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Boulder Loop Trail

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  • Albany Covered Bridge at the beginning of the hike- Boulder Loop Trail
  • Looking out over Swift River.- Boulder Loop Trail
  • Trail sign.- Boulder Loop Trail
  • Boulders along the Boulder Loop Trail.- Boulder Loop Trail
  • Icicles and granite along the Boulder Loop Trail.- Boulder Loop Trail
  • The loop through the White Mountain National Forest is well marked.- Boulder Loop Trail
  • The loop through the White Mountain National Forest is well marked.- Boulder Loop Trail
  • First view from the trail.- Boulder Loop Trail
  • Hiking up to the view.- Boulder Loop Trail
  • Dogs are welcome on the trail.- Boulder Loop Trail
  • Viewpoint at the top of the climb.- Boulder Loop Trail
  • Looking out over the Sandwich Range.- Boulder Loop Trail
  • Large boulders along the Boulder Loop Trail.- Boulder Loop Trail
  • Microspikes can be useful in winter.- Boulder Loop Trail
  • Hiking clockwise around the loop.- Boulder Loop Trail
  • Charred remains from a 2016 forest fire.- Boulder Loop Trail
  • Boulders along the Boulder Loop Trail.- Boulder Loop Trail
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Unique trail. Quick hike.
Cons: 
Busy in the summer.
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Region:
White Mountains, NH
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
900.00 ft (274.32 m)
Parking Pass: 
Sometimes
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.50 mi (5.63 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
850.00 ft (259.08 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Boulder Loop Trail is a great quick hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It offers views of the Sandwich Range, a covered bridge, and large boulders throughout the trail.

The hike begins from Dugway Road in Albany, New Hampshire. The Albany Covered Bridge, which was built in 1858, welcomes you to the trail. After crossing the bridge, the trail ascends slightly and soon becomes rocky. Along the way you'll see numbered wooded signs. The White Mountain National Forest once provided an interpretive guide, but it is no longer available.

The trail becomes a little steeper as you approach the largest boulders and ascends to the summit. The summit is a great spot for a snack or lunch, and it has lots of open space and flat rock to relax on. Mount Chocorua and Mount Passaconaway are visible on a clear day.

Retrace your steps back to the trail, where you have the option to head back the way you came or to continue clockwise to compete the loop. Either way, you will notice a lot of burned trees along the way and vegetation starting to grow back. In 2016, a 325-acre forest fire occurred, burning dry leaf litter and hardwoods. Remains of charred trees still remain.

In winter, microspikes are highly recommended because of the icy terrain and few steep areas. This is a great snowshoe adventure after a snowfall!

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