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    Woodstock, New Hampshire

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    South Acworth, NH
    Adventurer | 320 pts
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    Wonderful hike!
    This is a great loop trail ... challenges in trail finding and could be slippery if wet, but we had a great day.
    Very few people on this trail, and it is remote.
    Adventurer | 390 pts
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    This was a tough hike for me but still a great one. It's got a lot of steep areas and can be very rocky and slippery. It's also not very well marked but thankfully my companions had done the trail before. The views up top of the fire tower are incredible (although the views aren't that great at the top if you don't go up the tower). The trail itself is very pretty and diverse though and it's a great backpacking trip.
    Concord, NH
    Pathfinder | 70 pts
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    This was my first trip to Smarts mountain. The hike for the most part is moderately difficult. Taking the DOC trail you will follow along a ridge for a mile or so which is very easy to navigate. There is a spring at the top of the mountain that may or may not have water depending on when you visit. I did this trip as an overnight with my girlfriend and was pleasantly surprised to find that we were the only ones camping that night. From our tent site there was a wonderful view of several small ponds. We did not go to the ranger tower when we got there and unfortunately there was no view to be had in the morning due to Canadian wildfires but it was still a great time. Also, even though it is a longer route I would suggest using the DOC trail in both directions as the ranger trail is more or less following a dry stream for most of the lenght. Also there are lots of areas with steep granite ledge which could be real tricky in wet weather.
    Fairfield, CT
    Pathfinder | 142 pts
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    This loop is surprisingly easy, even in winter. The Lambert Ridge trail flattens out for a good portion after an only moderate ascent at the beginning. The hike, however, would have been miserable without snow shoes. One of the people in our group of four wore crampons instead of snowshoes and was sinking into snow waist-deep almost every other step, which made for an exhausting climb. The trail is pretty nice, though the blazes seem to disappear for a while, but follow the small cairns and you'll stay on it... There is a really nice lookout point at the first rock cliffs, but I was pretty disappointed that the summit isn't above treeline. The fire tower, however, makes up for it. We had to knock a lot off ice off the steps to make the ascent, but it was worth the view at the top, and the glass windows provided for some nice protection from the weather and a good place to eat our lunch. We took the Ranger trail back down, and honestly, I didn't enjoy it. It was way too flat for about the last 2 miles, and it didn't really feel like a decent. I more enjoy running down the mountain in my snowshoes, and this was not the place to do it. If I were to do it again, I would have taken the Lambert Trail back down... I imagine that the Ranger trail is nicer in the spring, and with a dog, who would enjoy very much stopping along the brook for some water.

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    4.5-5.5 hours
    National Geographic #740, White
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