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Big Ball Mountain
Tuftonboro, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Tate Mountain Trail
The Tate Mountain Trail

Route: Mt. Shaw Trail, Tate Mountain Trail, Banana Trail, (Big Ball Mountain), Banana Trail, Tate Mountain Trail, Mt. Shaw Trail

Mt. Shaw Trail segment was dry and in good shape.

Tate Mountain Trail was also dry by virtue of ground frost. Recent logging has changed the lower half of it. Running up in the dark, I missed the turn off from the logging road (where the road/trail go through a cut-through berm; marked with a small cairn) and ended up continuing up it until it took a sharp turn left. The road parallels the trail, so I was able to bushwhack a short distance south (right) to get back on the corridor.

The Banana Trail was also mostly dry, though there was some ice forming on ledges, including the scramble ledge between the peaks.

Chilly but nice sunrise from the false peak.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Parking Elevation: 670'
Destination: Big Ball Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:36
Trailhead Elevation: 675'
Summit Elevation: 2,060'
Distance: 1.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,455'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:27
Hike Distance: 3.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,530'


The sunrise from near the summit of Big Ball Mountain - Click to enlarge
The sunrise from near the summit of Big Ball Mountain

The sunrise from near the summit of Big Ball Mountain - Click to enlarge
The sunrise from near the summit of Big Ball Mountain

Directions to trailhead: Take 171 southeast from Route 25, past Castle in the Clouds. Shortly after crossing the Tuftonboro town line, there is a bridge/brook crossing. Immediately after this, there is an informal parking lot on the left (maybe 4 cars). The unmarked trail starts at the back of this lot.

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