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Percy Peaks

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Two trails provide access to the open ledges and expansive views of North Percy Peak. Following the Percy Loop Trail to Percy Peaks Trail and then the Cohos Trail provides a nice half-day loop hike to both North and South Percy Peak summits. 
Trail Activity
4.0 miles, Network
Moderate, Advanced
Stratford (NH)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge
Permitted on leash


Percy Peaks Trail: (3.8 miles round trip - 2,200’ ascent.) Percy Peaks Trail has easy to moderate grades for much of its first mile before it steepens. The final push to the summit requires hiking across exposed granite ledges, which can be slippery and potentially dangerous when wet.

Percy Loop Trail: (5.2 miles round trip - 2,050’ ascent.) The Percy Loop Trail provides a more gradual northern approach to North Percy. At 1.5 miles, the trail reaches a spur for Percy Loop Campsite. Stay on the main trail until reaching the junction with the Percy Peaks Trail at 2.3 miles. Follow the Percy Peaks Trail up the summit cone over granite slabs to the summit. The hike up North Percy is an adventure at any time but particularly rewarding in August when blueberries are in season, as the summit is covered with this native shrub.

Loop Option: combine the Percy Peaks and Percy Loop trail for a loop option that requires a 1.1-mile road walk.


Other Information

The Cohos Trail Association built or restored the trails to Percy Peaks in the Nash Stream Forest. Ascend to the bald summit and blueberry barrens atop North Percy. Then come down and swing up the South Percy Peaks Trail. 

The Cohos Trail is a system of pathways and spur trails from southern Crawford Notch in the White Mountain National Forest through the Great North Woods to the Canadian border at far-flung Pittsburg, NH. Within this geography it stretches for 170 miles of wilderness hiking. To learn more about the Cohos Trail, visit their website, purchase the Cohos Trail Guidebook and support the organization.

Trail Manager

Percy Peaks Trail is within the Nash Stream Forest.  The trails are managed by the Cohos Trail. For more information, please contact:

Cohos Trail Association
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared for emergencies. Pack extra clothing, food, and water and also a flashlight, first aid and repair kit, matches/fire starters, whistle, signaling mirror, and pocket knife.

Trailhead Information

Percy Peaks Trailhead: Travel on US Route 3N toward Groveton for 9.6 miles. Turn right on NH Route 110E and continue for 2.6 miles. Turn left on Emerson Road and continue 2.2 miles. Turn left onto Nash Stream Road and continue 2.7 miles to the angled parking area on the right. Look for the Percy Peaks Trail sign 50 yards farther up beyond the bridge over Slide Brook.

Percy Loop Trailhead (also the Cohos Trail): Continue an additional 1.1 miles on Nash Stream Road past the Percy Peaks Trailhead. Parking is available in a pull out with space for two cars; be sure not to block access to the private drive on the west side.

Automobile access to Percy Peaks Trail and Percy Loop Trail is only possible when the Nash Stream Road Gate is open, typically from Memorial Day into November.

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