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.
The Livermore Trail and a portion of the Greeley Ponds Trail in Waterville Valley follow old logging roads. During the summer they are used by hikers, mountain bikers and families as access routes to the many trails and forest roads that branch off them at various points.
Livermore Road Mountain Bike Trail
4.7 miles one way to Flume Brook (moderate to advanced mountain bike skills required)
The forested route climbs moderately about 1,400 feet to Livermore Pass, then descends 900 feet to Route 112. For the first five miles the route travels on a maintained gravel road which offers some nice mountain views. It then becomes a narrower 4WD trail with loose gravelly sections and a few obstacles. It emerges opposite Lily Pond, just east of the height-of-land on the Kancamagus Highway (NH Rte. 112).
From the parking area follow the directions described for the Greeley Ponds Trail. Beyond the Depot Camp clearing, the Greeley Ponds Trail turns left. Keep right on the Livermore Road and cross a bridge over the Mad River. The route climbs gradually, following Avalanche Brook. At .5 miles you'll pass the Boulder Trail intersecting from the right and then Kettle Trail on the left. At around 2 miles you'll come to the junction with the Norway Rapids Trail on the right. Opt to take a short 0.1 mile descent to the Norway Rapids and watch as Avalanche Brook tumbles over the flat rocks.
At the junction with the Snow's Mt. Road, the road narrows to a 4WD jeep road and the terrain becomes rougher. (You need a trail pass to head straight over the bridge as Snow's Mt. Road is part of the Waterville Valley Resort Fee System)
Continue climbing on Livermore Road, past the site of Avalanche Camp (old logging camp clearing). The road makes a hairpin turn (left) where the Mt. Tripyramid Trail intersects. Here the Livermore Trail becomes steeper, overgrown and technical until it flattens and crosses Flume Brook.
It is not recommended, unless during very dry seasons, to continue to the Livermore Pass and down to the Kancamagus Highway since it crosses very wet areas. It is seldom traveled in any season. Turn around here for the descent back down.
White Mountain National Forest Headquarters and Supervisor's Office
Phone: (603) 536-6100
Forest Service Website: USFS White Mountains National Forest Office