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Black Cap Trail

Intermediate
 4.6 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This is a quick trail to the summit of Black Cap that reaches many other connecting trails!


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2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

Out and Back

2,354' 717 m

High

1,763' 537 m

Low

590' 180 m

Up

589' 180 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

17%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Low grades and well managed paths make this a good hike for kids.

Hurricane Mountain Road is closed during the winter season.

Overview

This fantastic and moderate trail leads to the summit of Black Cap Mountain and some great views.

Description

Black Cap Trail is about halfway up Hurricane Mountain Road, which leads you through the Green Hills Preserves. The primary trail takes you straight to the summit of Black Cap Mountain, and along the way you'll find many other trails such as Cranmore Mountain Connection, Peaked Mountain Trail, Middle Mountain Trail, Mason Brook Trail, and Red Tail Trail, which all together equal around 10 miles of hiking trails.

Black Cap is located just behind Cranmore Mountain, and the summit gives you views of the ski area and North Conway with the Mt. Washington Valley all around it.

About 0.5 miles from the summit of Black Cap, you'll have the option to either go up the shorter foot path, or the longer multi-use path. The footpath is 0.3 miles to the peak, but is much steeper than your other choice. For an easier option, take the other fork, which is much more gradual, wider, and less rocky on the way to the peak. Both these options will eventually meet up.

Flora & Fauna

Most of the hike consists of being below treeline in the dense woods. Once at the summit, low-cut shrubs cover a very rocky peak, and if you continue around the summit you'll find lots of tall grasses.

Contacts

Shared By:

Ben Croce with improvements by Liz

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 11 votes

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  4.6 from 11 votes
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Photos

Vew from a spot just below the summit marker on the Red Trail.
Jun 23, 2021 near North C…, NH
Summit of Black Cap
Aug 22, 2017 near North C…, NH
The summit marker
Jun 3, 2019 near North C…, NH
Black Cap "Spur" Path, connects back to main trail
Aug 22, 2017 near North C…, NH
Start of Black Cap Connector looking backwards.
Sep 25, 2017 near North C…, NH

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Nov 13, 2020
David Perkins
Oct 4, 2020
Anna Dinger
Anna and Ted 2.5mi
Aug 21, 2020
W F
Jul 20, 2020
William Loughlin
Short but rewarding hike with good views from the summit. Easy trail with some slab rock hiking near the summit (on the Black Cap Spur) 2.3mi — 0h 56m
Aug 22, 2019
Margaret J
Steep! and dangerous when wet. 2.6mi — 1h 12m
Aug 21, 2019
Tanis Gray
Aug 19, 2019
Raphael Rosenbaum
Aug 19, 2019
William Loughlin
2.2mi — 0h 48m