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White Mountain National Forest - The Roost

A moderate hike to open ledges affording excellent views of the Wild River Valley and surrounding mountain peaks.
Trail Activity
1.80 miles, Loop
Moderate, Advanced
Batchelders Grant Twp
Dirt/Forest Floor, Rock/Ledge


Leave the east side of ME Route 113 near the Evans Brook Bridge, north of Hastings Campground. Follow the trail up moderate to steep grades about 0.5 miles to an open ridge called the Roost. Follow the link down hill for a short distance to open ledges with excellent views of the Wild River Valley and many mountain peaks. From the Roost, continue south along a more gradual grade until the trail reaches ME Route 113 on the south side of Hastings Campground. Distance back to the starting point is about 0.6 miles along the road.

Other Information

ME-113 is closed during winter starting approximately one mile north of the trailhead.

Trail Manager

Visit the White Mountain National Forest online for more information or contact:

White Mountain National Forest

White Mountain National Forest
300 Glen Road
Gorham, NH 03581
Phone: (603) 466-2713
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Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Dispose of solid human waste in a cathole 6-8 inches deep and at least 200 feet from water, camp, or trails. Don't forget to cover it up when you're done!
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Trailhead Information

From US Route 2 in Gilead, travel south on Maine State Route 113 for 3.0 miles to a small pull out at the trailhead on the east side of the road, just north the bridge crossing Evans Brook. From US Route 302 in Fryeburg, travel north on Maine State Route 113 for 26.6 miles to the trailhead.

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March 30, 2019
If you are looking for some elevation but are short on time this trail won’t disappoint. Don’t expect to see moving water at this point in the river if you are hiking in a dry part of the season.
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