Boulder Loop Trail

Albany, New Hampshire 3818

Elevation Gain2,103ft
Trailhead Elevation873ft
Elevation Min/Max873/1759ft
Elevation Start/End873/873ft

Boulder Loop Trail

Boulder Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Albany, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 873 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,103 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking.

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Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine (The Mountaineers Books)
Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr
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"As you hike the Boulder Loop, you’ll feel as if you have your very own naturalist along. Equipped with a White Mountain National Forest interpretive leaflet (available at the trailhead or at the White Mountain National Forest Information Centers) that is keyed to numbered stops along the route, you will gain a better understanding of such common trail-side phenomena as lichens, felled trees, and fallen boulders. Looking for the various stations will keep kids moving and will mark their progress in a way they can understand. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is just a tame nature walk, though. Halfway through the loop, you’ll climb onto a set of sheer cliffs with tremendous views over the Passaconaway Valley. Call it a nature walk with punch."
AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Robert N. Buchsbaum
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"The Boulder Loop Trail passes jumbles of boulders during its 1,000-foot ascent to rocky ledges on a shoulder of the Moat Range. Here there are fine views across the Swift River Valley to a number of 4,000-foot peaks south of the Kancamagus Highway. The loop is appropriate for younger hikers who have some experience on trail or for those who can easily be carried in a backpack. The Boulder Loop Trail is marked by yellow blazes."

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Fun loop with the kiddos!
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The climb to the top does get easier the farther you get with a nice flat walk before you reach the cliff with the views of Crawford Notch. This is a great place to reach for lunch time and to enjoy the views for a good amount of time. Great panoramic views of the surrounding 4000 footers. The trail is quite rocky, and I imagine in the springtime is very muddy. We went in the summertime after hot days with little rain and still found a few muddy spots along the way. If you find it difficult on the way up don't give up because the view from the top is well worth it and it really does get easier the last 1/2 mile. As with most mountains watch young children around the cliffs, the drop is a couple hundred feet. The main cliff gets crowded during the weekend, but you can continue down an unmarked trail after the large open cliff to a more secluded cliff with a better breeze and just as amazing views.

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White Mountain National Forest
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USGS Topo: North Conway West
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