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New Hampshire

Boulder Loop Trail

photo: The Albany bridge was built in 1858 across the Swift River in New Hampshire. Photo by Earl Mcgehee.

Length: 2.80 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $5.00

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Camping
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Albany, NH, off Kancamgus Highway
State(s): New Hampshire
Counties: Carroll
Longitude: -71.23884
Latitude: 44.00527

Driving Directions

Six miles west of Saco Ranger Station. TR off the Kancamagus Highway, through Covered Bridge. Parking on right. Trailhead opposite parking lot.

Description

Gradual climb with some step pitches. Views of Mt Chocorua and the Swift River Valley from the ledges. Moderate difficulty. 2-4 hours round trip. Through broad-leafed/evergreen forests.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 15%
Maximum Grade: 35%
Elevation Low Point: 860
Elevation High Point: 1,750
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1980

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: USFS Trail Map/Overview
Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Cristin Bailey
Trails Manager
White Mountain National Forest
Saco Ranger District
33 Kancamagus Hwy.
Conway, NH 3818
(603) 447-5448
[email protected]

 

Photos

Albany Covered Bridge located in Albany, New Hampshire. Photo by Waz8.

Albany Covered Bridge located in Albany, New Hampshire. Photo by Waz8.

The Albany bridge was built in 1858 across the Swift River in New Hampshire. Photo by Earl Mcgehee.

The Albany bridge was built in 1858 across the Swift River in New Hampshire. Photo by Earl Mcgehee.

 

Trailhead. Photo by Janie Walker.

Trailhead. Photo by Janie Walker.

View from ledges. Photo by Janie Walker.

View from ledges. Photo by Janie Walker.

 

Views from ledges. Photo by JanieWalker.

Views from ledges. Photo by JanieWalker.

The trail. Photo by Janie Walker.

The trail. Photo by Janie Walker.

Reviews

Boulder Loop Trail

This trail begins past the covered bridge.

Typical White Mountain trail - rocks, boulders, and roots are your footbed, and there are lovely views at the ledges up top (make sure you take the spur path at the “Views” sign). Elevation gain is 900 feet.

$5 for parking, and that lot fills up early on the weekends.

July 16, 2021

 

 

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