Wild River Trail

New Hampshire 03847

Elevation Gain887ft
Trailhead Elevation2,454ft
Elevation Min/Max2300/2641ft
Elevation Start/End2454/2419ft

Wild River Trail

Wild River Trail is a hiking trail in Carroll County and Coös County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is three miles long and begins at 2,454 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 887 feet. The North Ketchum Pond water can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Bog Brook Trail and Rainbow Trail.

Wild River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This entry-level hike introduces the territory of the Wild River, an out-of-the-way region of sculptured valleys and random foothills east of Pinkham Notch, just west of the Maine border. Attaining elevations of only 2,300 feet, this low-level ramble often avoids the late spring snows that blanket nearby peaks and sports instead early blooming flowers that carpet the forest floor.

A simple, triangular walk upstream, across a hilly divide, and back to the trailhead beside the intricacies of Blue Brook, this delightful five-hour outing can be enjoyed as a moderate day trip or as a superb backpack for families with older children. Veteran hikers can move on to more distant adventures in the far reaches of the Wild River watershed, all the way to the alluring summits of the lofty Carter Range. Special attractions: The Wild River, a view from the Basin's rim, and a plunging stream with pretty cascades in the woodsy Blue Brook Valley."

"This ride's general location is Gilead, Maine (10 miles east of Gorham on US 2). Scenery includes wooded wilderness and the rocky Wild River. This is a good family ride; there are more challenging trails nearby. The trailhead is actually in the state of Maine. A graded forest road takes you back across the state line and along the east shore of the Wild River.

This quiet corner of the White Mountains serves up a primitive White Mountain National Forest campsite, a favorite fishing spot, and several hiking trails. When you reach the campground, hike over to the Wild River and admire its many huge boulders (souvenirs left by a departing glacier after the last ice age). To the northwest you'll see the peaks of the Carter/Moriah Range, a ridge that is traversed by the Appalachian Trail on its way to Gorham and its eventual terminus in Maine."

"This freestone mountain stream runs through the White Mountain National Forest. Wading can be difficult during periods of high water, but the large number of streamside boulders enables the angler to hop about and reach prime spots. Maine Route 113 bounds the eastern side of the river, providing unlimited access.

The Wild River flows between Maine and New Hampshire and enters the Androscoggin River in Gilead. The daily bag limit on trout is two fish. In 1995, Wild River was stocked with 1,600 brook trout and 2,000 brown trout. Key Species: brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout possible."

"Proposed to be New Hampshire’s newest wilderness area, the Wild River watershed forms the largest roadless non-wilderness area in the White Mountain National Forest. Surrounded by mountains and dissected by footpaths, this area has ample opportunities for a variety of different loop hiking experiences, from half-day nature walks to multiple-day backpacking trips.

This recommended hike provides a sampling of everything the area has to offer—long, gradual trails, excellent wildlife-viewing opportunities, scenic ridges, and plenty of solitude. Try this loop as an overnight hike, or get an early start and make a long day of it; either way, you will not go home disappointed."

Wild River Trail Reviews

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the wild river trail isn't really "true" mtn biking...we were dismayed when we came to the "wilderness" area where they do not allow "bicycles"..that is a real bummer as the trail is an old railroad bed and would be perfect for people just getting into mtn biking and also for kids just learning how to mtn bike. It is so sad that you come to this sign that indicates you can not go any further because it is "wilderness". Yeek..what is this world coming to? I would not recommend this trial for mountain biking.

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Trail Information

Androscoggin Ranger Station, White Mountain National Forest 603-466-2713
Local Contacts
Delorme's New Hampshire Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Wild River
Local Maps

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Jul 2018