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The Bog Mountain Trail
Route: Bog Mountain Trail
After having heard about Bog Mountain on NewEnglandTrailConditions.com, I decided to check it out for a sunset jog. Starting at Stearns Road, I jogged up the generally tame trail. Reaching some ledges partway up, I had decent views of nearby Kearsarge North.
Nearing the summit, I arrived at a very nice ledge vista (reminding me of Peary Mountain in Maine), from where I had a good look west and south - the obvious place for the sunset portion of the hike.
Just beyond this ledgy area, I went left off the trail (where it started to dip down) and followed a short, faint herd path to the highpoint, from where I had obstructed views east.
Back on the ledges, I followed a spur path down to an overlook of Kearsarge. Though nice, I preferred the more open ledges back on the trail.
Initially the sunset looked to be either subpar or non existent, however the movement of the sun and clouds both worked out, allowing for a nice display. At one point, I thought I heard some other hikers walking around nearby. As the noise drew closer, I realized that in fact it was a herd of deer. Unfortunately, they heard me trying to switch modes on my camera when they were only feet away from nearly walking into me.
After the best of the colors subsided, I jogged back down the trail and made it out just before needing to use a headlamp.
Getting To Trailhead:
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The Bog Mountain Trail trailhead on Stearns Road
Mt. Kearsarge as seen from the overlook on Bog Mountain
The sunset as seen from the Bog Mountain ledges
Directions to trailhead: From Wilmot, take Route 4A northwest, then take a right onto Stearns Road. Shortly after passing a boggy area, the Bog Mountain Trail trailhead will be on the right. There is a small pull off for parking on the left, just uphill from the trailhead.
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