike today May 9, 2018. It was extremely icy and still has very deep snow which kept breaking and going all the way up to my thighs and cutting my leg the whole way. I think this hike would be amazing when all the snow melts but it was very hard today and almost not enjoyable. I am an avid hiker so is the girl I went with but it was still very hard because of the soft snow and ice. It’s also at least 3.1 in AND out, according to my tracker I did over 8 miles. Just a heads up.

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3 months ago

This is not a hike to do in spring season. Very very slippery and dangerous even with crampons. Trail is very steep and there is a nice waterfall at the bottom but other than that it is quite average. Not my favorite.

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3 months ago

Great family hike

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3 months ago

Incredible day on Saturday for a hike. The view from the top was crystal clear and the trail was packed and a bit slushy. Would highly recommend doing this before all the snow melts over the next week or so. Great little hike. Didn't use spikes or snow shoes.

For a short distance to the top of this 4k you will be packing a punch, it is quite steep, but the path is well-marked, no issues with that! Need microspikes, the snow was melting in a lot of areas though so it was REALLY slippery, I gotta say this mountain surprised me with how hard that last part was, it just keeps going up and up and with melted snow well..... I was extra slow! View at top was amazing and worth it and the decent was a breeze!

A beautiful day, and no regrets. Definitely would rate this a moderate trail. A little slushy down bottom, but not muddy yet. A steady incline for most of the trail. It firmed up enough where we could use micro spikes and not do any damage. You can tell this trail is used by a lot of casual hikers. Lots of post holes and doggy presents. It’s all good, glad to see people taking time to enjoy the mountains. I prefer a little more solitary experience myself, but it was a pleasant day with friends and sunshine. And we got to check a 4K off the list, so happy Easter and happy trails!

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4 months ago

Based on other reviews and the description I thought I was going to have to break the trail. This has seen a lot of traffic and I even passed about 20 people. I'd still say use snowshoes and if you are winter hiking you really need them. I mention that because of all the foot holes in the trail. But yes, a good hike, but not worth doing again.

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4 months ago

Great day for a hike! The trail is perfectly flat snowpack right now. Hiked in winter boots with micro spikes, which was perfect. No ice, just a nice smooth trail the whole way up!! Hiked with 2 dogs, 1 hr 10 minutes up, 45 mins down. Great views of snow capped presidentials in the distance. Passed a couple of people in snow shoes and one guy skinning up.

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5 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.

5 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.

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