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24 August 2019

A Hike to Devil’s Slide (Stark, NH)


The trek to Devil’s Slide in Stark, NH is one of those “less-traveled” destinations.  The round-trip distance is only 1.6 miles.  So, it’s not a BIG hike, but it is enjoyable.😃

The Devil’s Slide Trail is described on page 582 of the 30th edition of AMC’s White Mountain Guide, and also at the Kauffmann Forest webpage (click HERE)
The trail is shown on the map below.
The trail begins on a logging road.  Since the last time I hiked the Devil’s Slide Trail, there has been some recent logging activity that has impacted the trail.  Some things to be aware of are as follows.  About 0.2 mile into the hike, there is an abrupt LEFT turn off the logging road onto the yellow-blazed trail.  In another few tenths of a mile, the blazed trail is interrupted by a wide swath of logged area.  Once again you’ll be making an abrupt LEFT turn, but this time it might take some “trial and error” to find the blazed trail.  However, once the trail is located, there are no further “gotchas” for the remainder of the trek.

Other than the disruptions caused by the logging operation, the trail was generally in good shape.  There were a few downed trees here and there, but they were easy to step over, or duck under, or walk around.

Please bear in mind that the trail conditions described above were as they existed in August 2019.  There will likely be further changes to the trail as the logging operations progress, and then again once the logging has been completed.



One Day in America said...

I'm curious as to how Devil's Slide got its name.

The views from this short trek are awesome and I can see why you describe it as an enjoyable hike.

The small town of Stark looks very inviting!

Another nice post, John.

1HappyHiker said...

Rita, regarding how Devil’s Slide got its name, it is my understanding that it has something to do with an American Indian legend. Apparently, the Indians believed that the winds and storms on the mountains were controlled by invisible spirits. And, a time of warfare among these spirits, one-half of the mountain slid into the bowels of the earth, leaving the precipitous slides of the remaining half that we see today.