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NH 4,000 Footers
NH 100 Highest
NH 52 With A View
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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Mt. Tom Trail
Route: Mt. Tom Trail, (Mt. Tom), bushwhack, Mt. Tom Trail
Though I had intended to do a longer afternoon hike, a combination of getting out later than hoped and being stuck in slower than hoped traffic limited my possibilities. Opting for a jog and a sunset, I headed over to Mt. Tom.
Though there had been some nice foliage in the lower elevations, the Mt. Tom Trail wasn't at peak. Nonetheless, there were some nice colors to be seen early on.
Reaching the summit, I bushwhacked a few dozen vertical feet down to the tops of the cliffs, where I had excellent views of Pleasant Mountain and points south. Seeing the sunset was indeed happening (despite some clouds), I worked my way over to the western ledge, where I had a nice display.
Back on the Mt. Tom Trail, I jogged my way back to the flats, where I was surprised with some deep purple and pink color to the north. Unfortunatley, I had a backup camera with me and no decent place to get a good shot. Nonetheless, it was an impressive display.
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Mt. Tom Trail trailhead
Pleasant Mountain as seen from near the summit Mt. Tom
Directions to trailhead: Take US Route 302 East from Fryeburg. Take a left onto Menotomy Road. Proceed up this road for a few minutes, past a 'Dead End' sign. The Menotomy Road Cemetery will eventually be on the right - there is room to park on the side of the road near this. From there, continue on foot up Menotomy Road. The Mt. Tom Trail starts on the right, just before reaching a barn.
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