Greeley Ponds Trail

Grafton County, New Hampshire

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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.
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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.
Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Grafton County
Distance: 4.9
Elevation Gain: 1,375 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,944 feet
Top Elevation: 2,289 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Elevation Min/Max: 1568/2289 ft
Elevation Start/End: 1944/1944 ft

Greeley Ponds Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A challenging ride with beautiful views of the upper Mad River and the first Greeley Pond. Opportunities exist to lisp and see beaver and other wildlife. Tread: 1.7 miles on dirt road; 1.3 miles on ATV width double- and singletrack; 0.2 mile on singletrack. Location: 12.4 miles east of Interstate 93, exit 28, in Waterville Valley."

"I suspect that the popularity of this hike has something to do with the average person’s innate sense of proportion and scale. The Greeley Ponds are large enough to shelter quiet gravel banks and grassy lawns along their shores, but small enough to comprehend with a single view. The surrounding peaks that closely encroach upon the waters are tall enough to suggest enclosure but not so immense as to cause a troublesome sense of foreboding.

Overall, we regard these magical ponds as cozy and comfortable wilderness spots that are now, regrettably, closed to camping because of their inordinate appeal. Special attractions: Two beautiful ponds encircled by forested slopes in the cleft of Mad River Notch. A delightful overview of Upper Greeley Pond and the Kancamagus Highway from Mount Osceola's East Peak."

"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."

"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."

"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."

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Jun 2018