Trip report

East Pond/Little East Pond Hike

Hiking/Walk DATE: 10/09/2011 - 10/09/2011

Trip/Event Location: Waterville Valley, NH

Trip Leader(s): Gandalf , JDNnh

Max # People: 15

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

A peak foliage hike to East and Little East Ponds, 5 miles with 800 feet gain.

Two pretty ponds ringed by mountains await us on this fairly easy hike. We get a view of the ponds as well as

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

[Car Pooling is strongly encouraged]

  • I-93 North
  • Take Exit 31 in NH. Turn RIGHT onto Tripoli Road. [The Tripoli Road is better known as the access to the Russell Pond Campground. It connects with the upper end of Waterville Valley and NH 49.]
  • Drive past Russell Pond Campground's entrance road on your left. 
  • About 5 miles from Exit 31, watch on the left for the forest service signpost marking the start of the East Pond Trail. 
  • Turn LEFT and drive up to a parking area. We'll be driving a blue Toyota FJ Cruiser.

Trip Report/Photos
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The day started at my house in Waterville Valley. We drove up I-93 to access Tripoli Road and the trailhead. 

There were not many cars  in the Tripoli Road trailhead when we pulled in, and a few minutes later we were heading up on the trail. The Little East Pond Trail quickly appeared on the left and we turned to follow it. The trail is a great easy route that had hardly any real elevation gain to speak of. There was one pretty good sized blow down that looked recent and that required a little bit of navigating to pass it.

At Little East Pond we enjoyed the panoramic view however with the trail underwater it was difficult to find a good vantage point. It’s a wonderful little spot. To continue on our trek, we backtracked a bit and found a herd path to help us join up with the East Pond Loop Trail. 

The trail between the ponds is a nice rolling trail that was pretty much a walk in the woods. It was so peaceful,  no sounds of modern life at all and the fall foliage was pretty good. Just the wonderful sounds and smells that nature provides. 

After awhile we met up with East Pond Trail and very soon after, East Pond itself. We had our lunch spot all to ourselves and again enjoyed the panaramic views. 

The trip back to our cars was quick and relaxing, and we were soon back at my house. A great day and a great little outing, it couldn’t really get any better!


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