This is a great hike for beginners and those who are a little more experienced. Beautiful view of Mt. Washington and presidential range. 

Start a few miles north of the Joe Dodge Lodge and Pinkham Notch. If starting in Gorham, the trailhead is 6-8 miles south and will be on the east side of the road. Starting at about 1000 ft, hike in about 5 miles and 5 miles back to beginning. Two routes back, both about the same distance.

Starting at the trailhead hike into the and continue on the trail until you reach the summit. There are no other trails that intersect so you should be great so long as you don't wander away from the trail. 

After reaching the summit, stop and enjoy the view for a little while. After taking it all in, either head back the way you came, or complete the loop by taking the only other trail going away from the outcropping of rock.  

Some parts can be a little difficult and it can be cold at the top even in the spring so be sure to bring a jacket. The view at the summit is beautiful so be sure to bring a camera!

Pack List

  • Daypack 
  • Compass
  • Map
  • 2L Water (Minimum) 
  • Trail mix (dried fruit, M&M's, jerky, nuts, granola)
  • Hiking Boots
  • Hiking Pants
  • Jacket
  • Crampons - Needed for Spring and Fall when there may be ice patches. 
  • Sweater
  • Gloves
  • Hiking Poles
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (Essential)
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RT Distance 6.1 Miles
Elevation Gain 2080 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop


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