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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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Chocorua Piper - Weetamoo rock loop
by Paula Courto-Spring

47 Completed 0 Reviews

tackled this Labor Day week-the last mile was tough rock climbing-but the views at the top were well worth it! A definite recommendation for a challenging hike!

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Osceola from East Peak
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Hiked up to the East peak from the Kanc side today (3/29/15) with normal boots and a water bottle for gear. The trail was basically a sheet of ice with a light dusting of snow over it the whole way up. It starts very easy, until you get a little bit beyond the trailhead. It suddenly became a near vertical ascension until the viewing area near the summit. Slightly easier the rest of the way.

I reached the summit in 1 hour and 45 minutes, despite constantly sliding on ice. Beautiful 180 degree views, was very nice at the summit. I went a little late so I didn't have time to make it to the other peak. The way down was some of the most fun I've ever had. I literally slid down as if I were sledding for at least a mile, with a few stops. Go back to the parking area in about a half hour. I could imagine descending in non winter weather would be very difficult though.

Great trail if you can handle non-stop steepness. Snowshoes, crampons, spikes, poles, backpacks are all unnecessary.

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Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliff Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great snow hike. We took other reviewers advice and headed out via Frankenstein. It was snowing lightly today. The snow is pretty packed so it wasn't bad but we did not have spikes which made it a bit tougher. Only stayed in about a mile and it took us about an hour. The trail is very well marked and easy to find. Wish we could've stayed longer. Next time

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Mount Washington Trail
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9 Completed 9 Reviews

Did this hike early Sept 2014 and it was more rewarding and a bit less grueling then I expected, though it was definitely tough. Ended up summiting in a little over 3 hours, and finished in about 6 total. Nice cool conditions with surprisingly little wind on the summit. The Tuckerman's Ravine section is pretty spectacular. Nice cafeteria and shop at the top! Went down the Lion's Head trail for variety and it was fine, though not particularly more interesting than the trail up.

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Pumpelly Trail
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636 Completed 627 Reviews

On a scale of 1-5 this trail is a 25. But AllTrails only goes up to 5 so I gave it a 5 like everyone else. I did this in October 2013, but the memory is like yesterday. Pumpelly Trail offers a scenic and beautiful route up Dublin Ridge and is the longest direct route up the mountain. The trail begins on East Lake Road by Dublin Lake and there isn’t a parking lot. The path starts on private property. The hiking is easy for the first mile then the path starts up the ridge heading up switchbacks. The first views on the trail when nearing the crest of the first crag are halfway to the summit. The path passes over a shoulder through spruce woods with some open ledge and views along the way then reaches the Cascade Link junction. Then heads up by a Bare Crag is a short climb up from the Pumpelly to a fine viewpoint. The Pumpelly passes by another crag called Town Line Peak. Just past Town Line Peak is a path leading north to the peak and views beyond. The Pumpelly heads south toward the summit down to the Spellman junction, where the Spellman heads east steeply down to the State Park, the Pumpelly then starts uphill across increasingly more bare ledge passing the Sarcophagus (looks like a large stone crypt) and nearby 2 acre Thoreau Bog (not visible from trail). The Pumpelly Trail is marked by cairn rock-piles as the ridge becomes bare then reaches the Red Spot Junction, where the Red Spot Trail heads east down the mountain to the State Park. The Pumpelly heads west and dips into a patch of spruce woods then heads steeply uphill with fine views of Mountain Brook Valley. Then the Pumpelly Trail continues up the bare summit cone following cairn rock-piles in 4.4 miles.
From the summit: the Pumpelly Trail is painted in the rock (freshly painted 2010) but if the paint is faded the path is not well marked with cairns at the start, The paint was still good in 2013, head ENE along the high ridge from the summit and in a short distance the Pumpelly trail is well marked with cairns.

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Big Sugarloaf
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Sugarloaf and Little Sugarloaf are easy to get to, right off Newfound lake. A quick 1.8 mile hike that isn't really steep and is typically quiet and serene, with the pleasant view tucked away at the top make it my go to for an hour to burn away from people.

When snowshoeing in the winter, watch out for snowmobiles around goose pond. It's still a rewarding hike, but it becomes a 3 hour ordeal when breaking trail, so be prepared and bring some friends to help pack down that powder.

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Harling Trail
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636 Completed 627 Reviews

I did this one back in 2013. What a nice, easy little trail. There is spruce, birch, maple and some other hardwoods. I love the northern forest scent. It connects with the Cascade Lin and, Hinkley Trail. This trail is easy and down low but it is a great little leg stretcher before you head up the mountain.

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hamlin
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7 Completed 2 Reviews

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Bridle Path
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7 Completed 2 Reviews

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Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliff Trail
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9 Completed 1 Reviews

This was simply an amazing winter hike with so many awe-striking moments. We hiked out to Arethusa Falls first and at the last minute decided to venture along, up, over and down the FC trail making it back to the trailhead just after dusk. It was a hike that I will forever remember.

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