Wild River Trail

New Hampshire

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.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
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"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."

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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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