This is a moderate loop trail in New Hampshire. It can be used to reach Big Ball, Black Snout and Mount Shaw from either direction (clockwise or counter-clockwise). The first two summits provide superb views across Lake Winnipesauke while Mount Shaw has spectacular views north to the White Mountains.
The TH is small with room for possibly 6 cars and provides no services (kiosk, trash, water or toilet). The TH is not signed from the road though is available on Google Maps. Its almost across NH 171 from Sodom Road in Tuftonboro. There are several woods roads in the immediate vicinity of the TH as this is on private land. Generally stay left and straight as you ascend to the junction of the Mount Shaw Trail and the Italian Trail.
If hiking with children I would recommend ascending by the Italian Trail as there are open ledges that provide views and diversions and might be possible turn around points. Ascending Black Snout is quite steep in places though scrambling is not required just a slog. Mount Shaw trail follows brooks and they might offer a cooling pool or other diversion for small children though stream crossings are required. For children under 10 I would rate the entire loop hike (7.5M) as a 4.
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