Highway Hiking Trails
There are many hiking trails along the Kancamagus Highway in New
Hampshire. Below are details about the most common hiking trails
that lead from the Kancamagus Highway. The trails are arranged
from East to West. Included are photos and
GPS locations for each trail head parking area. The
Map also has the trails and parking areas shown. Some of
these hiking trails are also used for
Cross Country Skiing
Trails in the Winter.
IMPORTANT: Hiking can be dangerous! Weather can change
instantly, be sure you are properly prepared before heading out.
The ten essentials of hiking are a map, compass, warm clothing,
matches, first aid kit, whistle, rain gear, flashlight, pocket
knife, extra food and water (with a way to purify water as it is
not safe for drinking).
Moat Mountain hiking trail
heads in a straight Northwest direction
from the Kancamagus Highway and heads to
Red Ridge where it turns North and
connects to the Red Ridge Trail. The
trail also connects to Attitash Trail.
Also along the way is North Moat
Mountain. Moat Mountain Trail parking is
located on the East side of the
Kancamagus Highway. Trailhead GPS
Coordinates are: N43°
59.596 | W071° 10.999 (elevation - 539')
The Boulder Loop hiking trail can be found on the
East side of the Kancamagus Highway. As its
name suggests, the Boulder Loop Trail makes
a circle shaped loop in the area of many
large boulders and returns you back to the
starting point either way you decide to take
the trail. The Boulder Loop Trail parking is
located at the Albany Covered Bridge Parking
Lot. The Trailhead GPS
Coordinates are: N44°
00.291 | W071° 14.472
and River Trail
The Rail and River Trail is a 1/2 mile
interpretive trail that takes you back in
time through the history of the area. How
Jigger Johnson Campground get it's name?
The signs on the trail will tell you! This
trail is considered to be a
handicapped accessible trail with its wide
crushed stone path and wooden bridges. The
trail is located behind the
Russell Colbath Historic Site. Parking
is also shared with the historic site.
Brook Trail & Bolles Trail
The Champney Brook hiking trail is a trail
that connects to Middle Sister Trail which
takes you over Three Sisters and Blue
Mountain. It also connects to Piper Trail
which takes you to the base of Mt. Chocorua
and heads South. Bolles Trail quickly splits
from the Champney Brook Trail and connects
to Champney Brook Trail which completes the
Champney Falls Loop.
About Champney Falls. The parking lot
for these trails are located on the East end
of the Kancamagus Highway. The GPS
Coordinates for the parking area are: N43°
59.398 | W071° 17.950 (elevation - 1,285')
The Oliverian Brook hiking trail heads
straight South from the parking area towards
Passaconaway Cutoff which is located 1.9
miles from the parking lot. Paugus Pass is
4.4 miles from the parking lot. Passaconaway
Cutoff takes you close to the base of Mt.
Passaconaway. Oliverian Brook Trailhead GPS coordinates are: N43°
59.642 | W071° 21.025 (elevation - 1,248')
The Sawyer Pond hiking trail heads North
from the Kancamagus Highway parking area
near Passaconaway Historic Site and
Passaconaway Campground. The trail connects
to Brunel Trail 1.1 miles from the parking
area, then passes Birch Hill. Sawyer pond
can be found 4.5 miles North from the
parking area. The trail then turns to the
West onto Sawyer River Trail which connects
to Hancock Notch Trail. If you follow Sawyer
River Trail West, then to the South, it will
being you back to the Kancamagus Highway
just East of Lily Pond. Sawyer Pond
Trailhead parking lot GPS coordinates are: N43°
59.970 | W071° 21.272 (elevation - 1,182')
Brook Trail, UNH Trail and Mt. Potash Trail
The Downes Brook trail, UNH trail and the
Mt. Potash hiking trails all head South
from the Kancamagus Highway parking area
across from the Passaconaway Historic Site and
Passaconaway Campground. The Downes Brook trail
heads towards the West side of Mt.
Passaconaway. The UNH Trail Loop is a 4.8
mile trail that returns to the parking lot.
The Mt. Potash trail takes you to the 2,870'
Potash Mountain. Also included is the Kate
Sleeper trail, 5.2 mile from the parking
area and the Oliverian-Downes Brook cross
country skiing trail. Trail parking lot GPS
coordinates are: N43°
59.652 | W071° 22.159 (elevation - 1,215')
The Sabbaday Brook Trail is one of the
busiest trails along the Kancamagus Highway
due to the easily accessed Sabbaday Falls.
At this location there is a bathroom and
picnic areas as well as educational postings
about Sabbaday Falls. Sabbaday Brook Trail
passes Sabbaday Falls and continues South to
Mt. Tripyramid Trail and the 4,110' summit
of Mt. Tripyramid. Trailhead GPS coordinates
59.838 | W071° 23.568 (elevation - 1,343').
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