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    2 weeks, 4 days ago
    I have hiked this loop perhaps 50 times. Sometimes carrying a chainsaw and other tools as part of the Chocorua Mountain Club. Best route is up the Brook Trail and down the Liberty which share he same parking lot. Very steep ledges above tree line and few cairns so be careful especially in winter coming down. www.chocorualakeconservancy.org/mt-Chocorua/cmc
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    3 weeks, 4 days ago
    A long hike but worth it! Good views, river, and forest. Not steep, lots of rocks and the trail was boggy. I trail ran it in 4.5 hours, would take longer to hike.
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    3 weeks, 4 days ago
    The first time I went this route I was planning a single day presidential traverse, little did I know that was almost impossible due to the added mileage of the trail. but the second time I really took In the views of the trail and it is very nice. there are a lot of waterfall views and a pretty awesome bridge you get to cross right at the beginning of the Osgood Cutoff (3.5 miles)
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    1 month ago
    One of the best hikes in the area. Definitely equals to any 4000 footer! Beautiful views. Carter ledges trail is the best
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    1 month ago
    Awesome hike. Not too crowded. Not for those scared of steep ascents and bog steps though. Could be slippery in spring and during/after rain. Also wouldn't recommend for those with stiff or weak joints.
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    1 month, 1 week ago
    1st off. This is not an “EASY” hike. It is moderate but totally worth the effort. The views from the summit are beautiful! And it’s on the 52 WAV list.
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    A 12.2 mile hike. Not terribly difficult; just long. Trail was super swampy; one of our group went in the mud to mid-calf. The false summit offered beautiful views of the Prezis, and many other peaks. The actual summit was stunning - 360 degree views and a wealth of plant life. One of our group was adept at identifying plants, which added to the experience! We hiked this on a brutally hot and humid day, but the breeze made it bearable, and beautiful.
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    2 months, 3 weeks ago
    A great challenging hike. I’m glad I left my dog home, he would have slowed me down. Slippery rocks but overall a beautiful day.
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    3 months, 1 week ago
    A few blow downs that are cleared to get through. Trail is in great shape and is a pretty steady incline with plenty of things to look at on the way. There are some great swimming holes along the trail for when the weather gets warm.
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    3 months, 3 weeks ago
    Great little trail outside Bethel, ME. Lovingly built and cared for with great bridges and big crossings. Meanders along a stream and past Hidden Falls before ascending sharply to Long Mountain Ledges for a beautiful westerly view.
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    6 months ago
    Snow was still pretty deep and snowshoes were a must. I found the 29 minute trip time to be way underestimated.
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    6 months, 3 weeks ago
    Still new to snowshoeing this was my 2nd time out but it was a nice hike. Starts out easy and you even get background music from the ski slopes. The climb gets pretty steep after the side trail that gives you a view of the ski trails. From here on up it’s kinda boring and straight for awhile. Once I was near the top it got interesting the wind picked up and it was tough following the trail. It was snowing out so there were no views this day. Not a bad quick hike.
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    7 months, 1 week ago
    This is a great hike. Its easy . The hiking trail is in real good shape. Easy to walk on. On this hike you will see 2 wooden bridges. You will also see flume gorge. There is a river you walk by also. Its a very fun hike. Allot to see. There is bear den and a wolf den also. There is large granite boulders to look at also. I loved this hike. Easy and allot to see. The visitors center is great also. It has a stage coach in there. Samples how they made wooden bridges also. The visitors center also has food in there to eat.
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    8 months, 1 week ago
    The trail Sunday 1/5/19 was packed snow with occasional icy spots suitable for micro spikes most of the trail. Snow shoes could have been helpful only in the last 1/4 mile but were not necessary.
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    8 months, 2 weeks ago
    A few days ago the trail was soft and slushy. It has since frozen solid and is now mostly iced up and uneven. No problem hiking with micro spikes.
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    8 months, 2 weeks ago
    Trail was in good shape for micro spikes, no snow shoes needed. Crossing the stream was easy, someone built a bridge using some logs. This bridge didn't exist 7 days prior. Hike was given 4 stars because the summit was in the clouds.
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    8 months, 4 weeks ago
    What an amazing hike. We reached the top around sunset and the views were some of the best you can get. This was a tough hike, but great practice for longer hikes in the area. It was nice and dry and I would not want to go if it was wet or had rained recently. I brought my dogs and they did just fine. We went on a weeknight and had the trail almost all to ourselves. There is a currently an active beehive on the West side of Mt. Dickey. It's roped off and there are instructions to get around it safely.
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    9 months, 3 weeks ago
    We were expecting light snow, at least at elevation, but it was rain & fog the whole way. The open circle at the summit was curious, I’ll need to research into how it got that way. Even without rain and fog I think the best scenery is probably from Zealand Road...
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    9 months, 4 weeks ago
    Nice high NH peaks with phenomenal views along the majority of the hike.
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    10 months, 1 week ago
    Great little hike, steep and loose gravel is some areas. Great views from the spur path and southhead summit. Limited views from northhead, but cute cabin. The ski trail coming down was very wet (week of rain) and the trail was moved and ended is someone’s private lot.
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    11 months, 1 week ago
    Nice easy hike. Views from the summit were excellent. The downside being the parking lot is busy, very busy. The trail was crowded with people unfamiliar with hiking etiquette. Leaf peeping season definatly brought out the people and this being such an easy trail everyone went there
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    11 months, 1 week ago
    Nice, extremely quick, hike. 2 summits, decent views, some rock scrambles but nothing real steep or bouldering. Very, very crowded because of how easy it is.
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    12 months ago
    Hiked the loop clockwise, so up North and down South. The trail is in decent shape and the water was low, making the crossings easy. The steeps up North Hancock were dry. The views from the lookouts were amazingly clear and far-reaching. If you hike this loop on a clear day, don't miss the views.
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    12 months ago
    Hiked this trail during the middle of September and leaves have not started to turn. The trail only has two view points: one midway that is on one of the Waterville Ski Area ski trails and the other is at the summit. The midway viewpoint is more open. The viewpoint at the summit is tiny, and given the popularity of the trail, it was crowded at the top. At neither viewpoint is there a 360 degree view. The trail itself is well maintained, with steps in place even near the summit.
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    1 year ago
    Did this hike on 8/25. There are some trail closures on the lower sections of this hike that take you off the main trail and up some steep ski slopes. It extends the total distance by less than a mile I'd say. The slopes can be muddy, but we went on a day where it hadn't rained in a while and were lucky. The trail was crowded as is typical for a warm Saturday. We brought our dogs and kept them on leash the whole time, which I'd recommend for such a popular and crowded trail. The shelter was open and they had a water pump available about 100 yards further up the trail. We brought 2L of water per person, and 1 for each dog. Filled up at the shelter and again at the summit. Definitely a rigorous hike. The last 2 miles to the top took us probably twice the amount of time that the first two miles took. Don't forget sunscreen :)
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    1 year ago
    For a smaller mountain, this trip has much to offer. A challenging ascent to the rock face and beyond, and beautiful views above tree line. The water crossing was easy, with good stepping stones.
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    1 year ago
    We had a nice clear day with great views from the top of Frankenstein cliffs. I enjoyed getting the tough climb out of the way early, and relaxing at the Falls last before heading back to the parking lot. The Falls were a bit crowded and there were a lot of dogs.
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    1 year, 1 month ago
    Great afternoon hike with our two dogs. Some really good views for not too much work. Still got in a good workout on the uphill though :) The trail wasn't too muddy or crowded.
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