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“Good full morning hike with kids (ours are ages 5 and under)”
Review of Boulder Loop Trail

Boulder Loop Trail
Reviewed 3 September 2017

This is a great hike for a family that is accustomed to hiking. The view at the top is great and very satisfying. Adults and kids will feel well accomplished and excited to have completed this trail. You don't have to be seasoned, but this should not be your kids' first hike either. We had a 19 mos. old in the backpack carrier, and a 3.5 and 5.5 yr old who both mostly walked (though towards the top, the 3.5 and 5.5 took turns being carried for short spells now and then, and on the way down, towards the end--after 4 hours of hiking, understandably!--the 3.5 year old asked to be carried on and off). We took other people's advice and went counterclockwise (go straight-ish/right at the split where the loop begins) which was GOOD advice. The trip up had a gentle incline most of the way. It took us 2.5 hours to summit. We ate lunch/explored/rested for 45 minutes. Then we went down the rest of the loop, which took us 1.5 hour to go down. The way down definitely has an incline, which is why we do not recommend going up this way--if we had gone up this way, our kids would have been too tired to make that ascent, there would have been a lot of whining, and it would have been too much for us to carry them with that incline. So, going down this way does require you to use your knees and watch your step, but the kids did fine with some hand holding here and there. The boulders, views, and different trees, etc. kept us all interested. Great moderate level hike for a family!

Thank Brian C
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Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Wow, beautiful but the guides rate it as easy. Maybe for some but not for us & we are in pretty good shape. 3 miles with the last 1/2 mile pretty much straight up. BUT once you get to the top the views are amazing!

Thank Lavonda S
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

This hike has a great starting point at the Albany covered bridge. The counterclockwise route is steeper but still quite easy. Views are nice but not as good as some other nearby hikes of similar difficulty.

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Reviewed 11 October 2016

We hiked this trail this past weekend. We went to the right on the longer side on the hike up to the ledges. My wife and I are not regular hikers so we did have to take a few breaks along the way up. We also had our 1 year old lab with us who thoroughly enjoyed the hike. The view form the ledges is beautiful are worth the effort up. Just know it is not a simple walk up but does require a little effort from the inexperienced.

Thank campincarters
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

If you can do a moderate hike, this one is very nice. It is right off the kancamagus, not far from Rt16. There are two places to view the kanc and surrounding mountains from top. I recommend going clockwise, as the trail is circular. It is called boulder loop due to the huge boulders scattered about that any little boys will find fascinating. Great hike anytime of year but fall foliage is nice. If you bring little ones, be careful on the vistas as they are on ledges. But you know that.

Thank Sean C
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