The Moats Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Moats make up a long ridge that runs along the west side of North Conway, paralleling the Saco River. The ridge-walk from Moat to Moat is one of the finest in New England. Much of it is bare due to a forest fire many years ago, and the views are marvelous.
Some people prefer to hike a loop that begins at Diana’s Baths, climbs North Moat via the Moat Mountain Trail (yellow blazes), then descends via the Red Ridge Trail back to Diana’s Baths. The hike across the whole ridge is about the same mileage. It requires a car drop, but rewards with sustained views, and three summits instead of one. The route described here is the Moat Range from north to south, preferable because you escape the crowds at Diana’s Baths early. Also North Moat, the firrst peak you reach, is almost at the halfway point, which makes the hike out from South Moat seem fairly short.
From a dog’s perspective, the first couple of miles are nirvana, along some of the best swimming holes in the region. The upper part of the ridge is typically dry, and there are a couple of steep, ledgy areas, but nothing insurmountable for a mountain-savvy canine."