Hiking New Hampshire
by Larry Pletcher (Falcon Guides)
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It was well maintained with a babbling brook next to you for most of the hike giving you opportunities for some nice photo ops. The trail is steep and rocky so tuff for some knees in our group. I would not try it in the rain if you are not good at rock climbing as there are a lot of exposed faces. Overall wonderful views, lakes in the clouds is great for a break also gives you the chance to tackle two 5000'ers in one hike. In July we found a 40 degree difference from base to summit so pack appropriately. Hope this helps.
I hiked this with a girlfriend starting about 7am. We were able to hike quite successfully with only microspikes for the snow and ice we encountered. We took plenty of layers expecting it to be quite cold but, alas, we had the mildest day with temps in the 20's, no clouds, no fog, and absolutely no wind the whole way if you can believe that! We went up the Ammonusuc Ravine Trail in about 5 hours due to some post-holing and came down the Jewel trail as it is a bit more gentle. The trip down was about 4 hours.
We had a great day clear sky all day long 45 degree's and 15mph wind . The trail was great , not as steep as i expected but still has great views and definetly felt the hike the next day.
Excellent trail! Got started around 8:15, hit the summit at noon at a solid pace with some stops for photos. It was a beautiful day, 70's at the base, 45 degrees at the summit. This is a truly beautiful trail with quite a bit of biodiversity, cute waterfalls and several scenic views. If I lived nearby, I would hike this trail again and again and again.
Challenging trail - last one mile very steep; average 45 degree climb over wet, slippery granite slabs. Leads to Lakes of the Clouds Hut, a nice stop over on the way to Mt. Washington summit. Be in good shape to attempt this trail. The best trail for protection from bad weather.
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