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 Day hikes with views from the Kancamagus 
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 Day hikes with views from the Kancamagus
Looking for day hike suggestions from the Kancamagus with views.

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Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:32 am
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Depends how big of a hike you can do in a day. There are small, medium and large hikdes along the way, most with views of one sort or another.
3 miles for Boulder Loop. 4 miles for Potash. 5 for Hedgehog. 8 for Moats. 9 for Hancocks. 10 for Osceolas. 15 for Carrigain. 20 for Bonds. You get the idea.

http://www.kancamagushighway.com/trails/index.htm


Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:06 am
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I'm a big fan of Hedgehog. It will give you a lot of bang for the buck. If you want to walk along the ledges and get views before the summit, hike the UNH Trail in a clockwise direction. If you want to summit first and take in the views on the way down, hike the UNH trail counterclockwise. Personally, I prefer the clockwise direction.


Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:54 am
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You could even get to Flume. Lincoln Woods trail, then Osseo. You'll go from the beautiful Kanc to having a view of Rt93 as it passes through Franconia Notch! All kidding aside (and my daughter is coming up with some long ones from the Kanc, like you can eventually get to other places, like the Tripyramids and Passaconaway :D ), the posts mentioned above are all great choices. Many "bang for your buck" hikes.

The Osceolas from Greeley Ponds Trail, when you want something longer, enjoy a few steeps and scrambles (the Chimney). If you arrive only to find fog has rolled in to ruin your views, Greeley Ponds (and East Pond) are scenic in a "woods and water" sense (good for rainy fall days).

If you take the Boulder Loop, there is a wooden box on a tree, with a log for you to leave your name and comments. It's a great 3 miles! Have fun and welcome to the forum.


Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:49 am
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Thank you all for the great suggestions! It is so hard to choose just a few. Going to do Chocura on Saturday the 24th. Sunday I am considering Hancock or Osceolas. Which do you guys prefer for views? Monday I will do Hedghog and then drive home.

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beyoung95 wrote:
Sunday I am considering Hancock or Osceolas. Which do you guys prefer for views?

Osceolas, hands down. East doesn't have a view from the summit, but there is a viewpoint just below the summit (if coming from the Kanc side) and a nice view rock to the side of the trail on the way to the main Osceola peak. The main peak has a huge expansive ledge near the summit, lots of room to lounge and enjoy the views (if you care, the actual summit is just past it, off a spur trail to the right where you get a good view North towards the Pemi). If you like scrambling, there is a ~50' chimney in the col between the peaks that is fun to climb up for those that like those things. There is a bypass should you need/want it. The Hancocks have a couple limited view points by the summits and that's about it. Both options have a section of pretty stiff climbing (assuming Kanc side for the Osceolas), but perfectly manageable if you are in reasonable shape.

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Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:17 am
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Thanks Matt. The Osceolas sound great. Being in shape is not an issue for me, the hike will not be difficult.


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Both of those hikes will pale in comparison to the views from Cho both of those hikes will pale in comparison to the views from Chocorua. That one will really spoil you in the views department. Osceolas main summit is the best viewpoint out of those others. South and Middlemon South and middle Moat are probably the next best thing on the Kanc. For a real treat drive to the Lincoln and and into Franconia Notch and hike The falling Waters/ Old bridlepath loop. About the same amount of effort required to hike the Osceolas but at the very tip top of the list for New Hampshire hikes with views.


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Hi Chris,

Thanks for the info. I have done the falling Waters/ Old bridlepath loop a few times. AWESOME! It has been a while since I have been on that loop and now you got me thinking of it again................. I have not done much south of the Kancamagus so I am trying to choose hikes in that area. If the weather is perfect I might just have to do the falling Waters/ Old bridlepath loop again.
I never realized that the Moats had great views, thanks for the tip.


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Yes the ridge from South to Middle is mostly all open or scrubby. You could also do both Potash and Hedgehog in one day since it sounds like you're in good hiking shape. Again about the same effort as the Osceolas but a lot more views.

Done the Flume Slide/Liberty Springs loop yet? Also awesome views from both summits.


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Thanks. I will eventually do all of these. The lower elevation hikes I will reserve for the days where the weather has obscured the higher peaks. This forum is awesome!


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