Mt Morgan-Percival Loop, Squam Lake NH


• 4-star hike
• 4.0 to 5.2 mile options
• Medium difficulty | Gain 1,400 to 1,550 feet
• Lakes Region | Holderness NH
• Driving Directions: Trailhead


Admiring the views of Squam Lake from Mount Morgan.

The best views are always earned, and the views of New Hampshire's lakes region from Mount Morgan and Mount Percival are no exception. This hike begins close to the shores of Squam lake and climbs steadily towards the mountain peaks and past occasional creek crossings on only moderately rocky trails.

Although there are no views on the way up, at the top the lake views are superb, as are the views of the Southern White Mountains from Mount Percival, including the peak of Sandwich Mountain (which is fourteen feet shy of being a 4,000 footer).

Reaching the summit of Mount Morgan should be fairly easy for anyone who can manage the 1,400 feet of elevation gain. Approaching the summit, the ladders and short talus cave combines with some rock ledges for a fun route to the summit. If you'd prefer the alternative and less precipitous final ascent there's an easier adjacent trail, but remember to checkout the lookout area marked on the map for the best views, as the summit of Morgan itself offers no views.

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Mt Morgan-Percival Loop | 4★ | 5.2mi | Med | 1,550ft | Trailspotting AllTrails Map
Mt Morgan Out & Back | 4★ | 4.0mi | Med | 1,400ft | Trailspotting AllTrails Map
Mt Morgan Ladder & Cave
Mt Percival Cave Route

The out-and-back route to Mount Morgan is the easiest hike mapped here. A looping trail including the summit of Mount Percival includes some occasional and small rock scrambles. The ridgeline trail between peaks offers no views, but the Mount Percival summit has more lake vistas, and the best Southern White Mountain views.

Similar to the neighboring peak, there are two trail options near the summit of Mount Percival - an easier route with a rock scramble, or a talus cave route with an entrance small enough for this hiker to give it a miss. If you want to try this route, then be sure to take the yellow painted arrows literally to find the way through the rocks, as without these markings you probably wouldn't spot the gap in the boulders through which you'll have to squeeze. We're very thankful for the option of two trails here!

The trail up and down from Mount Percival is steeper than Mount Morgan's counterpart, but coming down it wasn't difficult for us. If we were hiking with ice present however, we'd probably go up Percival and down Morgan rather than the other way around.

Note that trails in this area are closed during spring mud season. Check out the 'official' link below to find any notifications of these closures, or see if there have been any recent trail reviews at AllTrails.


Three ladders and a short talus cave on Mount Morgan.


Panorama from the top of Mount Morgan.

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