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Important Notice About the Ossipee Mountains   Important Notice About the Ossipee Mountains and Trail Access (Updated May 10, 2015)

Bayle Mountain
Ossipee, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the trail to Bayle Mountain
Looking up the trail to Bayle Mountain

Route: Unknown snowmobile trail, red blazed trail, (Bayle Mountain), red blazed trail, unknown snowmobile trail

With limited morning time to hike, I decided to head over to Bayle Mountain for the sunrise, something I had wanted to do for a few years.

Starting in the dark, I headed up the Bayle Mountain Trail with headlamp on. The waning near-full moon provided some additional backlight. Despite being late September, the weather was warm and humid.

Reaching the summit, I could see there were clouds on the horizon, which would either provide for great or bland colors.

The sunrise tended to be the latter, with a few brief displays of color separated by blocked out light that almost resulted in me heading down a few times. Nonetheless, the lifting valley fog was a nice sight.

Near the bottom of the descent, I was suddenly attacked by some ground bees, fortunately only getting stung maybe three times.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Hike Commenced: 5:23 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,040'
Destination: Bayle Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:21
Trailhead Elevation: 1,100'
Summit Elevation: 1,853'
Vertical Gain: 763'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:19
Hike Vertical Gain: 873'


The trailhead to the trail to the Bayle Mountain summit
The trailhead to the trail to the Bayle Mountain summit

Sunrise over Ossipee Lake as seen from Bayle Mountain - Click to enlarge
Sunrise over Ossipee Lake as seen from Bayle Mountain

Looking at Green Mountain from Bayle Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Green Mountain from Bayle Mountain

Looking up the trail to Bayle Mountain
Looking up the trail to Bayle Mountain

Topographic map of Bayle Mountain


Directions to trailhead: From Route 16 South in West Ossipee, take a right onto Pine Hill Road. At the end of Pine Hill Road, take a right onto Ossipee Mountain Road. 2015 update: There is now a parking area off Marble Road, past Connor Pond.

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