Black Cap Trail
ElevationAscent: 590' 180 m
Descent: -589' -180 m
High: 2,354' 717 m
Low: 1,763' 537 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)
Current trail conditions
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“This is a quick trail to the summit of Black Cap that reaches many other connecting trails!”— Ben Croce
Family Friendly Low grades and well managed paths make this a good hike for kids.
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.
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Land Manager: The Nature Conservancy - Green Hills Preserve