TRAILS WITH LADDERS & METAL RUNGS



Some hikers love the excitement of hiking in New England and stumbling across a series of trail ladders, log staircases, and/or metal rungs. The good news is that New England is full of trails that offer these types of memorable and photo-worthy trail features.

The list below includes all known trails in New England that have a substantial amount of ladders, staircases, metal rungs and wooden blocks. Are any trails missing from this list? If so, please let me know by emailing me at gparsons66@hotmail.com!

On a side-note, many thanks are due to the members of Vftt.org and the 4000-Footer Club Facebook 'Group' for helping to compile/complete this list!





STATE TRAIL MOUNTAIN / AREA (& Park) TRAIL FEATURES
ME Appalachian Trail / Grafton Loop Trail (Eastern Section) Baldplate Mountain (Grafton Notch State Park) at least one wooden ladder between West Peak and East Peak, and several wooden ladders east of East Peak
ME Appalachian Trail Moody Mountain several metal rungs, a metal railing, and several (wooden? metal?) ladders
ME Appalachian Trail Old Blue Mountain several metal rungs
ME Beech Cliff Ladder Trail Beech Cliffs (Acadia National Park) four metal ladders (several are very steep/tall)
ME Beehive Trail
(a top 5 pick!)
The Beehive (Acadia National Park) several metal ladders and metal rungs
ME Big Spencer Trail Big Spencer Mountain several wooden ladders
ME Eyebrow Trail Old Speck Mountain (Grafton Notch State Park) (one?) metal ladder, cable handrails, and several metal rungs
ME Grafton Loop Trail (Western Section) Stowe Mountain & Bald Mountain (Grafton Notch State Park) several wooden staircases between the peaks of Stowe Mountain and Bald Mountain
ME Hunt Trail / Appalachian Trail Katahdin (Baxter State Park) several metal rungs
ME Jordan Cliff Trail Penobscot Mountain (Acadia National Park) several metal rungs
ME Ladder Trail Door Mountain (Acadia National Park) several metal ladders and metal rungs
ME Loop Trail Tumbledown Mountain several metal/iron rungs
ME Mahoosuc Trail Fulling Mill Mountain (Mahoosuc Public Reserve Land) (one?) wooden ladder (located between Mahoosuc Notch and southern peak of Fulling Mill Mountain)
ME Mahoosuc Trail Goose Eye Mountain (Mahoosuc Public Reserve Land) one wooden ladder and several (three?) sequences of metal/iron rungs (all south of the summit of Goose Eye Mountain on the way to Mt. Carlo)
ME Precipice Trail
(a top 5 pick!)
Champlain Mountain (Acadia National Park) numerous metal ladders, metal railings, and metal/iron rungs (amazingly fun!; check nps.gov for trail closures)
ME ????? unknown Puzzle Mountain one series of (8?) metal/iron rungs on the way to the "true" summit
ME Tunk Mountain Trail Tunk Mountain (Acadia National Park) several iron/metal rungs
NH Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail Mount Washington (White Mountain National Forest) one short wooden ladder
NH Beaver Brook Trail / Appalachian Trail Mount Moosilauke (White Mountain National Forest) several wooden blocks/steps and metal rungs
NH Boot Spurr Trail Mount Washington (White Mountain National Forest) one very long/tall wooden ladder
NH Cliff Walk Trail Mount Monadnock (Mount Monadnock State Park) one medium-sized wooden ladder
NH Fishin' Jimmy Trail / Appalachian Trail Kinsman Mountain (White Mountain National Forest) several wooden blocks/steps
NH Goodrich Rock Trail n/a(White Mountain National Forest) one tall wooden ladder to the top of the rock
NH Hi-Cannon Trail Cannon Mountain (White Mountain National Forest) one (tall / steep / semi-challenging) ladder
NH Israel Ridge Trail Mount Adams (White Mountain National Forest) several wooden ladders
NH Lambert Ridge Trail / Appalachian Trail Smarts Mountain (White Mountain National Forest) one small wooden ladder that connect with about 15 metal rungs
NH Lion Head Trail Mount Washington (White Mountain National Forest) one medium-sized wooden staircase/ladder
NH Mount Morgan Trail Mount Morgan three nearly-vertical and successive wooden ladders on optional trail 0.1 mile below summit
NH Osseo Trail
(a top 5 pick!)
Mount Flume (White Mountain National Forest) at least a half-dozen wooden staircases/ladders
NH Six Husbands Trail
(a top 5 pick!)
Mount Jefferson (White Mountain National Forest) four wooden ladders
NH Sugarloaf Trail Middle Sugarloaf (White Mountain National Forest) one wooden staircase/ladder
NH Twinway Zealand Mountain (White Mountain National Forest) one short wooden ladder
NH Wildcat Ridge Trail Wildcat D (White Mountain National Forest) several wooden blocks
NH Willey Range Trail
(a top 5 pick!)
Mount Willey (White Mountain National Forest) many (nine? ten?) wooden staircases/ladders
VT Cliff Trail Mount Mansfield (Green Mountain National Forest) several (two? three?) very steep/tall wooden ladders
VT Long Trail Burnt Mountain & Mount Ira Allen (Green Mountain National Forest) one (ugly / Home-Depot style) metal ladder within 'Ladder Ravine'
VT Long Trail Gen. Stark Mountain (Green Mountain National Forest) at least one wooden ladder
VT Long Trail Mount Mansfield (Green Mountain National Forest) several (two? three?) wooden ladders

ladder on Middle Sugarloaf, NH
Sugarloaf Trail, Middle Sugarloaf, NH

ladder on the Hi-Cannon Trail, NH
Hi-Cannon Trail, Cannon Mountain, NH

ladders on the Willey Range Trail, Mt. Willey, NH
Willey Range Trail, Mount Willey, NH (photo by Chris De Nuzzio)

metal rungs on the Precipice Trail, ME
Precipice Trail, Champlain Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine

ladder on the Beech Cliff Ladder Trail, ME
Beech Cliff Ladder Trail, Acadia National Park, ME

wooden stairs on the Osseo Trail, Mount Flume, NH
Osseo Trail, Mount Flume, NH

ladder on the Mt. Morgan Trail, Mt. Morgan, NH
Mount Morgan Trail, Mount Morgan, NH

metal rungs on the Lambert Ridge Trail, Smarts Mountain
Metal Rungs on the Lambert Ridge Trail, Smarts Mountain, New Hampshire

GUIDEBOOKS TO GET YOU THERE



The following published guidebooks are trusted resources to help you find most of the best trails that have ladders or metal rungs in New England. Click on any of the books to read reviews and/or to purchase them on Amazon.com.






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