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5 NH Hikes for Dogs

Updated: Apr 25, 2020

The White Mountains are our home away from home but if you haven’t been there before it can be difficult to figure out where to start. Here are 5 great hikes for dogs in descending order of difficulty. We hope to see some of you up there!

#5 Mt. Moosilauke A beautiful mountain and a great introduction to New Hampshire’s 4000 footers. We recommend taking Gorge Brook trail as it is one of the “easier” ways up and there are plenty of streams for your dog to stop and cool off.

#4 Mt. Pemigewasset. Wonderful views for a little less effort. Plenty of water breaks for you and you pup and a great introduction to the Franconia Notch area, one of NH’s most beautiful areas. Get there early as this trail and parking lot fill fast!

#3 Mt. Willard. Known as the best views for the effort in the Whites. This popular hike ascends on a steady grade to some of the most iconic views in NH. Make sure to leash your dog before the summit as the view point is a pretty steep cliff!

#2 East Pond Loop Trail. Whether you do the loop or just head to East Pond and back these mountain ponds are pristine and a great place to share a swim with your pooch. We would recommend doing the loop counter clockwise but either way the ponds are gorgeous and there are plenty of streams along the way to cool off in.

#1 Russell Colbath Loop. This trail starts just past the Jigger Johnson campground and is a nice meandering loop through the woods. Filled with historical spots for the humans and stops at the river for the dog this is a great hike for puppy’s, senior dogs or anyone looking in between.

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