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Mount Major Trail

Alton Bay, NH

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Mount Major Trail is a 3.4 mile loop trail located near Alton Bay, New Hampshire and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Mount Lafayette Trail
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22 Completed 6 Reviews

Completed this loop on April 18th (Good Friday) 2014. Under three hours to the summit from the parking lot via the Old Bridal Path, a very steep but rewarding trail that brought me up the ridge and past the Greenleaf hut. After the hut was a final push up the last rocky incline before the summit. Spectacular views of the notch and presidential range. From there its a 2 hour traverse of the ridge which includes the summits of Lincoln and Haystack, then finally decending via the Falling Waters trail which has many cascades and brook crossings. 5 hours total loop, one of my personal favorites.

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Mount Monadnock
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6 Completed 3 Reviews

I am writing this now but did this last year, It was a fun but challenging hike for me personally as I had just had a hip replacement months before this and it was a great hike with amazing views but there was 150 so people at the summit so it was a little crowded unlike the hike I did yesterday at kearsarge but will do it again this season.

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Barlow Trail and Winslow Trail
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6 Completed 3 Reviews

We hiked this yesterday 4/20/14 up winslow where there was enough ice at the 1/2 mile marker to say I was glad I brought my crampons but still a fun hike with amazing views stayed at the summit for about an hour had some lunch and then down the barlow trail which was a very fun hike. The only thing that was kind of a bummer was that the gates were still closed so it was about a 1/2 mile of walking up the road to get to the trail head. All in all an awesome day and will absolutely do it again! We went up about 2pm took our time to take in nature and back down for the sun starting to set. Amazing day!!

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3 Purgatory Falls Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Purgatory Falls is a great hiking spot for families. I enjoy taking scenic photos. If you are like me, this is the perfect spot for you. Although the terrain is very rocky, the view at the end is all worth while. Overall, This is a great hike.

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North Mountain Loop Trail
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21 Completed 2 Reviews

The full North Mountain loop is longer than 4 miles. I started and ended at the Reservation Road gate and followed the white trail markers. The park map (off the NH SP website) was a little confusing to follow at certain points so my mileage was increased due to a few turnarounds. In order to complete the loop, when you come to Round Pond Road - after about 4 miles - you need to go right and follow the road to meet back up with the white trail. It was a nice hike, with some decent views. There were no leaves on the trees so the lookouts were nice but they may not be that way when the trees have full coverage. The first part of the hike ,up to the summit, was a little challenging but afterwards the hike was pretty easy.

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Welch-Dickey Loop Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Excellent little trip, we started up the left side of the loop (to go in a clockwise fashion). It took us about 2 hours to get to the stone ledges, just before the ledges there was some packed snow and ice, so you must be careful this spring to have good footwear and some kind of hiking stick which can get a hold in ice is advisable while it is still spring. Excellent view, great hike.
Drawbacks: there is some red tape in the form of $3 parking fee, cash only (we scraped together many quarters, haha)

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Pack Monadnock Trail
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6 Completed 3 Reviews

Hiked up with a friend, there was still lots of snow and some ice but not really a problem, most were using clamp ons but just had my hiking boots and made the south peak and back with no problems it was an awesome day for a hike.. love this place!!

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Mount Jackson
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7 Completed 2 Reviews

This was my second 4000 footer and the temperature was in the 30's when I started at 11:00.
The trail was packed down and all I needed were my micro-spikes. It's fair to say that Mount Jackson's rating of moderate is accurate, with the exception of a few steep areas on the trail. The weather couldn't have been nicer, with clear skies and bright sunshine. I would have loved to spend more time at the summit, but with the windchill, it felt like it was between zero and -10. I was wearing the right gear and was comfortable, until I made the mistake of taking off my gloves to take pictures. Within a minute, my hands turned purple and fingernails started to ache.......Yikes >_

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Gap Mountain Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Hiked with my 4yr old son last weekend. The bulk of this trail is very easy, slight assent, however the last 1/4mi maybe is challenging. My son and dog had a tough time in a few spots, especially the switchback right before you reach peak, but we had an awesome time despite the snow and ice. View atop is fantastic.

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Mount Cube Trail
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22 Completed 6 Reviews

yes extremely easy if the trail is broken but if its not it is one of the more challenging 3000 footers to do during winter in the Hanover area. first two miles is very deceiving very gentle increase in elevation, then after the second brook crossing it gets much steeper offering views of Mt. Moosilauke. roughly half a mile before the main summit there is a spur trail to your right that leads to the North summit. mild views at the main summit, the extra half mile to the North peak offers the better views of Moosilauke and Smarts. bring lots of food and water if breaking trail after a storm here, the powder was deep and fluffy!

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