Castle In The Clouds Road

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New Hampshire, United States, North America
Route Type:
Hike (Class 1)
Time Required:
Less than two hours

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Created On: Jun 29, 2005
Last Edited On: Jun 29, 2005


Follow the directions in the "Getting There" section of the main page.

Route Description

This route heads up the auto road which ends up at the Castle In The Clouds. For this hike you'll need to pay the $10.00 admissions fee which will get you into the mansion at the summit. You can park your car just after the entrance booth and follow the road. In approximately one half mile, you'll reach the branch off trail for the waterfall. This cascade falls about 30 feet in front of your eyes and is almost picture perfect.

From here continue on up for another 0.75 miles to where you'll get your first scenic vista out over Lake Winnipesaukee. You'll also be able to see some of the lower peaks of the western White Mountains from here. The views are great but continue on up to the carriage house in another 0.75 miles. From here it is a short jaunt up to the summit and the mansion. Along this short trail you'll get plenty of views including the lake, Mount Shaw (highest of the Ossipee Mountains), and Belknap Mountain on the other side of the lake. The total mileage round-trip to descend the same way would be 4.0 miles with nearly six hundred feet of elevation gain.

Essential Gear

Comfortable hiking boots, snacks/water, trekking poles, and a camera.