Greeley Ponds [WMNF]
The Greeley Ponds Trail has suffered severe damage caused by trpoical Irene in September 2011. The section from the junction with Livermore Road to the Timber Camp trail has been reopened by the Forest Service, but Knight's Bridge was washed out, and the trail between there and the ponds is currently closed. Please respect the signs posted by the Forest Service regarding staying off the closed trail. The White Mountain National Forest has provided information on its plans to reconstruct and reopen the trail. You can view a summary of this project, along with a proposed map. Visit our News page for further updates.
This is an EASY trail used primarily to access several other hiking trails and upper Greeley Pond [2200 ft.], the source of the Mad River.
The trail begins off of the Livermore Road about 10 minutes from the Depot parking lot. It starts as an old logging road cobbled with small rocks, comes alongside the Mad River just before the Scaur Trail [20 minutes], on the right, and continues parallel with the river past the Goodrich Rock Trail on the left [30 min.], and the Timber Camp Trail another couple of minutes up the trail, also on the left. The trail is currently closed beyond this point, pending reconstruction by the Forest Service. Consequently, it does not at this time provide access to the Flume Brook Trail [40 min.], or to the Kancamagus Brook Ski Trail, [not suitable for hiking].
A section of the trail is open from the upper pond down to the Kancamagus Highway crosses several small brooks and descends gradually. It's often used as an EASY ascent to the beach.