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Black Cap Trail

  4.5 ( 8 ) Favorite


2.5 mile 4.0 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 590' 180 m
Descent: -589' -180 m
High: 2,354' 717 m
Low: 1,763' 537 m


Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)


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Trail shared by Ben Croce with improvements by Liz

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

Ben Croce

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.


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


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.

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Aug 22, 2019
Margaret J
Steep! and dangerous when wet. 2.6mi — 1h 12m
Aug 21, 2019
Tanis Gray
Aug 19, 2019
Raphael Rosenbaum
Jun 2, 2019
Jen Beamers
2.1mi — 1h 30m
Oct 21, 2018
Jessica Fellman
Black Cap Trail plus Summit Connector with the kiddos. 2.9mi
Aug 2, 2018
Kevin Mullen
Jul 30, 2018
Syrah McGivern
Beautiful, well maintained trail. Love this quick hike so much! I was up & down in about an hour and stopped to take pictures and eat blueberries! 1.2mi
Jul 14, 2018
Emily C Sukiennik

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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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