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Bald Knob
Groton, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Bald Knob Trail
Looking down the Bald Knob Trail

Route: John F. Woodhouse Trail, Bald Knob Trail, (Bald Knob), Bald Knob Trail, John F. Woodhouse Trail

With sunset potential, I decided to head back to Bald Knob. Starting at the gate, there was a fraction of an inch of snow covering the logging road. While I jogged the logging roads and the first portion of the trail proper, my progress was slow, in part to slipping around in the snow a bit. Prior to reaching the summit, there were some decent colors as the rays hit some clouds. Unfortunately, as I reached the summit, the sunset itself was muted by the clouds and neighboring peaks.

Nonetheless, there were decent views of the western horizon, as well as Newfound Lake. The northern peaks were obscured by clouds.

Donning my Microspikes for the descent, I was able to make it back without the aid of a headlamp.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Bald Knob
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Hike Commenced: 3:29 PM
Parking Elevation: 970'
Destination: Bald Knob
Ascent Commenced: 3:29 PM
Summit Reached: 4:01 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:32
Trailhead Elevation: 970'
Summit Elevation: 2,050'
Vertical Gain: 1,130'
Hike Ended: 4:48 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:19
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,180'


The John F. Woodhouse Trail trailhead off North Groton Road
The John F. Woodhouse Trail trailhead off North Groton Road

Looking Newfound Lake from near the summit of Bald Knob - Click to enlarge
Looking Newfound Lake from near the summit of Bald Knob

The sunset as seen from Bald Knob - Click to enlarge
The sunset as seen from Bald Knob

Topographic map of Bald Knob - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 3A south from Plymouth. Just prior to reaching Newfound Lake, taken a right onto North Shore Road. Continue straight through Hebron onto Groton Road. Once in Groton, bear right onto North Groton Road. The Cockermouth Forest - John F. Woodhouse Trail sign will eventually be on the right. Follow that dirt road to the gate - there is minimal room for parking adjacent to the gate. The John F. Woodhouse Trail is the logging road behind the gate.

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