Explore the most popular nature trips 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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22 days ago

I was told there would be “limited” views on this hike. Not sure if the person who told me this hiked it blindfolded, because I found this hike to be beautiful. Noon Peak and Jennings Peak where spectacular vistas. The summit of Sandwich Dome had wonderful views of the Sandwich, Presidential, Pemi and Franconia Ranges. There’s a small pill bottle currently serving as the summit canister, which is sitting right on top of the cairn. We took Sandwich Mountain Trail up and Drakes Brook down. I recommend doing it this way since Drakes is more gradual. Drake’s Brook followed a beautiful river most of the way, with only one major crossing. Definitely would do it again.

I ascended Sandwich Mountain Trail and descended via Drakes Brooks Trail. The hike up was mostly moderate with a couple very steep but short sections. Took the extra .2 miles to summit Jennings Peak. The view from Jennings was great, best of the 3 peaks visited. Back off Jennings I continued on the Sandwich Mountain Trail up to the summit of Sandwich Dome. Nice views of the Tripyramids with Presidential Range far in the distance. The trip down Drakes Brook Trail was a steady easy on the knees descent. The lower section of the brook is a nice spot to take a break on one of many large flat stones in the brook. A great day out and checked off 2 peaks from the 52 with a view list

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.

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!

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.

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.

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Friday, June 09, 2017

awesome hike longer than expected we got 9.75 miles round trip loved it. could have used more trail blazes .a wild and fun trail.

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.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Scaur Trail [WVAIA]

This trail has been retired. The upper portion of it, from the junction with the former Kettles Path (now Irene's Path) to the Scaur overlook, has been renamed as part of Irene's Path. The portion below this junction running down to the Mad River has been closed. There is no access to Greeley Pond Trail from the former Scaur Trail at this time. Flume Brook Trail has also been retired. Irene's Path connects to the Old Skidder Road and then the Livermore Trail.

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