Wild River Trail

Gilead, Maine

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Proposed to be New Hampshire’s newest wilderness area, the Wild River watershed forms the largest roadless non-wilderness area in the White Mountain National Forest. Surrounded by mountains and dissected by footpaths, this area has ample opportunities for a variety of different loop hiking experiences, from half-day nature walks to multiple-day backpacking trips. This recommended hike provides a sampling of everything the area has to offer—long, gradual trails, excellent wildlife-viewing opportunities, scenic ridges, and plenty of solitude. Try this loop as an overnight hike, or get an early start and make a long day of it; either way, you will not go home disappointed.
Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast

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Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast

by Jeffrey Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Proposed to be New Hampshire’s newest wilderness area, the Wild River watershed forms the largest roadless non-wilderness area in the White Mountain National Forest. Surrounded by mountains and dissected by footpaths, this area has ample opportunities for a variety of different loop hiking experiences, from half-day nature walks to multiple-day backpacking trips.

This recommended hike provides a sampling of everything the area has to offer—long, gradual trails, excellent wildlife-viewing opportunities, scenic ridges, and plenty of solitude. Try this loop as an overnight hike, or get an early start and make a long day of it; either way, you will not go home disappointed.

©  Jeffrey Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Gilead
Distance: 16.4
Elevation Gain: 3,550 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8 to 10 hours (or 2 days)
Season: May through October
Trailhead Elevation: 1,150 feet
Top Elevation: 4,049 feet
Local Contacts: White Mountain National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Carter Dome and Wild River
Driving Directions: Directions to Wild River Trail

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