Three Ponds Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"You and your family will have a far better time visiting the Three Ponds area than John Stinson did. Nearly 250 years ago, Stinson (for whom the nearby lake and mountain were named) was captured and scalped here by the Native American tribe of St. Francis. Thankfully, your only pursuers will be springtime blackflies. Before the hike, take the kids to the library and study up on the types of vegetation (like hobblebush and marsh fern) that grow in damp, boggy areas. As you hike, see how many of these species you encounter. Notice how the active beavers have affected the vegetation growth by rerouting water. If you enjoyed exploring Lake Solitude, you’re sure to appreciate the remote beauty of the Three Ponds (actually, there are four ponds). Waterproof footgear will make the soggy going more fun."
--Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr, Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine (The Mountaineers Books).
"If you're looking for a mellow backpack trip with a sense of exploration, this loop through a rolling watershed that feeds the Baker River may be just what you had in mind. Streams, bogs, wetlands, and ponds are the theme of this backcountry trek that successfully avoids nearby peaks and the onslaught of other hikers."
--Larry Pletcher, Hiking New Hampshire (Falcon Guides).
"Beautiful lake views and fast, technical downhill runs make the moderate climb worthwhile. The open-face shelter overlooking the lake provides great overnight potential for this ride. Tread: 1.3 miles on ATV width single and doubletrack; 1 mile on singletrack. Location: 14.4 miles northwest of Interstate 93, exit 26, in Ellsworth."
--J. Richard Durnan, Mountain Biking the White Mountains: West (Falcon Guides).
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