5 NH Hikes You’ll Want to Take This Winter
As the leaves begin to fall and the weather gets colder, winter is right around the corner in New Hampshire. Although the temperatures drop, the Granite State is full of hiking trails to view the beautiful winter wonderland.
Here is a list of five trails to hike this winter.
Smarts Brook Loop
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Located near Thornton in the White Mountain National Forest, Smarts Brook Loop is an easy trail to catch the winter views. This loop is about 3.4 miles total and ideal for dog-walkers due to its flat trails.
On the loop hikers will travel clockwise on the Pine Flats Trail and then the Yellow Jacket Trail, just to end on the Smarts Brook Trail.
Along the way there are a few frozen waterfalls that will be on display, as well as dense forests.
The Smarts Brook Loop is especially perfect for cross-country skiers, but also for hikers and snowshoers.
Lincoln Woods Trail
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Another trail in the White Mountain region proves to why this area is perfect for winter hikers. The Lincoln Woods Trail is mostly flat, which makes it ideal for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Depending how far in you want to travel, the hike can range from 1.7 to 2.7 miles. This trail travels along the Pemigewasset River, providing breathtaking views.
Located in Lincoln, this trail is popular in the winter because it leads into one of the largest roadless areas in the eastern U.S.
While Diana’s Baths is typically known for its popular swimming holes during the summer, the winter leaves the waters frozen and shimmering.
Located in North Conway, this hike usually doesn’t require snowshoes because the frequently hiked paths are packed down.
While this 20 minute hike is short and sweet, the ice formations from the waterfalls provide incredible views. The base of Diana’s Baths is only a 0.6 mile hike, and 0.8 mile to the top of the falls.
This winter hike is perfect for dogs and family hikes.
Old Bridle Path
This trail will take winter hikers to the summit of West Rattlesnake Mountain in the Lakes Region. Old Bridle Path offers breathtaking views of the frozen Squam Lake with its many islands.
The total of two miles will be worth the hike when the large rock ledge displays the best of NH winters. The path is located near Holderness and offers an easy trail for all skill levels.
Old Bridle Path is perfect for hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
The hike itself takes no longer than an hour and a half while traveling about 450 feet up.
Odiorne Point Loop Trail
A hike along the beach during the winter may seem odd, but this trail will not disappoint. Located near Rye, the Odiorne Point Loop Trail is an easy three mile hike for all skill levels.
This trail is primarily used for hiking and running, but the winter views attract many for snowshoeing.
Smelling the salt air while walking through the snow will be a distinct contrast to the warmth that usually accompanies the smell.
The smooth, flat trail provides a relaxed hike with incredible views of the ocean. It is perfect for families because it offers a picnic area and playground.
The loop will take around 40 minutes.
Reminder to hike safely
While hiking in the winter can be fun, all hikers are reminded to prepare for treacherous conditions. Tips on how to hike safely can be found here. Hikers also can purchase a Hike Safe card from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department here.