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Bald Knob, Mt. Crosby
Groton, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up Old North Groton Road
Looking up Old North Groton Road

Route: John F. Woodhouse Trail, Old North Groton Road, Bald Knob Trail, (Bald Knob), unknown trail, (Mt. Crosby), Beeline Trail, High Pasture Loop, Eliza Remick Road, John F. Woodhouse Trail

Trails were generally dry, other than some mud in the logged over areas. A lot of the trails are overgrown at the moment, due to brush growth from logging. Plenty of prickers on the Mt. Crosby side of the High Pasture Loop. Foliage is generally green with a few leaves starting to turn.

Probably best to hike in this area with the leaves still up, as when the leaves come down, the major logging done by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests a few years ago. Frankly it makes me worry what might happen if they get enough people to give them money to buy the land on Mt. Major.

Also interesting to see/listen to the wind farm today. With essentially no wind at this elevation, the turbines were sometimes spinning, sometimes turning off, sometimes spinning at different speeds. Can't help but wonder about the local rumor that the farm isn't feeding the grid yet, and that the Spanish company is running the turbines for appearances and to get the federal compensation (allegedly tied to spinning the turbines, not to actually feeding the grid). A shame to not have the nice view of the Whites from Mt. Crosby anymore, but could see Mt. Washington between a few of the turbines.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Parking Elevation: 970'
Destination: Bald Knob
Time Elapsed: 00:35
Trailhead Elevation: 970'
Summit Elevation: 2,050'
Vertical Gain: 1,130'
Destination: Mt. Crosby
Time Elapsed: 00:10
Trailhead Elevation: 2,050'
Summit Elevation: 2,230'
Vertical Gain: 280'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:35
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,490'


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

Looking at Newfound Lake from Bald Knob - Click to enlarge
Looking at Newfound Lake from Bald Knob

The trail from Bald Knob to Mt. Crosby
The trail from Bald Knob to Mt. Crosby

Looking through the Groton Wind Farm toward Waterville Valley from Mt. Crosby - Click to enlarge
Looking through the Groton Wind Farm toward Waterville Valley from Mt. Crosby

Topographic map of Bald Knob, Mt. Crosby


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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