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Black Mountain
Haverhill, NH, Benton, NH

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

Route: Black Mountain Trail

The first third of this trail is unsightly at the moment from logging equipment. The actual clearing did not have much visual impact on the trail (large clearcut above it, which might actually be interesting to explore). However, the trail itself was impacted, as it's a rutty, (dried at the moment) muddy walk. Trail could be easily lost at the logging landing, as it looks like one would go straight onto a skid road. The trail is actually to the left, behind a pile of debris. No blazes or markers to signal hikers, and the clearing leaves little visual memory from previous trips.

Beyond that, apart from ATV and dirt bike traffic, the trail is unaffected. Erosion continues to get worse since the dedicated volunteer trail maintainers gave up the trail due to the aforementioned wheeled traffic. Quite a few blowdowns.

Beautiful afternoon/evening weather. Lots of wildflowers in bloom. Tremendous views.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, May 21, 2018
Parking Elevation: 1,560'
Destination: Black Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:00
Trailhead Elevation: 1,560'
Summit Elevation: 2,830'
Distance: 2.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,604'
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:09
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,649'


The Black Mountain Trail trailhead
The Black Mountain Trail trailhead

The upper Black Mountain Trail
The upper Black Mountain Trail

Looking at the Kinsman Ridge from the Black Mountain ledges - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Kinsman Ridge from the Black Mountain ledges

Directions to trailhead: From Route 116 in Benton, take Howe Hill Road south. The Black Mountain Trail trailhead and parking area are located just beyond the last house on the road.

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