This loop is an excellent exposure to the full variety of the White Mountains. It starts with a smooth ascent on a fairly simple trail, passes up through a rocky section under cliffs, travels near steeply descending mountain stream, climbs steeply to above treeline to a glacial boulder, and then descends. At the base of the Glen Boulder Trail there is a river to cross and then a winding path that leads to a peaceful backcountry pond - or, at least, pretty pond with great views of the mountains, since the ease of access to the 12,000+ year old Lost Pond is easy enough to encourage a fair amount of traffic.
The Glen Boulder can be seen from the valley. It is an ancient remnant dropped by the ice sheet. However, it cannot have been carried far, since it is of roughly the same composition as the surrounding rock.
Above Treeline Warning
People have died above treeline every time of the year. On the summits, the air is thinner (approximately equivalent to Denver, Colorado) and at any exposed altitude weather conditions can vary from sun to rain, sleet or even snow in moments. Winds frequently exceed 30 mph and can generate severe wind chill, even in summer. Check weather reports, but prepare for the worst.
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