Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast
by Jeffrey Romano (The Mountaineers Books)
© Jeffrey Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
The Brook trail is steadily uphill from the start, becoming quite steep closer to the pond. Even in October, it was rather hot during the ascent but be sure to bring a jacket. Once at the exposed rock by the pond, the wind and higher elevation really drop the temperature. There are large granite boulders that provide wonderful views of the fall foliage as well as Web lake. A perfect place to stop for a snack before continuing on to the summit of Tumbledown or Little Jackson.
On the descent, be sure to pay close attention to the blue blazes that mark the trail. We found it rather easy to find ourselves climbing down a rock away from the trail. When in doubt, follow Tubledown brook down to the parking lot.
Tumbledown is one of my favorite hikes. There is hardly a flat spot on the entire route which makes for really interesting terrain. The views alone make it worth the effort. I am looking forward to tackling the tougher Loop trail during an upcoming visit.
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