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Greeley Ponds Trail

White Mountains National Forest
White Mountains Region

Wildlife

Directions & Trail Description
White Mountain National Forest Info

Challenging ride with beautiful views of the upper Mad River, and Greeley Ponds and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Location: Waterville Valley, NH. Grafton County.

Length/Configuration: Out and back. Approximately 3.2 miles one-way.

Terrain/Surface: Old dirt logging road with some rough sections. Challenging ride on double and technical singletrack with rocks, roots, obstacles, log steps.

Technical Difficulty: The first mile and a half miles is easy to moderate. Rest of way to the Ponds is a challenging moderate to advanced ride.

Elevation Change: Total gain around 1,000 feet.

Caution: Watch out for possible vehicles on Livermore Road. Expect hikers on the trail.

 

 

 

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Directions:

Take exit 28 off I-93. Turn east on Rt.49 and travel around 11 miles to Waterville Valley. Turn left onto Tripoli Rd. After 1.2 miles bear right at the intersection with the ski area entrance leaving the main road to the Ski Area. For the parking area, follow signs to Camp Depot and Livermore Rd. and cross the bridge. The parking area is just beyond the bridge on the left. Ride can also be done from the other direction by taking exit 31 off I-93. Turn east onto Tripoli Rd.

 

General Description:

(see White Mountain National Forest Info for important details).

The Livermore Trail and a portion of the Greeley Ponds Trail follow old logging roads. During the summer they are used by hikers, mountain bikers and families as they are popular access routes to the many trails and forest roads that branch off them at various points.

 

The Trails:

Greeley Ponds Trail: 3.2 miles to the first pond. (beginner first 1.5 miles / remainder advanced)

This challenging ride winds through hardwood forest and parallels the Mad River. It crosses over several well built bridges and offers beautiful views of the Upper Mad River Valley and surrounding mountains. Watch for wildlife as you bike to these remote ponds. The area around the Ponds is beautiful and a designated scenic area. Upper Greeley Pond, with its dark aqua-green color, is a beautiful spot, surrounded by old growth timber and towering cliffs. By contrast, Lower Greeley Pond is shallow and more typical of a beaver pond. Both ponds offer trout fishing and an enjoyable place to have a picnic lunch. No fires or camping are permitted in the Greeley Ponds Scenic Area.

Southern Portion: (beginner)

The route follows an old logging road (Livermore Road) and shortly emerges into the Depot Camp clearing, a busy logging site in the early 1900s. Beyond the clearing turn left and head north on the Greeley Ponds Trail. This old tote road travels over a fairly level grade through mostly hardwood forest, crossing the Mad River on a wooden bridge to its north bank. There are some rough and rocky spots but nothing is too difficult on this beginning stretch. At a spur trail (Flume Trail on the right) beginners can turn around here and backtrack to complete a nice 3 mile round trip.

Northern Portion: (advanced)

The story changes here for the northern portion of the trail as it becomes increasingly narrower and more technically challenging single-track with roots, rocks, mud holes, log steps, loose rock stretches and hairy, technical climbs and descents.

The trail follows the Mad River to its source, Greeley Ponds, after crossing several more streams and bridges. At the south end of Lower Greeley Pond, the trail passes a wide beach which is a nice place to stop for for a break. The ride to the upper pond is short with little elevation change.

Most people stop at the Upper Greeley Pond. The trail continues north for another 1.7 miles to the Kancamagus Highway. Advanced riders only should attempt to continue north of the Ponds. The terrain is technically demanding requiring several hike-a-bikes. After the Ponds the trail passes northwest through Mad River Notch. At about 1 mile from the notch, the trail terminates on the Kancamangus Highway after crossing a bridge over the S fork of the Mad River.

 

 

 

For More Information:

Pemigewasset/Ammonoosuc Ranger District
RFD # 3, Box 15, Rte 175
Plymouth, NH  03264

Phone: (603) 536-1310
TTY: (603) 536-3281 or 711 (AT&T National Relay Services)

White Mountain National Forest Supervisor's Office
719 Main Street
Laconia, NH  03246

Phone: (603) 528-8721
TTY Users: (603) 528-8722 or 711 (AT&T National Relay Services)

Website: Biking White Mountains National Forest

 

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