Three Ponds Trail

Grafton County, New Hampshire

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Three Ponds Trail is a hiking trail in Grafton County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 6.0 miles long and begins at 1,323 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,895 feet.
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Three Ponds Trail is a hiking trail in Grafton County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 6.0 miles long and begins at 1,323 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,895 feet. This trail connects with the following: Carr Mountain Trail and Donkey Hill Cutoff.
Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Grafton County
Distance: 6.0
Elevation Gain: 1,895 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,323 feet
Top Elevation: 2,045 feet
Elevation Min/Max: 1042/2045 ft
Elevation Start/End: 1323/1323 ft

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."

"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."

"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."

Three Ponds Trail Reviews

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2/10/2007
The trail is well-marked. It seems popular with snow-mobilers up to the beaver pond, but the back half of our walk was quiet and untracked. The shelter was in use by over-nighters. Saw fresh moose tracks.
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7/4/2005
Not much in the way of views. Not enough reward for the challenge or lenght of hike. Lack of other hikers was a positive.
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1/27/2002
This 5 mile loop hike includes the 3 Ponds Trail, the Donkey Hill Cutoff, and the Mt. Kineo Trail. Trailhead is on the Stinson Lake Road, just north of the lake (look for a hiker sign). Very pleasant woodlands, streams, and ponds. An easy to moderate snowshoe hike. The Three Ponds Trail had been snowmobiled, the rest of the loop had not.
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1/27/2002
This 5 mile loop hike includes the 3 Ponds Trail, the Donkey Hill Cutoff, and the Mt. Kineo Trail. Trailhead is on the Stinson Lake Road, just north of the lake (look for a hiker sign). Very pleasant woodlands, streams, and ponds. An easy to moderate snowshoe hike. The Three Ponds Trail had been snowmobiled, the rest of the loop had not.
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