Trail Last Updated: 01/07/2023

Forest Road 17 to Mountain Pond Trailhead

Drive 3.2 miles on Town Hall Road from 16A in Intervale and park in the parking lot at the White Mountain National Forest sign. This forest road , known as FR 17, is a wide, dirt/gravel surface, hugging East Branch River with waterfalls and streams gurgling from the hillside. There are numerous locations for a picnic at various camping sites along the road. Be aware the road is open to vehicles during the warmer months and snowmobiles and cross-country skiers in winter. Walk 3.3 miles one way to the Mountain Pond Trailhead or turn around whenever you wish.

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Helpful Tips

  1. Plan and educate yourself about the difficulty ratings of walking paths – easy, moderate or difficult. Carry a guidebook with maps or take a photograph of kiosk trail head maps.
  2. Walk with a friend for safety and companionship. If hiking alone, be sure to tell a friend or a relative where you are hiking. Carry a smart phone, but also ensure there is coverage.
  3. Stay on designated paths, respect private and public land. Be considerate of animal wildlife habitat and wild plants – take pictures and leave nature undisturbed.
  4. Stay hydrated, carry water and snacks.
  5. Have appropriate hiking footwear with good traction.
  6. Wear appropriate clothing based on daily weather conditions and temperatures. Consider sunglasses, insect repellent (ticks), layers, trekking poles, and in the winter – micro spikes, YakTrax or snowshoes.
  7. Carry out trash and keep pets on leash unless otherwise posted and bring bags to dispose of pet wastes.
  8. Assess the parking situation at the trailhead, be sure to lock your vehicle and do not leave any valuables in the car.
  9. Take a few minutes to stretch and warm up before hiking.
  10. Stop regularly to ensure everyone is comfortable with the pace, the terrain, and their physical condition.
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