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    Greeley Ponds Trail

    Grafton County, New Hampshire
    Elevation Gain1,375ft
    Trailhead Elevation1,944ft
    Elevation Min/Max1568/2289ft
    Elevation Start/End1944/1944ft

    Greeley Ponds Trail

    Greeley Ponds Trail is a hiking trail in Grafton County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 4.9 miles long and begins at 1,944 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,375 feet. The Greeley Ponds Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There is also an information map. The Greeley Pond Shelter can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Kankamagus Brook, Scaur Trail, Mount Osceola Trail, Flume Brook Trail and Timber Camp Trail.
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    Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
    David Goodman
    "This is a moderate ski tour into the beautiful Greeley Ponds, which are nestled beneath ice cliffs and towering rock walls. For a longer tour, continue from the ponds to climb and descend the Kancamagus Brook Ski Trail, or ski Livermore Road back to Waterville Valley." Read more
    Snowshoe Routes: New England (The Mountaineers Books)
    Diane Bair & Pamela Wright
    "This pleasant, relatively flat trail, through Mad River Notch, was the first snowshoe hike we ever completed. We began on the Kancamagus Highway side, meandering through sun-dappled woods until we reached the set of gorgeous mountain ponds. For little effort, you get a touch of mountain wilderness and pristine winter scenery. In Lincoln, a popular tourist town, you’ll find a variety of shops, restaurants, and lodgings. There are also a handful of outdoor guide and gear outfits, where you can sign up for a guided trip into the woods, rent snowshoes, pick up maps, and get trail information. If you have downhill ski enthusiasts in your group, there are several alpine ski resorts in the area." Read more
    Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr
    "It’s not panoramic views that excite most kids but plank walks and bridges, frog-filled ponds, and rivers. The 4-mile hike to and from Greeley Ponds includes all these favorites and covers relatively level terrain, making it a great walk for the entire family. Gravelly beaches border the two wilderness ponds and allow ample room for exploring the shore or stretching out under the sun. This is a popular route, so expect to have company." Read more
    100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books)
    Jeffrey Romano
    "Located in an 800-acre scenic area of the White Mountain National Forest, the Upper and Lower Greeley Ponds are serene reflectors of surrounding ledge-draped mountain slopes. The frequently visited water bodies teeming with brook trout nestle snugly high within Mad River Notch. Accessible from Waterville Valley on an easier, but 3-mile-longer route, this moderate hike from the north offers an optional, challenging diversion to nearby Mount Osceola and its East Peak. From either direction, a journey to Greeley Ponds is an excellent family adventure throughout the year. Choose the hike midweek or off-season if searching for added tranquillity." Read more
    AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
    Robert N. Buchsbaum
    "Set dramatically near the height of Mad River Notch between Mounts Osceola and Kancamagus, the Greeley Ponds are classic mountain ponds bordered by rugged slopes that descend abruptly to the shoreline. They are reached by a relatively easy trail that crosses numerous split-log bridges." Read more

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    Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast


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    100 Classic Hikes in New England


    AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains

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