White Mountain National Forest: East Pond-Little East Pond Loop

Hit the shorelines of two mountain ponds on this not-so-tough 4.9-mile loop in New England's White Mountains.
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Hit the shorelines of two mountain ponds on this not-so-tough 4.9-mile loop in New England's White Mountains.

Mapped by MtnMagic

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.4

Waypoints

EPL001

Location: 43.9945182800293, -71.5832901000976

Follow East Pond Trail to the NE for steady climb on gravel road

EPL002

Location: 43.9972610473633, -71.5793075561524

Stay straight on old logging road; upstream, parallel East Pond Brook

EPL003

Location: 44.0015296936035, -71.5740432739258

Cross East Pond Brook. Climb NW, then NE out of ravine

EPL004

Location: 44.0047912597656, -71.571418762207

Continue NE ascent through shady woods. In .3 mi., bear R onto side path that travels 100 ft. to East Pond's S shore

EPL005

Location: 44.0065002441406, -71.5666122436524

East Pond was once mined for tripolite (for polishing machine parts). Backtrack to main trail; turn R onto East Pond Loop

EPL006

Location: 44.0077209472656, -71.5714569091797

Path follows contour lines to the NW

EPL007

Location: 44.0096015930176, -71.5741500854492

Head N into wooded gully. In .3 mi., trail swings W for gentle ridge traverse

EPL008

Location: 44.0131568908691, -71.5839767456055

Trail rounds last ridge before Little East Pond; continue N

EPL009

Location: 44.0175704956055, -71.5838165283203

Little East Pond (2,596 ft.) sits below Scar Ridge's SE slopes. Turn L onto Little East Pond Trail, heading SW along pond

EPL010

Location: 44.0150489807129, -71.5862884521484

Continue descent to the SW

EPL011

Location: 44.0102767944336, -71.5900268554688

Trail curves SE away from Little East Pond Brook; steady descent continues

EPL012

Location: 44.0048904418945, -71.5862731933594

Cross Clear Brook, then take RR grade SE toward East Pond Brook to complete loop. Turn R @ WPT 2 and retrace steps