Boulder Loop

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We came to the mountains this weekend prepared for fall hiking, not winter hiking.  We expected to see snow on Mt. Washington, but not the other peaks.  As we drove around the area it looked like someone had sprayed canned snow on the a lot of the mountaintops.  We knew we weren’t prepared to hike the higher elevations this time, so we decided on a smaller hike, lower in elevation, but with a view.  The winner Boulder Loop in Albany, N.H.

This hike started from Covered Bridge Campground parking lot.  We started following the yellow blazes across the road from the parking lot.

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Immediately the large boulders appeared.

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After .2 mile mark, we swung left and headed on the loop portion of the trail.

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Again large boulders greeted us.

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Beech tree leaves lined the trail most of the route.

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The trail was fairly easy.  Nothing strenuous or technical.

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At the first lookout, the views were lovely. This was before the official viewing area. We were able to look down at Swift River.

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From here the trail wound around to the lookout spot.

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As we walked along we had some rain, sleet and some flurries.  It added to the fun of the hike.

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We then came upon the official sign that pointed the way to the view spot.  These ledges provided views of Mount Chocorua, Passaconaway, Middle Sister and the Tripyramids.

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We returned to the loop and spotted some fungi still hanging on.

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The beech tress added a touch of vibrancy to the hike.

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Towards the end of the loop, more boulders dominated the trail.

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This was a great quick hike that is family friendly. We even watched a young couple hiking down the trail holding hands, so it is not a technical hike at all.

The Details: 3 mile loop hike, 2 hours, elevation gain 950 feet, with amazing views out.

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