Boulder Loop Trail

Albany, NH
Length: 3.10 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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The Boulder Loop Trail is a scenic hike through a boulder field and out to a ledge viewpoint on the side of the Moat Range. The trail starts near a campground. From the parking area, cross the road and head into the woods. After a 0.2 mile walk, the trail splits into a loop. Bear left onto the west fork. From the split, you will start to see many small boulders along the trail. The trail soon turns a corner to face an enormous cliff. It climbs alongside the cliff before making a few short switchbacks and heading straight uphill. After 0.6 miles of climbing (since the loop junction), the trail comes out to a small ledge from which you can look up at your destination.

Going back into the woods, the trail runs flat for a short distance before swinging around behind the main ledge and ascending from the back, 0.5 miles past the first viewpoint. At the top, a spur trail leads 0.2 miles down along the ledge to an overlook. From the overlook, there is a fine view of Mt. Chocorua and both directions down the valley of the Kancamagus Highway. When finished exploring the ledges, return to the trail and continue down the other side of the loop. This side is easier than the way up, as there are stone stairs. After a long descent, the trail enters the boulder field again, where there are more interesting rocks.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 950 ft.
Carrier needed Yes
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Camping Nearby, Creek / River, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

This is a loop hike through the woods with lots of large, interesting boulders. Several ledges offer great views of the many surrounding mountains. Excellent views for relatively little effort.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

The parking area is on the right and across the covered bridge. Turn right to stay on Passaconaway Road, then immediately turn right again into the parking area.

Trail Contributor

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Lyndsey started hiking when her daughter Aubrey (5)  was just a few months old. Lyndsey and Aubrey have been hiking together for almost 5 years now and have made some impressive climbs over those years. Lyndsey has been an ambassador for Hike it Baby since January 2015. They live in the Monadnock Region of NH and they have many small mountains to hike all around them and they venture the two hours north to the White Mountain National Forest as often as they can. Lyndsey and Aubrey started their NH 48 4,000 footer list when Aubrey was just 3.5 years old. To date, they have completed 2/48. They have been working on the NH 52 with a View list as well and have completed 7/52. 

Hiking had such a huge influence on getting over PPD that she wanted to help other local parents get out on the trails and build a community that is different from the other typical mom groups. Over the years she has learned so much about hiking with young children, from picking different carriers to choosing trails for toddlers. She wants to share her knowledge to help others, as this information was impossible to find when she was just starting out hiking with Aubrey!

Lyndsey also writes for her own personal blog that chronicles her and Aubrey’s hiking adventures together as well as offers articles and trail suggestions for families hiking in New Hampshire! 


Trail Map

Getting There

Trailhead and parking area are on Passaconaway Road in Albany, NH. Passaconaway Road leaves the Kancamagus Highway about 6 miles west of Rt. 16 and 29.2 miles east of Rt. 93. This road is marked with a brown sign for the Covered Bridge Campground and the hiking trail. Drive down this road, past the parking area on the right and across the covered bridge. Turn right to stay on Passaconaway Road, then immediately turn right again into the parking area.