I love when I can find a new trail that I have never been on. I find most of my hikes either through word of mouth or Google searches. This one I found on a recent Google Search. Mile Slip Forest is located at the end of Mile Slip Road in Milford, NH.
A great thing about this trail is there is a large parking lot. Many of the trails in Southern New Hampshire do not have great parking, which makes it difficult when you hike with many people, like I do. There are a few different trails that you can take. From the parking lot you can do about a mile loop following Mitchell Brooke. Or you can do a loop up to Badger Hill. There are some different variations you can do of this trail. I would recommend either using the All Trails app or printing off a map to bring with you.
My Hiking Group celebrated Galentines Day, (a day to celebrate our gal pals) with a hike up the Badger Hill Trail. A short section of the trail does follow a snowmobile trail. We meandered through the woods with some steep inclines at times. Steeper than I expected. The trail was fairly easy to follow with trail markers and using the the All Trails Map.
There was one section that I went the wrong way because I think the trail sign was pointing in the wrong directions. We had to do a little bush wacking, but I was able to get us back on the trail without issues. Half way around the loop there was a map of the loop which mentioned a bench, which I thought would be fun to find.
We continued on the trail and when we got to the top of the hill there was some view of the Wapack Range. It was not a clear view due to trees in the way, but we were able to get a decent view. At the top of the hill we did not see the bench. As we started down the rest of the loop we did come cross the bench. Even though there were some tress obstructing the view, it was still a good view looking again towards the Wapack Range.
As we finished up the hike there were up and downs with some steep sections, with the ice it made it little challenging. As long as you had good Microspikes it was not that bad.
Towards the end of our hike we all took turns doing a little but slide down a small hill, which was so much fun.
I was a little surprised to find out we only did two miles as I left like we did a lot more. I look forward to going back and doing the Mitchell Brook Trail. Due to the elevation gain and some steep sections I would recommend this trail for people who had some hiking experience and not for young children
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