Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont
by Lisa Densmore (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2005 Lisa Densmore/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
This was a very nice trail. We hiked up Morgan and down Percival. The trail heads over to Percival below the summit so if you want to see Morgan just hike a little further. From Percival there are two ways down that merge into one. The trail to the right is rockier and not recommended with dogs. So we went to the left with Wyler. But it was perfect weather. Not a difficult hike and great view from the top. Can see the lakes in the distance.
This was my first serious attemp at mountain hiking after a total hip replacement in April. Footing was a little difficult for me because of balance issue after surgery. The view was worth the climb.
Great little trip just as the guide described. Fantastic vistas reward you at the top but watch out it can be windy! Also, if it's a bright sunny day watch for (harmless) snakes sunning themselves on the many rocky passes of the trail.
Great views...lots of "gravy" with not a lot of effort. Make sure you do a little side trip to catch the caves, its worth the extra 15 minutes of hiking!
This is a great afternoon trail with teenagers and a dog. it is unseasonably warm at the moment, with only a little ice at higher elevations. We did the trail 'backwards' up the easy steady climb on the Mount Morgan trail. Very easy indeed until the last tenth of a mile where you can take ladders up the cliff face or walk around. Magnificent views from both Morgan and Percival on this absolutely crystal clear day. The mile or so between peaks is a fun boulder walk, and the climb down a little steeper but no problem for the dog.
Of course similar views over Squam are to be had from the Rattlesnake Ridge on the other side of Rt 113, from about 1,000 feet lower, and in a 45 minute round trip walk - but we are not in it for the easy way, are we?
A truly enjoyable 5-6 mile walk, absolutely one of the best. Strongly recommended to take this loop. A great half day!
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